Rena J. Pasick, DrPH
Professor Emerita, Department of Medicine, UCSF
Dr. Pasick's 30-year career has focused exclusively on cancer inequities and disparities among the low-income and ethnically diverse communities and clinical settings of the San Francisco Bay Area. Trained in Public Health, her early work consisted of multi-ethnic, multi-lingual randomized clinical trial intervention research. The limitations of the theories and methods led her to explore alternative approaches and then to foster broad acceptance of mixed qualitative-quantitative methodologies and blended inductive-deductive paradigms. This work illuminated the role of culture and social context in cancer inequities and disparities, and the development of more real-world interventions.
Frustrated by a lack of diversity among researchers in the population sciences, Dr. Pasick developed and sustained for twenty years an NCI-funded diversity training program to encourage under-represented master's level students and professionals on to the doctorate and careers as leaders in health disparities research. To date, nearly 250 program alumni have entered doctoral programs and 150 have graduated with their doctorates. Many of these individuals are now on faculty all over the US including UCSF.
In addition to her research and training programs, Dr. Pasick served as the Director of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center's Office of Community Engagement for 15 years where she established a faith-based health ministries program spanning 4 SF Bay Area counties. She currently co-leads the SF CAN Prostate Cancer Initiative that aims to eliminate the disparity in prostate cancer in the City/County of San Francisco working with community members and across SF health care institutions.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, B.S., Dental Hygiene, 1972
George Washington University, Washington, D.C., M.A., Health Care Administration, 1978
University of California, Berkeley, M.P.H., Health Education, 1980
University of California, Berkeley, Dr. P.H., Health Policy and Administration, 1985