Building power, reducing health disparities, and creating healthier neighborhoods by making biomedical research relevant to needs of local communities.

Our work has been referred to as ‘urban acupuncture’, which combines the latest innovations in human center design, health information communications technology, data visualization, and participatory action research in ways that improve the social, behavioral, and biological determinations of health and helps restore the economic, educational, environmental, and artistic, vitality of our cities.  At SOUL our goals is to improve lives by democratizing data, revolutionizing design and reimagining biomedical research to be more culturally and community responsive to the needs of Vulnerable Populations.

We create impact in four ways:


We prototype new technologies, services, products and experiences.


We train the next generation of biomedical researchers from low income communities and communities of color.


We collect and share stories of human center design and people powered place-making in action.


We are the leading edge of a new “science of cities” and “equitable cities” that integrates Big Data with local community knowledge in order to make the invisible visible.

in Social and Community Impact

SOUL researchers have helped to generate over $250M in Social, Economic, and Community Impact with our Nations Most Vulnerable Populations

Residents Engaged

Engaged over 20k residents in community engaged design workshops to highlight the relationship between race, space, place, and waste in an effort to improve health and well-being local communities

Acres Mapped

Mapped over 500K acres of existing cities and neighborhoods by empowering everyday people to collaborate with cities and universities in accessible, participatory, equitable ways to shape the social determinants of health and equitable development in their neighborhoods.

Students Taught

Taught over 10,000 under-represented students in hopes of creating the next generation of biomedical researchers, public health change agents, and social justice educators.

Stories are Mapped

Data visualized thousands of community-generated data points (including pictures, video and audio stories of lived experience from Vulnerable Populations)

Building Power and Self-determination with Vulnerable Populations through Real-time data, location-based data, patient-centered data, social media, community-generated data that can be integrated with Big Data and predictive analytics (AI), and emerging technologies that increase Racial, spatial, and Reproductive justice.


395 Science Building,

San Francisco State University (SFSU)

1330 Broadway, Suite 300, Oakland, CA 94612

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)



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