Ariana Thompson-Lastad

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California-San Francisco
Chapter Member: Bay Area SSN, California SSN

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About Ariana

Thompson-Lastad's research focuses on health care delivery, health equity, and integrative medicine. As a medical sociologist, she uses mixed-methods and qualitative approaches to understand how integrative medicine and other health care interventions can help advance health equity. Overarching themes in Thompson-Lastad's writing include the implementation of multi-modal health care interventions for vulnerable patients, and understanding how social and structural conditions shape health care practice. Thompson-Lastad serves as a trainer with the Bay Area Structural Competency Working Group, a member of the national steering committee for Hand in Hand, which collaborates with the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and co-chair of Integrative Medicine for the Underserved's equity, diversity and inclusion committee.


"Integrative Group Medical Visits: A National Scoping Survey of Safety-Net Clinics" (with Paula Gardiner and Maria T. Chao). Health Equity 3, no. 1 (2019): 1-8.

Conducts a scoping survey of clinicians around the US who combine group medical visit and integrative medicine approaches in their work. Finds that these programs have been implemented in safety-net settings in at least 11 states.

"Group Medical Visits as Participatory Care in Community Health Centers" Qualitative Health Research 28, no. 7 (June 2018): 1065-1076.

Examines group medical visits, a clinic-based intervention that aims to improve patient health by combining clinical care, health education and peer support. Suggests, using qualitative data, that group visits can restructure patient-provider encounters to interrupt healthcare inequalities.

"Defining Trauma in Complex Care Management: Safety-Net Providers’ Perspectives on Structural Vulnerability and Time" (with Mark D. Fleming, Irene H. Yen, Meredith Van Natta, Sara Rubin, Janet K. Shim, and Nancy J. Burke). Social Science Medicine 186 (August 2017): 104-112.

Draws on longitudinal data from two complex care management programs that serve "high-utilizer" patients at safety-net hospitals. Discusses how interprofessional provider teams understand and respond to patients' trauma.