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HEI 10th Anniversary Luncheon
Slideshow of photos from HEI's 10th Anniversary luncheon.

HEI begins its 10-year anniversary!

The Health Equity Institute is celebrating its 10th anniversary and we could not have reached this milestone without the help of visionary and dedicated SF State faculty, staff, and administrators. On Tuesday, April 12, to show our deep appreciation, HEI hosted a luncheon to honor the individuals who have supported us over the past 10 years, and those individuals helping us succeed into the future.

The event opened with a brief history and update on the growth of HEI. Guests were presented with awards of gratitude and asked to share one word that would complete the sentence “My vision of heath equity is …” The event concluded with a toast, birthday cake and a poetry reading of “Revolution” by writer and psychologist, Amy Lam.

The 10th Anniversary Luncheon is the first of several 10th anniversary events we will host over the next year.

HEI was pleased to have Mercedes M. Morales-Alemán, Ph.D., as a visiting scholar
Mercedes M. Morales-AlemánDr. Morales-Alemán is a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Preventive Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Her research studies the social determinants of sexual health and risk in young women of color, particularly Latinas. Morales-Alemán earned her doctoral degree in Ecological-Community Psychology from Michigan State University in 2011.

From 2011-2013, she was a research fellow in the Minority Health and Health Equity Activity of the Epidemiology Branch in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While at the CDC, her work studied the multi-level predictors of intimate partner violence and access to healthcare in ethnic minority communities at risk for or living with HIV and AIDS including Latinos in the US South and young men who have sex with men.

As part of her T32 Postdoctoral Research Traineeship, Dr. Morales-Alemán came to HEI for a short-term rotation where she met with current research teams, participated in interdisciplinary meetings, and presented her own work as part of the HEI Speaker Series.
Bay Area Minority Millennials Healthcare Access Forum
Bay Area Minority Millennials Healthcare Access Forum participants engage in an activity to create art that represents solutions to healthcare access challenges faced by millennials.
Bay Area Minority Millennials Healthcare Access Forum participants engage in an activity to create art that represents solutions to healthcare access challenges faced by millennials.
HEI and the Region IX Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Regional Operations co-sponsored the Bay Area Low Income and Minority Millennials Healthcare Access Forum, on Tuesday, March 29, in downtown San Francisco.

The forum brought together San Francisco Bay Area healthcare providers, mental health professionals, health researchers, and a diverse group of millennials to examine the challenges minority and low-income18-35 year olds face when attempting to access healthcare; and worked collectively to develop solutions to these barriers.

The event produced recommendations and actions that address healthcare access challenges faced by millennials, and concluded with a thought activity that had groups of participants imagine and create art that represented their vision of the future healthcare delivery system for millennials.
Health Equity Institute 10th Anniversary logo
Our 10-year Anniversary Logo

Happy Birthday to us! HEI was established on April 6, 2006, and to mark this momentous event we have designed a 10th anniversary logo, which will be used throughout the year.
Cynthia Gomez
HEI Director Cynthia Gómez honored by the American Psychological Association
Health Equity Institute Director Cynthia A. Gómez, PhD, was awarded the American Psychological Association (APA) Presidential Citation, a distinction that honors psychologists for their outstanding contributions to the field of psychology. She was also acknowledged for her pioneering efforts in HIV/AIDS prevention, healthcare access and equity for marginalized and disenfranchised individuals and communities.  

Dr. Gómez was also elected to the APA Board of Professional Affairs, a group responsible for APA policy, standards and guidelines, organizational relationships, awards and recognitions, and the use of psychological knowledge to promote public welfare. She represents the slate focused on Public Health.
Laura Mamo
HEI Associate Director Laura Mamo participates in reproductive technologies panel discussion
Advancements in reproductive technologies have given individuals with specific reproductive desires new avenues to create families, while forcing policymakers to quickly regulate local and international biomedical practices.
In March, Health Equity Institute Associate Director Laura Mamo was among several scholars who examined the social and legal dimensions of stem cell technologies that involve reproduction, bodies, labor and care at the “Whose Body, What Choice: Egg Provision, Gestational Surrogacy, and Extending Parenthood” panel discussion at The New School in New York City.
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