Welcome to the Health Equity Institute Fall/Winter eUpdate. Thank you for your support!



What is Health Equity? Infographic Launched!

We are happy to have released our very first infographic, What is Health Equity?. Check it out today and please use it as a resource and share with others.

SCANNER Paper presented at AMIA 2013

'Patient Informed Governance of Distributed Research Networks: Results and Discussion from Six Patient Focus Groups', co-authored by Kathy Kim, Laura Mamo, Dennis Browe and Holly Logan was presented at this year's American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) annual conference in Washington, DC. The paper was also one of the papers nominated for the distinguished paper award at the AMIA 2013 Annual Meeting.

ELAYO led successful parent workshop at Planned Parenthood LA Conference 

The Empower Latino Youth (ELAYO) attended a community conference for parents organized by Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. At the conference, the team led a workshop where parents were eager to learn how to recognize the importance of being supportive and nonjudgmental regardless of youth's choices or circumstances.The ELAYO team also recently presented at the TeenNow conference in Fresno. As part of ELAYO's dissemination work, the team is creating Community Briefs on topics related to the findings. Check out the first brief created: How Latino Youth Benefit from Supportive Adults: Lessons for Youth Providers.

HEI Faculty and Staff at APHA

HEI faculty and staff presented this year at the 141st Annual American Public Health Association conference in Boston, MA on the following work:

-Danielle Gordon, BANPH Evaluation and Clinical Coordinator, presented on the use of mobile technology for data collection in the BANPH project.

-Cynthia A. GómezHEI Director, presented on the BANPH project and the ELAYO project.

-Sonja Mackenzie, HEI Adjunct Assistant Professor, presented on 'The Stigma of Masculinity': Sex, race and relationships among women partnered with bisexual men."

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Exciting Announcements:
Documentary for Health and Social Justice films now available with subtitles!

We are excited to announce that our film collection is now complete with closed captioning when viewed through Youtube! Check them out and be sure to make use of the large collection of various topics as a resource.

New Community Briefs available
Community briefs bring our research findings back to the communities. Through the information in the briefs, communities can decide how best to engage individuals and work with each other on a variety of health and social justice issues. Download the newest brief:

Men Acting with Strength and 
Initiative: The (MASAI) Project



Book Release Event co-sponsored by HEI

In a lively discussion at the Structural Intimacies: Sexual Stories in the Black AIDS Epidemic book release event in October, HIV activists and policy leaders Naina Khanna and Loren Jones of the Positive Women's Network – USA and Phill Wilson of the Black AIDS Institute discussed issues of structural violence, trauma, racism and sexuality with author Sonja Mackenzie in a panel moderated by Cynthia A. Gómez. Structural Intimacies, released in June 2013, is a new book by Sonja Mackenzie, HEI Adjunct Assistant Professor, that addresses one of the most urgent social problems in contemporary America – the continuing HIV epidemic among Blacks.

Dr. Cynthia A. Gómez appointed to Office of Health Equity Advisory Committee

In September 2013, Dr. Ron Chapman, California Department of Pubic Health (CDPH) director and state health officer, announced the 24 members appointed to the Office of Health Equity Advisory Committee (OHE-AC). The OHE-AC is a newly created committee that aims to reduce and eliminate inequities in the health and mental health status among California's diverse populations. Among the members is Dr. Cynthia A. Gòmez, Health Equity Institute Founding Director. Congratulations to Dr. Gòmez! This is a huge accomplishment and a very exciting and important committee to be part of. To learn more, read the full press release
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