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PRCHN Seminar: “Social Risk Factors and Unmet Needs in the Clinical Setting for Multiethnic and Linguistically Diverse Populations”

Members of the community are invited to the next Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) Seminar event Jan. 12 at noon via Zoom.

Jane Jih, a practicing general internist and investigator in the Division of General Internal Medicine and associate professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), will present a talk titled “Social Risk Factors and Unmet Needs in the Clinical Setting for Multiethnic and Linguistically Diverse Populations.”

Jih’s presentation will address social risk factor screening and unmet social needs (such as food insecurity) in the primary care setting and its role in delivering person-centered care within multiethnic and linguistically diverse patient populations.

Jih’s extramurally supported program of research aims to reduce health disparities and promote health equity among multiethnic and linguistically diverse adults by developing and evaluating innovative, patient-centered interventions in primary care. Her current research focuses on:

  • The influence of contextual factors (e.g. race/ethnicity, language, culture, health behaviors, patient preferences and goals) on chronic disease self-management, particularly among patients with multiple chronic conditions;
  • Patient-provider communication about contextual factors with particular interest in unmet health-related social needs (e.g. food insecurity); 
  • Use of photos as a tool to communicate about contextual factors important in chronic disease self-management. This work is based on the premise that photos can promote efficient information exchange and activate patients to communicate their complex lived experiences, including their goals and preferences that may otherwise be difficult to elicit or challenging to discuss in current clinical practice.

Jih is also co-director of the UCSF Multiethnic Health Equity Research Center and research director of the Asian American Research Center on Health. She received her MD and MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Chicago Medicine with additional research training at UCSF.

Register to attend Jih’s talk.