CHSS Annual Showcase 2018 features panel, posters, awards

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Poster presentation

On April 25, CHSS presented its fourth Annual Showcase featuring the College’s scholarship, teaching and service — this year highlighting the theme of Building Community. 

Connie Ulasewicz, professor and chair of the Family Interiors Nutrition & Apparel Department, moderated a panel discussion on community building, with panelists Jet Lee, associate professor, Department of Physical Therapy; Ingrid Ochoa, lecturer, Department of Health Education; Molly Shea, assistant professor, Department of Child & Adolescent Development; and David Walsh, professor, Department of Kinesiology.

Circle of Excellence awards were presented to four College staff members: Angelina Wong, administrative support coordinator in the Department of Kinesiology, received the Behind the Scenes Wonder Award; Devi Ruslani-Reyes, administrative analyst in the School of Social Work, received the Model CHSS CItizen Award/Golden Donut; and the Bright Idea Award went to the team of Jessica Mondgragon, Student Resource Center office coordinator, and Alex Weiglin, web and digital media specialist in the College Office.

The event included a poster session with 24 poster presentations. Presenters were asked to identify which of the three areas (or intersections of more than one area) are demonstrated in their posters. The posters are listed below according to those categories.


Growing Pains: An Exploration of Seller Satisfaction within the Etsy Community

Amy Dorie, Assistant Professor, Family Interiors Nutrition & Apparel
Co-authors: Fei Peng, Telin Chung, Jessica Hurst, Linda Niehm, & Ann Marie Fiore

Etsy is home to a community over 1.56 million artisans and crafters who sell their handmade products to approximately 24 million buyers. These microbusinesses gain a means of market entry, a venue for brand exposure and distribution, and community support though the online Etsy marketplace. However, the online craft marketplace is a relatively new and little-studied phenomenon. Thus, the purpose of this research was to investigate Etsy policies and sellers’ satisfaction within the Etsy community. Findings indicated a contradiction between Etsy’s social mission (connecting local sellers with global buyers to enrich communities) and sellers’ experiences with store termination, competitor fraud, lack of communication from Etsy, and loss of income. Recommendations were provided for microbusinesses operating within the Etsy community.

Claiming Kapwa: Filipino Immigrants, Community Based Organizations and Community Citizenship in San Francisco

Valerie Francisco-Menchavez, Assistant Professor, Sociology Co-authors: Jessa Delos Reyes, Stephanie Ancheta, Tiffany Mendoza, Katrina Liwanag
Filipino immigrants and Filipino-serving community-based organizations (CBOs) in San Francisco work to meet community members’ immediate needs. At the same time, it activates political participation for Filipinos to make claims on traditional citizenship from the city agencies under an albeit xenophobic climate. Although city-level legislation marks San Francisco as politically progressive, Filipino community members experience the national anti-immigrant climate in the United States through a lack of services for integration. We argue that immigrants and CBOs develop “community citizenship” that link Filipino immigrants to local state services while engaging in community building activities that affirms the transnational identities of Filipinos as part of their (in) ability to participate politically in San Francisco. Through qualitative interviews from Filipino organizers and CBO staff, we argue that CBOs use Filipino core cultural values to facilitate collective responsibility for community members’ needs that is not only local but also always transnational under contradicting currents of liberal progressivism and neoliberal conservatism in the city and nationally.

Public Administration in a Deconstructed Administrative State

M. Ernita Joaquin, Associate Professor, Public Administration
The poster is meant to develop dialogue on today’s biggest challenge for Public Administration: the “deconstruction of the administrative state.” What dynamics does it involve? What are its effects on governmental capacity and the values of public administration? A framework is suggested to examine its implications for the theory, practice, and teaching of public administration. 

Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth: Challenges and Successes for Integrating into the School Community

Graciela Orozco, Professor, Counseling
Co-author: Zuleyma Rivera

Fleeing gang violence, physical or sexual abuse, abject poverty — these appear to be the main reasons why a significant number of unaccompanied immigrant youth embark on dangerous journeys from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala to the United States. Soon after their arrival, they begin a long and arduous road confronted by legal issues, family reunification barriers, and cultural transitions which often lead to emotional and mental health challenges. This presentation is based on a literature review and interviews with school counselors to understand how the schools can create supportive environments for these young people.

