Artist. Public Health Researcher. Curriculum Developer. Educator.
Jacqueline Scott Ramos is a poet, actor, public health researcher and consultant, curriculum design and developer, qualitative interviewer, educator, and storyteller, who is native to San Francisco’s Mission district. With roots birthed in the Philippines, Mississippi, the Chickasaw Nation, and Spain, she carries the fiery heart of her ancestral warriors—building bridges of justice for social change.
For over 10 years, she has worked with healthcare professionals at the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford to promote positive health and biopsychosocial outcomes for communities affected by poverty, incarceration, gentrification, violence, substance use, and mental illness. She has consulted numerous researchers in implementing sound research from inception to dissemination.
As a child, Jacqueline uncovered her love for poetry and performing arts, and uses these platforms to speak truth to power while embracing a relentless spirit that fearlessly bathes in courage and vulnerability, which are needed to convey the full spectrum of human emotions—from love and loss, pain and triumph, and imagination and exploration. She has performed poetry alongside renown poets and musicians. For over five years, Jacqueline began acting professionally—acquiring lead roles in various feature and short films as well as commercial and print work. She has been recognized nationally in acclaimed film competitions and festivals—as she immerses herself to bring justice to each role and plot of a story—behind camera or on stage.
After receiving her degree in Psychology (cum laude) at the University of San Francisco, Jacqueline married her love of the arts with public health to develop culturally sensitive programs for in-risk and justice-involved youth and transitional age youth called, Queens & Kings Rising: Telling Your Story & Embracing Your Power to Be Your Greatest Self, which employs expressive arts, critical resistance pedagogy, and community building to propel the youth to reclaim their power in all aspects of life—honoring their rightful place as royalty. Another program she built, addresses healing and coping mechanisms for recently incarcerated adults facing anger issues in Recondition Yo’ Mind to Preserve Yo’ Soul & Protect Yo’ Peace, which encompasses motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and expressive arts to identify, combat, and resolve triggers that lead to aggressive emotion and behavior.
As a personification of advocacy and champion of cultural equity, Jacqueline recognizes the immense vitality of communities subjected to systemic forces of hate, and how the integration of the arts, spirituality, health, science, and community are powerful disrupters to pathways of harm. She has vowed her life to be a beacon of educated hope, service, and upward change—fighting for the rights for marginalized communities to thrive.