Dr. Nynikka Palmer elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Communication in Healthcare

Congrats to Dr. Nynikka Palmer!

Nynikka Palmer, DrPH, MPH was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Communication in Healthcare, the premier research education and advocacy organization whose mission is to improve communication in contemporary healthcare.

Nynikka will serve as Expert in Communication Research to Promote Health Equity.

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Nynikka Palmer, DrPH, MPH is an Assistant 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. Her research program focuses on unraveling multilevel mechanisms of cancer disparities – particularly inequities in quality of care among African American men with prostate cancer, cultural influence, patient-centered communication, and strategies to enhance delivery of high-quality cancer care. She currently has a National Cancer Institute K01 career development award to bridge the divide between low-income African American men and equal prostate cancer 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 is also quantitatively examining the communication patterns between newly diagnosed African American prostate cancer patients and their providers in the context of treatment decision-making and patient-centered communication, using the Roter Interaction Analysis System. Additionally, she has established a support group for African American men facing prostate cancer to promote survivorship and empowerment, which has been thriving since September 2014. She is also co-leader of the Prostate Cancer Task Force of the San Francisco Cancer Initiative (SF CAN) – a city-wide initiative to eliminate prostate cancer disparities through community outreach and education, targeted early detection and appropriate follow-up of aggressive disease, navigation and support services, and institutional partnerships that ensure high-quality care across healthcare institutions.