Jessica Wolin, MPH, MCRP

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Jessica Wolin, MPH, MCRP, is the HEI Associate Director of Community Practice, the Director of the HOPE SF Learning Center and Clinical Faculty in Health Education at San Francisco State University. Wolin facilitates campus-community partnerships and combines her teaching with extensive community based work. Prior to joining the faculty at HEI/SF State, she served in leadership and consulting roles at the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the Alameda County Public Health Department. She also worked with several local non-profit public health organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Team Up for Youth and the Marin Institute.  Wolin earned an MPH and an MCRP from UC Berkeley where she was awarded the Henrik Blum Award for Distinguished Social Action.

Wolin is dedicated to bridging academic and community work through innovative pedagogy, community based participatory research, service learning, and collaborative efforts. She has 20 years of experience in public health program development, implementation and evaluation, including extensive experience providing technical assistance to public agencies and CBOs. Wolin also has experience in the development and oversight of grant making efforts, having led a multi-million dollar neighborhood based initiative to increase after school sports programming for low-income youth at Team up for Youth.  

Since 2007, Wolin has overseen SF State Master of Public Health student collaboration with organizations to conduct community based research projects and develop public health interventions. As SF State faculty, she teaches Community Health Assessment and Program Planning courses. As the Associate Director of Community Practice at HEI, she develops community partnerships and leads HEI’s involvement in the work done in San Francisco communities including HOPE SF. Most recently she established the HOPE SF Learning center to support the evaluation, research, and planning aspects of the HOPE SF initiative.

Wolin is the founder of several critical community based public health initiatives including the Women's Community Clinic, the only free clinic for women in San Francisco. She participated in the inaugural class of the James Irvine Foundation Women's Health Leadership Program. She currently serves as a Commissioner on the City of Berkeley's Community Health Commission and is a member of the Health Advisory Board for the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco. She is also a board member of Health Through Art and the San Francisco Jewish Community Relations Council and Field Faculty for the Coro Foundation, Fellowship and Exploring Leadership. 

Most recently, in collaboration with colleagues from BRIDGE Housing, Inc., Wolin authored a groundbreaking paper introducing the Trauma Informed Community Building model, published in 2014. In that same year, she was awarded San Francisco State’s Jefferson Award in recognition of her work in collaboration with communities in the Bay Area.

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Research Interests

  • Community Based Participatory Research
  • Violence and Trauma and Health
  • Participatory Evaluation
  • Public Housing and Health
  • Community Assessment