UCSF General Pediatrician Receives Hellman Award and K23 Career Development Award

On May 27, 2016, Amy L. Beck, MD, MPH was awarded one of nine 2016-2017 Hellman Family Awards for Early- Career Faculty (total costs: $49,997). The Hellman Awards were established by Warren & Chris Hellman and their children in 1994. The purpose of the Hellman Fellows Fund is to support the research of promising assistant professors who show capacity for great distinction in their chosen fields of endeavor. The Hellman Fellows Fund has established programs at fourteen institutions, including the 10 University of California campuses, including UCSF. The expectation is that the Fellowship funds will contribute substantially to the execution of each recipient’s research.

On September 22, 2016, Amy L. Beck was awarded a K23 career development award from the National Institutes of Child Health & Development (NICHD). Her proposal, entitled, “Enhanced Primary Care Nutrition and Screen time Education to Prevent Obesity in Latino Infants” will evaluate the effect of educational interventions to improve infant feeding and screen time practices among Spanish-speaking Latino mothers, as well as the effects on infant weight gain in the first year of life (Total costs: $709,918; 09/21/2016 – 08/31/2021). The proposed interventions will consist of Spanish-language educational modules, provided to groups of mothers by a bilingual, bicultural health educator immediately after well-child visits.

Dr. Beck received her MD and MPH from the University of Connecticut. She completed her residency through the Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved (PLUS) Program and her chief residency at UCSF. She is a former General Pediatrics fellow. She is a recipient of the Academic Pediatric Association Young Investigator Award. She attends at the San Francisco General Hospital Healthy Lifestyles Clinic and the Mt. Zion Outpatient Clinics. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics.