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FSPH Impact in Informing Policy and Programs Over the Years

Over the Years, FSPH...


  • Leads efforts to promote the benefits of breastfeeding on a global scale and is instrumental in developing the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes and the subsequent World Health Organization resolution, Wellstart - an international breastfeeding training program for health professionals - along with the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action
  • Plays a leadership role in California's successful campaign against tobacco use: faculty is instrumental in determining the allocation of Proposition 99 funds from the tax on cigarettes for tobacco control to researchers, local health departments, schools, community health agencies, and the media
  • Documents the nature and extent of the problem of people lacking health insurance in California and becomes active in helping formulate policy options at the national, state, and local levels for dealing with the issue
  • Conducts research regarding the use of fruit and vegetable vouchers among low-income pregnant women that leads the U.S. Department of Agriculture to revise the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children to include monthly subsidies for fruits and vegetables
  • Faculty forge a long-term relationship with the Los Angeles Unified School District as well as other districts to promote nutrition education and fruit and vegetable consumption in low-income schools
  • Conducts critical research on the exposures to and adverse health effects of major environmental toxic chemicals including diesel exhaust, MTBE, lead, arsenic, chromium, cadmium and pesticides. Faculty also play important roles in translating scientific research findings into policy for protecting workers and the public from these and other toxic chemicals
  • In the 1940s, the late Lester Breslow, former dean and faculty member of the Fielding School of Public Health, linked tobacco use to disease in three studies that were later cited in the U.S. Surgeon General’s landmark 1964 report
  • UCLA faculty are instrumental in achieving international tobacco control agreements