Deb Cohan’s Love Note to Karishma Oza

Karishma recently left the Bay Area, her lifetime home, moving to DC with her partner. Karishma joined HIVE in 2015 after having already rocked it at San Francisco General Hospital since 2013. Karishma was not only the enthusiastic get-it-done-right, she-can-do-all-things-programmatic hub of HIVE activity, she was also a constant soulful and kind presence. She helped us stay organized, efficient, and connected with our hearts. Karishma is about doing right by the people and communities we serve and, as the only full-time staff member of HIVE, was the leadership love glue that kept us all together and aligned with our core values.

Abolish Race-Based Medicine

In October, estimated GFR (eGFR) reporting was modified by the laboratory at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Whereas previously eGFR was reported as two separate values i.e. “if African American” or “if non African American,” these two values are now reported as a range with the clinical note: “Patients with more muscle mass and better nutritional status are more likely to be on the higher end of this range.” This change was made in an effort to reduce medical errors and improve health equity at our hospital and affiliated clinics.

NLM 2018-2019

In September 2018, HIVE began a partnership with the National Library of Medicine aimed at improving online access to evidence-based, inclusive sexual and reproductive health information for people affected by HIV and the providers who care for them.