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Team Biographies

iN Touch
Obese Teens and Young Adults Using Mobile Devices to Track ODLs

Katherine Kim, M.P.H., MBA, Ph.D. Candidate
Co-Principal Investigator
Professor in Residence of Biology, Health Equity Institute for Research, Practice and Policy
San Francisco State University

Katherine Kim, M.P.H., MBA, is Health Equity Institute professor of biology in residence at San Francisco State University. She is also program director of the SFSU-UCSF Cancer Center Partnership for Cancer Health Disparities. For more than 20 years, she has led teams to innovate and excel; her past experience includes roles at University of California Office of the President, Brown & Toland Medical Group, Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Alta Bates Medical Center. Kim's technology background includes roles such as director of health care product strategy at Oracle, CEO of a venture-funded startup company and leader of a technology incubator. She holds a master's of public health and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor's in biology from Harvard College.

Her research focuses on innovation and adoption in health care technology and service delivery, as well as the role of diversity and leadership. Her past projects include the creation of an 11-hospital collaborative to improve use of medical devices and a seven-clinic collaborative to research models of specialty care access. She is co-chair of the State of California Health and Human Services Information Technology Workgroup.

The Health Equity Institute for Research Practice and Policy (HEI) at San Francisco State University seeks to advance health equity through research, practice and policy. HEI conducts research on health disparities and interventions that lead to health equity and collaborates with community-based organizations and businesses to support the effective adoption and adaptation of evidence-based approaches in real world settings.

Christina Sabee, Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
San Francisco State University

Christina Sabee, Ph.D., will lead the evaluation and assessment of the iN Touch project. She is an assistant professor of communications studies at San Francisco State University. Her research focuses on power and the strategic nature of interpersonal communication, especially in health care settings. Sabee has published health-related articles about technology and patient-clinician communication in Health Communication, Journal of Health Communication, Patient Education and Counseling and Southern Communication Journal. She has extensive experience in a variety of evaluation methodologies and in both qualitative and quantitative analysis of data as a part of her research and teaching. Sabee holds a doctorate in communication studies from Northwestern University.

Tom Bodenheimer, M.D.
Co-Principal Investigator
Professor of Family and Community Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

Tom Bodenheimer, M.D., is a general internist who received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed his residency at the University of California, San Francisco. He spent 32 years in primary care practice in San Francisco's Mission District – 10 years in community health centers and 22 years in private practice. He is currently a professor of family and community medicine at University of California, San Francisco and a member of the Institute of Medicine. He is co-author of the books Improving Primary Care: Strategies and Tools for a Better Practice and Understanding Health Policy. He has written numerous health policy articles for the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association and Annals of Internal Medicine. Dr. Bodenheimer has trained more than 50 health coaches, led collaboratives in primary care redesign for public health and has written on health coaching and a new vision for primary care. He is currently running a collaborative that aims to improve primary care in 10 clinics.

Hali Hammer, M.D.
Center Liason
San Francisco General Hospital Family Health Center and Urgent Care Center

Hali Hammer, M.D., is medical director of the San Francisco General Hospital Family Health Center and Urgent Care Center. She serves as the the clinical champion and liaison to the hospital’s IT department, provides resources to project staff and communicates with senior management of the hospital as needed on behalf of the project. Working within the rubric of continuous quality improvement, Dr. Hammer has participated in a number of different chronic illness collaboratives, including the California Academic Chronic Care Collaborative, the American Association of Medical Colleges Improving Chronic Illness Education Collaborative and the California Chronic Care Learning Communities Collaborative.

Douglas Trauner
Technology Partner
Health Analytic Services, Inc. /

Douglas Trauner is CEO and a founder of Health Analytic Services, Inc., which created the mobile- and web-based consumer life tracking service He previously worked in business development at Hewlett Packard’s telecom software division; co-founded and served as CFO of PM Squared; and was a business analyst for venture capital company San Francisco Sentry. Trauner holds a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the University of California, San Diego.

Team Members

Janelle Charles
Research Assistant
San Francisco State University

Holly Logan
Project Manager
San Francisco State University

Yulia Rivelis
Health Coach

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