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February 26, 2015 to March 5, 2015

Fielding School Commentary on Income Inequality and Health Sparks Media Discussion -- Dr. Linda Rosenstock, Dean Emeritus of the Fielding School of Public Health, and FSPH alumna Jessica Allia Williams, PhD '13, co-wrote a commentary in the American Journal of Public Health underscoring the adverse impact of income inequality on people’s health. It was featured Feb. 26 by Medical Xpress and, and Mar. 1 by Imperial Valley News. On Mar. 3, an opinion written in Forbes cited the report when debating if socioeconomic inequality actually contributes significantly to health disparities.

School Bus Study Draws Media Interest -- Health News Digest,, Scrubs Report, Environmental News Network, Health News Digest, KCRW, Science Daily, Product Design and Development and Medical Xpress on March 2 and Science 2.0 and School Transportation News on March 3 reported on a study by Dr. Yifang Zhu, an associate professor in the department of Environmental Health Sciences, that found air filters reduced pollutants inside school buses by 88 percent.

More Coverage: Many Could See Higher 2015 Tax Bills Due To Payback of ACA Subsidies -- Dr. Gerald Kominski, professor of Health Policy and Management at the Fielding School of Public Health and director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, was interviewed for by Kaiser Health News in a Feb. 26 story on how certain middle-class taxpayers may have to pay back excess Obamacare subsidies they received in previous years. The story also ran Feb. 26 in The California ReportChicago Daily HeraldDaily BeastHeartland.orgJackson Free PressKitsap Sun, and WebMD; and Feb. 28 in Hays Post and Salina Post.

Anti-Pollution Documentary in China Goes Viral, But Will It Make an Impact? -- Dr. Zuo-Feng Zhang, professor of Epidemiology and associate dean for research at the Fielding School, and Dr. Yifang Zhu, associate professor of Environmental Health Sciences, were featured in Voice of America Chinese on Mar. 5 for their reaction to an online video, “Under the Dome”, which highlights China's serious air pollution problem and has been viewed more than 200 million times in less than a week.

Dr. Beate Ritz, chair of Epidemiology at the Fielding School, was quoted Mar. 2 in the Columbia Chronicle about a possible correlation between air pollution and suicide risk.

Dr. Dylan Roby, assistant professor of Health Policy and Management, was interviewed Mar. 5 by International Business Times about government support given to hospitals that function as teaching facilities.

Dr. David W. Baker, MD ’85, MPH ’91, alumnus of the Fielding School of Public Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was announced by McKnight’son Mar. 4 as the new executive vice president of healthcare quality evaluation in the Joint Commission.

A story in the Mar. 2 Pacific Standard on food deserts in California’s Central Valley references food environment and community income data by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

The WORLD Policy Analysis Center is mentioned as a partner in a Mar. 3 post announcing an upcoming Clinton Foundation report on gender gaps worldwide.