Dr. David Rebanal is Assistant Professor of Community Health Education in the College of Health and Social Sciences at San Francisco State University. His research objective focuses on building evidence for policy and population-level interventions focused on structural and social determinants of health inequities. He conducts epidemiological research and mixed-methods evaluations, with a focus on social and political determinants of racial health inequities. His current research examines the roles of neighborhood features, immigrant political participation, and neighborhood social capital on the mental health of Asian Americans. Dr. Rebanal recently completed formative research, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to understand the impact of community organizing to achieve health equity within the Culture of Health framework, as well for San Mateo County’s “Community Collaboration for Children’s Success” initiative- in which he co-led an evaluation of a 16-month trauma-informed community planning process. Prior to joining the Department of Community Health Education as SFSU, Dr. Rebanal was the Senior Research and Evaluation Associate at the Health Equity Institute (HEI) at SFSU, and is currently an Affiliate Faculty member at HEI.
Dr. Rebanal has nearly two decades of public health experience including working in public health program development and evaluation. This includes leadership roles in philanthropy, policy advocacy and community-based participatory research initiatives. Dr. Rebanal received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Philosophy from University of Scranton (Scranton, PA); a Master of Public Health in Urban Heath/ Community Health Education at Hunter College, City University of New York (New York, NY); and Doctor of Public Health with a focus on social epidemiology and community development at UC Berkeley School of Public Health (Berkeley, CA).