Kameswari “Kamu” Potharaju Humanities and Social Science
Social and Environmental Influences on Diabetes Management for Low-Income San Franciscans
While it is well-established that the social determinants of health play a monumental role in patients management of their health, there is more to be learned about how a deeper understanding of the social and physical environment can be applied to shape beneficial interventions. Learning how a patients neighborhood affects their ability to visit the doctor in their area or have access to a caregiver can inform the design of technological tools that address these pain points along a patients journey to access quality healthcare. This summer, I will be working with the Lyles Lab at UCSF. My research will determine the interplay of individual, interpersonal, and neighborhood-level influence on diabetes self-management tasks for low-income individuals in San Francisco, through the lens of qualitative inquiry supplemented with geospatial analysis. Through my research, I hope to better understand how qualitative research on social and environmental factors can be translated to the design and implementation of patient-centered interventions, particularly in urban areas with large proportions of low-income and ethnically diverse individuals.