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Jane Jih, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor

3333 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

My research focuses on reducing health disparities among older minority and immigrant populations by leveraging technology to support patient-centered care and outcomes. As a practicing general internist, I aim to design and test innovative technology-based interventions for primary care that are person-centered and bridge the community and clinical settings to improve chronic disease management in diverse aging populations.

My current research program has focused on developing Photovoice, a participatory methodology, as a technology-based tool for older adult patients in the clinical setting. I have completed a community-based study to explore the attitudes and beliefs surrounding the dietary behaviors of older Filipino adults with cardiovascular disease. In this pilot study, I used Photovoice guided focus groups, where participants use photos to communicate their "food experience" to facilitate 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.

In the Photos to Promote Health study, supported by UCSF Pepper Center, I have developed a novel Photovoice intervention to assess dietary behaviors and their contextual factors and to facilitate patient-provider communication on this topic in the clinical setting among older adults with chronic disease.

Education and Training

Location Degree or Training Specialty Date
University of California San Francisco Primary Care Research Fellow General Internal Medicine 2014
University of California San Francisco MAS with Specialization in Implementation Science Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2014
Mercy Hospital and Medical Center Chief Residency Medicine 2012
University of Chicago Medical Center Internship & Residency Medicine 2011
University of Illinois at Chicago MD Medicine 2008
University of Illinois at Chicago MPH Epidemiology 2008
University of Illinois at Chicago BA Psychology 2003


Asian American health, Filipino American health, Immigrant health disparities, Photovoice, chronic disease, community based participatory research (CBPR), diabetes, dietary behaviors, food insecurity, geriatric nutrition, health communication, minority aging, minority health disparities, multi-morbidity, narrative medicine, obesity, physical activity

Awards and Honors
2016   Presidential Poster Award - Health and Healthcare Disparities Category, American Geriatrics Society, 2016
2015   Research Career Development Award, UCSF Pepper Center, 2015-2016
2015   Butler Williams Scholars Program (Summer Science Institute), National Institute on Aging, 2015
2014   Loan Repayment Program Recipient, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, 2014-2018
2014   Best Published Paper Award, Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health of the American Public Health Association, 2014
2008   Delta Omega, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, 2008
2007   Albert Schweitzer Fellow, Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, 2007-2008
2007   Gold Humanism Honor Society, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, 2007
2002   Prize for Public Service, JW Saxe Memorial Fund, 2002
2002   Boren Scholarship for Study Abroad (Taiwan), National Security Education Program, 2002-2003
2002   Phi Beta Kappa, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2002

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Awarded Grants

Project Title Project Number Fiscal Year
Identifying and Assessing Food Insecurity In Older Diverse Primary Care Patients R03AG050880 2017
Recent Articles (11)

Jih J, Stijacic-Cenzer I, Seligman HK, Boscardin WJ, Nguyen TT, Ritchie CS. Chronic disease burden predicts food insecurity among older adults. Public Health Nutrition. 2017; in press.

Jih J, Nguyen MP, Ly I, Tsoh JY, Le GM, Woo K, Chan E, Gildengorin G, Stewart SL, Burke A, Pasick R, McPhee SJ, Nguyen TT. The Role of Physician Recommendation in Colorectal Cancer Screening Receipt Among Immigrant Chinese Americans. J Immigr Minor Health. 2017 Nov 22.

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. 2017 Mar; 52(3):e67-e76.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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