CHSS Connection

October 25, 2022


students work on garment designs for Goodwill project

The city sends about 4,500 pounds of textiles to landfills every hour, according to the San Francisco Department of the Environment (SFE). That adds up to more than 39 million pounds of textile waste a year from San Francisco alone. The good news is that SF State students are lending their hands (and designs) to help reduce these daunting numbers through garment repair and redesign. San Francisco State has formed partnerships with local organizations to give Apparel Design & Merchandising students a unique opportunity: using textiles from damaged and unwanted clothes donated to Goodwill to create new sellable pieces. This opportunity was made possible through a pilot project funded by SFE in partnership with the California Product Stewardship Council and Goodwill of the San Francisco Bay.

Read more about the garment repair project

The All-University Committee on International Programs (AUCIP) invites faculty and staff to an international faculty and staff engagement event in recognition of International Education Month. The event will be held 3 – 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, on the fifth floor patio of the Administration Building. Come join your colleagues for refreshments as International Education Month kicks off! RSVP via Qualtrics.

Public Health Lecturer Faculty Deborah Craig visited Sweet Briar College, where she spoke about her documentary on Sweet Briar alumna Sally Gearhart. Gearhart was a much loved Women Studies and Communication professor at SF State from the ’70s through ’90s and a groundbreaking lesbian feminist activist who fought for LGBTQ+ rights shoulder-by-shoulder with Harvey Milk.

Gearhart grew up in small-town Virginia and went to Sweet Briar College for women in that state the late ’40s and early ’50s. Craig says, “At that time, Sweet Briar was a place for gowns, pearls and lipstick. If you wore jeans, you had to cover them up with a raincoat if you wanted to go outside, regardless of the weather!” Today, Craig says, Sweet Briar is transformed, which would have thoroughly delighted Gearhart, who often spoke fondly of her experiences there. At Sweet Briar, Gearhart made lifelong friends but had to hide deep in the closet. Sweet Briar’s LGBTQ+ grow GLOW (Gay, Lesbian, or Whoever), welcomed Craig to talk about her documentary-in-progress. Craig says that plans are afoot to interview some current Sweet Briar students about Gearhart and her work and to screen the film there when it’s completed — next year, she hopes. 

Professors Richard Harvey and Erik Peper (Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism/Institute for Holistic Health Studies) recently presented the “Breathwork Workshop for Self-Soothing and Calming,” an online program of Mission Hospice & Home Care for staff, caretakers and family. 

Kohinoor Joshi, an MPH student mentored by Assistant Professor of Public Health Supriya Misra, presented a poster at the UCSF Health Equity and Anti-Racism Research Symposium on October 13. The poster, titled, “Review of Empirical Studies on Serious Mental Illness (SMI) Diagnoses among Immigrants in the United States,” was part of the “Chronic Disease Disparities” session.

The CHSS Task Force on Teaching has appointed Sarah Pawlowsky, associate clinical professor of Physical Therapy, to serve as a member of the CHSS Teaching Academy and represent lecturer faculty. The mission of the CHSS Teaching Academy is to support CHSS teachers at all ranks and levels of experience and to foster a communal culture of reflective, inclusive and intentional teaching practices. These practices are aimed at creating CHSS teaching that is accessible, community-engaged and informed by social justice pedagogy.

Molly Shannon headshot

San Francisco State University Nursing student Molly Shannon was honored by Hep B Free - San Francisco Bay Area at the 15thannual B-A-Hero Celebration and Fundraiser, held at the Intercontinental San Francisco on October 13. Each year, the the organization's Governance Council awards the B-A-Hero cape and trophy to individuals who have played an important part in the volunteer efforts in the previous year. 

Shannon is working towards a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at SF State. She was elected to the school’s Nursing Student Association as a Hep B Ambassador, which gave her the opportunity to volunteer with SF Hep B Free for the last year. She has supported the organization at many events during the pandemic and worked to recruit other student nurses to volunteer when needed. Shannon is passionate about helping those in need, and it has been an honor for her to be able to give back to the community by spreading awareness about hepatitis B. She will be graduating this December and plans to continue to contribute to public health efforts here in the Bay Area throughout her career as a nurse. 

