Dr. Palmer is an Associate Professor at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, with secondary appointments in the Departments of Urology and Radiation Oncology. She has a long history and commitment to health equity research. Her research focuses on unraveling the mechanisms of cancer disparities in high-quality cancer care and health outcomes among African Americans, with a depth of knowledge in cultural influence, patient-centered care and communication, and strategies that enhance delivery of high-quality cancer care. Community engagement is the foundation of her work and she strongly believes in the adage, “nothing about me without me,” as patients’ and communities’ perspectives are essential to advance research and optimize health care.
Dr. Palmer currently has a National Cancer Institute-funded career development award to bridge the divide between low-income African American men and equal prostate cancer (PCa) treatment by anchoring the evidence-based intervention of peer navigation in the relational concept of African American brotherhood as a means to foster trust and empowerment, and optimize patient-centered communication and quality of care. She has led and collaborated on various research projects on PCa and patient-provider communication, including a scoping review to characterize the growing body of literature on postoperative patient-initiated communication after hospital discharge. She is co-leader of the Prostate Cancer Task Force of the San Francisco Cancer Initiative (SF CAN), which aims to eliminate PCa disparities among African American men through community and healthcare system engagement to advance education, ensure early detection and appropriate follow-up of aggressive disease, implement navigation and support services, and engage in multiple institutional partnerships that ensure high-quality care throughout the city and county of San Francisco. To promote PCa survivorship, empowerment and patient engagement, she established and oversees two support groups in the San Francisco Bay Area for African American men facing PCa – one that has been thriving since September 2014 and another that was launched January 2020. Several group participants also serve as advisors to her ongoing research program.
December 1, 2021 - November 30, 2024 - An Atlas of Human Prostate Across Ancestries , PI of Community Engagement . Sponsor: Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (Advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation), Sponsor Award ID: P0559192
January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2023 - PACE Yourself: Optimizing Patient- Centered Communication for Prostate Cancer Care in the Safety-Net , PI . Sponsor: Mike Slive Foundation for Prostate Cancer Research's pilot grant program, Sponsor Award ID:
October 22, 2021 - April 21, 2023 - HERE with Community (Health Equity REsearch with Community health centers) , Dual-PI . Sponsor: PCORI – Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Sponsor Award ID: P0554210 [CA-0184403]
September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2022 - Constructing a Relational Bridge to Achieve High-Quality Prostate Cancer Care for African Americans , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: K01CA211965