CHSS Connection: Presentations

Friday, July 10, 2020

July/August 2020 issue

Peper discusses COVID’s mental health challenges, healing breakthroughs

Erik Peper screenshot from conferenceProfessor Erik Peper, Holistic Health faculty in the Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism, was panelist at the Foreign Press Association and Foundation Zoom Conference, “Coping with COVID: Mental Health Challenges and Exacerbating Underlying Issues,” on May 21. Video of the event is available on YouTube.

Peper was also a presenter on holistic health/biofeedback in the nine-episode series, “PROVEN: Healing Breakthroughs Backed by Science,” which aired in June. He was interviewed in the episodes “Reversing Autoimmune Disorders & Healing Your Gut,” “Brain Health 101 Restoring and Protecting Cognitive Function,” “Overcoming Pain” and “Intimacy, Fertility and Hormone Health.”

Hoff presents research on male couples’ use of PrEP

Colleen Hoff, director of the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality, presented a poster at the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020), which was held virtually July 6-10. The title of her poster was “Prevalence of PrEP use and partner support among male couples in the San Francisco Bay Area of USA.” The study found that a large proportion of male couples in the Bay Area are taking PrEP and discussing PrEP use with their partners. The majority of couples in the study reported being supportive of their partner taking PrEP and partner support is associated with high adherence to taking PrEP as prescribed.

Kinesiology students, faculty present research at virtual sports medicine conference

Students and faculty of the Department of Kinesiology published research abstracts and presented them at the 67th Annual American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting, which was held virtually June 1-4. SF State students and faculty had eight research presentations. Authors/co-authors included nine SF State graduate students, six undergrads, and five faculty members, along with collaborators from seven institutions across the country. The peer-reviewed abstracts are published in the newest edition of Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise.

Qamar presents pedagogical research in nutrition and dietetics

Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics and Registered Dietitian Zubaida Qamar (Family, Interiors, Nutrition & Apparel Department) presented at the virtual conference of the American Society of Nutrition, Nutrition Live Online 2020 in June. Her presentation was focused on pedagogical research in nutrition and dietetics on the assessment of peer educators’ involvement in learning experiences for an upper-division nutrition course. The study was published in the journal Current Developments in Nutrition.

Filipinx public health students organize, participate in COVID-19 webinar series

Filipinx COVID series graphicStudent members of the Filipinx Health Initiative SF organized a series of webinars titled “Covid-19 Virtual Series,” held throughout June. Assistant Professor of Sociology Valerie Francisco-Menchavez, Assistant Professor of Public Health David Rebanal, and researchers Elaika Celemen, Kristal Osorio and Kami Yamamoto participated in the speaker series. The objective of the sessions was to include community members in dialogue on different aspects of COVID-19 that specifically impact Filipinx community members.