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Rahima J. Gates

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Rahima J. Gates

Assistant Researcher, Institute for Health & Aging
University of California, San Francisco
Expertise: 
medical anthropology
health and illness across cultures and through the various stages of life
chronic illness among uninsured people of color
health literacy of African Americans
bioethical decision-making among ethnically diverse, low-income adults with end-stage AIDS and cancer
teenage parenting, family reunification and maternal drug abuse

Biography

Dr. R. Jan Gates is a medical anthropologist and faculty member of UCSF's Institute for Health and Aging. She has worked with research teams studying health and illness cross-culturally and through the various stages of life. Dr. Gates is currently co-investigator of a National Institute of Aging/National Institutes of Health study of chronic illness among uninsured people of color. She is principal investigator of a study of cultural issues surrounding health literacy throughout African Americans' lives. Her current work primarily focuses on African Americans and people of color in the United States, but her previous research and training experiences include a dissertation-length study of cultural and community responses to African American infant mortality, applied research involving teenage parenting, family re-unification and maternal drug abuse, studies of tobacco use among elders, and bioethical decision-making among ethnically diverse, low-income adults with end-stage AIDS and cancer.

3333 California St., Laurel Heights 340
San Francisco  California  94143
United States
Office Phone: 
(415) 502-5237
Office Fax: 
(415) 476-3915

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