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Congratulations to students and staff!

The HEI team celebrated the end of the 2014-2015 academic school year by recognizing students and staff who will be moving on in their academic and professional careers. Thank you to the following students and staff for your contributions to HEI and your dedication to advancing our mission!
  • Kayla Bowen 
  • Angelica Cardenas
  • Jesus Gaeta
  • Shaun Kennedy
  • Liz Kroboth
  • Emma Rubin
  • Sophie Simon-Ortiz
  • David Stupplebeen
Learn about the other awards and honors our graduating student assistants received during graduation week.


The HOPE SF Learning Center will present four abstracts at APHA 2015

We are excited to share that the HOPE SF Learning Center team has had four abstracts accepted for presentations and/or poster sessions at this year's American Public Health Association conference in October 2015. Learn about the four abstracts and APHA 2015.

Dr. Laura Mamo accepted as a visiting scholar at the Brocher Foundation

Dr. Laura Mamo has been accepted as a visiting scholar at the Brocher Foundation in Switzerland to complete her project, “Bioethics and Bio-Justice: Emergent Debates in HPV and Cancer Prevention.” The mission of the Brocher Foundation is to host researchers from all over the world who dedicate their work to ethical, legal, and social aspects of medical development and public health policies. 

ELAYO published in "Culture, Health & Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention, and Care."

The Empower Latino Youth (ELAYO) team has been published in Culture, Health & Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention, and Care. The article, "Beyond the discourse of reproductive choice: narratives of pregnancy resolution among Latina/o teenage parents,” is co-authored by Emily Mann, Vanessa Cardona, and Cynthia A. Gómez. The article shares findings from interviews that examined how Latina/o teenage parents living in California narrate their experiences with unintended pregnancy resolution. Read the full article.

Be sure to check out more news and events on our website, including upcoming conference presentations by HEI faculty and staff.

Join us in welcoming new
HEI team members! 
  • Kayla Bowen is HEI project staff. Kayla provides project coordination for Project SHARe. Kayla was previously a graduate student research assistant on Project SHARe and graduated with her MA in Psychology in May 2015.
  • Dr. Ugo Edu will be joining the HEI team as the Science, Justice, and Health Equity Post-Doctoral Fellow in August 2015. Ugo will co-develop programs and projects at the intersection of science, medicine, and health equity, and work independently on developing publications and research. 
  • Livi Faro is a visiting HEI Pre-Doctoral Scholar. She is a Brazilian researcher currently conducting her Ph.D. in Sexuality, Biomedicalization, and Gender Studies in the Human Sciences and Health Department at the Institute of Social Medicine/Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ). During her time at HEI, Livi is analyzing her current research: a qualitative study aimed at investigating the use of testosterone as a booster of female sexuality.
  • Dr. Alexander Lu will be joining the HEI team as the Minority Stress and Mental Health Post-Doctoral Fellow in August 2015. Alexander will work with Dr. Allen LeBlanc on his NIH-funded research examining stress processes and health. He will also contribute to HEI interdisciplinary and community activities and engage in new project and grant development activities. 
  • Sara Morales is HEI Graphic Design Assistant. Sara leads the design efforts for HEI materials, and contributes to the branding and communication strategy
  • Susana Tat is HEI project staff. Susana provides logistical support for SF BUILD Research Enrichment Core activities, and technical assistance (TA) to the AIDS United G2Zero evaluation efforts.
Spring 2015 Documentary for Health and Social Justice films now available

Documentary for Health and Social Justice held their Spring 2015 screening on May 18th, 2015. The following student films are now available on our website and YouTube channel:
  • BEING SEEN shines a light on the unique situation of invisibility amongst urban American Indians on SF State’s campus. The film also highlights and addresses the mental health issues that can arise.
  • FIGHTING FOR HOME explores the journey of two San Francisco residents who are dealing with the possibility of eviction and the hardships that comes along with it. 
  • IN BETWEEN HOMES explores the reality of families struggling with homelessness in San Francisco, CA.
  • MEDICAL DESERT highlights the closure of a local hospital and its impact on the medically underserved community of West Contra Costa County. This film will be available soon.
Documentary for Health and Social Justice is a transdisciplinary film production course co-led by HEI and the Cinema Department at SF State.

Are you a student at SF State interested in taking this course? Sign up today! Join the Fall 2015/Spring 2016 cohort and make a 15 minute documentary that explores the question: 'What will it take to make the U.S. one of the best places to raise children?' Students from all disciplines welcome. No filmmaking experience needed. Learn more here.

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