Health Disparity Reduction Project

SF State School of Nursing is committed to reduce health disparities in our local communities and provide future nurses with an educational and experiential foundation in clinical prevention and population health.

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Please consider a donation to help us purchase medical supplies needed to provide clinical preventive services in our local communities.

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In accord with the mission of San Francisco State University, the School of Nursing is dedicated to social justice. Our unwavering commitment to reducing health disparities in our local communities is evidenced by the clinical preventive services we regularly offer throughout the Bay Area. In addition to contributing to the health of our community, we are committed to providing our future nurses with an educational and experiential foundation in clinical prevention and population health. As poor outcomes and high costs drive necessary change in our healthcare system, the SF State School of Nursing stands poised to contribute to the “Triple Aim goals” identified by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR): improving the patient-care experience, reducing the cost of care, and improving the health of the population.

As APTR notes, these crucial goals can only be achieved through “significant change” in the education of health professionals – change embodied by the SF State School of Nursing through clinical practicum and volunteer community service providing health screening and education in low-income, high-risk, communities in our midst. We are training the health professionals who will be on the front lines of healthcare at a key moment in our history. We are teaching the skills that these front-line nurses will need.(1)

We are asking for your support in achieving these aims. Here at the SF State School of Nursing, we do more than provide an excellent didactic curriculum; we also assure robust experiential learning opportunities, in our local communities. Your generous donation, at any level, will go directly to the cost of medical supplies and equipment to be used for health-promotion activities that improve the health of our community while training the nurses of tomorrow. (2)

1. “There is agreement that future healthcare providers will need excellent clinical knowledge, solid grounding in health promotion and disease prevention, the ability to use evidence-based guidelines, and the competencies required for practice in interprofessional teams. A curriculum is required that enables health professionals to use the knowledge and skills of public health to think in terms of populations while using clinical skills, emphasize prevention while treating acute and chronic conditions, and understand the implications of health policy while dealing with its impact on current and future patients.” Paterson et al / Am J Prev Med 2015;49(2):294–296

2. Examples of medical supplies are cholesterol testing strips (to run an ASCVD risk assessment, $8/each), glucose strips, A1c test kits (to assess for diabetes), lancets, sharps containers, gloves, gauze, bandages, etc.

For more information, please contact the Project Director, Larry Vitale, RN, MPA, MPH,


Thank you to our many individual supporters and to the organizations that have contributed to the project

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