CBPR Institute 2013

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Site 1

San Francisco Health Improvement Partnerships (www.SFHIP.org) Physical Activity and Nutrition (PAN) Partnership Working Group (PWG)

A partnership between UCSF, SF Department of Public Health and Bayview Hunters Point community-based organizations to increase physical activity and improve nutrition to reduce obesity-related disease disparities in SF.

Leading the site visit:

The SFHIP Physical Activity and Nutrition (PAN) Partnership Working Group (PWG) was formed in 2010 to develop collaborative solutions to the obesity-related disease disparities that exist in San Francisco, and as the pilot partnership working group of the larger SFHIP effort.  The partnership was initiated primarily by UCSF and SFDPH, but has involved to include community-based organizations and policy-makers at the leadership and implementation levels.  Our target interventions are now focused in the Bayview Hunters Point (BVHP) community to increase access to healthy food and increase physical activity; we are also doing citywide, municipal policy work in order to support healthy retail and reduce consumption of sugary drinks. The BVHP became the focus of pilot efforts because it is where the greatest burdens of our City’s health disparities exist, but also because powerful food justice work began there prior to the formation of SFHIP.

This site visit will begin with a brief tour of the Bayview YMCA—a key partner in our Bayview Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Zone work and an anchor institution in the BVHP.  We’ll learn about their work to improve nutrition and physical activity, among a full range of services they provide for BVHP families.  We’ll then visit Lee’s Supermarket, where the Food Guardians have lead a transformation of a corner store into a place where residents can access healthier foods, including fresh produce.  Our SFDPH partner will also be on hand to speak about these and other efforts that use CBPR principles in the design and implementation of health equity work, and how these partnerships have served to build an infrastructure that enables us to collaboratively use science to strengthen community capacity, and that uses community resources to strengthen a university’s capacity to do research and train health professionals.

Participants will:

  1. Learn how a community is partnering with a local health department and university to reduce and prevent obesity through structural change and community-based interventions
  2. Learn about how healthy retail, family engagement and policy efforts are leveraging science, public-private partnerships and policymakers to create change in one of SF’s communities of color
  3. Be introduced to the Bayview Hunters Point community history and health


Site 2

Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)

Leading the site visit:

  • Vanessa Bohm is the Director of Social Services at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN). She holds a BA in psychology from University of California, Irvine, and a MA in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University. Vanessa oversees the Second Chance Youth and Tattoo Removal, Family Advocacy, and Health Promotion Programs. She brings to her work a deep interest in Latin America and its immigrant communities.
  •  Lilliam M Pinzón, DDS, MS, MPH; Dr. Pinzón received her BA at Escuela Normal Antioqueña, Medellin, Colombia in Pedagogics; She received her DDS at the University of Antioquia, Colombia; She obtained a MS and a Specialization in Dental Materials at the University of Texas, Houston and came to UCSF for her Postdoctoral Fellowship and Advanced training in clinical research and she also obtained an MPH at UC Berkeley focused in Health Policy and Management. Her work in Clinical Translational Research focuses in Pediatrics, Public Health and Dental Materials research.  Dr. Pinzón is currently holding a National Institute of Health/ National Institute of Dental Cranio-facial Research K23 grant that is allowing her to work with two community clinics that treat underserved pediatric population (Latino, African Americans and Asians). Dr. Pinzón is an Assistant Professor in the Preventive and Restorative Dental Science Department at UCSF School of Dentistry. She currently devotes 75% of time to her research, supervises trainees and staff in her clinical translational group and 25% of her time is devoted to teaching activities in her laboratory and in the dental clinic as well as mentoring Post-bachelor students, DDS students, and First generation college students as well as in her work with the SF-HIP (promotoras project).

The San Francisco Children’s Oral Health and Promotoras Project is a unique collaboration between the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry and the Central American Resource Center that seeks to address a major oral health disparity affecting the Latino community, namely the incidence of Early Childhood Caries (ECC). The project achieves this through an innovative, comprehensive, and holistic approach that combines oral health education delivered by community health workers, basic clinical interventions, and linkage to support services to improve oral health and access to dental services. The project targets low-income Latino families living in San Francisco.


Site 3

The SFHIP Alcohol Policy Partnership Working Group (PWG)

This partnership was formed in 2012 to develop policy solutions to the problems of alcohol-related public nuisance activities and crime around liquor stores in San Francisco. Beginning in neighborhoods with a high density of offsale alcohol outlets, this community/civic/academic partnership currently is planning to conduct community trainings on alcohol regulation, pilot neighborhood-based interventions, and mobilize stakeholders to demand policies, regulatory enforcement, and resources to create safer, family- and business-friendly neighborhoods in every part of the city.

Leading the site visit:

  • Pedro Torres, Director of Youth and Family Services, National Council on Alcoholism – Bay Area
  • Kate Robinson, Family Services Supervisor, Chinatown Community Development Center (www.chinatowncdc.org)
  • Paula Fleisher, Navigator, Community Engagement and Health Policy Program, UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute

This site visit will begin with a conversation with two representatives of community partner organizations that serve families in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, where the PWG will be collecting and analyzing data, planning and evaluating interventions, and working with policy makers to make evidence-based improvements to San Francisco City and County’s existing Deemed Approved Uses Ordinance. We will take a walking tour of part of the Tenderloin to learn more about the community’s demographics, programs and other resources, and needs concerning offsale alcohol outlets and safety.

SF HIP Alcohol Policy Partnership Working Group Logic Model Problem Statement

Alcohol-related public safety is a major concern in San Francisco, particularly in low-income communities of color. Scientific evidence and community experience demonstrate that high density of corner store outlets is associated with higher prevalence of public safety problems, nuisance activities, and alcohol-related crime. In communities where empowerment and capacity are strong and supported, local citizens have made concerted efforts to address these problems and communities have experienced improvements in this area (reduced crime and the fear of crime). While concerns have been expressed in San Francisco, to date there has not been an organized effort to inform, educate and engage a broad range of stakeholders to create historically and culturally competent, respectful, collaborative policy solutions to these problems.


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