HEI Events

10th Annual Documentary for Health and Social Justice Screening

2015-2016 Documentary for Health and Social Justice student filmmakers with course instructors Rachel Poulain and Greta Snider.

2015-2016 Documentary for Health and Social Justice student filmmakers with course instructors Rachel Poulain and Greta Snider.

From left, Assistant Professor of Cinema Johnny Symons, HEI Documentary Film Producer Rachel Poulain, HEI Director Cynthia A. Gómez, and Professor of Cinema Greta Snider.

From left, Assistant Professor of Cinema Johnny Symons, HEI Documentary Film Producer Rachel Poulain, HEI Director Cynthia A. Gómez, and Professor of Cinema Greta Snider.  

Student filmmakers, the Health Equity Institute and the SF State School of Cinema presented the 10th Annual Documentary for Health and Social Justice screening on May 13 at SF State’s Coppola Theater.

The event began with an opening reception, followed by the screening of four films produced by the 2015-2016 cohort, and ended with a Q&A discussion between filmmakers and the audience.

The 2015-2016 Documentary for Health and Social Justice films are:

Aprendiendo Y Luchando: Explore how an Oakland High School has adopted a trauma-informed approach to healing and education. Watch the film.

A Mother’s Song: Learn how low-income single moms are breaking the cycle of poverty to reach their goals and the support structures that are making this possible. Watch the film.

Truth Speaks: In an after school program, young students rap about changing the world around them. Watch the film.

United Disciplines (working title): Follow the journey of a small group of college students as they dive into a multidisciplinary​ education experience.

Documentary for Health and Social Justice is a multidisciplinary film production course offered by the Health Equity Institute and the SF State School of Cinema where students partner with community-based organizations to produce short films that examine health equity and social justice issues. 

HEI celebrates our 2016 Student Scholars at end-of-semester event

HEI Director Dr. Cynthia A. Gómez (left) and HEI Associate Director Laura Mamo (right) with the 2016 HEI Student Scholars.

HEI Director Dr. Cynthia A. Gómez (left) and HEI Associate Director Laura Mamo (right) with the 2016 HEI Student Scholars.

Left photo, Dr. Gómez delivers opening comments. Right photo, HEI Project AFFIRM staff  (from left) Kayla Bowen, Jay Lykens and Luciano Sagastume.
Left photo, Dr. Gómez delivers opening comments. Right photo, HEI Project AFFIRM staff (from left) Kayla Bowen, Jay Lykens and Luciano Sagastume.

Last week HEI held its annual End-of-Spring-Semester Luncheon where we celebrated our 2016 student scholars who have supported HEI researchers and contributed to HEI research projects this past year. HEI Director Dr. Cynthia A. Gómez presented each student with a certificate of recognition for their work.

Minority Stress and Mental Health Post-Doctoral Fellow Alexander Lu also received a certificate of recognition for his contributions as well as congratulations and well wishes on his new appointment as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Francis Marion University in South Carolina.

The event included great food, conversation and a surprise birthday cake for faculty and staff born in the months of April and May.

HEI Speaker Series Lecture: Algorithms, Disciplinary Expertise and Inequalities

Drexel University Professor of Sociology Kelly Joyce presented her lecture "Algorithms, Disciplinary Expertise and Inequalities" as part of the Health Equity Insitute's Spring Speaker Series.

Drexel University Professor of Sociology Kelly Joyce presented her lecture "Algorithms, Disciplinary Expertise and Inequalities" as part of the Health Equity Insitute's Spring Speaker Series.

Left photo, HEI Senior Associate for Research and Evaluation David Rebanal (left) and HEI Science, Justice, and Health Equity Post-Doctoral Fellow Ugo Edu (center) discuss the lecture with Professor Kelly Joyce. Right photo, Professor Joyce speaks with HEI Associate Director Laura Mamao (center) and HEI Professor of Sociology Allen LeBlanc (right).

 

Drexel University Director, Center for Science, Technology & Society and Professor of Sociology Kelly Joyce, PhD, discussed how disciplinary expertise shapes the values that drive big data work and the implications of this process for understanding inequalities on Wednesday, March 16.

Joyce’s findings were drawn from fieldwork conducted at three sites, and her research was funded by the National Science Foundation (Award #1338205).

Her presentation was part of the HEI Spring Speaker Series, a monthly event that showcases leading researchers in the field of health equity.

