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Magazine June 2013

UCLA Public Health Magazine

June 2013

Changing Children’s Chances
Until recently, anyone with Internet access could easily find out the price of vanilla in countries all over the world.... On the other hand, anyone wondering where parents could stay home and care for their sick child without fear of getting fired was out of luck.

Dean's Message

Dean Heymann with children in India
THIS IS AN EXTRAORDINARY TIME to be working together on public and population health, with immense opportunities for effective research, training and programs. In this issue we have taken a more thematic approach to the magazine content.
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Articles

Dr. Roger Detels delivers the 113th UCLA Faculty Research Lecture.
From the beginning, the leaders of the efforts to combat the epidemic in Southeast Asia and China have disproportionately come through Westwood and the UCLA/Fogarty AIDS International Research and Training Program, led by Roger Detels.
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Changing Children’s Chances
Until recently, anyone with Internet access could easily find out the price of vanilla in countries all over the world.... On the other hand, anyone wondering where parents could stay home and care for their sick child without fear of getting fired was out of luck.
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Dr. Nhu To Nguyen (center) examines a patient in Vietnam, where she is the associate director for the non-profit organization Family Health International (FHI 360)
Since the earliest reports of the spread of HIV/AIDS through China and Southeast Asian countries, the UCLA/Fogarty AIDS International Research and Training Program has prepared many of the leaders in the battle against the epidemic. The experiences of three of the program’s alumni illustrate some of the challenges these leaders have worked to overcome.
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Lauren Goodwin on her health policy-related field study in Ethiopia during the summer of 2012.
Four UCLA Fielding School of Public Health students spent the bulk of the summer of 2012 in four different African nations with funding support from the Bixby Program in Population and Reproductive Health
Donglan Zhang sitting in a classroom
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health students come from more than 35 nations, some driven by a desire to improve lives in their country of origin through more effective public health policies.
Rachel Hornstein of the Department of Health Policy and Management received a $5,000 prize for winning the 2013 Breslow Student Writing Competition.
The following students were recipients of awards, fellowships and grants during the 2012-13 academic year.
This Honor Roll gratefully acknowledges gifts and private grants made to the school from January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2012.

Faculty Profiles

Dr. Yifang Zhu at UCLA.
As Beijing grapples with record levels of air pollution, Yifang Zhu and her UCLA colleagues are teaming with Peking University scientists to guide policy makers, drawing lessons from Los Angeles.
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Arturo Vargas-Bustamante
Well before the U.S. passed the Affordable Care Act, Arturo Vargas-Bustamante was part of his country’s successful effort to move toward universal health coverage.
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Dr. Zuo-Feng Zhang in the lab with his students.
Zuo-Feng Zhang got his start providing preventive care to China’s rural poor as a barefoot doctor. As an epidemiologist at the FSPH, he continues to influence the health of his native country.
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Student Profiles

Donglan Zhang came to UCLA Fielding School of Public Health from China in 2009 to work toward her Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management.
Donglan Zhang studied health economics at Fudan University in Shanghai before coming to FSPH for her PhD. Zhang found the two countries face similar concerns, including lack of universal health coverage, health disparities and ever-increasing costs.
Nkem Chukwumerije
The way Nigerian-born Nkem Chukwumerije sees it, the primary public health problem facing his home country is a lack of leadership on policy development and implementation.
Sandhya Shimoga
Sandhya Shimoga, a Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management traces her interest in public health to her upbringing in a small college town in southern India where poverty and prosperity exist side by side.
Gift Wango
Gift Wango, a student in the Health Policy and Management executive MPH program remembers the times during childhood when she had a firsthand view of the shortcomings of Kenya’s health care system.
Andrew Siroka
Doctoral student Andrew Siroka aims to promote a more scientific and cost-effective approach to allocating scarce global public health resources.

News Briefs

Artist Adam Talan, Dean Jody Heymann, Public Health Student Association co-presidents Harmony Larson and Kelsey Ferguson (l. to r.) stand in front of Adam’s graffiti-style treatment to various public health messages now brightening up the tunnel entrance to the school while it’s under renovation.
Three Inducted into Alumni Hall of Fame, Fielding Scholars Recruited, Hilda Solis Honored, Gift from Dream Fund launches Leadership Program, Francine Coeytaux (M.P.H. ’82) receives Ruth Roemer Social Justice Leadership Award

Alumni Hall of Fame