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Humans of UCSF: A Life of Distinction

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“I have been a nurse for over 40 years and a nurse practitioner for more than 20. I am a double alumna of UCSF, MS 1996, PhD 2012, and have been teaching in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program since 2000.

I was raised by progressive first and second generation European Jewish immigrant parents, and have worked with immigrant children and families throughout my nursing career.

I have also been an activist, a jazz musician, a mother and grandmother, and have been married five times to the same woman.

My work addresses the physical and psychological health needs of unaccompanied minors and other underserved youth in the East Bay network of school health systems.

I have built partnerships between UCSF School of Nursing, county agencies, school districts and non profit organizations to train providers and support school health centers to provide better services and support resilience in vulnerable youth.

I have also directed the training of primary care and behavioral health students and providers to deliver integrated physical and behavioral health care to underserved youth and families. These trainings have been presented at local, regional and national conferences, and plans are underway to post them online.

I directed a mixed methods pilot study to test short adult-validated PTSD symptom screens in early adolescents, and am preparing grants to develop a more culturally and developmentally appropriate screen.

I also direct the School of Nursing contribution to a multifaceted program encouraging and preparing underrepresented high school students to enter health care fields.

I envisioned and participated in the first adolescent standardized patient training program specifically designed to increase self-confidence, leadership and employment skills in first generation to college youth, at the same time they provide authentic simulated training experiences for NP students.”

Naomi Schapiro

UCSF School of Nursing Faculty