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Jane Jih, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor

3333 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

I am a practicing general internist and investigator in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. My overall research program aims to reduce health disparities and promote health equity among multiethnic and linguistically diverse older adults by developing and evaluating innovative, patient-centered interventions. In addition to research, I also engage in clinical teaching and research mentoring of residents and students. I serve as the Associate Director for the Pathway to Discovery in Health & Society.

My current research focuses on:
a) the influence of contextual factors (e.g. race/ethnicity, language, culture, health behaviors, patient preferences and goals) on chronic disease self-management, particularly among patients with multiple chronic conditions;
b) patient-provider communication about contextual factors with particular interest in unmet health-related social needs (e.g. food insecurity);
c) use of photos as a tool to communicate about contextual factors important in chronic disease self-management. This work is based on the premise that photos can promote efficient information exchange and activate patients to communicate their complex lived experiences, including their goals and preferences that may otherwise be difficult to elicit or challenging to discuss in current clinical practice.

Education and Training

Location Degree or Training Specialty Date
UCSF Primary Care Research Fellowship 2014
UCSF MAS with Specialization in Implementation Science 2014
Mercy Hospital and Medical Center Internal Medicine Chief Residency 2012
University of Chicago Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency 2011
University of Illinois at Chicago MD 2008
University of Illinois at Chicago MPH, Epidemiology 2008
University of Illinois at Chicago BA, Psychology 2003


Asian American health, Filipino American health, Photovoice, aging, chronic disease self-management, community based participatory research (CBPR), contextual factors, diabetes, dietary behaviors, food insecurity, geriatrics, health communication, health disparities, multiple chronic conditions, narrative medicine, obesity, patient-provider communication, photo elicitation, physical activity, social determinants of health, technology-based interventions

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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In the News

Awarded Grants

Project Title Project Number Fiscal Year
Identifying and Assessing Food Insecurity In Older Diverse Primary Care Patients R03AG050880 2017
Recent Articles (13)

Jih J, Quema P, Antonio LM, Villero OO, Roque M, Domingo J, Landicho J, Napoles A, Kaplan CP, Nguyen TT. Application of Photovoice with Focus Groups to Explore Dietary Behaviors of Older Filipino Adults with Cardiovascular Disease. J Health Dispar Res Pract. 2018; in press.

Palmer NR, Gregorich SE, Livaudais-Toman J, Jih J, Kaplan CP. Racial and Ethnic Differences in Prostate Cancer Survivors' Perceived Engagement in Treatment Decision-Making. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2018 Mar 07.

Jih J, Stijacic-Cenzer I, Seligman HK, Boscardin WJ, Nguyen TT, Ritchie CS. Chronic disease burden predicts food insecurity among older adults. Public Health Nutr. 2018 Feb 01; 1-6.

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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