“Bodies at War (MINA)” documentary screening and discussion

From left, HEI Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and VTH Initiative researcher Charmayne Hughes, Filmmaker and UC Santa Cruz Adjunct Professor of Sociology, Emily Cohen Ibañez, and SF State Assistant Professor of Cinema and VTH Initiative researcher Steven Choe at the “Bodies of War (Mina)” screening.

From left, HEI Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and VTH Initiative researcher Charmayne Hughes, Filmmaker and UC Santa Cruz Adjunct Professor of Sociology, Emily Cohen Ibañez, and SF State Assistant Professor of Cinema and VTH Initiative researcher Steven Choe at the “Bodies of War (Mina)” screening.

Audience viewing Bodies at War

 

The Violence, Trauma and Health (VTH) Initiative and HEI presented a screening of the documentary “Bodies at War (MINA)” by filmmaker and UC Santa Cruz Adjunct Professor of Sociology Emily Cohen Ibañez, PhD, at the J. Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State University on March 7.

The film offers a window into the lives of Colombian people as they strive to rehabilitate themselves and others after landmine injury. A legacy of its unremitting fifty-year-long civil war, Colombia is one of the most mine-affected countries in the world. With remarkable access, “Bodies at War” brings together diverse perspectives on what rehabilitation is and means in Colombia.

After the film, Violence, Trauma and Health (VTH) Initiative researcher and SF State Assistant Professor of Cinema Steven Choe moderated a question and answer session with Ibañez. To learn more about the documentary visit the film’s website: acolombianlandminestory.com.

SF BUILD Dialogue on Environment and Health

From left, HEI Director Cynthia Gómez, Ray Thompkins, UCSF Assistant Professor Neeta Thakur, UCSF Professor John Balmes, SF State Professor Pete Palmer and UCSF Professor and event co-facilitator Alicia Fernandez.

From left, HEI Director Cynthia Gómez, Ray Thompkins, UCSF Assistant Professor Neeta Thakur, UCSF Professor John Balmes, SF State Professor Pete Palmer and UCSF Professor and event co-facilitator Alicia Fernandez.

SF BUILD Dialog on the Environment and Health event

 

HEI Director Cynthia Gómez and UCSF Professor Alicia Fernandez co-facilitated the SF BUILD Dialogue on Environment and Health on Monday, February 29, at San Francisco State University. Researchers from UCSF, SF State and community organizations offered insights into their work and engaged in a roundtable discussion on the interactions of environmental toxins, socioeconomic status and health. Following the roundtable, the discussion was opened up to the audience and attendees explored potential research collaborations on the topic.

The researchers in attendance included Neeta Thakur, MD, Assistant Professor, UCSF School of Medicine; John Balmes, MD, Professor, UCSF School of Medicine; Pete Palmer, PhD, Professor, SF State Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry; and Ray Thompkins, Clean Air Health Alliance.

HOPE SF Art & Healing Assessment Art Piece Reception and Community Partnership Celebration

HOPE SF Art Assessment Artwork

On Saturday, February 27, a closing reception was held for the HOPE SF Art & Healing Assessment Art Piece that was displayed at the Kimball Education Gallery/Art Studio at the De Young Museum in San Francisco. This work of art was created through the HOPE SF Art & Healing Assessment and relied heavily on the engagement of Brett Cook, a partner, colleague and community member who was an Artist in Residence at the De Young Museum. The event involved viewing the art piece, being in community and acknowledging all of the work that went into the HOPE SF Art & Healing Assessment and partnership.

Emerging Scholars in Health Equity discussed their research at HEI Speaker Series

Emerging scholars Mercedes M. Morales-Alemán, Alexander Lu and Ugo Edu

On Wednesday, February 17, three rising health equity scholars introduced their research on women’s reproductive rights in Brazil; community commemoration and trauma; and sexual health promotion efforts at the first presentation of the 2016 HEI Spring Speaker Series.

HEI Visiting Scholar Mercedes M. Morales-Alemán, PhD, discussed her work, Plans for the Development of a Sexual Health Promotion Intervention among Adolescent Latinas in the US South.

HEI Minority Stress and Mental Health Post-Doctoral Fellow Alexander Lu, PhD, shared his research, Victimhood, Shared Loss, and Commemoration: Emotionally Transforming Murders into Community Traumas.

HEI  Science, Justice, and Health Equity Post-Doctoral Fellow Ugo Edu, PhD, presented her research, Black Reproduction in an Economy of Desire, Aesthetics, Sexuality and Race.

After each speaker presentation there was a brief Q & A session.

The HEI Spring Speaker Series is a monthly event that showcases leading researchers in the field of health equity.