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Summer 2019
New Hire
The Health Equity Institute welcomes Raghav Khanijow, or Ricky for short, to his new position as an Administrative Coordinator! Ricky Khanijow obtained his B.A in Philosophy and Criminal Justice at San Francisco State University, and his M.S. in Justice, Law, and Criminology in American University at Washington D.C. In this time, he developed a passion for serving under-represented communities in a trauma-informed capacity. He wishes to create equal care and a safe space across the board for victims of societal injustices. Currently, his main project is creating a safe environment within campus culture and preventing sexual violence in its community. During his free time, he loves to play with his adorable dog, Conway, and relax on Ocean Beach. Feel free to stop the HEIs main office at HSS 359 if you have any questions, or want to chat! His ear is always open
Precision Public Health and the Transformation of Cancer Prevention – Professor Mamo’s new NSF Award.
Laura Mamo was recently awarded a three-year NSF grant to examine the health equity stakes of HPV vaccination coupled with new (DNA-based) screening tools to prevent certain cancers associated with the human papilloma virus (HPV). Mamo’s 2019 NSF award, Precision Public Health and the Transformation of Cancer Prevention, aims to understand how new HPV DNA-based screening tools join vaccinations in ways that transform public health cancer prevention efforts. Through interviews with scientists, industry leaders, and clinical medicine providers, Mamo asks how population health and precision clinical approaches to the prevention of HPV-related cancers might be creating health care gaps as new cancer sites and populations are brought into HPV-related cancer risk and prevention and imagined as objects of clinical medicine. Her aim is to contribute to policies and practices designed to impact cancer health inequities. We are proud of her hard work obtaining this grant and look forward to seeing all of the new knowledge that will come from it!
From HEI Scholar to Doctoral Student
Adrienne Hall (SFSU MPH 2018) will begin doctoral studies in geography at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Following her MPH and time as a Health Equity Institute Scholar, Hall continued to work with Professor Laura Mamo serving as a research associate on the Community Health After Neighborhood Transformation (CHANT) study. In the fall of 2018, Mamo and Hall continued a multi-year academic-activist partnership between Mamo’s Public Health Inquiry course (HED 884) students and the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project (AEMP) to perform a qualitative analysis of AEMP's oral histories of displacement and resistance to illicit themes around evictions and health. The partnership work will be featured at the upcoming APHA annual meeting in November. 

Hall will be presenting a forthcoming CHANT manuscript at the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) annual meeting this August, titled, Health In/Justice: Racialized Biopolitical Ecologies of Space, Health, and Healing in San Francisco. For her doctoral work, Hall hopes to study critical human/health geography and black geographies to understand how racial capitalism, anti-Black racism, and Black people's resistance shape socio-spatial relations. HEI is excited to be a part of Adrienne Hall's progress and looks forward to her upcoming accomplishments. Congratulations!
"On the Other Side: Reflection on 20 years of the Fight against HIV" - Our Directors talk at UCSF.
HEI is proud to announce our Director, Jesus Ramirez-Valles, will be presenting at a Town Hall in UCSF.
 
 "On the Other Side: Reflection on 20 years of the Fight against HIV". 

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

11:00am - Noon

UCSF Mission Hall –3rd Floor - Room 3700

550 16th Street, San Francisco, CA
 

He is excited to share his knowledge and we hope to see you there! 

HEI congratulates Bobby Chakalov as a Hood Recipient!
Bobby Chakalov is a recent graduate of San Francisco State University's M.A. program in Economics, and a recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award. Furthermore, he is the graduate Hood Recipient for the College of Business for 2019. During his time as a student in SFSU, Bobby co-authored research with his mentor Dr. Sepideh Modrek, an Assistant Professor of Economics and faculty of HEI. This research delved in applying new methods of text analysis to the #MeToo movement. This summer he is working further with Dr. Sepideh Modrek on studying the New Deal’s long term and lingering health effects. In the future, Bobby plans to continue building his research skills and apply for a PhD in Economics with an emphasis in Health. HEI is very proud of his achievements and status. Great job!
Bobby Chakalov with Dr. Sepideh Modrek
Big Data Summer Program in Full Force.
The Big Data Summer Program is an interdisciplinary program where faculty from several disciplines work with students to help them gain the skills necessary to conduct data analysis and learn research processes. Students spend 10 hours a week for 6 weeks to work in collaborative teams to learn how to program in R or python. They then spend 3 weeks applying their skills to an original research project which they present at the CoSE summer research symposium. The world is dripping with data and students need to learn how to engage with it regardless of their major. With this in mind, we are excited on teaching students the tools to succeed with data, and look forward to imparting great research methods to help with their future. If you have any questions about this summer program, feel free to reach out to us!
NeuroTech Lab and Ethiopia Collaboration
At the end of Spring semester, Dr. Charmayne Hughes and Chloe Gordon-Murer (NeuroTech Lab Graduate Student) traveled to Ethiopia to work with collaborators at the University of Gondar Medical Hospital. During their trip, they examined over 314 health records to ascertain the clinical characteristics and risk factors among stroke patients who present to the hospital. In addition, they worked with colleagues from the Departments of Physiotherapy and Health Informatics to prepare the launch of home-based rehabilitation intervention for post-stroke upper limb impairments. This will commence in August 2019. Charmayne and Chloe loved their time in Ethiopia and learned a great amount of information from these health records. They are pleased to continue their research with this knowledge. Stay tuned! 
Social Media Improvements
HEI is proud to announce that we are revamping our social media, as well as our website! As you may have noticed, we have increase activity within our Twitter page, and are going through some changes on our website. If you have not already, give us a follow on our twitter page @HealthEquitySF to check out our articles, and new happenings! We are looking forward to sharing our knowledge with the world to create change and lower health inequities within our communities and beyond. Look at our next newsletter for an update, and let us know of what you think or anything you would like to see from our pages.
Happy Summer!
HEI would like to wish all of our readers a fantastic summer. On our Twitter page, we posted some great summer books to read regarding health equity. Give it a look! During this time, our hours will stay the same, at 9-5. Look forward to another newsletter coming in August and come on by if you need more information.
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