November 14, 2023

Department faculty present studies illustrating the many facets of Family Medicine research at annual NAPCRG conference

Topics include how to support patients with chronic illness, how to account for social determinants of health, and new ways of conducting more humanistic research.

Department of Family Medicine clinician researchers brought their ‘A’ game to the 51st Annual NAPCRG annual meeting, held this year in San Francisco. NAPCRG holds the world’s largest primary care research conference and attracts hundreds of primary care doctors and researchers from the United States, Canada, and around the world.

Family Medicine researchers Justine Wu, Carol Shetty, P. Paul Chandanabhumma and Lauren Oshman at the annual NAPCRG conference
Drs. Justine Wu, Carol Shetty, P. Paul Chandanabhumma and Lauren Oshman dressed up as Mystery Inc. during the conference.

U-M’s clinician-researchers took part in three workshops, one forum, four oral presentations, and two poster presentations -- as well as having some fun dressing up for Halloween since this year's NAPCRG conference coincided with the holiday.

“Our researchers showed the wide range of topics that family medicine encompasses, from how to conduct research within a social justice, anti-racism framework to work that presents concrete ways to address social determinants of health and close the gap on health disparities,” said James E. Aikens, professor and associate chair for research programs for the Department of Family Medicine at U-M. “We were enthusiastic about sharing our work with so many of our peers and were glad to see so many of them show up at our various sessions.”

Their activities included:




P. Paul Chandanabhumma, Ph.D., MPH, Ananda Sen, Ph.D., Lauren Oshman, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Dipl ABOM, and Justine Wu, MD, MPH. Applying social justice frameworks to advance antiracism and health equity research: Approaches, challenges and opportunities.

Tammy Chang, MD, MPH, MS. Career arcs and their intersections among family medicine researchers: What can we learn from intergenerational discussions?

Tammy Chang, MD, MPH, MS and Lauren Oshman, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Dipl ABOM. The health innovator’s toolkit: Using a human-centered design approach to innovate healthcare research and delivery


Justine Wu, MD, MPH. Challenges in contraception, abortion, and miscarriage research in primary care: Strategies for moving forward

Oral Presentations

Marika Waselewski, MPH, Tammy Chang, MD, MPH, MS, and Lauren Oshman, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Dipl ABOM. Grocery delivery and low carbohydrate education to support patients with type 2 diabetes and food insecurity

Sherri Sheinfeld Gorin, Ph.D., Melissa DeJonckheere, Ph.D., and Samantha Chuisano. Influences on rural HPV vaccine hesitancy: A multi-level mixed methods study

Dr. Lorraine Buis conducts an oral presentation at the 2023 NAPCRG conference
Dr. Lorraine Buis conducts a presentation at NAPCRG 2023

Lorraine (Laurie) Buis, Ph.D., Reema Kadri, Dongru Chen, and Zora Djuric, Ph.D. Understanding the effect of an mHealth approach for HTN management in uncontrolled hypertensive blacks

Carole Shetty, MD,  Justine Wu, MD, MPH, P. Paul Chandanabhumma, Ph.D, MPH, Lauren Oshman, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Dipl ABOM. Structural racism impacts newborn drug testing: Comparing the perspectives of birthing people and professionals.

Poster Presentations

Lauren Oshman, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Dipl ABOM, and Marika Waselewski, MPH. Qualitative perspectives on food delivery and low carbohydrate education for people with food insecurity and type 2 diabetes.

Justine Wu, MD, MPH, and Murphy Van Sparrentak, MSW. A contraceptive decision tool for people with medical conditions in primary care: A mixed methods pilot study

In addition to these activities, Family Medicine Professor Diane Harper, M.D., MPH, MS, was inducted into the Past Presidents Society of NAPCRG as the 24th most recent past president. Read about her role as outgoing president here.

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