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“Nothing about us, without us”: Social work students’ research on basic needs

Jocelyn Hermoso, Associate Professor, Social Work
Co-authors: Rosemarie Perez and Danny Vang

This poster presentation describes the pedagogical approaches used in a baccalaureate social work research class to hone students’ research competencies. It shows how participatory action research projects that students conducted on basic needs deprivation of college students enabled them to appreciate research’s relevance in practice.

Oral Health Knowledge and Practices of San Francisco Head Start Parents

Elaine Musselman, Assistant Professor, Nursing
The purpose of this study was to generate additional knowledge on factors influencing the oral health of low-income, preschool children of color in San Francisco. Findings were shared with Head Start health managers and the Cavity Free SF Oral Health Leadership to contribute to the development of culturally specific interventions aimed at addressing oral health beliefs, misconceptions, and practices and ultimately improve the oral health of children of color and their families. 

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Role Modeling in Nursing Leadership Skills of Graduate Education: Professional Formation and Reflection

Fang-yu Chou, Associate Professor, Nursing
Building leadership skills and role developments are part of the experiential learning processes for graduate students. They are expected to assume complex leadership roles to initiate changes. In addition to the didactic learning provided in the classroom setting, having students to engage effective observation and dialogue with their prospective mentors in the clinical setting can enhance their affective domain of learning.

Strengthening the Classroom Community through Embodied Learning

Maiya Evans, Lecturer, Health Education
Embodied learning in the classroom fosters an environment where students are challenged to perceive the self, the other, and the outside world. Physical activity in the classroom helps bolster community cohesion, allowing the students to be playful while simultaneously providing tools for them to engage in a larger social dialogue. Pedagogy rooted in theater, improvisation, and dance allows students to embody their experiences as opposed to solely engaging them through a verbal dialogical process. Furthermore, as Nguyen and Larson (2015) suggest, embodied learning finds success when it adheres to three guidelines: interdisciplinary collaboration, problem-posing instruction, and thoughtful learning space design. Embodied pedagogical techniques join the body and mind to facilitate knowledge construction and meaningful community building.

The effect of head and neck position on cervical muscle tension, symptoms and head rotation

Richard Harvey, Associate Professor, Health Education
Erik Peper, Professor, Health Education
Co-authors: Elizabeth Villagomez and Alejandro Heredia

Habitual 'scrunching' of the neck inhibits head rotation and increases neck and shoulder tension. For example, many people who compress their neck muscles while working at the computer or using their cell phones report symptoms of discomfort or pain. Classroom exercises can help students raise awareness of habitual dysfunctional patterns and also help improve problems associated with neck scrunching.

Teaching Clinical Prevention to Pre-Licensure Nursing Students

Larry Vitale, Lecturer, Nursing
This presentation will demonstrate how SF State School of Nursing transformed the 1st semester nursing course, Health Promotion, into a rigorous evidence-based course in clinical prevention and population health. The course builds on the Clinical Prevention and Population Health Curriculum Framework, and goes beyond the curriculum with significant additions in infectious disease prevention and control. The course described in this poster prepares students to serve often-marginalized populations, and to contribute to the health of our community. The SON is committed to providing our future nurses with an educational and experiential foundation in clinical prevention and population health. The School of Nursing is dedicated to social justice, and offers students a way to express that commitment with action.

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Scholarship & Service

Muscle Physiology Lecture Series: Bridging the Gap between Science and the Community

James Bagley, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
The Muscle Physiology Lecture Series (MPLS) invites expert researchers and clinicians from around the world to share their knowledge with the SFSU community. Since 2015, we have hosted six guest speakers who gave ~1 hour lectures w/Q&A sessions. Supported by the Rossi Family Foundation, MPLS admission is free to students, faculty/staff, and community members (~280 total attendees). The MPLS is part of a growing movement that spreads science literacy via social media, podcasts, and posting talks on YouTube (17,862 views). We make this information easily accessible to engage the next generation of health professionals/researchers in the SFSU community and beyond.

