Creating Economic Opportunities at PAMF

Edwin Gonzalez, Rebecca Ostrander and Harly Neumann accepting award from JobTrain.

PAMF received JobTrain’s Inaugural Bay Area Economic Opportunity Award for having hiring practices and programs that open up employment opportunities for people who are talented and skilled but have experienced barriers to employment.

A big thanks to Blair Arreguin, a recruiter at PAMF, who worked with JobTrain to place medical assistants at PAMF.

JobTrain is a non-profit organization with a mission to improve the lives of people through job skills training and placement.

A team including Harly Neumann, PhD, VP Human Resources; Edwin Gonzalez, recruitment team lead; and Rebecca Ostrander, recruitment lead; accepted the award during a ceremony at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos.

Out of many submissions from Bay Area companies, 18 finalists were selected to attend the event and six winners were chosen for the award. Some of the other finalists included Google, LinkedIn, Webcor and Intel.


Sutter Health Research Projects on Patient-Centered Care Receive National Awards

 Palo Alto, Calif., (Feb. 13, 2017) – The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) based in Washington, D.C., recently awarded funding to a study at Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) on improving communication between patients and primary care doctors, and to a PAMF project aimed at improving preventive care for seniors.

A study led by Ming Tai-Seale, Ph.D., MPH, associate director of PAMFRI, received $5.8 million to assess the effectiveness of three different approaches to enhancing patient-doctor communication in a primary care setting.

“We want to enable patients to have a voice in their care from the beginning,” said Dr. Tai-Seale. “This project encourages patients to be better prepared and to engage in shared decision making so that they will get more out of their visit. And it will help doctors and patients choose the best treatment plan for the patient.’’

Dr. Ming Tai-Seale at a conference held by Health Affairs, a leading policy journal.

Dr. Ming Tai-Seale at a conference held by Health Affairs, a leading policy journal.

An award for $50,000 went to the Guzik Family Center for Geriatrics and Palliative Care at PAMF to advance the Fostering Successful Aging project. Established in 2014, Fostering Successful Aging has received funding from PCORI for three consecutive years. The project’s goal is to engage older people, the medical community, researchers and other stakeholders in studying effective strategies to help seniors maintain their health and independence for as long as possible.

“This work focuses attention on value-based preventive care for seniors by discovering how patients can help contribute meaningfully to improving care for seniors both now and in the future,” said Peter H. Cheng, M.D., founder of the project and leader of geriatric medicine at PAMF’s Guzik Center.

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