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HEI Health Equity Update

HEI Seeks our next Director

We are pleased to launch our search for the next Director of the Health Equity Institute.  HEI is a campus-wide multidisciplinary research unit that facilitates scientific research and community practice related to health equity. The HEI Director directs administration of the unit; creates an intellectual home at SF State for health equity research and practice; mentors faculty and works collaboratively in the development and management of externally funded projects; and maximizes funders’ understandings of HEI’s capacities to address issues of health equity.

The Director also works collaboratively to strengthen the university’s research environment, supporting faculty in their diverse health-related scholarly pursuits, and ensures the participation students in HEI’s work, bolstering the university’s overarching efforts to increase student success.
Please find the full application and apply here Job# 9558.  If you have questions please contact us at

HEI Faculty Research Snapshot

HEI Professor of Sociology Allen LeBlanc with Austin Summit on Same-Sex Couples and Health organizer Deb Umberson.In June, Health Equity Institute Associate Professor of Kinesiology, Dr. Charmayne Hughes, visited colleagues at the University of Gondar Medical Hospital to setup a collaborative project to develop a community-based mHealth tool for the delivery of personalized upper extremity stroke assessment and rehabilitation. Tailored to the Ethiopian context, the outREACH system incorporates a series of modules that allow the stroke patient and their caregiver(s) to (1) obtain individually tailored evidence-based self-management support (my care plan), (2) schedule appointments with UoG doctors or physiotherapists, receive reminders about when to take their medication (appointment center), (3) exchange messages with health care personnel (messaging module), and (4) report impaired arm use and quality of movement as well as caregiver burden (diary module). This innovative stroke rehabilitation care strategy has the potential to change how stroke rehabilitation is delivered in countries such as Ethiopia where a large proportion of the population lives in rural areas and there is a shortage of health professionals.

Student News

 from left: Tatiana Mariscal, Luciano Sagastume, Claire De Leon, Maria Acosta, Melinda Prieto, Julabien Suitos, Maureen Rees
HEI Congratulated Health Equity Scholars on completing a semester internship course and working with faculty on research. Each spring HEI welcomes MA-level student scholars from across campus (public health, economics, kinesiology and sexuality studies) to work with HEI faculty and contribute to the advancement of the faculty research.

The Health Equity Institute graduated NeuroTech Lab student research assistants Rachel Southard, Alexander Greene, Michael Morrisroe, Natalie Rios, Brenton Kanno, and Michael Sera. This year the students worked on projects that examined brain injury after intimate partner violence, the adoption of prosthetics in sub-Saharan Africa, and how upper extremity movements are influenced by age and gender.
 Tatiana Mariscal
HEI student scholar, Tatiana Mariscal Raymundo was accepted out of more than 200 applicants into the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar Program, Tatiana’s faculty sponsor is HEI Associate Professor of Kinesiology, Dr. Charmayne Hughes. Prior to Tatiana receiving the scholarship, the two conducted research together on traumatic brain injury due to intimate partner violence, and they are currently drafting a paper about their findings for publication.

New HEI Faculty Publications in 2017

Gulde,  P., Hughes,  C.M.L.,  & Hermsdörfer,  J.  (2017). Effects  of stroke  on  ipsilesional end-effector   kinematics   in   a   multi-step   activity   of   daily   living. Frontiers   in   Human Neuroscience. DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00042.
Marini, F., Squeri, V. Hughes, C.M.L., Doglio, L., Sandid, G., Moretti, P., Morasso, P., & Masia,  L. (2017). Robotic wrist-training  after  stroke:  Adaptive  modulation  of assistance  in pediatric rehabilitation. Robotics and Autonomous Systems: Special Issue on Human-oriented Approaches for Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics, 91, 169-178. DOI: 10.1016/j.robot.2017.01.006.
de Vries, Brian, Allen J. LeBlanc, David M. Frost, Eli Alston-Stepnitz, Rob Stephenson, and Cory R. Woodyatt. 2017. “The Relationship Timeline: A Method for the Study of Shared Lived Experiences in Relational Contexts.” Advances in Life Course Research, 32:55-64. DOI: 10.1016/j.aler.2016.07.002.
Lui J, Modrek S, Sieverding M. The mental health of youth and young adults during the transition to adulthood in Egypt. Demographic Research, 2017, 36:1721- 58.
Rehkopf D, Modrek S, Cantley L, Cullen M. Social, Psychological, And Physical Aspects Of The Work Environment Could Contribute To Hypertension Prevalence. Health Affairs, 2017, 2017, 36(2):258-65.
Epstein, S., and L. Mamo. 2017. “The proliferation of sexual health: Diverse social problems and the legitimation of sexuality,” Social Science and Medicine, Jun 29. pii: S0277-9536(17)30409-4. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.06.033. [Epub ahead of print].
Fishman, J., L. Mamo and P. Grzanka, 2017.  “Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in BIomedicine,” Pp. 379-406 in The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies. Ulrike Felt, Clark Miller, Laurel Smith-Doerr, and Rayvon Fouché (eds). Cambridge, MA. The MIT Press.

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