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Exciting Announcements:
HOPE SF Youth Assessment 

For seven months (Jan 2014-July 2014), youth leaders and Master of Public Health (MPH) students at SF State conducted a health assessment in HOPE SF communities. Nine youth from four HOPE SF sites were hired by the Youth Leadership Institute to be Youth Assessment Leaders in their communities. These youth leaders partnered with 20 SF State Master of Public Health students to complete the assessment. Their goal was to learn about what is needed to support the health of youth age 12-24 living in the HOPE SF public housing communities of Alice Griffith, Huntersview, Potrero Terrace & Annex and Sunnydale.

This assessment was designed to bring forward the perspectives of those who have the greatest stake in issues that affect youth living in public housing—young people themselves, the adults in their lives, and the program staff, educators and others who connect with them on a daily basis. To learn about their findings and recommendations, download the full report here. You can also check out the Youth Assessment Brief to learn more about the process. Learn more about HOPE SF

Wecome to our newest HEI Student Researchers: 
Kayla Bowens: Kayla is a second-year graduate student in the Developmental Psychology program at SF State. She is currently working on her thesis focusing on the impacts of food insecurity on college populations. She is currently working on Project SHARe with Dr. Allen LeBlanc. 

James Lykens:
James is a first-year graduate student in the Sexuality Studies program at SF State. He is interested in LGBTQ media representation and well-being, as well as queer theory and minority stress. He is currently working on Project SHARe with Dr. Allen LeBlanc.

David Stupplebeen: David is a second-year graduate student in the Public Health program at SF State. David graduated from SF State with a BA in Political Science in 2007, and has spent the last seven years doing social marketing and social media training for AIDS-service organizations across the country. He is currently working as a graduate student research assistant with Dr. Allen LeBlanc. 

HEI in Action! 
Above: Dr. Laura Mamo (L) works with staff at the Bay Area Video Coalition to create a short documentary for the Beyond Bullying project, which will be available soon. 
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What is Health Equity? 

Check out our newest Health Equity infographics! The following infographics have been developed as resources to help others better understand the framework and goal of Health Equity, including what factors must be addressed and eliminated in order to achieve Health Equity. We encourage you to download and share with others today.
Faculty Opportunities:

San Francisco State University is pleased to announce two faculty cluster hires to support key cross-discipline intellectual initiatives. Faculty members will provide scholarly leadership, including research, community engagement, and teaching through two clusters focused on 1) Big Data and Health and 2) Violence, Trauma, and Health. Click on the position of interest below to learn more details.


Advances in the accumulation and analysis of data about human behavior have led to breakthroughs in the understanding of human genetics and health informatics. Big data & health concerns itself with the possibilities for advancing human health, the underlying fundamental science, as well as the social consequences of the mining of various data elements. In this cluster we seek three positions:

• Health Economics, Department of Economics & Health Equity Institute (Open Rank)
• Human Genetics/Genomics, Department of Biology (Open Rank)
Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Informatics, Health Equity Institute


There is enormous scientific, social, and cultural interest in the impact of violence and trauma on individual and collective well-being. It is essential that we build deeper understandings of the complex relationships between violence, trauma, and health among individuals, families, communities, and societies at large. Moreover, we must encourage scholarship and discourse concerning the ways in which the ubiquity of violence and its traumatic effects in popular culture both reflect and refract lived experience. In this cluster we seek three positions:

• Neuromechanics, Department of Kinesiology & Health Equity Institute (Open Rank)
• Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology (Open Rank)
Film and Media, Cinema Department (Open Rank)


We welcome applications from the most innovative scholars in these areas, we are open to considering any area of specialization, approach, or research agenda, and inter/disciplinary training. Tenure/Tenure-Track positions at San Francisco State require the proper terminal degree. Appointments begin Fall 2015. Application deadlines vary by position.

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