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Every week, we feature one of our talented faculty, staff, or trainees.
Dallas Augustine, PhD
Research Associate with AMEND
What is your role in the division?
First and foremost, I work alongside David Cloud to evaluate the effectiveness of AMEND's program initiatives in improving prison resident and staff health and reaching additional correctional goals. I also execute additional research projects on correctional health, working to push AMEND's contributions out into world via academic scholarship.
What’s one “fun fact” about you that not many people know? (i.e. hidden talent)
I used to run a needle exchange program! The Orange County Needle Exchange Program (OCNEP) was the first NEP in Orange County. Though it has since closed and was hotly contested, I'm proud of the work we did to curb the spread of HIV/HCV, minimize soft tissue injuries, prevent overdoses, and generally serve our community while we operated!
What’s your favorite aspect of your role at UCSF and why?
My role at UCSF allows me to combine my dual experience and interests in criminal justice (specifically correctional) reform and reducing health inequalities. With AMEND, I get to conduct original research that will make both an academic and real world impact. It is so exciting to be part of such an innovative project that is already changing correctional culture in the U.S. for the better, even in such early stages; I can't wait to see what can happen as we continue to grow.
What are you happiest doing, when you're not working?
Rock climbing outdoors! There's nothing like battling your way up the face of a rock wall and then making it to the top, rewarded by gorgeous views of nature and crisp, clean air. And repelling down afterward is pretty fun, too.
What would your back-up career be?
I strongly believe the Maya Angelou quote: "At the end of the day, people won't remember what you said or did, they'll remember how you made them feel." It is a constant reminder that all the work we do should be grounded in warmth, kindness, and compassion and that character makes the most important impact.
Our mission is to improve the care of older patients locally and nationally through outstanding teaching and design of innovative curricula. We train physicians and other health professionals from first year students to seasoned clinicians in settings ranging from classroom to clinic and hospital to home.
We are specialists who provide person-centered medical care that reaches older persons where ever they need it--in hospitals, clinics or in their homes. Dignity, independence and choice are the focus of every healthcare decision.
Our research is grounded in a deep respect for older persons, and a commitment to improving their health, well-being, and quality of life. Our commitment extends to all older persons across the spectrum of the aging experience.