Advancing Health Equity through School Health Services
Samira Soleimanpour, PhD, MPH, is a Full Professional Researcher with the University of California, San Francisco’s Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. Her primary research interests focus on the influences of school environments and health services on children’s health and education outcomes, with a focus on school-based health centers (SBHCs), school-based mental health (SBMH) services, and community-based participatory research. Samira currently serves as the Principal Investigator on several evaluations of school health initiatives throughout California, including the California Department of Education’s Project Cal-Well and Project Cal-STOP federally-funded statewide mental health initiatives, Blue Shield of California’s BlueSky statewide youth mental health initiative, and the Alameda County School Health Centers. She also currently leads the 2022 National Census of School-Based Health Centers, in partnership with the School-Based Health Alliance, and contributed to the development of national performance measures for SBHCs. Samira received her Master of Public Health from the George Washington University and her Doctorate of Philosophy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is committed to the translation of research and evaluation findings into policies and programs that improve children's health and well-being.