On November 16, 2015, HEI, SF BUILD, and the NeuroTech Lab co-presented the Violence, Trauma and Health (VTH) Initiative launch event. As one of the faculty research clusters sponsored by Provost Sue Rosser, the VTH Initiative is 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 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 Initiative 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.