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Leadership in Action

UCSF School of Nursing faculty, staff, student and alumni milestones.

Luis Gutierrez-Mock Receives 2022 Chancellor Award for Diversity

PhD Sociology candidate Luis Gutierrez-Mock was chosen as the winner of a Chancellor Award for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Leadership. Each year this award recognizes and honors up to three individuals at UCSF who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and service to the ideals of diversity, equity and inclusion beyond the scope of their job, area of research or training. Watch a video to learn more about Gutierrez-Mock's work.

School of Nursing Members Honored by the American Academy of Nursing

The UCSF School of Nursing was well represented at the American Academy of Nursing's Health Policy Conference, held Oct. 27-29 in Washington, D.C. Four individuals - Elena Flowers, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor; Elizabeth Gatewood, DNP, FNP, FAAN, assistant dean; Orlando Harris, PhD, MPH, FAAN, assistant professor; and Richard Fidler, PhD, CNRA, FAAN, alumnus and senior nurse anesthetist - were inducted into the academy's 2022 Class of Fellows. Professor emeritus William Holzemer, PhD, RN, FAAN, was honored as a Living Legend and Jennie Chin Hansen received the Health Care Leader Award.

New Reproductive Rights Bill Made Possible by ACTIONS Fellow and Staff

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a package of more than a dozen bills on Sept. 27 to further protect and expand reproductive rights in California. One of the bills, AB 1918, originated from a recommendation by Bethany Golden, MS, RN, CSM, a PhD student and ACTIONS predoctoral fellow, as a member of the California Future of Abortion Council workforce development committee. Golden developed it further with Nikki Lanshaw, MPH, of the ACTIONS program, Training in Early Abortion for Comprehensive Healthcare, and others.

This bill will establish a California Reproductive Health Service Corps to recruit, train and retain a diverse reproductive health workforce to work in underserved areas of the state. The bill includes $20 million in scholarships for registered nurses, advanced practice clinicians and others who seek training to provide full-scope reproductive health care, including abortion, in California.

Long-Term Care Data Website to Expand Under Effort Led by Charlene Harrington

Beginning in 2023, Californians will get easy access to data on over 19,000 long-term care services and facilities in the state, thanks to a $1 million state grant for the expansion of the Cal Long Term Care Compare website. The effort was led by Charlene Harrington, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor emerita in Social and Behavioral Sciences, and took five years. This resource will allow residents to compare quality performance and facility information for over 1,000 nursing homes, as well as services and facilities in their area. Read the full press release.

Ifeyinwa Asiodu Honored for Leadership, Advocacy

Ifeyinwa Asiodu, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing, is the recipient of the 2022 Maternal and Child Health Section Outstanding Leadership/Advocacy Award from the American Public Health Association. Asiodu is being honored for her work as a nationally recognized leader in lactation, Black maternal health and the COVID-19 response, including organizing a Black Maternal Health Roundtable with then-Sen. Kamala Harris and a COVID-19 Birth Worker Relief Fund.

Mitchel Erickson Awarded for Outstanding DNP Project

Mitchel Erickson, DNP '22, NP, an alumnus and volunteer clinical faculty member, is the recipient of the 2022 Excellence in Advancing Nursing Practice Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The award recognizes an outstanding final project from a student in a DNP program at an AACN member school.

Stella Bialous Elected to UICC Board

Stella Bialous, DrPH, RN, FAAN, was elected to the 2022-2024 Board of Directors of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) by its general assembly during its Oct. 11 election. In addition, Bialous participated as a board member and presented at two panels at the UICC Conference on Oct. 18-20.

Orlando Harris Honored as Nurse Researcher of the Year

Orlando Harris, PhD, MPH, FAAN, assistant professor in Community Health Systems, has been named 2022 Nurse Researcher of the Year by the Greater New York City Black Nurses Association Inc. in recognition of his contributions and service to nursing.

Sara Ackerman Named Faculty Director of CTSI Program

Sara Ackerman, PhD, MPH, associate professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, has been appointed the new faculty director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Regulatory Knowledge Services (RKS) program. Ackerman will be responsible for setting strategy and overseeing the aims of the RKS program, which are focused on providing UCSF with a single institutional source for regulatory and regulatory science support, as well as developing and disseminating a community-informed ethical framework and methodology for research using electronic health data. Barbara Koenig, PhD, RN, is the outgoing RKS director.

