The DREAMS-CDTR Seminar Series with Dr. Wagahta Semere


On behalf of the leaders of the Diabetes Research for Equity through Advanced Multilevel Science Center for Diabetes Translational Research (DREAMS-CDTR), you are invited to:

Research in Progress Seminar Series (via Zoom)

Monday, February 14th, from 3:00 PM-4:00 PM

Zoom link:

Password: 336965

“Caregivers Matter: Secure Messaging in a Diverse, Older Cohort of Patients with Type 2 Diabetes”


Wagahta Semere, MD, MHS


Dr. Wagahta Semere is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCSF and Primary Care Physician at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. She received her undergraduate degree in Biomechanical Engineering from Stanford University and completed medical school at the University of Michigan. She went on to train in Internal Medicine at Yale University, where she also completed her health services research fellowship through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. Dr. Semere’s research is focused on promoting and implementing communication strategies that engage caregivers in support of effective chronic illness management for racially, ethnically diverse, and low-income patients. She has a Career Development Award funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, through which she is examining whether and how caregiver involvement in secure messaging influences the ability of racially and ethnically diverse patients with type 2 diabetes to effectively communicate with their primary care physicians. 

(NOTE: The presenter has kindly agreed to have the presentation recorded for those who are unable to attend)

The Diabetes Research for Equity through Advanced Multilevel Science Center for Diabetes Translational Research (DREAMS-CDTR) [2 P30 DK092924-11] aims to advance health equity science through the development and translation of: 1) innovations and structural changes to healthcare delivery systems that substantively reduce health inequalities; and 2) innovative, scalable interventions to alter the socioenvironmental drivers of the type 2 diabetes epidemic and associated disparities. Focusing on the northern California and its Central Valley region, the CDTR conducts clinical research and interventions designed to inform practice and policy change at the health system, community and policy levels. The DREAMS-CDTR (formerly Health Delivery Systems) brings together translational science core faculty, half of whom are from groups under-represented in science, who have expertise in diverse, multi-level areas including: food insecurity; medication adherence; health communication; health IT; social policy; and cost effectiveness analysis. DREAMS-CDTR involves 5 regional academic sites with a range of public and non-profit health systems that serve large and diverse populations: Kaiser Permanente Northern California’s Division of Research, Stanford University, and the University of California at San Francisco, Merced and Davis.