Learner and Community Award
SFUSD PE Partnership
Physical activity is vital to the current and long-term health of youth, yet inactivity is high. School Physical Education (PE) has been identified as one of the most effective public health tools to increase youth physical activity levels and improve fitness and health outcomes. Concern that PE was not meeting state standards led the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Shape Up San Francisco to form the PE Advocates, bringing together the SFUSD PE Department, UCSF, and other interested community partners. When PE Advocates formed, little empirical evidence existed on the quality and quantity of PE in the district. As a result, a partnership between SFUSD (including the SFUSD PE Department, the Public Education Enrichment Fund Office, and the Leadership, Equity, Achievement, and Design Program), Shape Up San Francisco, and researchers at UCSF, formed to examine the quality and quantity of PE. In Spring 2011, UCSF evaluated 28 schools in SFUSD, including observations of almost 200 PE classes, over 4,000 student surveys, interviews with 51 teachers and 28 principals, and surveys of PTA presidents. The partners presented evaluation results to the Board of Education, district administrators, principals, and teachers. Disseminating these results prompted SFUSD to increase funding for elementary school PE specialists by 25% during the 2012-13 school year and highlighted the value of PE. The partners will continue collaborating and repeat the evaluation in Spring 2013 to assess progress that has been made since the original evaluation.
Faculty and Community Award
Post Release Wellness Project
The Post Release Wellness Project (PRWP) is a collaboration that aims to promote returning prisoners’ wellness, successful reintegration into the community, and lifelong health. PRWP provides San Francisco’s chronically-ill former prisoners with equal access to quality healthcare services, opportunities in higher education and advocacy. The PRWP also works to change policies that prevent equal access to health services for former prisoners on a local and state level.
The PRWP developed an innovative patient-centered medical home for chronically-ill returning prisoners called Transitions Clinic program (TC), located at Southeast Health Center. TC is staffed by formerly incarcerated community health workers (CHWs) that provide case management for medical and social service needs. Through community-based focus groups and maintaining a community advisory board (CAB) made up of previously incarcerated individuals, the PRWP ensures that the needs of this population are continually met in a culturally competent manner.
This community participation also directed the PRWP’s development of the first college-based vocational education certificate focused on returning prisoners’ health: the Post-Prison Health Worker Certificate (PPHW). This curriculum, located at City College of San Francisco (CCSF), is aimed at training former inmates to become frontline public health and social service providers. By becoming CHWs, former prisoners leverage their own experiences and give back to their community by aiding other individuals transitioning back home from prison
CHW students participating in the PPHW curriculum learn alongside UCSF residents who rotate simultaneously at the Transitions clinic and learn culturally competent approaches to caring for this vulnerable and complex patient population.
Staff and Community Award
Enhancing Young Women's Health through University Community Partnerships
Enhancing Young Women's Health through University-Community Partnershipss a 12- year partnership between the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and the SFUSD Wellness program. Utilizing a “Positive Youth Development” approach, the partners have created a multi-faceted, comprehensive program designed to stimulate young women’s interests in their own health and the health of their communities. At the same time, the program provides young women with the training, resources, support, and opportunities to be leaders and change their worlds. At the heart of this partnership is the shared belief that young women know the challenges they are facing and have the best ideas about how to address them. The roles of the partners are to support and utilize each other’s strengths to enhance our work in empowering young women to advance their health.