In a cross-college collaboration that is the first of its kind at SF State, “Project ARISE: Adversity and Resiliency Interventions for Social Emotional Development in Early Childhood” — a proposal by project directors Maryssa Mitsch from Early Childhood Special Education and Jocelyn Hermoso from the School of Social Work — was funded by the U.S. Department of Education for $1,100,000 over five years. This represents a unique opportunity for faculty and students in two colleges to bring their teaching and scholarship together around common goals. Project ARISE will focus on inclusionary practices and early childhood mental health supports for young children with disabilities and their families. The first cohort will begin in fall 2023. Reach out to Maryssa Mitsch or Jocelyn Hermoso with questions and student application information.

According to Justice in Aging (JIA) and in a very significant Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a host of changes to Medicaid regulations that, taken together, are likely to positively impact the ability of millions of low-income older adults and persons with disabilities to enroll in Medicare Savings Programs and other Medicaid programs, and to retain enrollment during redeterminations and renewals.

The changes include three main areas for commenting for individuals serving older adults and people with disabilities:

  1. Streamlining and making enrollment in Medicare Savings Programs more automatic
  2. Addressing the institutional bias in Medicaid by allowing for the projection of predictable costs in the community for home and community-based services (HCBS)
  3. Streamlining and making enrollment and renewal processes simpler in the Aged Blind and Disabled Medicaid programs to promote enrollment and retention in Medicaid for older adults and people with disabilities

The Gerontology Program urges you to submit comments to CMS. Your comments are needed to create a strong record and ensure that these changes become final. Information from advocates in the field carries weight. The comment deadline is November 7, 2022.

What to include in your comments

JIA created template comments to guide you. For each area for commenting, JIA has provided a summary of the issue and examples of what would be helpful to include in your comments. Please address as few or as many areas as you wish. Even one or two examples showing the impact of one of the proposed changes would help. Organizations that have the bandwidth to go deeper — please do!

How to file comments

Filing comments is easy. Go to the comment page for this rulemaking on Follow the simple directions for identifying yourself and your organization and drag your comment document into the comment area.

Note that the NPRM also includes significant proposals to improve the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Look out for information and comments from other advocacy organizations on CHIP issues.

Submit an Item

The deadline to submit items for the November 8, 2022 issue of CHSS Connection is November 2. Send submissions to

Current Events

Holistic Health Workshop for Members of University Community: There is hope for tight neck and shoulders, and tired, irritated eyes
Wednesdays, October 26 & November 2, 12-1 p.m., HSS 306

Mindfulness Meditation Series
​​​Wednesdays, 2-3 pm., October 26, November 2, 9 & 16, via Zoom

Trick or Treat — The Health Impact of Sugar & Alternative Sweeteners
Monday, October 31, 5-6:45 p.m., HSS 306 and online

MSW Admission Info Sessions
Thursdays, November 3 & 17, December 1 & 15, 7-8:30 p.m., all via Zoom

Faculty Writing Support Groups
Wednesdays, November 2, 16 & 30, December 14, 9-11 a.m., in-person and Zoom; Fridays, October 28, November 11, December 9, via Zoom. Contact Kate Hamel at

Ben Dieterle

Dieterle, MPA alum, encourages parks and recreation colleagues to consider master’s degree public administration

Ben Dieterle (MPA ’18, CPRP), an alumnus of SF State’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program, is the community services supervisor for the City of Fountain Valley Recreation & Community Services Department and oversees the daily operations, programming and staff of the community’s senior center. As a member of his park and recreation association, he initiated the California Park & Recreation Society’s podcast, “Push to Play.” Dieterle interviews, edits and publishes all podcasts for this association. In a  recent “Back to School” podcast, he talks with SF State MPA program faculty members Ernita Joaquin and Jennifer Shea about the MPA degree for those who are thinking about the next step in their public service careers.

Professor of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Erik Peper offered tips on preventing hand pain from phone use. goop 10/20/2022

Associate Professor of Sociology & Sexuality Studies Clare Sears was interviewed for a story about same-sex relationships and gender-nonconforming behavior during the California Gold Rush. ABC 7 News 10/19/2022

screenshot of Clare Sears on ABC 7 News

Research on chronic pain co-conducted by Professor of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Erik Peper was adapted into an article. Townsend Letter: The Examiner of Alternative Medicine 10/14/2022

The SF State-based Journal of Homosexuality, edited by the late Psychology Professor Emeritus John DeCecco, was described as a “pre-eminent” journal in LGBTQ studies. The Good Men Project 10/9/2022

Featured Photo

group of hikers from Fit Plus Family Hike

Fit Plus, SF State’s employee health and wellness program, held its first Family Hike Day in Glen Canyon Park on October 16. (Source: @sfsufitplus on Instagram)