The Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Lab (SOUL), is an SFBUILD (Building Infrastructure to Increase Diversity) supported joint research lab between San Francisco State University (SFSU) and the University California, San Francisco (UCSF). At SOUL we use CPBR, Participatory Technology, Big Data, and geospatial approaches to address Biomedical research questions that are relevant to local communities, alongside SF State and UCSF faculty and student investigators. Our goal is to build Power and Self-determination with Vulnerable Populations though Social Medicine, Social Media, Biomedical Research, Big Data, Participatory Health, CPBR, and Emerging Technologies.
Pushing the edges of innovation:
Ground-Truthing Air Quality to Reverse Asthma with Vulnerable Populations
Using emerging technology to gather data on hyperlocal air quality.
Demystifying Oakland Homelessness
The Geography of Homelessness project is crafting a geonarrative approach that will highlight the choices homeless adults make when negotiating public and private space, in order to improve service delivery for one of our nation’s most Vulnerable Populations.
The Bigger Picture:
Changing Conversations about Diabetes
We are partnering with Youth Speaks and UCSF’s Center for Vulnerable Populations (CVP) to design an innovative health literacy and communications campaign that merges public art with public health.
Lifting up the Power of Local Knowledge and Real Time Community-Driven Data
We use cutting edge participatory technology tools, like Streetwyze, to uplift local knowledge and prototype new ways that Vulnerable Populations can collaborate with universities, cities & schools, to build power and self-determination, reduce disparities, and create healthier neighborhoods so that people don’t have leave their communities in order to live, learn, work and thrive.
Understanding Our Impact
Our highly skilled team has years of experience in combining the latest innovations in Biomedical and CPBR research along with integrating Big data with community-generated data that can be integrated with predictive analytics to solve the root causes of heath inequality. At SOUL our vision is a world where local knowledge powers heath justice and sparks innovation with Vulnerable Populations so that people do not have to leave their communities in order to live, learn, work, and thrive.
Building Power and Self-determination with Vulnerable Populations through Social Medicine, Social Media, Biomedical Research, Big Data, Participatory Health, CPBR, and Emerging Technologies.