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Event coming up!
On October 30th at 12 PM, Health Equity Institute will be hosting Professor Ruth Zambrana, on a seminar regarding work stress on underrepresented minority faculty. If you would like to attend, the Zoom link and passcode is below. We hope to see you there!
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HEI and ICCE present: Engaged Research For Health Equity Faculty and Community Development Forum

HEI and ICCE will be hosting a virtual panel discussion about community-engaged research for health equity with SFSU faculty and community partners. This panel discussion will be followed by small group discussions for building engaged research and service learning into your course. 

This event is on Tuesday December 8th, 2020, from 11 AM to 1 PM. 
Please RSVP, through this link, by December 1st, 2020. We hope to see you there!

Mamo and Acosta published a report with the Applied Housing Research Initiative
Following a three-year partnership with the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project (, Professor Laura Mamo and Maria Acosta (MPH and former HEI Student Scholar), publish, "Narratives of Housing Displacement and Health in San Francisco: Eviction as Public Health Crisis.” The report builds on research analysis conducted by two MPH student cohorts examining the relationships among housing, eviction, and health as depicted in the Oral Histories of Displacement Project at AEMP.  The report can be found at the Applied Housing Research Initiative (
COVID-19 Grant
Charmayne Hughes (Professor of Kinesiology) and colleagues at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Gondar (CMHS) in Ethiopia recently received a $100,000 COVID-19 Africa Rapid Grant Fund award to advance health research related to COVID-19 on the African continent. In this two-year grant, they will use a multidisciplinary approach to providing medical care for persons at high risk of severe illness if they contract COVID-19. In addition to developing and evaluating the ability of a multi-modal public health program to improve COVID-19 knowledge, Hughes and her team will also use telehealth technology to provide remote care to patients with chronic diseases that make them vulnerable to severe illness if they contract COVID-19. Congratulations on this amazing work Charmayne!
Call to Action

Jesus Ramirez-Valles calls for action to end racism in Public Health, through a series of steps:

Apply Pressure. We, faculty of color and our allies, need to unite and pressure our institutions—from board of trustees, presidents, provosts and deans to commit with actions and resources to stop racial exclusionary practices.

Hold Schools Accountable. Responsibility for racial equality and health equity go beyond empty declarations of diversity and inclusion. Who is holding our schools accountable for diversity? Accrediting bodies and funders need to do this. Schools cannot do it themselves. Let us ask accrediting bodies and funders to set criteria for inclusion and diversity.

Keep Score. We should apply a “diversity and inclusion score” in the schools ranking systems.

Create Transparency. Require schools to make publicly available the composition of their faculty and their policies to guarantee ethnic and racial inclusion.

Speak up. Share your thoughts on social media, right now.

You can read more on this subject, from his article titled "Public Health Has an Equity Problem: A Latinx's Voice" here.

Public Service Announcement
Jesus Ramirez Valles shares thoughts on HIV and aging with SAGE . SAGE is committed to amplifying the voices of those who have first hand experience in the HIV and aging space.
SF State Faculty Receive NSF ADVANCE Grant

Principal Investigators Dean Carmen Domingo (CoSE) and HEI Professor Laura Mamo (Public Health) with Drs. Laura Burrus (Biology), Petra Dekkens (Estuary and Ocean Sciences), Nancy Gerber (Chemistry) Diane Harris (Psychology), Colleen Hoff (Sociology and Sexuality Studies), and Sally Pasion (Biology) received a National Science Foundation grant of $999,901 for their project entitled “SF State TRANSFORMS: Advancing Equity in Faculty Workload and Professional Development.” The grant begins January 1, 2020 and goes through 2023.

As an overview,SF State TRANSFORMS will adapt proven initiatives from gender and race/ethnicity equity STEM programs to transform San Francisco State University campus policies and practices. Our goal is to reduce disparities in the advancement of women faculty in STEM. Our conceptual framework asserts that intersectional dimensions of racial and gender inequity and injustice create a system of power with advantages and disadvantages that underlie the structure of academic institutions and negatively impacts the advancement of women, specifically those who are underrepresented because of race, ethnicity and other social categories.

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) new article 
Tatiana Mariscal, a former HEI research assistant, recently published her master’s thesis work regarding the changes in incidents and payment methods for women with Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) related injuries in Women’s Health Issues. This research demonstrated that there was a 4.27% increase in the proportion of emergency department visits for IPV-related injuries between 2002 and 2015, and that women were more likely to pay out of pocked for IPV-related services prior to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. This research was co-supervised by HEI core faculty Charmayne Hughes (Kinesiology) and Sepideh Modrek (Economics), who also serve as co-authors. Here is the article link.
Cognitive-Motor Interactions
Charmayne Hughes (Professor of Kinesiology) and colleagues at the University of Rostock (Germany) published a paper in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. This paper showed differential associations among, and between, cognitive and motor functions in preschool children when compared to young adults. Specifically, appears that executive functions (especially working memory) contribute more to successful motor performance in preschool years than in young adulthood. The findings highlight the importance of considering the developmental stage and/or the proficiency level of the individual when examining cognitive–motor interactions or when drawing implications for childhood cognitive–motor training and interventions. Here is the article link if you want more information! 
HEI Spring Interns
Congratulations to our six Spring 2020 HEI scholars Garrett Reid, Jonothan Kakama, Kami Yamamoto, Kamilia Kailany. Lucy Rios, Maria Cruz. We would also love to congratulate their mentors Zubaida Qamar, David Rebanal, Laura Mamo, Anousha Chaudhuri, Sepideh Modrek, and Charamayne Hughes for their wonderful.

Despite having to pivot online mentorship and changes in their projects, students and faculty worked on a wide range of materials, examining issues such as food insecurity, condom embarrassment, and employment and racism. Students presented thier finding with a culminating presentation on Zoom at the end of the semester, show below.
Science, Technology, and Society Fellows Selected 

The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Hub announces this year's STS Fellowship recipients. The STS Hub Fellowship program supports outstanding scholars at SF State whose research addresses the intersections of science, technology, and social justice. The Hub is Co-Directed by Laura Mamo (HEI) and Martha Lincoln (Anthropology). The 2020-2021 recipients are:

  • Dawn-Elissa Fischer (Anthropology)
  • Julia Hua (WGS)
  • Angela Jones (English)
  • David Peña-Guzman (Humanities and Liberal Studies)
  • David Quintero (Engineering)
  • Meredith Reifschneider (Anthropology)
  • Iris Phillips (Ed.D. student of Education).
STS Hub is supported by the College of Science and Engineering (CoSE), Health and Social Sciences (CHSS) and the College of Letters and Creative Arts (LCA) and the Health Equity Institute (HEI). Co-Directors are Laura Mamo, Health Equity Institute, Professor of Health Education, and Martha Lincoln, Assistant Professor of Anthropology.
Movement kinematics in children
Charmayne Hughes (Professor of Kinesiology) and colleague Leia Bagesteiro recently published a paper examining movement kinematics and interjoint coordination in 6-year old children. Published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, this article demonstrates that control strategies employed by children who have just started formal schooling employ different control strategies when performing upper-limb movements, which are driven by their inability to exploit non-muscular intersegmental torques required to perform the task. Check it out here!

HEI wishes you a great Fall semester!

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