Date of Graduation

Summer 8-26-2015

Document Type

Project

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

Abstract

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Community Engagement and Health Policy Department (CEHP) bridges academic research, health policy, and community practice to improve public health. Within CEHP is the San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership (SFHIP). The SFHIP partners work together to promote synergies and create innovation to achieve more substantial gains in community health and health equity. Thorough community assessments and academic research precede the development of public health policy. It is the SFHIP department that conducts the community assessments and collects the academic research in order to promote public health policies to the City of San Francisco. SFHIP works on various prevention activities in San Francisco targeting mainly the neighborhoods and individuals that are most disadvantaged with a goal to promote health equity. The following paper is a summary on a 300-hour fieldwork experience with the UCSF CEHP department working specifically with the SFHIP partners to conduct needed community assessments and collect academic research in order to aid the improvement of MLK Jr. Park in Bayview Hunters Point and the development of the water access and alcohol policies.

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