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Sheba George, PhD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionCharles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
DepartmentPreventive and Social Medicine
Address1731 E. 120th Street
Los Angeles CA 90059
Phone(323) 249-5733
Fax(323) 249-5726
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    Pomona College, Claremont, USABA1988Sociology
    University of California, Berkeley, USAMA1991Sociology
    University of California, Berkeley, USAPhD2000Sociology
    UCLA, Los Angeles, USANIMHD HIV Research Post Doctoral Training2007Sociology
    1999Cheryl Miller Award for the Best Scholarly Achievement on Women and Work, Sociologists for Women in Society and the American Sociological Association
    1999Dean's Dissertation Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley
    1999Gertrude Jaeger Award for Best Paper, Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
    2000Minority Scholar Fellowship, Pomona College
    2006Editor’s Pick for the “Best of Journal of General Internal Medicine” Publication Award, Journal of General Internal Medicine
    2010Distinguished Paper Reviewer Award, American Medical Informatics Association
    2011Nomination for Top Sociotechnical/Medical Informatics Research Published in a Peer Reviewed Journal, American Medical Informatics Association
    2016Nomination for Top Sociotechnical/Medical Informatics Research Published in a Peer Reviewed Journal, American Medical Informatics Association

    Dr. George's current interests broadly center on how the use of health information technologies is mediated by social and cultural variables - such as race/ethnicity, organizational culture, class and immigration status – to impact health communication and health literacy among populations experiencing health disparities. Over the past few years, her research has focused on the intersection of technology and health, specifically on the sociotechnical challenges in the use of health information technologies such as electronic health records, telemedicine and mobile technologies among urban, underserved populations and health care providers in community clinics. Technological advances that allow innovations such as mobile apps are very exciting since they have the potential to be very effective responses to the problem of limited healthcare resources. However, there can be incongruities between the biomedical aims that drive such solutions and the on-the-ground experiences of those administering and receiving care, making essential the role of sociocultural variables, health communication, health literacy and community based participatory research approaches. In conducting such research, she has used a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods, including ethnographic field research methods, in-depth interviewing, focus group interviewing, content analysis of archival materials and survey methods. She has demonstrated versatility in conducting interview based research in four different languages in a variety of cultural contexts, both in the United States and abroad. Her research using these methods has resulted in over 40 peer-reviewed publications, including a co-authored book, a second sole authored book, both published by the University of California Press. Her well-reviewed sole authored book, “When Women Come First: Gender and Class in Transnational Migration,” has been translated into Japanese for a second edition.

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    1. Siapno AED, Gaither TW, Tandel MD, Kwan L, Meng YY, Connor SE, Maliski SL, Fink A, George S, Litwin MS. Impact of Comprehensive Health Insurance on Quality of Life in Low-Income Hispanic Men with Prostate Cancer. Urology. 2023 Feb; 172:89-96. PMID: 36400270.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    2. Carson SL, Hong C, Behforouz H, Chang E, Dixon LZ, Factor D, George SM, Lewis J, Majeno A, Morales M, Porter C, Shah A, Vassar SD, Brown AF. Mechanisms for Community Health Worker Action on Patient-, Institutional-, and Community-Level Barriers to Primary Care in a Safety-Net Setting. J Ambul Care Manage. 2022 Jan-Mar 01; 45(1):22-35. PMID: 34812754; PMCID: PMC8622376.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    3. George S, Silva L, Llamas M, Ramos I, Joe J, Mendez J, Salazar R, Tehan J, Vasquez T, Nealy S, Balcazar H. The Development of a Novel, Standards-Based Core Curriculum for Community Facing, Clinic-Based Community Health Workers. Front Public Health. 2021; 9:663492. PMID: 34164368; PMCID: PMC8215713.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Maghen A, Mendoza G, Vargas GB, Connor SE, Nassiri S, Kwan L, Wood EL, Lalezari J, Friedman S, Waterman AD, George S, Maliski SL, Veale JL. How Can We Help Alleviate the Financial Concerns of Non-Directed (Altruistic) Living Kidney Donors? Prog Transplant. 2021 03; 31(1):19-26. PMID: 33292055.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. George S, Dixon LZ, Carrasco E, Romo O, Vides L, Balcazar H. Talk to PAPA: A Systematic Review of Patient/Participant (PAPA) Feedback on Interactions With Community Health Workers Using a Depth Analysis Approach. J Ambul Care Manage. 2020 Jan/Mar; 43(1):55-70. PMID: 31770186; PMCID: PMC6884075.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. George S, Vassar SD, Norris K, Coleman B, Gonzalez C, Ishimori M, Morris D, Mtume N, Shapiro MF, Lucas-Wright A, Brown AF. Researcher perspectives on embedding community stakeholders in T1-T2 research: A potential new model for full-spectrum translational research - ADDENDUM. J Clin Transl Sci. 2019 Oct; 3(5):290. PMID: 31680693; PMCID: PMC6815765.