Healthy Parks Healthy People Bay Area: A case study of coordinated activity programming in natural spaces

Jackson Wilson, Associate Professor, Recreation, Parks & Tourism
Aiko Yoshino, Assistant Professor, Recreation, Parks & Tourism
Co-author: Neha Bhanu Prakash

Healthy Parks Healthy People (HPHP) is an international movement focused on increasing awareness of the connections between the health of people and natural environments. Data was collected at 16 HPHP Bay Area events using surveys and structured observations (SOPARC). A higher percentage of leaders were older, male, White, and non-Hispanic compared to participants. All of the participants evaluated the program as Very Good or Good and almost all indicated it was Very Likely they would recommend the program. During one-third of observations, all participants were sedentary; however, average physical activity levels increased over program duration. The results of this study suggest that participants in the HPHP Bay Area programming are highly satisfied with the programming, despite the low to moderate levels of observed physical activity. The results have implications for programming as well as the use of SOPARC to measure changes in physical activity over the duration of an event.

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Scholarship & Teaching

Entering the Research Community: An Undergraduate's Experiences in Kinesiology

Nicole Bolter, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
Co-author: Erika Nilsen

The presentation will focus on an undergraduate student's experiences completing an independent research study with a faculty member. Reflections will include the triumphs and challenges of conducting research, perceptions of becoming involved in research after the independent study, and feedback to future students who will engage in research during their undergraduate careers.

Effect of posture feedback training on health

Erik Peper, Professor, Health Education
Richard Harvey, Associate Professor, Health Education
Co-author: Lauren Mason

Teaches students self-empowerment and optimizes health through posture feedback training. The training provides awareness skill with wearable feedback devices to shift in cognitive and physical behavior patterns to optimize heath. The treatment group compared to the control group showed significant differences on the SF-36 measures of physical functioning, emotions, energy/fatigue, confidence and overall stress ratings.

Posture affects Math Performance

Erik Peper, Professor, Health Education 
Richard Harvey, Associate Professor, Health Education 

Co-author: Lauren Mason
This research explores how posture affects cognitive activity. Posture can be an indicator of response to threat and affect cognitive performance in tasks such as math. In this classroom exercise, 125 students experienced that a collapsed posture significantly reduced math performance as compared to the upright position especially for students who had high test anxiety, fear of math performance and blanking out on exams. The finding suggest that students with low self-esteem and fear of failure can significantly improve performance by adopting an upright empowering posture.

Factors that promote academic resilience among ethnic minority college students- literature review

Sherria Taylor, Assistant Professor, Family Interiors Nutrition & Apparel
Co-author: Trisa Nguyen
This poster reviews the literature on what promotes academic resilience among ethnic minority college students and provides future steps for teachers, departments, and institutions to support ethnic minority students' academic resilience.

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Service & Teaching

The Arts & Constructive Media as Catalysts for Community

Kenn Burrows, Lecturer, Health Education
Co-authors: Amber Yang, Bethany Surface, Khari McKendell, Malcolm Pinson

The power of five art-forms (word, image, music, movement and ritual) and constructive/generative media to help people engage in social connection and collaborative actions.

Rehabilitation through Recreation Therapy for Veterans and Older Adults Transitioning to Assisted Living Communities (ALC) and/or Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)

Luciana M. Curtis, CSU Sacramento, Recreation Therapy Program
Darlene Yee-Melichar, Professor/Coordinator, PACE: Gerontology Program

The objective of this research was to identify evidence-based data on the impact of recreation therapy (such as dance, expressive writing, music, visual arts, and movement-based creative expression programs) on health concerns facing Veterans and adults as they age (Stuckey & Nobel, 2010). Current literature suggests that there are enhanced physical and mental health benefits for Veterans and older adults who participate in recreation therapy programs. The results of this research will help to inform long-term care administrators in the development and implementation of recreation therapy programs as they are designed to meet the specific rehabilitation needs of Veterans and older adults transitioning to institutionalized settings (Dustin et al., 2016).

Incidence of Brain Injury Due to Intimate Partner Violence in Women Residing in the United States, 2002-2015

Charmayne Hughes, Associate Professor, Kinesiology & Health Equity Institute
Co-authors: Tatiana Mariscal and Sepideh Modrek  
Research has suggested an association between physical intimate partner violence (IPV) and brain injuries. However, no large-scale studies examining the issue have been conducted. Using data from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS) we found that of the 225,749 U.S. Emergency Department visits by women between 2002-2015, 867 (0.3%) were due to IPV-related brain injury. After appropriate weighting, the estimated number of ED visits of IPV-related brain injury was 3,551,477. There were higher rates of ED admission for black women and women of ages 15-44 years, with self-pay and Medicaid emerging as main payment mechanisms.

