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Public Health Program

Jamie Chang

Jamie Chang
Jamie Chang

Assistant Professor

Jamie Chang was born and raised in San Francisco and Daly City and has been involved in Bay Area health issues much of her life. She completed her PhD from U.C. San Francisco in Medical Sociology, where her research focused on the relationship between environments and drug/alcohol use. She has researched and evaluated substance use treatment programs in hospitals, clinics, and in the community, focusing on the experience of people who receive substance use treatment within the healthcare “safety net”. She has worked on substance use research projects involving patient-provider interactions, homeless and formerly homeless people, women, veterans, methadone maintenance, Asian and Pacific Islanders, and people who inject drugs. Recently, much of her research has focused on the opioid dilemma, documenting the diverse experience of pain patients and providers as they navigate the changing landscape of pain management. In addition to these substantive topics, she has also published theories and methods (the docent method) that contribute to our approaches to public health issues.


  • PHSC 1 - Human Health and Disease

  • PHSC 125 - Race, Class, Gender and Public Health

  • PHSC 150 - Evidence-based Public Health

  • PHSC 190 - Public Health Capstone



Peer Reviewed

  • Chang, Jamie Suki, Emily Behar, Phillip O. Coffin. (in press). “Factors contributing to opioid overdoses from the perspective of people who inject drugs in San Francisco, CA.”  Accepted at the International Journal of Drug Policy.

  • Meacham, Meredith, Jamie Suki Chang, Daniel Ramo. (in press). “Frequently Asked Questions about Dabbing in Online Cannabis Community Discussion Forums.” Accepted at the International Journal of Drug Policy.

  • Behar, Emily, Jamie Suki Chang, Kennedy Countess, Phillip O. Coffin. (2019). Contributors to an overdose: using the actor observer bias to describe causal attributes in personal and witnessed overdoses. Substance Use and Misuse, In press.

  • Purcell, Natalie, Zamora, Kara, Gibson, Carolyn, Tighe, Jennifer, Chang, Jamie Suki, Grasso, Joseph, & Seal, Karen H. (2019). Patient Experiences With Integrated Pain Care: A Qualitative Evaluation of One VA’s Biopsychosocial Approach to Chronic Pain Treatment and Opioid Safety. Global Advances in Health and Medicine, 8, 1-8.

  • Shannon Satterwhite, Kelly Knight, Christine Miaskowski, Jamie Suki Chang, Rachel Ceasar, Kara Zamora, and Margot Kushel. (2019). Sources and Impact of Time Pressure on Opioid Management in the Safety Net. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 32(2), 375-382.

  • Chang, Jamie Suki, James L. Sorensen, Carmen L. Masson, Michael S. Shopshire, Kim Hoffman, Dennis McCarty, and Martin Iguchi. (2017). Structural factors affecting Asians and Pacific Islanders in community-based substance use treatment: Treatment provider perspectives. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse 16(4): 479-494.

  • Chang, Jamie Suki. (2017). Health in the Tenderloin: A Resident-Guided Study of Substance Use, Treatment, and Housing. Social Science and Medicine, 176, 166-174.

  • Chang, Jamie Suki. (2017). The Docent Method: A Grounded Theory Approach for Researching Health and Place. Qualitative Health Research, 27(4), 609-619.

  • Chang, Jamie Suki, Joshua Chiu, Valerie Gruber, and James L. Sorensen. (2017) Fair Hearing Outcomes of Patients Recommended Discharge from Methadone Maintenance. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.

  • Kelly R. Knight, Margot Kushel, Jamie Suki Chang, Rachel Ceasar, Kara Zamora, Emily Hurstak, & Christine Miaskowski (2017). Opioid pharmacovigilance: a clinical-social history of changes in opioid prescribing for patients with co-occurring chronic non-cancer pain and substance use. Social Science & Medicine, 186, 87-95.

  • Hurstak, Emily, Margot Kushel, Jamie Chang, Rachel Ceasar, Kara Zamora, Christine Miaskowski, & Kelly R. Knight (2017). The risks of opioid treatment: Perspectives of primary care practitioners and patients from safety-net clinics. Substance Abuse, 38(2), 213-221.

  • Chang, Jamie Suki, Margot Kushel, Christine Miaskowski, Rachel Ceasar, Kara Zamora, and Kelly Knight. 2017. Clinicians’ experiences with the identification, management, and treatment of co-occurring chronic non-cancer pain and substance use history in the safety net. Substance Use and Misuse 52(2), 251-255.

  • Ceasar, Rachel, Jamie Suki Chang, Margot Kushel, Christine Miaskowski, Rachel Ceasar, Kara Zamora, and Kelly Knight. 2016. “Primary Care Providers’ Experiences with Urine Toxicology Screening Tests to Manage Prescription Opioid Misuse and Substance Use Among Chronic Non-Cancer Pain Patients in Safety Net Healthcare Settings.” Substance Abuse, 37(1), 154-160.

  • Chang, Jamie Suki, Leslie Dubbin, and Janet K. Shim. 2015. “Negotiating Substance Use Stigma: The Role of Cultural Health Capital in Provider-Patient Interactions.” Sociology of Health and Illness 38(1): 90-108.

  • Dubbin, Leslie, Jamie Suki Chang and Janet K. Shim. 2013. “Cultural Health Capital and the Interactional Dynamics of Patient-Centered Care.” Social Science and Medicine, 93: 113–120.

  • Harrington, Charlene, Taewoon Kang, Jamie Suki Chang. 2009. “Factors Associated with Living in a Developmental Center in California.” Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 47(2):108-24.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

  • Shim, Janet K., Jamie Suki Chang, and Leslie A. Dubbin. (2017). “Cultural health capital: A sociological intervention into patient-centered care and the Affordable Care Act.” In Understanding Health Inequalities and Justice: Bridging Perspectives for New Conversations, edited by Michele Rivkin-Fish, Mara Buchbinder, and Rebecca Walker. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.

Published Reports

  • Chang, Jamie Suki, Davis Ja, Lauren Church, Sye-ok Sato, and Lucy Herr. Asian and Pacific Islander Health and Wellness: A San Francisco Neighborhood Analysis. San Francisco, CA: 2014

  • Ja, Davis, Jamie Suki Chang, Zak Smith, Elisabeth Dosa, Frank Davis, Dan Taube, Bill McConnell, and Flo McConnell. 2009. Evaluation & Assessment of Laguna Honda Hospital Behavioral Care & Service Access: A Final Report. DYJ Pub. No. LHH200907. San Francisco, CA.

  • Harrington, Charlene, Janice O’Meara, Eric Collier, Taewoon Kang, Caroline Stephens, and Jamie Suki Chang. 2008. Impact of California’s Medi-Cal Long Term Care Reimbursement Act On Access, Quality and Costs. Report prepared for the California Healthcare Foundation. University of California, San Francisco.

  • Harrington, Charlene, Beverly Granda, Helen Carillo, Jamie Suki Chang, and Brandee Woleslagle. 2008. State data book on long term care, 2007. Program and market characteristics. Report prepared for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. University of California, San Francisco.

In the News

May 15, 2019

Research by Jamie Chang was published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine about time requirements of prescribing opioids for patients with chronic noncancer pain.

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