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UCLA Public Health Magazine

November 2012

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Toward the end of his life, Dr. Lester Breslow foresaw a "Third Revolution" in health. Now, FSPH faculty and alumni are helping to make it a reality.

Dean's Message

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This past year has been one of significant transformation for the school, and I wanted to use this dean’s message to share my perspective on these important transformations with our students, alumni and friends.

Articles

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Toward the end of his life, Dr. Lester Breslow foresaw a "Third Revolution" in health. Now, FSPH faculty and alumni are helping to make it a reality.
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The late Dr. E. Richard “Rick” Brown is admired and remembered for his intense determination to make health care services more accessible and affordable to all Americans.
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As Public Health becomes increasingly collaborative, combining an MPH with another degree on campus holds growing appeal.
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New contracts and grants awarded in fiscal year 2011–2012.

Research Highlights

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Middle-age and older adults living in neighborhoods with historically high rates of unemployment are more likely to experience symptoms of depression than those whose neighborhoods have lower jobless rates, regardless of whether they are employed themselves.
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Two separate studies by UCLA Fielding School of Public Health research groups raise concerns about the potential health effects of exposure to vehicle-related pollution near freeways.
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The Institute of Medicine estimates that $750 billion is lost each year to wasteful or excessive health care spending – dollars that add minimal value to health and well being. In a paper published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Los Angeles County Department of Public health calculate that this spending comes at a substantial cost.
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The occurrence of sexually transmitted diseases within a population appears to be lowest in communities where core public health activities are shared by many partners.
Women in an HIV prevention trial in Malawi were more likely to reveal information about sensitive behaviors when undertaking an audio computer-assisted self-interview than when asked the same questions face-to-face by a human interviewer, a UCLA Fielding School of Public Health study has found.
In China, 350 million people smoke. Each year, 1 million die from smoking-related disease, and many more become disabled. Approximately 20 million Chinese farmers produce the world’s largest share of...
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Faculty Profiles

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For Dr. Ninez Ponce, the opportunity to participate in developing a groundbreaking state health survey shortly after earning her Ph.D. in 1998 was “a dream come true.” More than a decade later, Ponce, an associate professor in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and associate director of UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center, is the new principal investigator of the same California Health Interview Survey (CHIS).
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Student Profiles

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For as long as she can remember, Shemra Rizzo has loved math for its ability to make a difference in people’s lives. “While some people... love math for its intrinsic beauty, I like math as a tool to solve problems,” she says.
Nicole Hoff with a large group of children in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Nicole Hoff was in the first week of her MPH program at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine when she received something her mother thought she would find interesting – a National Geographic article on monkeypox in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
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News Briefs

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Dr. Jody Heymann has been appointed dean of the Fielding School, effective January 1. A professor of epidemiology and political science at McGill University, Heymann is founding director of McGill’s...
Following a naming gift from faculty member Dr. Jonathan Fielding and his wife Karin Fielding, other faculty members have made significant contributions to the school. Drs. Charlotte and Alfred...
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Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation honored Dr. Richard Jackson, professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, as a recipient of one of five prestigious Heinz...
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During the fall annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA), several Fielding School faculty members were honored.
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Dr. Linda Rosenstock, dean emeritus and professor of health policy and management, was awarded the Institute of Medicine’s David Rall Medal for her distinguished leadership as chair of the Committee...
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The Fielding School has launched the Winter Institute, an exciting three-week program for health professionals. The Winter Institute features a dynamic series of course offerings taught by faculty at...