Welcome to the Health Equity Institute Spring eUpdate. Thank you for your continued support!


Empower Latino Youth (ELAYO) Community Science Dialogues held 2/13

On February 13th, the ELAYO team held a Community-Science Dialogue at SF State where they screened Body Republics, one of four films part of the ELAYO film series collection, and shared project findings with attendees. The ELAYO team will be holding additional community events over the next two months to share their findings. Learn more about the project, read the latest community briefs, view the films and see upcoming events by checking out the online multi-media toolkit
New Faces at HEI!

HEI welcomes new student interns and research staff! 

SF State Undergraduate and Graduate student Interns:
Project SHARe: Katelyn Sharp and Elaine Huynh
Project ELAYO: Lucia Sicarios and Maiya Evans
Communications (HEI):  Jamie Robbins
The (P)artner StudyGema Cantu and Rebecca Gaffar
HEI Research Project Development: Devayani Kunjir

New Research Staff:
The (P)artner Study: Tazima Barnes, Project Coordinator
Health Equity for HOPE SF:
Jessica Tokunaga, Evaluation Coordinator
Rebecca Chigas, Evaluation Research Assistant
Tope Pedro, Teaching Assistant 

HEI is Co-Sponsor of Valentine Road Film Screening at SF State on April 17th

Come and check out the screening of Valentine Road, a profound documentary that premiered at Sundance and on HBO in October 2013. The film will be screened at SF State on April 17th in the Coppola Theater from 1:00 to 3:15PM. 

Dr. Janet Shim, author of Heart-Sick, will speak at HEI on April 30th

The Health Equity Institute is excited to welcome Dr. Shim who will be discussing her current research and new book with us. Dr. Shim is an Associate Professor in the UCSF School of Nursing and the author of Heart-Sick: The Politics of Risk, Inequality, and Heart Disease. The event will be held at HEI on April 30th from 11-12 PM. Learn more about Dr. Shim, her book and the event. 

Stay up-to-date on more news and events at our website.

Pictured above: Elodia 
Villaseñor and Vanessa Mercado, ELAYO Research Staff with Carmen Gomez-Mandic, Associate Director of Research and Evaluation at the Edelman Institute at an ELAYO Community Science Dialogue. 


Take some time to explore the latest news and events from the Health Equity Institute!

Exciting Announcements:
New Website! 

We are excited to announce that we have upgraded our website to be fully accessible to ensure that everyone is able to use our website. Check it out today! 

Fall 2013 Documentary for Health and Social Justice* Films now available! 

Open and Affirming explores how LGBTQ people are finding a spiritual home and community through Christianity. 

The Hands that Feed You is about California farm workers and the health issues they face as a result of pesticide exposure.

The Long Way Home follows Joey and Eli, the leaders of a fatherhood group, who have gone through the process of reunification with their children, in spite of institutional barriers and personal obstacles.

*The Health Equity Institute and the SF State Cinema Department collaborate to offer Documentary for Health and Social Justice, a transdisciplinary film production course at SF State that has produced more than 50 short documentaries.

New Infographic Available: Health Equity and Neighborhoods
Where you live can have a direct effect on health status, chronic conditions, health behaviors and more. Check out our new infographic on the relationship between neighborhoods and health. 


The Beyond Bullying Project

Funded by the Ford Foundation, Beyond Bullying aims to interrupt the ordinary hostility in high schools toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) sexuality and lives. Through training, research, and strategic communication efforts, Beyond Bullying invites high school students, teachers, and staff to tell stories that capture the emotional, intellectual, political, and social complexity of LGBTQ sexuality in schools.

The project launched last Spring and worked on story-telling and ethnographic data collection in Fall 2013 in one San Francisco public high school. Data collection for Minnesota and New York will begin this Spring. Learn more about the latest from the Beyond Bullying team by checking out their
first newsletter and signing up to receive updates! 

Pictured Above: Richelle and Tomas, Undergraduate Interns and Wazi and Jacqui, Graduate Research Assistants
Dr. Allen LeBlanc presents on Project SHARe at SF State

Dr. Allen LeBlanc (pictured above) gave a talk at the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) at SF State. The talk was titled “Recruiting Same-Sex Couples for Participation in Research" and was part of the “How to do Research with Hard-to-Reach and Hidden Populations” workshop. Dr. Cynthia A. Gòmez, HEI Director and Elizabeth Boyd, UCSF Associate Vice Chancellor of Ethics were the discussants of the workshop. DrCynthia A. Gòmez also served as the moderator during the workshop. Other topics during the workshop included conducting research with homeless and immigrant populations. Dr. LeBlanc is Principal Investigator on Project SHARe, a five-year, mixed-method research project funded by the National Institutes of Health. The proposed research will provide an in-depth understanding of how minority stress affects relational functioning and mental health among same-sex couples.
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