    7. George S, Vassar SD, Norris K, Coleman B, Gonzalez C, Ishimori M, Morris D, Mtume N, Shapiro MF, Lucas-Wright A, Brown AF. Researcher perspectives on embedding community stakeholders in T1-T2 research: A potential new model for full-spectrum translational research. J Clin Transl Sci. 2019 Jun; 3(2-3):120-124. PMID: 31660235; PMCID: PMC6802407.
      Citations: 2     
    8. Balcazar H, George S. Community Health Workers: Bringing a New Era of Systems Change to Stimulate Investments in Health Care for Vulnerable US Populations. Am J Public Health. 2018 06; 108(6):720-721. PMID: 29741936; PMCID: PMC5944897.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. George SM, Hayes EM, Fish A, Daskivich LP, Ogunyemi OI. Understanding the Knowledge Gap Experienced by U.S. Safety Net Patients in Teleretinal Screening. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2016; 2016:590-599. PMID: 28269855; PMCID: PMC5333296.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Swendeman D, Fehrenbacher AE, Ali S, George S, Mindry D, Collins M, Ghose T, Dey B. "Whatever I have, I have made by coming into this profession": the intersection of resources, agency, and achievements in pathways to sex work in Kolkata, India. Arch Sex Behav. 2015 May; 44(4):1011-23. PMID: 25583373; PMCID: PMC4382371.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. George SM, Kagawa Singer M. Stigma and On-line Health Information Seeking of U.S. South Asian Cancer Survivors. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2015; 216:996. PMID: 26262298.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. George S, Duran N, Norris K. A systematic review of barriers and facilitators to minority research participation among African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders. Am J Public Health. 2014 Feb; 104(2):e16-31. PMID: 24328648; PMCID: PMC3935672.
      Citations: 525     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Ogunyemi O, George S, Patty L, Teklehaimanot S, Baker R. Teleretinal screening for diabetic retinopathy in six Los Angeles urban safety-net clinics: final study results. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2013; 2013:1082-8. PMID: 24551394; PMCID: PMC3900130.
      Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    14. George S, Moran E, Duran N, Jenders RA. Using animation as an information tool to advance health research literacy among minority participants. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2013; 2013:475-84. PMID: 24551351; PMCID: PMC3900192.
      Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. George S, Garth B, Fish A, Baker R. Factors shaping effective utilization of health information technology in urban safety-net clinics. Health Informatics J. 2013 Sep; 19(3):183-97. PMID: 23981394; PMCID: PMC4779121.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. Ogunyemi O, Moran E, Patty Daskivich L, George S, Teklehaimanot S, Ilapakurthi R, Lopez K, Norris K. Autonomy versus automation: perceptions of nonmydriatic camera choice for teleretinal screening in an urban safety net clinic. Telemed J E Health. 2013 Aug; 19(8):591-6. PMID: 23763609; PMCID: PMC3719439.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. Wohl AR, Galvan FH, Carlos JA, Myers HF, Garland W, Witt MD, Cadden J, Operskalski E, Jordan W, George S. A comparison of MSM stigma, HIV stigma and depression in HIV-positive Latino and African American men who have sex with men (MSM). AIDS Behav. 2013 May; 17(4):1454-64. PMID: 23247362.
