Our 2017 Champion of Diversity Award is Dr. David Grelotti.
Dr. Grelotti joined our faculty in 2015
and serves as the Director of Mental Health Services at the UCSD Owen Clinic, and, both before and since his appointment, he has been making significant contributions to diversity in the realms of scholarship, patient care, teaching, and University and community service. His research activities include work that expands mental health research and services to under-served groups in Haiti. As part of these studies, he developed a depression screening tool in Haitian Creole. He also has a grant to study substance abuse of a drug called whoonga in South Africa in the variety of racial and ethnic groups who are affected. A recent paper of his examined how to treat depression among HIV-infected and homeless individuals many of whom are members of the LGBTQ community. Clinically, Dr. Grelotti plays a crucial role in serving the diverse community seen at the Owen Clinic, and he has promoted the use of the concept of “syndemics” at the Clinic, in which care is grounded in social determinants of health. Dr. Grelotti mentors a diverse set of trainees, including clinicians in Haiti and medical students here through the PRIME Health Equity program, and has participated in the UCSF AIDS Research Mentorship workshop that focuses on mentorship of those from diverse backgrounds. Finally, Dr. Grelotti has given of his time as a member of our Diversity Committee, serving on the LGBTQ and Clinical Services Diversity subcommittees, and has worked with local organizations such as the LGBT Center to promote health issues. For all these reasons, we consider David a true Champion of Diversity.