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Jane Jih, MD, MPH

TitleAssistant Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentMedicine
Address1545 Divisadero Street
San Francisco CA 94115
Phone415-885-7563
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    University of Illinois at ChicagoBA2003Psychology
    University of Illinois at ChicagoM.D.2008Medicine
    University of Illinois at ChicagoMPH2008Epidemiology
    University of Chicago Medical CenterInternship & Residency2011Medicine
    Mercy Hospital and Medical CenterChief Residency2012Medicine
    University of California San FranciscoPrimary Care Research Fellow2014General Internal Medicine
    University of California San FranciscoMAS with Specialization in Implementation Science2014Epidemiology and Biostatistics
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    American Geriatrics Society 2016Presidential Poster Award - Health and Healthcare Disparities Category
    National Institute on Aging2015 - 2017GEMSSTAR (R03)
    UCSF Pepper Center2015 - 2016Research Career Development Award
    National Institute on Aging2015Butler Williams Scholars Program (Summer Science Institute)
    National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities2014 - 2018Loan Repayment Program Recipient
    Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health of the American Public Health Association2014Best Published Paper Award
    University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health2008Delta Omega
    Albert Schweitzer Fellowship2007 - 2008Albert Schweitzer Fellow
    University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine2007Gold Humanism Honor Society
    JW Saxe Memorial Fund2002Prize for Public Service
    University of Illinois at Chicago2002Phi Beta Kappa
    National Security Education Program 2002 - 2003Boren Scholarship for Study Abroad (Taiwan)

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    My research focuses on examining the role of socio-cultural and environmental determinants in diet-related chronic diseases in minority and immigrant groups, particularly among Asian Americans and in aging populations. My research program aims to design and test innovative interventions that bridge the clinical and community settings to address modifiable risk factors, such as dietary habits and physical activity, for diet-related chronic diseases and to explore how age, immigration, language, culture and communication impact these factors.

    I recently completed a mixed methods community-based pilot study to explore the attitudes and beliefs surrounding the dietary behaviors of older Filipino adults with cardiovascular disease with a focus on how and why unhealthy eating habits may arise. We used participant surveys, Photovoice-guided focus groups and home visits to examine socio-cultural influences on dietary behaviors in this high risk population. I incorporated Photovoice, a CBPR methodology, where participants use photographs to communicate their “food experience” that can stimulate group discussion.

    My current work funded by the National Institute on Aging (GEMSSTAR) focuses on the contribution of food insecurity in diverse older adult patients with multiple chronic conditions, to assess the utility of Photovoice in eliciting patient beliefs and behaviors regarding food insecurity and to assess feasibility, acceptability and potential impact of using Photovoice as a communication and assessment tool around food insecurity within a primary care setting. Through a pilot feasibility study supported by the UCSF Pepper Center, I am also exploring the utility, acceptability and potential impact of patient-generated images on their diet (an application of Photovoice) on primary care interactions around diet-sensitive chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes. Lastly, I am also conducting a secondary analysis of the Health and Retirement Study to examine the relationship between food insecurity and multiple chronic conditions among older adults.


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    Identifying and Assessing Food Insecurity In Older Diverse Primary Care Patients
    NIH R03AG050880Aug 15, 2015 - May 31, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Nguyen TT, Tsoh JY, Woo K, Stewart SL, Le GM, Burke A, Gildengorin G, Pasick RJ, Wang J, Chan E, Fung LC, Jih J, McPhee SJ. Colorectal Cancer Screening and Chinese Americans: Efficacy of Lay Health Worker Outreach and Print Materials. Am J Prev Med. 2016 Dec 01. PMID: 27986352.
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    2. Jih J, Le G, Woo K, Tsoh JY, Stewart S, Gildengorin G, Burke A, Wong C, Chan E, Fung LC, Yu F, Pasick R, McPhee SJ, Nguyen TT. Educational Interventions to Promote Healthy Nutrition and Physical Activity Among Older Chinese Americans: A Cluster-Randomized Trial. Am J Public Health. 2016 Jun; 106(6):1092-8. PMID: 26985605.
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    3. Jih J, Vittinghoff E, Fernandez A. Patient-physician language concordance and use of preventive care services among limited English proficient Latinos and Asians. Public Health Rep. 2015 Mar-Apr; 130(2):134-42. PMID: 25729102; PMCID: PMC4315854 [Available on 03/01/16].
    4. Bares S, Steinbeck J, Bence L, Kordik A, Acree ME, Jih J, Farnan J, Watson S, Rasinski K, Schneider J, Pitrak D. Knowledge, Attitudes, and Ordering Patterns for Routine HIV Screening among Resident Physicians at an Urban Medical Center. J Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care. 2016 Jul; 15(4):320-7. PMID: 25320147.
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    5. Jih J, Mukherjea A, Vittinghoff E, Nguyen TT, Tsoh JY, Fukuoka Y, Bender MS, Tseng W, Kanaya AM. Using appropriate body mass index cut points for overweight and obesity among Asian Americans. Prev Med. 2014 Aug; 65:1-6. PMID: 24736092; PMCID: PMC4217157.
    6. Yeh SH, Tsai CY, Kao JH, Liu CJ, Kuo TJ, Lin MW, Huang WL, Lu SF, Jih J, Chen DS, Chen PJ. Quantification and genotyping of hepatitis B virus in a single reaction by real-time PCR and melting curve analysis. J Hepatol. 2004 Oct; 41(4):659-66. PMID: 15464248.
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    7. Tzavos A, Jih J, Ragozzino ME. Differential effects of M1 muscarinic receptor blockade and nicotinic receptor blockade in the dorsomedial striatum on response reversal learning. Behav Brain Res. 2004 Sep 23; 154(1):245-53. PMID: 15302131; PMCID: PMC3206590.
    8. Ragozzino ME, Jih J, Tzavos A. Involvement of the dorsomedial striatum in behavioral flexibility: role of muscarinic cholinergic receptors. Brain Res. 2002 Oct 25; 953(1-2):205-14. PMID: 12384254.
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