University Council Members
Lisa Chung, DDS, MPH
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, UCSF School of Dentistry
Dr. Lisa Chung is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Preventive & Restorative Dental Sciences in the School of Dentistry at UCSF.
She has been involved in various teaching roles in the 1st and 2nd year curriculum including Community Dentistry where she leads students in school-based dental outreach visits for children living in underserved areas. She also worked as oral health consultant to the Sierra Health Foundation’s brightSMILES grant, a school-based program promoting children’s oral health and disease prevention in rural counties in northern California.
Dr. Chung is currently Project Director and Co-Investigator of an NIH-funded study investigating the effectiveness and feasibility of an oral health promotion intervention targeting low-income pregnant women attending group prenatal care in San Francisco. She is also now Principal Investigator on a related postpartum follow up study assessing the outcomes on the mothers and infants from her current study of pregnant women. This study is supported by the NIH-funded UCSF Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health. This Center has focused on understanding, preventing and reducing early childhood caries, tooth decay that occurs in very young children who are primarily from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Jess Ghannam, Ph.D.
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health Sciences,
UCSF School of Medicine
Dr. Jess Ghannam is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health Sciences in the School of Medicine at UCSF. His research areas include evaluating the long-term health consequences of war on displaced communities and the psychological and psychiatric effects of armed conflict on children. Dr. Ghannam has developed community health clinics in the Middle East that focus on developing community-based treatment programs for families in crisis. He is also a consultant with the Center for Constitutional Rights and other international NGO's that work with torture survivors. Locally he works to promote and enhance the health and wellness of refugee, displaced, and immigrant populations from the Middle East and North Africa and has established a community-based Mental Health Treatment Program to support these communities. At UCSF Dr. Ghannam develops culturally competency training programs for staff, students and faculty working with patients from the Middle East. He serves on the Chancellor's Council of Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion. He is past president of the Arab Cultural and Community Center and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in San Francisco.
Ellen Goldstein, MA
Associate Mediation and Facilitation Officer,
UCSF Office of the Ombuds
Ms. Goldstein joined the DFCM as Program Manager of the Center of Excellence in Primary Care. Prior to this appointment, she was the Manager of Community Programs at the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) where she served as the Co-Director for the Technology and Information Exchange Core. In this capacity, she linked academic researchers and community service providers in order to enhance the capacity of both. At CAPS, she managed over 25 collaborations between scientists, funders, and community-based agencies in three research consortia initiatives. Her research included a national survey of HIV prevention program managers regarding the sources and types of information accessed for program planning. She advises scientists on working effectively with community agencies, front line providers on how to understand and use research, and federal policymakers on the importance of supporting science/ service collaborations. Ms. Goldstein served on the small working group in the creation of the CPRC.
Kevin Grumbach, M.D.
Chair, Family and Community Medicine,
UCSF School of Medicine
Dr. Grumbach is Professor and Chair of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF and Chief of Family and Community Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital. He is the Director of the UCSF Center for California Health Workforce Studies. His research on topics such as primary care physician supply and access to care, racial and ethnic diversity in the medical profession, and the impact of managed care on physicians have been published in major medical journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and cited widely in both health policy forums and the general media. He co-authored the book, “Understanding Health Policy: A Clinical Approach,” published by Appleton-Lange. Portions of the book have been excerpted in serial form by the JAMA, and the book has become the best-selling textbook on health policy.
Dr. Grumbach also is co-chair of the Research Committee of the Bayview Hunters Point Health and Environmental Assessment Task Force, a community-research partnership, and is a founding member of the California Physicians’ Alliance, the California chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program.
PhD Student in Epidemiology and Translational Science, UCSF Graduate Divison
Kristin Hoeft is a second year PhD student at UCSF, in Epidemiology & Translational Science. Her studies focus on methodologies for more effectively bridging research between academic and community settings as well as studying social, behavioral and contextual determinants of Latino children’s oral health, with a particular focus on intervention development, evaluation, and dissemination to reduce health disparities.
Ms. Hoeft works part-time at the UCSF Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health, where she runs a peer-education oral health program for Spanish-speaking families in Salinas, CA. She has a background in cultural anthropology and health education, and previously worked for the March of Dimes in North Carolina developing and evaluating programs to reduce birth defects.