Celebrating Preceptors:
Emilie Menard, September Preceptor

Emilie Menard, MS, NP, a 2013 graduate of the Master of Science program in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care (PNP-AC) specialty, was the September Preceptor of the Month.

Menard launched her nurse practitioner career in the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital PICU, building on her experience as a pediatric critical care nurse. She has precepted numerous PNP-AC students. As the lead nurse practitioner in the PICU and Transitional Care Unit, she has continued to support the school by recruiting additional preceptors, providing training support to new graduate NPs and serving as a guest lecturer. Read more on the Preceptor Portal.

Jacklin Tong, October Preceptor

Jacklin Tong, MS, NNP, was the school’s October Preceptor of the Month. An SON alumna, Tong has consistently precepted students since graduation. As the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital facilitator for clinical placements, Tong has repeatedly gone above and beyond to ensure SON students have clinical rotations at Stanford. In addition, Tong recently came to UCSF to perform a hands-on lecture with an ultrasound machine for neo students on point-of-care ultrasound. Read more about Tong on the Preceptor Portal.

School of Nursing Celebrates Eight Career Development Awards

The School of Nursing celebrates the eight postdoctoral scholars and faculty with career development awards. Together their awards amount to more than $2.3 million. Julia Brown, PhD, Orlando Harris, PhD, MPH, FAAN, Lauren Hunt, PhD, FNP, Jennifer Jain, PhD, Shannon Smith-Bernardin, PhD, RN, and Emily Tuthill, PhD, hold early stage investigator awards. Glenn-Milo Santos, PhD, MPH, holds a mid-career investigator award and Ifeyinwa Asiodu, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) scholar. BIRCWH is a career development program for women’s health research. Learn more about the work of these career development award recipients.

Faculty, Postdocs Awarded Grants to Support Innovative Research 

Stella Bialous, DrPH, RN, FAAN, professor in Social & Behavioral Sciences, received an R01 grant in the amount of $665,714 from the NIH National Cancer Institute for her project "Addressing Disparities in Tobacco-Related Diseases by Understanding the Tobacco Industry Strategies."

Julia Brown, PhD, postdoctoral scholar, received a K01 career development award for $153,923 from the NIH National Human Genome Research Institute for her project "The Emergence of Prenatal Gene Therapy: An 'Embedded Ethics' Ethnography Investigating Clinical, Scientific and Societal Values."

Annesa Flentje, PhD, associate professor in Community Health Systems, received two grant supplements totaling $524,769 from the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse for her project "Substance Use and DNA Methylation at the Intersection of Sex and Gender."

Jennifer Jain, PhD, assistant professor in Community Health Systems, received a K01 career development award for $186,435 from the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse for her project "Women, Intersectionality, Substance Use and HIV."

Kimberly Lewis, PhD, postdoctoral scholar, has been honored with the Larry L. Hillblom Postdoctoral Fellowship Award. The $195,000 award supports her project "Integrating the Metabolome with the Transcriptome and MiRNAome in Underactive Adults at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes."

Jenny Liu, PhD, MPP, MA, associate professor in the Institute for Health & Aging, received $80,750 from the NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for her project "Supporting Young Women's Reproductive Health by Harnessing Prosociality Among Drug Shopkeepers." Liu also received $4,800,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for "Improving Family Planning Counseling and Follow-Up," a project Liu co-leads with Kelsey Holt, associate professor in the School of Medicine. The study aims to gather insights on women's concerns regarding contraceptive side effects, and to design and rigorously evaluate new and improved counseling and follow-up approaches and tools.

Janet Shim, PhD, professor in Social & Behavioral Sciences (SBS), received a supplement in the amount of $17,983 from Columbia University for her project "The Ethics of Inclusion: Diversity in Precision Medicine."

Emily Tuthill, PhD, assistant professor in Community Health Systems, received a grant supplement in the amount of $53,999 from the NIH National Institute of Mental Health for her project "Understanding the Role of Food Insecurity and Depression."

In the News 

Monica McLemore, PhD, MPH, RN, was featured in Sing for Science’s Nov. 2 podcast in which she discussed statistics uncovered by reproductive health care research. In addition, McLemore was also quoted in Scientific American’s Oct. 2 article “A Black Mother's Loss Explains Why U.S. Maternal Health Care Is Broken.”

