Vivian Chávez

Vivian Chavez , Dr.P.H., M.P.H., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Education at San Francisco State University. Her scholarship is partially informed by her standpoint as a woman of color and concerns the mind/body split characteristic of higher education. Doctor Chavez is a community organizer with extensive media advocacy and global health experience. She has traveled extensively and her courses infuse an international dimension to health promotion and disease prevention. Most recently she presented at the Medical Education for the 21 Century Conference on Teaching Health Equity in Havana, Cuba. She is coeditor of a leading textbook Prevention is Primary: Community Strategies for Wellbeing and is a registered yoga teacher. Her courses focus on solutions, resiliency and common values. With a passion for innovative pedagogy, Vivian teaches non-violence, embodied leadership and creative expression. Most recently she used a Community Based Participatory Research methodology to produce the book Drop That Knowledge: Youth Radio, Learning and Culture with Elizabeth Soep.