Executive Assistant, Graduate Division
Julia Martinez is a San Francisco native, and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration at USF in 2002. Following a 20-year career in tax accounting, Julia is currently Executive Assistant to Dean Patricia Calarco of UCSF’s Graduate Division. She has been involved in charity work through several programs including the Glide Memorial kitchen, and Back on Track after school tutoring, and has participated in the AIDS Walk and Cure for Autism program. Julia joined the UCP Council in November 2009, and is glad to have the opportunity be able to focus on charitable work through UCSF to better the lives of her fellow San Francisco residents.
Howard L. Pinderhughes, Ph.D.
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, UCSF School of Nursing
Affiliated Faculty, UCSF Institute for Health and Aging
As a faculty member in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Pinderhughes has conducted research and assisted in developing programs aimed at easing race relations among youth, and the intervention and prevention of adolescent violence.
Dr. Pinderhughes is currently developing a conceptual framework to address the production of racial, class and gender health inequity. His past research includes a study of racial attitudes among youth and racial violence in New York City; the subject of his book, Race in the Hood: Conflict and Violence Among Urban Youth (1997).
Christopher Waddling, Ph.D.
Crystallography Facility Manager
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, UCSF School of Medicince
Chris Waddling has been the Crystallography Facility Manager in UCSF’s Macromolecular Structure Group for the past twelve years. In this time, he has led the facility to quadruple its size, become more efficient, and has created an environment that produces valuable collaborations within the University of California and to outside, industry researchers. Since moving to San Francisco in 2000, Chris’ belief that strengthening our diverse communities leads to stronger and healthier individuals has guided him in his many public service endeavors. His efforts with the UCSF Equality Action Group and Marriage Equality USA led to him join the UCSF Chancellors Advisory Committee on GLBT Issues in 2009. Since then, he has worked to create a sense of community among UCSF’s GLBT population, leading to him being awarded the 2011 Chancellor’s Award for GLBT Leadership. During this time, Chris has also been increasingly involved in helping to grow community within the southeast neighborhoods of San Francisco. Here, he works as a project leader and board member of the Quesada Gardens Initiative, as a member of several neighborhood groups and associations, and maintains a well-regarded community-centric blog, D10Watch.
Naomi Wortis, MD
Director of Community Programs, Associate Clinical Professor UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine
Dr. Wortis began her career in community health while serving as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Central Africa. She attended Harvard Medical School and then completed her residency training at UCSF’s San Francisco General Hospital program. Dr. Wortis has a clinical practice at San Francisco General Hospital’s Family Health Center. She co-founded and directed UCSF’s Community Partnership Resource Center in the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM), focusing on improving well-being and reducing health disparities in the southeast sector of San Francisco, until it was merged with University Community Partnerships in 2009. She then served as Faculty Co-Director of University Community Partnerships from 2009 to 2012.
She is also Co-Director of DFCM’s Community-Oriented Primary Care curriculum for family medicine residents and Co-Founder and Director of UCSF’s Pathway to Discovery in Health & Society for students, residents, and fellows. She is a consultant on the community medicine curriculum for the required Family and Community Medicine clerkship for third year medical students and the longitudinal community health project curriculum for the PRIME-US medical student track. These are all service-learning curricula. Her community-based participatory research experience includes a community assessment survey project in Bayview Hunters Point. She won the 2005 UCSF Chancellor’s Award for Public Service and a 2006 Hellman Family Award for Early Career Faculty.
Sharon Youmans, PharmD, MPH
Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Diversity, Vice Chair for Educational Affairs
Department of Clinical Pharmacy, UCSF School of Pharmacy
Sharon Youmans is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Associate Dean for Diversity, and Vice Chair for Educational Affairs in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the UCSF School of Pharmacy. She received her PharmD degree from UCSF in 1985 and a MPH degree from San Jose State in 2005. Prior to joining the UCSF faculty in 2001, she worked as a clinical pharmacist in hospital and community pharmacy settings. As Vice Chair of Educational Affairs she provides oversight for the didactic and clinical training courses taught by the Department of Clinical Pharmacy. She teaches on the topics of public health, immunizations, communication, and cultural competence. Her research interests include health literacy and health communication, health disparities in the pharmacy practice setting and global health issues in Tanzania and Malawi.