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Melinda Bender, RN, PhD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Francisco
DepartmentFamily Health Care Nursing
Address2 Koret Way
San Francisco CA 94143
Phone415-502-5668
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    Achievement Rewards for College Scientists2008  - 2011Achievement Reward for College Scientists (ARCS)
    Clinical and Translational Science Institute  - 2011Child Health, Clinical and Translational Research Fellow
    Institute for Health Care Advancement  - 2013 12th Annual Health Literacy Award for Research
    Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health  - 20142014 APIC Best Published Paper
    Philippine Nurses Association of America2015  - 2016 Leadership Fellowship Award
    Programs to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE)2017  - 2018Research in Implementation Science for Equity (RISE) - Training Award

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    In an effort to improve health equity and reduce health disparities, my area of research is, health promotion and obesity related chronic disease prevention (e.g. hypertension, diabetes, and, cardiovascular disease) among high-risk understudied minority populations, particularly Filipinos,, other Asian subgroups, and Latinos. My research focuses on Dissemination and Implementation Science, translating evidence-based lifestyle interventions to real-world settings with an emphasis on, community engagement for culturally tailored interventions that incorporates a community health, worker model. I employ mobile technologies (smartphones/tables) to augment intervention delivery, mobile apps for tracking health behaviors, and social media for virtual social support. Combined, these strategies are used to enhance intervention recruitment, engagement, and adoption, especially, for at-risk hard-to-reach populations. Through my research, I support student interns from diverse, backgrounds to increase diversity in health related professions, research and academia.


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    Applying Virtual Social Networking to Diabetes Prevention For Filipino Americans
    NIH/NIDDK R34DK102100Mar 15, 2014 - Feb 29, 2016
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator

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    1. Melinda S Bender1*, PhD, RN, PNP-BC; Bruce A Cooper2*, PhD; Linda G Park3*, PNP, RN, FNP-BC, FAHA; Sara Padash4*, BS; Shoshana Arai1*, PhD, RN.A Feasible and Efficacious Mobile-Phone Based Lifestyle Intervention for Filipino Americans with Type 2 Diabetes: Randomized Controlled Trial. A Feasible and Efficacious Mobile-Phone Based Lifestyle Intervention for Filipino Americans with Type 2 Diabetes: Randomized Controlled Trial. 2017; 2(2):e30.
    2. Maglalang DD, Yoo GJ, Ursua RA, Villanueva C, Chesla CA, Bender M. "I don't have to explain, people understand": Acceptability and Cultural Relevance of a Mobile Health Lifestyle Intervention for Filipinos with Type 2 Diabetes. Ethn Dis. 2017; 27(2):143-154. PMID: 28439185.
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    3. Bender M, Santos GM, Villanueva C, Arai S. Development of a Mobile Phone-Based Weight Loss Lifestyle Intervention for Filipino Americans with Type 2 Diabetes: Protocol and Early Results From the PilAm Go4Health Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2016 Sep 08; 5(3):e178. PMID: 27608829.
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    4. Bender M, Martinez S, Kennedy C. Designing a Culturally Appropriate Visually Enhanced Low-Text Mobile Health App Promoting Physical Activity for Latinos: A Qualitative Study. J Transcult Nurs. 2016 07; 27(4):420-8. PMID: 25556208.
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    5. Choi J, Bender M, Arai S, Fukuoka Y. Factors Associated with Underestimation of Weight Status among Caucasian, Latino, Filipino, and Korean Americans--DiLH Survey. Ethn Dis. 2015; 25(2):200-7. PMID: 26118149; PMCID: PMC4534087.
    6. Bender M, Choi J, Arai S, Paul SM, Gonzalez P, Fukuoka Y. Digital technology ownership, usage, and factors predicting downloading health apps among caucasian, filipino, korean, and latino americans: the digital link to health survey. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2014 Oct 22; 2(4):e43. PMID: 25339246; PMCID: PMC4259923.
    7. Fukuoka Y, Bender M, Choi J, Gonzalez P, Arai S. Gender differences in lay knowledge of type 2 diabetes symptoms among community-dwelling Caucasian, Latino, Filipino, and Korean adults - DiLH survey. Diabetes Educ. 2014 Nov-Dec; 40(6):778-85. PMID: 25227121.
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    8. Bender M, Choi J, Won GY, Fukuoka Y. Randomized controlled trial lifestyle interventions for Asian Americans: a systematic review. Prev Med. 2014 Oct; 67:171-81. PMID: 25086326; PMCID: PMC4167567.
    9. Jih J, Mukherjea A, Vittinghoff E, Nguyen TT, Tsoh JY, Fukuoka Y, Bender M, 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.
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    10. Bender M, Clark MJ, Gahagan S. Community engagement approach: developing a culturally appropriate intervention for Hispanic mother-child dyads. J Transcult Nurs. 2014 Oct; 25(4):373-82. PMID: 24595163; PMCID: PMC4155071.
    11. Bender M, Nader PR, Kennedy C, Gahagan S. A culturally appropriate intervention to improve health behaviors in Hispanic mother-child dyads. Child Obes. 2013 Apr; 9(2):157-63. PMID: 23514697; PMCID: PMC3621339.
    12. Bender M, Clark MJ. Cultural Adaptation for Ethnic Diversity: A Review of Obesity Interventions for Preschool Children. Calif J Health Promot. 2011 Sep; 9(2):40. PMID: 24159268.
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