John Billimek

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Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Family Medicine
School of Medicine

Co-Director, Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC) Residency Track, Family Medicine
School of Medicine

Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 2007, Psychology and Social Behavior

Phone: (949) 824-3065
Fax: (949) 824-3388

University of California, Irvine
100 Theory, Suite 110
Mail Code: 5800
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
medication adherence, diabetes, health disparities, social determinants of health, doctor-patient communication, life context and chronic disease management
Academic Distinctions
2016 School of Medicine Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award

2015 Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize for Best Manuscript of 2015, Honorable Mention, Jacob’s Institute for Women’s Health

2014 Outstanding Performance Award, Peruvian American Medical Society Ayacucho Mission

2013 Chancellor’s Award in Clinical and Translational Science for Outstanding Community Research Investigator, University of California, Irvine

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Award, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
Research Abstract
Results from a recent randomized trial suggest that expansion of health insurance coverage alone may not improve health outcomes for low income patients if care is not delivered in a way that is responsive to their needs. My research aims to understand why wide racial and socioeconomic disparities in health outcomes exist among patients with chronic diseases for which there are accepted guidelines for prevention and treatment, even among individuals who can access affordable health care.

My work addresses two overarching research questions: What are the barriers, in terms of social determinants of health, cultural preferences, and patient characteristics, that prevent underserved patients from realizing the full benefit of effective medical therapies? And, can healthcare be delivered in a way that is more responsive to these barriers?
Slater A, Cantero PJ, Alvarez G, Cervantes BS, Bracho A, Billimek J. Latino Health Access: Comparative Effectiveness of a Community-Initiated Promotor/a-Led Diabetes Self-management Education Program. Family and Community Health. In press.
Maldonado G, Smart J, Wiechmann W, Kaplan SH, Billimek J, Wray A, Toohey S, Boysen-Osborn M. Frequency of Social Media and Digital Scholarship Keywords in U.S. Medical Schools' Promotion and Tenure Guidelines. Acad Med. 2021 (PMID 34348378)
Alaniz L, Billimek J, Figueroa C, Nahmias JT, Barrios C Jr. Increased Mortality in Underinsured Penetrating Trauma Patients. Am Surg. 2021 (PMID 34128407)
Brooks AJ, Maizes V, Billimek J, Blair J, Chen MK, Goldblatt E, Kilgore D, Klatt M, Kligler B, Koithan MS, Kreitzer MJ, Lee JK, Lopez AM, Taren D, Lebensohn P. Professional development in integrative health through an interprofessional online course in clinical settings. Explore (NY). 2020. (PMID: 32229083)
Mullin B, Cervantes BS, Billimek J. Material need insecurity and its concurrent barriers to diabetes management among low-income Latino adults receiving medical care. Diabetes Care. 2019; 42(3). (PMID 30674549)
Hildebrand JA, Billimek J, Lee JA, Sorkin DH, Olshansky EF, Clancy SL, Evangelista LS. Effect of diabetes self-management education on glycemic control in Latino adults with type 2 diabetes: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Patient Education and Counseling. 2019. (PMID 31542186)
Hildebrand JA, Billimek J, Olshansky EF, Sorkin DH, Lee JA, Evangelista LS. Facilitators and barriers to research participation: perspectives of Latinos with type 2 diabetes. Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2018. (PMID 29886773)
Singh H, Soyoltulga K, Fong T, Billimek J. Delivery outcomes, emergency room visits, and psychological aspects of gestational diabetes: Results from a community hospital multiethnic cohort. Diabetes Educator. 2018; 44(5). (PMID 30117353)
Jimenez K, Vargas C, Garcia K, Guzman H, Angulo MA, Billimek J. Evaluating the validity and reliability of the Beliefs About Medicines Questionnaire in low-Income, Spanish-speaking patients with diabetes in the United States. Diabetes Educator. 2017; 43(1). PMID: 27831521
August KJ, Billimek J. A Theoretical Model of How Neighborhood Factors Contribute to Medication Nonadherence Among Disadvantaged Chronically-Ill Adults. Journal of Health Psychology. 2015.
Billimek J, August KJ. Costs and beliefs: Understanding individual and neighborhood level correlates of medication nonadherence among Mexican Americans with type 2 diabetes. Health Psychology. 2014 Dec 33(12).
Nguyen H, Sorkin DH, Billimek J, Kaplan SH, Greenfield S, Ngo-Metzger Q. Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Use among Non-Hispanic White, Mexican American, and Vietnamese American Patients with Type 2 Diabetes. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2014; 25(4):1941-55.
Billimek J, Sorkin DH. Self-reported Neighborhood Safety and Nonadherence to Treatment Regimens Among Patients with Type 2 Diabetes. J Gen Intern Med. 2011.
Ngo-Metzger Q, Sorkin DH, Billimek J, Kaplan SH, Greenfield S. The Effects of Financial Pressures on
Adherence and Glucose Control among Racial/Ethnically Diverse Patients with Diabetes. J Gen Intern Med. 2011.
Huntsman MA, Olivares FJ, Tran CP, Billimek J, Hui EE. Pain Reduction and Financial Incentives to Improve Glucose Monitoring Adherence in a Community Health Center. PLoS One. 2014; Dec 8;9(12):e114875.
Kaplan SH, Billimek J, Sorkin DH, Ngo-Metzger Q, Greenfield S. Reducing Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Diabetes: The Coached Care (R2D2C2) Project. J Gen Intern Med. 2013, 28(10): 1340-9.
Billimek J, Sorkin DH. Food insecurity, processes of care and self-reported medication underuse in patients with type 2 diabetes: Results from the California Health Interview Survey. Health Services Research. 2012, 47(6):2159-68.
NIH/NHLBI (R01 HL142964) - Mi Propio Camino (My Own Way): Addressing negative beliefs about medication among Hispanic adults with hypertension
UCI CRAFT COVID Program - The COVID-19 Unity Project: Community voices in the pandemic
Health Equity and Literacy in OC (HEAL-OC)", US DHHS Office of Minority Health (Subaward via City of Santa Ana), 1 CPIMP211286-01-00
Research Centers
the HELIOS Lab
Health Policy Research Institute
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