Melinda Bender, RN, PhD
|School||UCSF School of Nursing|
|Department||Family Health Care Nursing|
|Address||2 Koret Way|
San Francisco CA 94143
|Elizabeth Mottet Endowment||
||2008|| Elizabeth Mottet Endowment Scholar|
|Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, San Diego||
||2008||Achievement Reward for College Scientists (ARCS) Annual Award|
| Achievement Rewards for College Scientists||2008
||2011||Achievement Reward for College Scientists (ARCS)|
| University of San Diego, School of Nursing||
||2009||Dean's Scholarship Research Award|
|Clinical and Translational Science Institute||
||2011||Child Health, Clinical and Translational Research Fellow|
| Sigma Theta Tau International, Zeta Mu Chapter||
||2011||Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing Scholar|
| Institute for Health Care Advancement||
||2013|| 12th Annual Health Literacy Award for Research|
| Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health||
||2014||2014 APIC Best Published Paper|
|Philippine Nurses Association of America||2015
||2016|| Leadership Fellowship Award|
In an effort to improve health equity and reduce health disparities
, my research centers on prevention of obesity and obesity related chronic disease
, particularly diabetes and cardiovascular disease among under represented Asian American subgroups
, specifically Filipinos and Latinos. I focus on community based participatory weight loss lifestyle interventions using mobile technology (e.g.
, mobile apps
, social media) that are cultural adapted to improve relevancy for the target populations. It is important to include a community health worker model when designing community-based lifestyle intervention programs in order to promote recruitment
, engagement and retention
, especially for hard-to-reach populations.
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