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Alice Huan-mei Chen

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Alice Huan-mei Chen

Medical Director, General Medicine Clinic
San Francisco General Hospital
barriers to health care
impact of poverty, culture and policy on health care
patients with limited English skills
cultural and linguistic access to health care
patient-provider communication for Latinos
health of Asians and Pacific Islanders


Dr. Alice Huan-mei Chen is director of the General Medicine Clinic at San Francisco General Hospital, and an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. With a primary interest in how poverty, cultural differences and policy intersect to create barriers to care, Chen focuses on improving access to quality health care for health consumers with limited English skills. She has served as a board member on the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care, as a Soros physician advocacy fellow at the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, and as a health policy scholar-in-residence at The California Endowment, where she oversaw the language-access grant-making program. In addition to serving on numerous advisory committees on cultural and linguistic access, Chen is a member of the Scholars Network for Hablamos Juntos, which is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's initiative to improve patient-provider communication for Latinos. Currently, her projects include working with the California Academy of Family Physicians to develop a course for physicians on language barriers in health care, and participating in the Alameda County Coalition for Language Access in Healthcare to develop county-specific initiatives to improve language access. Chen is a graduate of Yale University, Stanford University Medical School, and the Harvard School of Public Health.

General Medicine Clinic, San Francisco General Hospital
Box 1364, SFGH Bldg. 10, 1315
San Francisco  California  94143
United States
Office Phone: 
(415) 206-4049
Office Fax: 
(415) 206-5586


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