Fall 2014 Philip Derf Service Award Winner - Kristine Tulio

Friday, December 19, 2014


Philip Derf was a student in our nursing program at SF State from 1990-1994 who was known as an extraordinary asset to his fellow classmates. His commitment to public service touched many of the faculty and students. Sadly, he passed away before completing the program. In his memory, it has become a tradition SF State School of Nursing that each graduating class chooses one classmate from amongst its ranks to receive the honorary award aptly titled the Philip Derf Award.

This semester it is Kristine Tulio that has been selected to receive this special honor.

Kristine has earned the respect of her classmates and instructors.

Throughout the past two and a half years, as a class leader and a Nursing Student Association Board of Directors member, Kristine got involved with community based organizations and shared those opportunities with her own class and the

other nursing cohorts.

While she was the Co-Community Health Director, Kristine helped plan and coordinate a trip to Cusco, Peru, where her and her classmates were able to work alongside Peruvian physicians and help provide culturally competent care to some 1,000 people who would not otherwise receive medical care.

Kristine promoted volunteer opportunities for students to get more involved with the local SF community through events, such as the Liver Life Walk, two semiannual Blood Drives, and a Thanksgiving food drive.

Kristine has been instrumental in bringing added training to the School. A free Mental Health First Aid training, two on-campus Birth Doula trainings, an online Newborn Care Specialist training, and she has coordinated with the founders NewboRN Solutions, to provide nursing students with more maternal-child nursing opportunities such as volunteer prenatal class aides and paid night-shift doulas.

Currently, Kristine is collaborating the director of the San Francisco Hepatitis B Free campaign to create a Community Ambassador Program that establishes a sustainable platform for a constant flow of volunteers to the SF Hep B Free campaign while providing the nursing students with valuable leadership development and public health experience with a CDC-funded public health campaign.

By providing the nursing students with these volunteer and training opportunities, Kristine has made available important networking avenues as well as ways to improve their skill set.

On a personal level, she has found time to volunteer at UCSF's South of Market Mabuhay Health Center as a Health Coach and Health Fairs Co-Chair, and at the Women's Community Clinic as a Community Health Worker.

Please join us in congratulating Kristine Tulio!