CHSS Connection: Presentations
November/December 2020 issue
Associate Professor of Public Health Vivian R. Chavez was a presenter in the session, “Actualizing the Legacy of Helen Rodríguez-Trías: Building Intersectional Health Equity and Justice,” on October 27 at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting. The panel was an interactive session that used an abolitionist framework to dismantle the weapon of the colonizer: to divide diverse racialized groups from building solidarity and organizing for social change and health equity. Participants in the session created a set of action items that commited each caucus to work collaboratively to dismantle white supremacy in public health research, practice and the production of health policy. (APHA’s president, José Ramón Fernández-Peña, is former associate chair of SF State’s Department of Health Education, now the Department of Public Health).
Counseling graduate students Kristin Cox, Iyah Turminini, Sophie Harrison-Wong, Jennifer Cowles and Ritika Aggarwal have had a workshop accepted via peer review for presentation at the Association for Women in Psychology’s 2021 Virtual Conference. The workshop is titled, “Incarceration, Inequality, and Intergenerational Trauma: The Role of the Mental Health Practitioner.”
Lecturer of Criminal Justice Studies James Dudley and Rob Cate, co-founder and CEO of Intervew Now, will present a session at the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA) National Training Conference in Orlando, Florida, in July 2021. Their topic will be new and innovative ways to recruit and retain policing candidates. FBINAA anticipates that 1,500 police executives from around the world will attend the conference.
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Casey Nesbit presented “Valuation of life with disability: a cross-cultural comparison in Vietnam, Peru, and Haiti” at the California Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference in October. Physical therapists have an important role in addressing the burden of disability. This study showed that major disability is valued as a fate worse than death in these low resource settings. Country differences were largest for profound and least for mild disability states.
Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics and Registered Dietitian Zubaida Qamar (Family, Interiors, Nutrition & Apparel Department) was invited to speak at “College Food Insecurity Programs and Sustainability,” a two-part webinar series organized by the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior, to talk about her work on food insecurity at SF State.
Qamar also presented her research on “Lessons learned from the development of a student informed food security social media campaign” at The Promoting Research in Social Media and Health Symposium (virtual PRISM Health Symposium) in December.
Jesus Ramirez-Valles, director of SF State’s Health Equity Institute, gave a presentation on “Queer Aging: The Gay Boomer and a New Frontier for Gerontology,” on December 3, sponsored by the University of Arizona’s Geriatrics Interest Group and College of Medicine–Phoenix Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Ramirez-Valles spoke about how the aging of queer people, especially gay men, is transforming cultural perceptions of aging and gerontology. As gay and bisexual men (including those living with HIV) of the baby boom generation have entered older age, they are creating new ways of being old within the constraints of dominant societal forces.
Students presented posters of their research with Holistic Health Professors Erik Peper and Richard Harvey (Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism) at the 51st Annual Scientific Meeting of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, held online in early December. Student authors were John Chetwynd, Lauren Mason and Monica Almendras for “Posture Awareness Training,” and Olivia Flickinger-Renzi, Christian Martinez, Karina Urista, Lena Stampfli and Lisa Wolski for “Better Student Health Through Biofeedback Practices and Stress Education.” (Flickinger-Renzi, Mason, Stampfli and Wolski are recent graduates.)
Peper and Harvey also gave invited presentations: “Overcoming Anxiety and Negative Thoughts for High Performance,” by Peper and psychologist Leah Lagos, and “From TechStress to TechHealth,” by Peper and Harvey.