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JANUARY 2016
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Check out what we have been up to these past few months and the latest announcements from the Health Equity Institute (HEI):
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HEI Fellow Dr. Ugo Edu presents at Society for Medical Anthropology roundtable: Black Bodies Matter

Dr. Ugo EduIn November, HEI Science, Justice and Health Post-Doctoral Fellow Dr. Ugo Edu presented at a Society for Medical Anthropology roundtable titled: Black Bodies Matter, part of the 114th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Edu’s piece pointed to the problem and promise of focusing on black bodies, revealing the manners and contexts that black bodies matter differently than black lives, linking it to reproductive justice and reproduction in a broad sense. She introduced her thinking on aesthetics and the role it plays in enhancing our understanding of the complex relationship between race and reproduction.
 
The abridged comments and the longer statement are currently being negotiated and edited for circulation in the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction newsletter and Anthropology News.

 

Dr. Laura Mamo is new HEI Associate Director

Dr. Laura MamoHEI is pleased to announce that Laura Mamo, PhD has been promoted to the position of Associate Director at the Health Equity Institute. Professor Mamo will also continue her position as HEI Professor of Health Education.

Professor Mamo joined SF State in 2010 as a teacher and researcher focused on gender, sexuality and health and the social study of science, technology and medicine. At HEI, she has been leading research projects that include Beyond Bullying: Shifting the Discourse of LGBTQ Sexuality and Youth in Schools and Studying Field Emergence: HPV and the Expanding List of Oncoviruses.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Mamo on her new role.
 

HEI and SF BUILD launches the Violence, Trauma and Health (VTH) Initiative

VTH InitiativeLast month, HEI and SF BUILD co-sponsored the Violence, Trauma and Health (VTH) Initiative, a gathering of researchers, funders and community partners interested in addressing the intersectionality of violence, trauma and health on individual and collective well-being.

Provost Sue Rosser delivered a welcome message to the community based organizations and SF State and UCSF faculty in attendance. HEI Director Cynthia A. Gómez discussed HEI and SF Build efforts and introduced the VTH Cluster of researchers — Charmayne Hughes, HEI Associate Professor of Kinesiology, Melissa Hagan, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Steve Choe, Associate Professor, Cinema, College of Liberal and Creative Arts — who discussed their work.

Attendees had an opportunity to meet and converse with each other in an effort to initiate possible collaborations of research or community projects addressing violence, trauma and health.
HEI celebrates 10 years!
 
Next year marks a significant milestone for HEI — our 10-year Anniversary! We plan to have a year of events that showcase our past achievements and highlight what we plan to accomplish in the future. Stay tuned for details!

 
Join us in welcoming a new HEI team member! 
 
Joven Chacon joins us as HEI's new Communications Manager. Joven received his M.A. in Communication Studies from San Francisco State, where his culminating project explored the presentation of communication theory in comic book form.

He leads the communications team and will be developing HEI’s branding and communications strategy.
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