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Valerie Press, MD, MPH

Valerie Press, MD, MPH

2015 Associate Junior Faculty Scholars

Dr. Press is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Section of Hospital Medicine at the University of Chicago. Her work focuses on improving patient-centered education for underserved patients with chronic disease and limited health literacy through novel interventions in the community and hospital settings targeted at both patients and clinicians. She completed work funded by an institutional KM1 on the comparative effectiveness of educational strategies (patient-centered in person “Teach to Goal” demonstration versus brief verbal instructions) designed to improve hospitalized patients’ ability to self-manage their asthma and COPD through promoting correct use of respiratory inhalers. She has since received an NIH K23 to expand her work to examine the utility of an adaptive video module education platform for teaching inhaler use. In addition, Dr. Press is investigating barriers to chronic disease self-management including health literacy work and poor vision; she has found that a non-trivial proportion of hospitalized patients have poor vision, a risk that is increased in older patients. She is also co-leading the COPD Readmissions Reduction Program at UCM. Finally, she is the site-PI for a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Initiative (PCORI) funded trial evaluating ED based educational and community health worker interventions for children with asthma.