RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Area(s) of Expertise:
Integrating Social Determinants of Health Into Clinical Settings and Medical Education; Health Impact Assessments
Laura Gottlieb, MD, MPH is Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Gottlieb’s current research focuses on designing and evaluating methods to integrate social determinants interventions into health care. These interventions include volunteer led Help Desks, Medical-Legal Partnerships and other efforts to identify and address social needs in medical practices. She also works on projects to re-design electronic medical records to incorporate data on social determinants; increase patient enrollment in county income and food benefits; and fund strategies to support social work and other members of the social care workforce.
Dr. Gottlieb is also Associate Director of Evidence for Action, the National Program Office of the RWJF Culture of Health Investigator Initiated Research initiative. She is also a co-founder of HealthBegins, a non-profit organization providing education, consulting, networking, and technology services to health care providers interested in joining the effort to move medicine upstream.
Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Gottlieb was a Cohort 7 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at UCSF/UCB from 2009-2011. She completed her MD at Harvard Medical School, and both her MPH and residency training at the University of Washington. She maintains a clinical practice at the San Francisco General Hospital.