      Citations: 50     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Ogunyemi O, Teklehaimanot S, Patty L, Moran E, George S. Evaluating predictive modeling's potential to improve teleretinal screening participation in urban safety net clinics. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2013; 192:162-5. PMID: 23920536; PMCID: PMC3880369.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    19. George S, Moran E, Fish A, Ogunyemi L. Understanding the digital divide in the clinical setting: the technology knowledge gap experienced by US safety net patients during teleretinal screening. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2013; 192:946. PMID: 23920720.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    20. George S, Phillips R, McDavitt B, Adams W, Mutchler MG. The cellular generation and a new risk environment: implications for texting-based sexual health promotion interventions among minority young men who have sex with men. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2012; 2012:247-56. PMID: 23304294; PMCID: PMC3540519.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. McKay TA, McDavitt B, George S, Mutchler MG. 'Their type of drugs': perceptions of substance use, sex and social boundaries among young African American and Latino gay and bisexual men. Cult Health Sex. 2012; 14(10):1183-96. PMID: 23013278; PMCID: PMC3507549.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    22. George S, Hamilton A, Baker RS. How Do Low-Income Urban African Americans and Latinos Feel about Telemedicine? A Diffusion of Innovation Analysis. Int J Telemed Appl. 2012; 2012:715194. PMID: 22997511; PMCID: PMC3444862.
      Citations: 30     
    23. Fish A, George S, Terrien E, Eccles A, Baker R, Ogunyemi O. Workflow concerns and workarounds of readers in an urban safety net teleretinal screening study. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2011; 2011:417-26. PMID: 22195095; PMCID: PMC3243157.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    24. Ogunyemi O, Terrien E, Eccles A, Patty L, George S, Fish A, Teklehaimanot S, Ilapakurthi R, Aimiuwu O, Baker R. Teleretinal screening for diabetic retinopathy in six Los Angeles urban safety-net clinics: initial findings. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2011; 2011:1027-35. PMID: 22195163; PMCID: PMC3243231.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    25. Wohl AR, Galvan FH, Myers HF, Garland W, George S, Witt M, Cadden J, Operskalski E, Jordan W, Carpio F, Lee ML. Do social support, stress, disclosure and stigma influence retention in HIV care for Latino and African American men who have sex with men and women? AIDS Behav. 2011 Aug; 15(6):1098-110. PMID: 20963630.
      Citations: 92     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    26. Ghose T, Swendeman DT, George SM. The role of brothels in reducing HIV risk in Sonagachi, India. Qual Health Res. 2011 May; 21(5):587-600. PMID: 21266706.
      Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    27. Wohl AR, Galvan FH, Myers HF, Garland W, George S, Witt M, Cadden J, Operskalski E, Jordan W, Carpio F. Social support, stress and social network characteristics among HIV-positive Latino and African American women and men who have sex with men. AIDS Behav. 2010 Oct; 14(5):1149-58. PMID: 20107888.
      Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    28. Harawa NT, Sweat J, George S, Sylla M. Sex and condom use in a large jail unit for men who have sex with men (MSM) and male-to-female transgenders. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2010 Aug; 21(3):1071-87. PMID: 20693745; PMCID: PMC3820287.
      Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    29. Ogunyemi O, Mukherjee S, Ani C, Hindman D, George S, Ilapakurthi R, Verma M, Dayrit M. CEDRIC: a computerized chronic disease management system for urban, safety net clinics. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2010; 160(Pt 1):208-12. PMID: 20841679; PMCID: PMC3056884.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    30. George S, Garth B, Wohl AR, Galvan FH, Garland W, Myers HF. Sources and types of social support that influence engagement in HIV care among Latinos and African Americans. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2009 Nov; 20(4):1012-35. PMID: 20168014; PMCID: PMC3110696.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    31. George SM, Hamilton A, Baker R. Pre-experience perceptions about telemedicine among African Americans and Latinos in South Central Los Angeles. Telemed J E Health. 2009 Jul-Aug; 15(6):525-30. PMID: 19566397; PMCID: PMC2956566.
      Citations: 22     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    32. Robinson PL, Boscardin WJ, George SM, Teklehaimanot S, Heslin KC, Bluthenthal RN. The effect of urban street gang densities on small area homicide incidence in a large metropolitan county, 1994-2002. J Urban Health. 2009 Jul; 86(4):511-23. PMID: 19247837; PMCID: PMC2704266.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    33. Nyamathi A, Singh VP, Lowe A, Khurana A, Taneja D, George S, Fahey JL. Knowledge and Attitudes about HIV/AIDS among Homoeopathic Practitioners and Educators in India. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2008 Jun; 5(2):221-5. PMID: 18604257; PMCID: PMC2396477.
      Citations: 5     
    34. Ghose T, Swendeman D, George S, Chowdhury D. Mobilizing collective identity to reduce HIV risk among sex workers in Sonagachi, India: the boundaries, consciousness, negotiation framework. Soc Sci Med. 2008 Jul; 67(2):311-20. PMID: 18455855; PMCID: PMC2881846.
      Citations: 40     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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