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Exciting Announcements:

New Infographic Available:

The Path to Achieving Health Equity: Learn about the social and economic factors that must be addressed on the continued path towards achieving Health Equity.

ELAYO Team attends
Youth Sexuality Media Forum

The ELAYO: Empower Latino Youth team recently attended the Youth Sexuality Media Forum in Detroit, MI. The forum brought together a diverse group of individuals to discuss how to better share stories and narratives that support and highlight youth voices. Youth, researchers, journalists, editors, and community advocates came together to share their experiences and ideas about the power of youth-led media and youth-community-academic collaborations. To read the discussion and ideas that came out of the forum, head over to Twitter and search the hashtag #youthsexualitymedia. Pictured above is ELAYO Project Manager, Elodia Villaseñor, speaking at the forum.

Jessica Wolin awarded
2013-2014 Jefferson Award
at SF State
A big congratulations to Jessica Wolin (pictured above), HEI Associate Director of Community Partnerships, for receiving the 2013-2014 Jefferson Award at SF State! The Jefferson Award, considered the Nobel Prize for public service, recognizes people who make a difference on a daily basis in their local communities. This is the second year in a row that HEI faculty won this award.

Thank you to our
HEI Student Interns
At HEI's end-of-year celebration, Dr. Cynthia A. Gómez awarded our HEI student scholars a certificate of recognition for all of their hard work. We are grateful for all of their contributions to HEI!

Beyond Bullying wraps up data collection
The Beyond Bullying team has been busy wrapping up data collection in Minneapolis and New York City. They are now in the process of analyzing over 400 student and teacher stories and working with the Bay Area Video Coalition to create a short project documentary. To learn more about the latest from the Beyond Bullying team, check out their e-newsletter today!

Project SHARe Team wins Poster Session Award at PAA 2014 Annual Meeting
Dr. Allen LeBlanc (pictured above) presented findings from Project SHARe at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA) conference in May 2014. The SHARe team was recognized as one as one of the official, “Poster Session Winners,” at this year’s meeting for their poster titled, “Similar Others in Same-Sex Couples’ Social Networks.” 

Stay up-to-date on more news and events at our website.
Spring 2014 Documentary Series 

Each semester, the Health Equity Institute and the Cinema Department at SF State collaborate to offer Documentary for Health and Social Justice, a transdisciplinary film production course. This semester, three student teams created the following films: 
Bottom of the Ramp tells the story of three formerly incarcerated people finding the support and resources to create fulfilling lives for themselves and their families.

Pulling Back the Veil explores how women of color in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields are underrepresented. 

Step Up Step Down explores the struggles and hopes of youth living in San Francisco public housing as they take leadership toward improving their housing environments.

Be sure to check them out today!

Project Highlight: HOPE SF
The goal of HOPE SF is to revitalize eight of San Francisco’s severely distressed public housing sites by creating thriving, mixed-income communities, without displacing current residents. HOPE SF, led by the San Francisco's Mayor's Office of Housing, is a partnership between city agencies, community-based organizations, foundations, and residents. Learn more about the latest work that the Health Equity Institute has completed to contribute to the efforts:

New Paper Presents a Model for Strengthening Community in Trauma Affected Neighborhoods
Across the country efforts to revitalize low-income and public housing are underway as part of large-scale community development initiatives that seek to alleviate poverty and improve neighborhoods. Residents in communities with high levels of trauma may not be prepared to strengthen and improve their neighborhoods; barriers in trauma affected neighborhoods must be addressed in order for revitalization efforts to be successful. Trauma Informed Community Building (TICB) is a new model that addresses the challenges trauma poses to traditional community building strategies, taking into account the real-life experiences of low-income and public housing residents. In this paper, co-authored by Jessica Wolin, Emily Weinstein and Sharon Rose, TICB is presented along with strategies that aim to de-escalate chaos and stress, build social cohesion and foster community resiliency over time. This paper is a major contribution to this field of work and a great resource for organizations, advocates and residents working in trauma affected communities. Read the full paper here.
Step Up Step Down now available 
Step Up Step Down, a short documentary produced in the Documentary for Health and Social Justice course, explores the need for revitalizing the dilapidated conditions of the public housing in San Francisco. Featuring three of the youth leaders hired at HOPE SF sites, this film gives a voice to the youth living in San Francisco public housing as they take leadership toward improving their communities. Learn more and watch the film.
Phase I of Peer Leadership Evaluation Completed
Focused on the individual, interpersonal and community levels, HOPE SF sites developed Peer Leadership programs to address health and social inequities in their communities. The Health Equity Institute was contracted to conduct an evaluation of the programs and recently completed Phase I. Learn more about the background of the peer leadership programs, evaluation process and findings.
HOPE SF Youth Assessment Presentation:
Join us to learn about how to support health and wellness for youth living in HOPE SF communities. The event will take place on Thursday, July 31st from 2-5 pm at the Department of Public Health, 101 Grove Street, Room 300. Learn more about the event.
Thank You and Congratulations to HEI Staff and Faculty! 
Although we are sad to see them go, we are proud to send the following staff and faculty off onto new journeys as they further their professional and academic careers.


Miguel Alcala, BA, Project SHARe Research Assistant, will begin the Masters of Social Welfare Program at UC Berkeley in Fall 2014.

Dennis Browe, MA, BANPH Research Assistant, is now working as the Graduate Coordinator in the Philosophy and Communications Departments at SF State.

Vanessa Mercado, MPH, ELAYO Research Assistant, will begin the Education Doctoral Program at SF State in Fall 2014.

Elodia Villaseñor, MPH, ELAYO Project Manager, will begin working as a Project Director on a research study at UC Berkeley this fall.


Dr. Sonja Mackenzie, HEI Adjunct Assistant Professor, will be joining the tenure track faculty at Santa Clara University as Assistant Professor and Director of the Public Health Program. While at HEI, Dr. Mackenzie has led two research projects on racism, sexuality and HIV (Project WAMERU and The MASAI Project), and in 2013 published her book, Structural Intimacies: Sexual Stories in the Black AIDS Epidemic.

Dr. Kathy Kim, HEI Professor in Residence, will be joining the tenure track faculty at University of California, Davis in the Betty Irene School of Nursing. While at HEI, Dr. Kim led four research projects: iN Touch, SCANNER, California Safety Net Health Information Exchange Evaluation, and mHealth Enabled Youth Initiatives.
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