March 13 Mar 13
Monday Mon

Collaborative Opportunities with Faculty at San Jose State University

This workshop will include lightning talks about collaborative community-engaged health research, followed by interactive discussions. Based on the experiences of faculty from San José State University College of Health and Human Sciences, illustrations of community engaged research projects and methods include the following:

  • Using digital storytelling to promote colorectal cancer screening in a Latinx community, a community-based participatory research project (CBPR; V. Gomez)
  • Culture-centered and critical approaches in qualitative research focused on addressing Black food and farming inequities (A. Carter)
  • Establishing a community advisory board to address the intersectionality of race, citizenship, gender, and sexuality towards developing culturally responsive HIV interventions for Latino/a/x communities. (M. Garcia)
  • Developing a Health Intervention for Minority Males (HIMM) project, with student and community engagement (M. Allen)

In addition to showcasing opportunities and challenges in community-engaged research, the session will provide an opportunity for small group discussions about community-engaged research ideas and dialog about opportunities for collaboration between faculty, between institutions, and with community partners.


Dr. Monica Allen

Dr. Monica Allen is Chair of the Department of Public Health and Recreation and an Associate Professor at San José State University (SJSU). Her research agenda focuses on disparities in health status and outcomes, with a focus in two areas: (a) exploring effective strategies for the reduction of health disparities, and (b) customizing interventions to best meet the needs of diverse and underserved communities. Her work is grounded in a collaborative community-based research approach and informed by her past experience practicing in the field of public health. She is currently working with colleagues from Biomedical Engineering and Sociology to develop and test an online intervention designed to improve health behaviors among boys and men of color and also brings her expertise in qualitative methods to other interdisciplinary research projects. Off campus, she collaborates with the USCF Comprehensive Cancer Center on reducing health disparities in the African America community through faith-based institutions.

Dr. Andrew Carter

Dr. Andrew Carter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health and Recreation at San José State University (SJSU). His research interests include health disparities, critical food studies, physical activity and sport studies, community-based participatory research, and intercultural communication, where he examines intersections of culture, power, resistance, meaning construction, and voice in public discourses on health. Additionally, he has collaborated with various public and private organizations, including the Environmental Protection Agency, National Women in Agriculture Association, Baton Rouge Mayor’s Office, November Project, among others. At SJSU, Dr. Carter is the co-founder and director of the university-wide Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program and previous coordinator of the Department of Public Health and Recreation’s online Master of Public Health program. He received his Master of Arts (MA) from San Jose State University and Master of Public Health (MPH) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Memphis.

Dr. Laurie Drabble

Dr. Laurie Drabble, PhD, is Director of the Center for Applied Research in Human Services (CARHS) at San José State University, College of Health and Human Sciences, and Professor in the School of Social Work. She is also an Affiliate Scientist with the Alcohol Research Group in Emeryville, CA and, in this role, has coordinated a team of researchers and consultants in conducting pioneering NIH-funded research on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use among sexual minority populations using data from the National Alcohol Survey (NAS). Dr. Drabble also has a strong background in community-engaged research. She initiated and, for many years directed, the Institute for Community Partnered Research (ICPR)/ Child Welfare Partnership for Research and Training at the San José State University School of Social Work and was PI on several community-engaged research projects in California and British Columbia, Canada.

Dr. Moctezuma Garcia

Dr. Moctezuma Garcia, Assistant Professor at San José State University, conducts research exploring the health inequities in infectious diseases based on the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender for historically oppressed and highly marginalized populations. He is part of an interdisciplinary team at the University of Chicago developing a community based COVID-19 intervention for Black and Hispanic populations throughout the U.S. Dr. Garcia developed and implemented for the Houston Health Department a culturally informed community-based program to detect and respond to HIV cluster outbreaks (Molecular HIV Surveillance) among Hispanic sexual and gender minorities. He was also a research fellow at Yale University and administered a bilingual (English/Spanish) comparative mixed-methods study exploring HIV-related factors among Hispanic male sexual minorities in San Juan, PR and San Antonio, TX. Dr. Garcia has a PhD from the City University of New York and an MS from Columbia University School of Social Work.

Dr. Vicky Gomez

Dr. Vicky Gomez, Assistant Professor at San José State University, was born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District and obtained her BS in Health Science and BA in Raza Studies from San Francisco State University (SFSU). She went on to obtain her Master of Public Health degree (MPH) in Community Health Education from SFSU in 2009. In 2018, she completed her Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree from UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. Dr. Gomez is an experienced community-based participatory researcher with an emphasis on centering meaningful community engagement. Her current research agenda includes addressing health inequities in marginalized communities, exploring imposter syndrome among first-generation college students as co-researchers, and creating digital stories as a community health promotion strategy.