Elena Portacolone, PhD, MBA, MPH, was among the experts cited in the U.S. News’ Oct. 17 article “What’s Keeping Some Hispanic Americans From Getting the COVID Shot?”

Susan Chapman, PhD, RN, FAAN, was quoted in Fierce Healthcare’s Oct. 12 article “Personal Care Aides Supporting Patients At Home Are In High Demand But Nearly 3 Times More Likely To Live In Poverty.”

Charlene Harrington, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor emerita, was quoted in Kaiser Health News' Oct. 4 article “Nursing Home Surprise: Advantage Plans May Shorten Stays to Less Time Than Medicare Covers.”

Jennie Chin Hansen, MS, FAAN, was prominently featured as one of 12 health care experts in PBS’ Oct. 1 “Sages of Aging” special video.

Van Ta Park, PhD, MPH, and her team’s work with the CARE Registry was recently highlighted in 22 news articles in multiple languages including in the Asian Journal’s Sept. 22 article “Asian Americans Not A Monolith, Advocates Urge For Disaggregated Health Data,” News Wave 25Al EntesharNguoi Viet, and SinoTV.

Stacy Torres, PhD, was among the experts quoted in Refinery29’s Sept. 21 article “I’m Disabled and Sometimes Worry That My Friends Fear Becoming Me.”

Van Ta Park, PhD, MPH, was featured in Siliconeer’s Sept. 20 article “Disaggregating AAPI Health Data is Key to Combating Health Disparities.”

Stacy Torres, PhD, and her research on gossip and how it can strengthen ties was highlighted in Vogue Portugal’s story “You Didn’t Hear It From Me, But …” In addition, Torres was a guest speaker in KQED's Sept. 9 segment for Suicide Prevention Week (at the 7.23 mark).

Charlene Harrington, PhD, RN, FAAN, was interviewed on KQED Forum’s Sept. 8 report “When Private Equity Firms Buy Nursing Homes, Patient Death Rates Climb.”

Kristen Harknett, PhD, and her research on work schedules was featured in Harvard Business Review’s September-October article “The Surprising Benefits of Work/Life Support.” In addition, Harknett and her team’s research on fast food workers was cited in a number of editorials and articles, including in The Los Angeles Times’ Sept. 1 editorial “Give Fast Food Workers Some Say on the Job,” The Washington Post’s Sept. 13 opinion piece “California Makes a Ham-Handed Attempt to Regulate the Fast Food Industry,” and Vox’s Sept. 6 article “California Aims to Transform How Fast Food Workers Are Treated.”


Exploring Primary Healthcare Practitioners’ Experiences Regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa — Orlando Harris, PhD, MPH, FAAN, Nov. 4, 2022

Variability in Qualifications for Principal Investigator Status in Research Studies by Nurses: A Call for Clarification — Sandra Staveski, PhD, RN, FAAN, Oct. 31, 2022

Targeted Oral Naltrexone for Mild to Moderate Alcohol Use Disorder Among Sexual and Gender Minority Men: A Randomized Trial — Glenn-Milo Santos, PhD, MPH, Jennifer Jain, PhD, MPH, Oct. 26, 2022

Exposure to Antenatal Corticosteroids and Infant Cortisol Regulation — Sandra Weiss, PhD, RN, FAAN, Victoria Keeton, PhD, RN, PNP, Sarah Richoux, PhD, RN, Bruce Cooper, PhD, Oct. 23, 2022

Obstetric Risk in Pregnancy Interacts With Hair Cortisone Levels to Reduce Gestational Length — Sandra Weiss, PhD, RN, FAAN, Oct. 18, 2022

Potential Paths to Suicidal Ideation and Suicide Attempts Among High-Risk Women — Sandra Weiss, PhD, RN, FAAN, Bruce Cooper, PhD, Oct. 18, 2022

Network Analysis to Identify Symptoms Clusters and Temporal Interconnections in Oncology Patients — Christine Miaskowski, PhD, RN, FAAN, Kord Kober, PhD, Oct. 12, 2022

Engagement and Advocacy of Community-Based Organizations Serving Older Adults in Native American, Rural, and Homeless Communities During the COVID-19 Pandemic — Jarmin Yeh, PhD, MPH, MSSW, Oct. 8, 2022

Personal Care Aides: Assessing Self-Care Needs and Worker Shortages in Rural Areas — Susan Chapman, PhD, MPH, RN, Laura Wagner, PhD, RN, FAAN, October 2022

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