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New Team Member
Health Equity Institute would love to introduce our new Lead Operations Coordinator, Miguel Casuso! Miguel has been an Administrative Analyst within SFSU in the past, and in both community-centered and social justice-focused research and service organizations similar to HEI. He has actively participated in the development of multiple institute' structure and supported a wide range of their operations. Furthermore, Miguel brings this broad familiarity to support HEI's researchers and community allies in the organization's ongoing evolution. We are excited for his ideas, and look forward to working with him. If you have time, come by and say hi!
Article on Couple-Level Minority Stress

Two new papers from Project SHARe, a large-scale,  study of stress and mental health among same-sex couples, have recently been published. SHARe, which stands for “Stress, Health, and Relationships,” is led by HEI Professor of Sociology and Sexuality Studies, Allen J.LeBlanc. These papers reflect important lessons about how different sources of stress in people’s lives affect their well-being. The first paper presents newly developed measures of “Couple-Level Minority Stressors,” which are stressors that emerge from society’s stigmatization of same-sex relationships. Check this paper out here. The second paper presents findings from the first empirical test of Project SHARe’s theoretical framework, and demonstrates how couple-level minority stress uniquely affects mental health among people in same-sex relationships, and that these effects occur beyond other factors widely known to predict mental health. This paper can be found here. Project SHARe has been supported with funding from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. LeBlanc and his colleagues are continuing to prepare new papers that examine these topics with longitudinal data, and we look forward to their next papers.

Upper Limb Rehabilitation
Health Equity Institute Associate Professor of Kinesiology Charmayne Hughes, along with colleague Xiaorong Zhang (Computer Engineering) designed a wearable sensor for upper limb physical rehabilitation specifically designed for individuals in sub-Saharan Africa. In a recently published paper, they validated the sensor compared to the gold standard system (Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology), and then examined the sensitivity of the sensor in Ethiopian individuals with acquired brain injury (Frontiers in Neurology). This work involved undergrad and graduate students from CHSS and CoSE, as well as a high school student that Dr. Hughes mentors (pictured here). 
Intimate Partner Violence education

Health Equity Institute Associate Professor of Kinesiology Charmayne Hughes, Associate Professor of Nursing Elaine Musselman, and students from the Health Equity Institute NeuroTech Lab recently published an article in JMIR Nursing where they evaluated the usability of the mPOWERED electronic learning system of Intimate Partner Violence education. Using a purposive sample methodology, they were able to get feedback from participants who would likely use this technology, both from the perspective of the educator and the student. The mPOWERED IPV education system will be evaluated in a cohort of SFSU nursing students in Spring 2020. Great work Charmayne!

Faculty Scholar Program
Health Equity Institute is proud to launch a Faculty Scholar Program to support SF State's faculty pursuing external funding for health equity scholarship, professional activities, and other products. Our goal is to build the portfolio of health equity focused research and scholarly products at SF State with a broad community of health equity scholars. We aim to emphasize pre-proposal and/or early development of projects/products that can be strengthened with professional development mentoring.

If you are interested, please contact for more information and to schedule an appointment. We look forward to working with you!
New Faculty Scholar
Health Equity Institute would love to introduce Dr. David Rebanal as our new Faculty Scholar.  Dr. Rebanal is an Assistant Professor of Community Health Education in the College of Health and Social Sciences at San Francisco State University. His overall research objectives focus on building evidence for policies focused on the social determinants of racial health inequities. His current research examines the roles of neighborhood features including racial residential segregation and immigrant political participation on mental health.  He comes to HEI with two decades of public health and community-engaged research experience. We are excited to help him lead initiatives in the future, and look forward to working with him. 
ICCE/HEI Collaboration
Health Equity Institute, in collaboration with the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE), is developing a panel titled "Engaged Research for Health Equity: Faculty and Community Development Forum" The date for this forum will be Wednesday May 6th, from 1130AM-2PM. Lunch will be provIded. Stay tuned for a Save the Date and we are excited to provide a space for learning about health equity with our partners!

HEI wishes you a great Spring semester!

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