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Alina Dorian, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. Dorian has been teaching for two decades, 14 years of which have been at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in the Community Health Sciences department. She has over 25 years of public health practice experience and a strong administrative record. She have being actively engaged in professional and academic creative work, providing ongoing professional service as a public health practitioner, and contributing significantly to teaching, mentoring and public and professional service. She has collaborated with many partners and jurisdictions to increase their public health workforce capacity to translate and implement public health research and knowledge into practice.

Throughout her 17 years at the UCLA Fielding School of public health, she has held several key positons including Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, Associate Director of the Center for Public Health and Disasters, Associate Director of Field Studies and Associate Director for the MPH for Health Professionals Program. She has managed the development and implementation of projects for a multitude of partner agencies including local and State health departments throughout California, Utah, Nevada, and Hawaii. She is also the faculty advisor for the nationally recognized UCLAMobile Clinic Project which provides primary health care to homeless and at-risk for homelessness individuals.

Before coming to UCLA, she served as the Senior Health Associate in International Services for the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C as well as a public health consultant for several international non-governmental organizations. Much of her international public health practice experience has focused on the areas of emergency public health, with an emphasis on the identification of health impacts of disasters, especially complex emergencies, the role of domestic and international public health systems in planning for and responding to public health emergencies, and the development of tools and policies to decrease the impact of disasters. She has also spent considerable time on primary health care and maternal and child health programming.

For the last 25 years, she has been working in Nagorno-Karabagh (Artsakh), a frozen-conflict area, to address the needs of refugee and internally displaced populations. Since cease-fire, she has been intimately involved in the re-organization and development of NKR’s health sector. She authored the Country’s first National Health Plan, and undertook a comprehensive review of the health sector to understand the true needs of the population, leading the first-ever large-scale national survey in the region which collected information on fertility and family planning behavior, child mortality, and the utilization of maternal and child health services.  Following these efforts, she has been awarded back-to-back USAID grants to implement nationwide primary health care programming. She has devoted considerable time and effort to advocacy and social mobilization in the recognition of self-determination for the county. She was honored by a “Medal of Gratitude” by the President of the Nagorno-Karabagh Republic, which is the highest civilian honor conferred by the government to those individuals that have made substantial contributions to the reconstruction and development of the country’s national economy, science, culture, social sphere, and healthcare.

Dr. Dorian has extensive experience both internationally and in the US in health needs assessment, health facilities planning, health provider training, and managing large, complex research projects. She has conducted related research through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local/state public funding. She has worked with dozens of State and local health departments across the country in writing emergency response plans, training their workforce, and conducting emergency response exercises. Teaching, mentoring, advising and most importantly, fostering relationships and collaboration with community members and organizations is foundational to her professional career. The breadth of her experience has allowed her to better understand the complexities facing organizations and their communities. Her public health practice experience includes health systems management, implementation of programming during complex emergencies, working with marginalized communities and helping them have a voice in governance, collaborating with local health departments to increase their competencies and capacities to meet the every growing needs of their communities and in having deep and meaningful relationships with community partners.