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Scholarship, Service & Teaching

The Effectiveness of a Peer Advising Program on Student Success Outcomes for First-Year University Students

Ana Maria Barrera, Lecturer, Kinesiology
Co-authors: Jansia Hoo and Jamela Rabino

Utilizing the Academic Advising Functions-Student Version (Smith & Allen, 2006), and peer advisor experience utilizing qualitative interviews, this study explored the effectiveness of a peer advising program and its influence on student success outcomes, in particular, how connecting with a peer advisor allows students to create meaningful relationships and a sense of belonging, contributing to overall success in the Kinesiology program.

OutREACH: Comprehensive Rehabilitation Program for Sub-Saharan Africa

Charmayne Hughes, Associate Professor, Kinesiology & Health Equity Institute
Co-authors: Alejandra Padilla, Amy Hintze, Jonathan Ontiveros, Sam Warner, Tony Peng, Zeus Cruz

Although stroke and mortality has decreased in the United States by ~40% over the last four decades, it has more than doubled in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Using information and communication technologies (ICT) and mobile health care (mHealth), we are developing a personalized stroke rehabilitation system for upper limb dysfunction (the outREACH system). In this poster we will present the results of user surveys and app interface usability testing, and technical development of the app and embedded sensor. The outREACH system will provide a new means of stroke rehabilitation delivery in remote areas, such as SSA.

Using Embedded Sensor Systems and Machine Learning for Upper-Limb Trajectory Reconstruction in Post-Stroke Rehabilitation

Charmayne Hughes, Associate Professor, Associate Professor, Kinesiology & Health Equity Institute
Co-authors: Michael Sera, Xiaorong Zhang, Alex David, Xinyu Du

Post-stroke upper-limb rehabilitation requires accurate assessment of motor function. However, measuring upper limb motor performance using accelerometers and Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs), is hampered by intrinsic drift and noise. In this paper, we combined a Quaternion and Madgwick Compensation Filtering Algorithm and a Support Vector Machine (SVM)-based regression algorithm to reconstruct the 3D IMU trajectories during the performance of upper-limb movements. By adding SVM machine learning to standard data reduction techniques we reduced accelerometer measurement bias and successfully reconstructed the 3D trajectories. In future, we will determine whether other machine learning techniques can better reconstruct trajectories captured by IMUs.

Predictors of Depressive Symptoms among Northern Plains American Indian Women Cancer Survivors

Yeon-Shim Lee, Associate Professor, Social Work
Cancer is the leading cause of death among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) women. Although cancer is the leading cause of death for female AI/ANs and depressive symptoms has been linked to higher mortality, research on depressive symptoms among AI/AN cancer patients has been scant. The purpose of this exploratory study was to use the Framework of Historical Oppression, Resilience, and Transcendence (FHORT) to examine risk and protective factors related to depressive symptoms experienced by American Indian (AI) women cancer survivors. Specifically, we examine the relationships among adverse childhood experiences (ACE), perceived health status, resilience, social support, and depressive symptoms among AI women cancer survivors in the Northern Plains. This study used a cross-sectional survey design with purposive sampling of 73 female cancer survivors (aged 18 years or older) in the Northern Plains between June 2014 and February 2015. Hierarchical multiple regression was used to test three sets of variables as they related to depressive symptoms: (1) sociodemographic variables, (2) risk factors (ACE and perceived health), and (3) protective factors (psychological resilience and social support). Results indicated that approximately 47% of participants had probable depressive symptoms. Depressive symptoms were inversely associated with perceived health, psychological resilience, and social support. The implications of results support the bolstering of existing social support among AI cancer patients and survivors as well as prevention and intervention efforts that strengthen resilience.

Strength & Conditioning Lab: Building Strength through Community

Kent Lorenz, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
James Bagley, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

Founded in 2017, the Strength & Conditioning Lab (SCL) provides a space for teaching, research, and community outreach. We designed the SCL to primarily improve physical fitness; but, also to promote social and emotional health through community. This creates a unique opportunity for personal interactions amongst students, faculty, and staff to motivate and encourage each other during training. The SCL allows everyone to develop as athletes, while also enhancing their abilities as coaches, teachers, and/or researchers. The SCL houses undergraduate classes, faculty/staff wellness programs, campus-wide Strength & Conditioning Club sessions, community workshops, and research projects.

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