GHS Grand Rounds: Mobilizing for a War on Diabetes with Dr. Dean Schillinger

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

UCSF Mission Bay Campus
Mission Hall 1401/1402
550 16th Street, San Francisco

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Dr. Schillinger will briefly relate his experiences caring for low-income people with type 2 diabetes, describe the evolving epidemiology of this local/global epidemic, summarize what is known about its prevention, and report on the public health policy strategies emerging to stem the tide of this 21st century epidemic.

Dean Schillinger, MD

Dr. Schillinger is a general internist and primary care physician and Chief of the UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital, a large urban public hospital system. An international research expert on health communication and chronic disease, he founded the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations, and currently directs its Health Communications Research Program. He serves as a site PI for the NIDDK UCSF-Kaiser Center for Type 2 Diabetes Translational Research. Dr. Schillinger recently completed a 5 year term as Chief Medical Officer for the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program for California Department of Public Health from 2008-13. Dr. Schillinger has focused his research on health communication for vulnerable populations in patients with diabetes and heart disease. He has been awarded research grants from NHLBI, NIDDK, AHRQ, CDC, PCORI and private foundations. He has published >200 peer-reviewed scientific articles in the field of health communication science and chronic disease prevention and control. Dr. Schillinger has been honored with the 2003 Institute for Healthcare Advancement Research Award, the 2008 Research Award in Safety and Quality from the National Patient Safety Foundation, and the Everett M Rogers Award from the American Public Health Association in 2013 for his contributions to advancing the study and practice of public health communication. He also was awarded a CDC/NIH National Diabetes Education Program Frank Vinicor Award for Diabetes-Related Media Communications. Dr. Schillinger co-created a youth-led public health literacy campaign to prevent diabetes that employs social media and spoken word, The Bigger Picture, which was highlighted at a 2013 IOM Health Literacy Policy Roundtable event. This campaign has had >1.5 million views to date, and has been adopted by 3 California counties for their initiatives to reduce sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and was awarded the Spirit of 1848 Award from APHA. The campaign, combined with his public testimony, contributed to San Francisco City & County passing 3 ordinances requiring (1) health warnings on advertisements for sodas and other sugary drinks (2) banning such advertising on city property and (3) prohibiting the city from spending money on sugary drinks. He served as the scientific expert for the City and County of San Francisco in the successful defense of a lawsuit filed in Federal Court by the American Beverage Association for an injunction against the City’s ordinance to mandate health warning labels on billboards advertising sugary drinks. In 2016, Dr. Schillinger was awarded the prestigious James Irvine Leadership Award for his groundbreaking work in health literacy and diabetes. Dr. Schillinger also co-directs the UC-Mexico Diabetes Research and Public Health Initiative and, with Dr. Jaime Sepulveda (GHS) and colleagues at INSP, initiated the PRuDENTE Study, a primary care-based diabetes prevention study being carried out within Mexico City's public healthcare system.