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About PREPARE

The PREPARE website is designed to help people and their loved ones prepare for medical decision making.

 

The PREPARE Team

Author

Rebecca Sudore, MD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics at UCSF (profile: geriatrics.ucsf.edu/about/faculty_profiles.html?key=a6e2d67c290ca93eae39500802914eed) and VA Staff Physician at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Rebecca is passionate about making medical information easier to understand. She is also passionate about helping patients and their families make informed medical decisions. Her grandparents and her patients have been her biggest inspiration.

Rebecca has worked with the Institute for Healthcare Advancement to create an advance directive for California that is easy to read, free, and available in six languages. www.iha4health.org

Program Developer

David Farrell, MPH, is the President of People Designs (peopledesigns.com), a health communications and development firm. David has worked with many researchers and community organizations nationally and internationally to develop easy-to-use websites. He is passionate about making medical information easy to access and user friendly.

Contributors

Our Expert Panel and Consultants:

Louise Aronson, MD, MFA, Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSF Division of Geriatrics (profile: geriatrics.ucsf.edu/about/faculty_profiles.html?key=e4128e10484dbdbcb7326d47a0383645)

Expertise in Geriatrics, health literacy, health communication, and advance care planning

Darren Dewalt, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, UNC Division of General Internal Medicine, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (profile: : www.hpdp.unc.edu/research/research-fellows-program/current-fellows/darren-dewalt)

Expertise in health literacy, health communication, and advance care planning

Erin Henke, Program Manager for the California Coalition for Compassionate Care (coalitionccc.org)

Expertise in advance care planning and community development

Hilary Seligman, MD, MAS, Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine, and San Francisco General Center for Vulnerable Populations. (profile: cvp.ucsf.edu/faculty-hseligman.php)

Expertise in health literacy, health communication, underserved populations, and advance care planning

Alex Smith, MD, MS, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCSF Division of Geriatrics (profile: geriatrics.ucsf.edu/about/faculty_profiles.html?key=3dd2363926a0320038ddfc50001bc596)

Expertise in geriatrics, palliative care, and advance care planning

Eric Widera, MD. Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSF Division of Geriatrics (profile: geriatrics.ucsf.edu/about/faculty_profiles.html?key=a6b55f9d89a1492899731b3598846dac)

Expertise in geriatrics, palliative care, and advance care planning

Content Development

Debra Allen, Outreach coordinator and health literacy expert. Debra provided extensive help, suggestions, and support throughout this project.

Johnny Asbury, BS, provided a shoulder to cry on as well as content development & technical support

Shya Castillo, BS, research assistant extraordinaire. Shya helped to develop and copy edit the PREPARE content, the narrative dialogue scripts for the videos, and helped to pilot-test the website

Mari Feuz, BS, research assistant extraordinaire and pre-medical student. Mari helped with closed-captioning and pilot-testing of the website.

Ryan McMahan, BS, research assistant extraordinaire and pre-medical student. Ryan helped develop the PREPARE content and pilot-testing of the website.

Barry Schwenkmeyer: Script dialogue consultant for all video content.

Michael Villaire, MSLM, Chief Operating Officer of the Institute for Healthcare Advancement, the community organization which hosts the easy-to-read advance directive Dr. Sudore created (www.iha4health.org). Michael is a health literacy expert and language consultant. He helped to ensure the website would be easy-to-read and understand.

Vivien Yadegar, BS, research assistant extraordinaire. Vivien helped with closed-captioning and pilot-testing of the website.

Video Production

Actors:

Sally Hogarty
(Anne)
Allen Duzak
(Phil)
Amelia Avila
(Dr. Garcia)
Roque Gutierrez
(Jorge)
Elaine Brovont
(Linda)
Micaela Castro
(Rita)
Carla Pauli
(Vera)
Michael Barnaba
(Dr. Thomas)
Dorothy Endow
(Helen)
Bob Mah
(John)
Alex Hsu
(David)
Doug Leurey
(Ken)
Cynthia Gatlin
(Cynthia)
Jack Pollard
(James)

Video Production Company: LIZMAR, www.lizmar.com

Producer: Nancy White

Director: Mark Wright

Talent Coordinator/Make-up & Hair: Lauri Clark

Director of Photography: John Butera

Lighting/Sound: Brad Seals, Gerald R. Neuman, Jr.

Gaffer/Teleprompter: Paciano Triunfo

Production Assistants: Michael Jorgenson, Mariah Fraumeni

Stage: The Annex Studios

Post Production, Editing: Rene White Jr., Nancy White

Post Production, Composting/Encoding: Nancy White

Funding for PREPARE has been provided by:

The S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Family Foundation

The National Palliative Care Research Center

The Hellman Family Foundation

For copyright information, contact:

UCSF Office of Technology Management (otm.ucsf.edu/Pol/otmCopyright.asp)

For additional information, contact:

Rebecca Sudore, MD., San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center, San Francisco, CA 94121, (415) 221-4810 extension 3475, Rebecca.Sudore@va.gov

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