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40th Annual Lester Breslow Distinguished Lecture, Alumni Hall of Fame Induction, and Student Writing Competition

40th Annual Lester Breslow Distinguished Lecture, Alumni Hall of Fame Induction, and Student Writing Competition

Date 
Monday, March 17, 2014 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location 
UCLA Neuroscience Research Building (NRB) Auditorium
635 Charles E. Young Drive South
Los Angeles , CA
California US
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Dean Jody Heymann and
The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Alumni Association
are proud to announce the 2014 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees.
Please join us as we honor them at the
 
40th Annual Lester Breslow Distinguished Lecture
 
Monday, March 17, 2014
4:00pm - 6:00pm, with a reception to follow
UCLA Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium
635 Charles E. Young Drive South, Los Angeles, CA 90095
 

Emmett Chase and Eva Smith

Emmett Chase, MD, MPH and Eva Smith, MD, MPH

Emmett Chase and Eva Smith have worked together throughout their careers to serve the Indian community. Dr. Chase was the founding CEO for the Tribal Health Program and Medical Director for the American Indian Free Clinic. He has also served as President of the Association of American Indian Physicians and as Director of the AIDS Program of the Indian Health Service. Together with the Tribal Chairman, Dr. Chase wrote the original proposal that helped Hoopa Valley gain its own acute care hospital and served nine years as the CEO of the K'ima:w Medical Center. Dr. Chase is the first California Indian and first Hoopa Valley Tribal member to become a physician and the first California Indian to complete the Preventive Medicine Residency at UCLA. Dr. Chase received his MPH in Community Health Sciences in 1990. 

Eva Smith is the Medical Director for the K'ima:w Medical Center. She began her work as Medical Officer on the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Arizona, where she served as Medical Advisor to the tribal Rainbow Alcohol Treatment Center. She later transferred to Indian Health Service Headquarters to serve as Medical Advisor to the Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Program Branch. While there, she coordinated implementation of Public Law 99-570, which more than doubled the Alcoholism and Substance Abuse budget and provided for the development of adolescent treatment centers. Dr. Smith received her MPH in Epidemiology in 1990. 

 
  

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Kristin Kalla, MA, MPH

Kristin Kalla is the Senior Program Officer at the Trust Fund for Victims, which supports the International Criminal Court in The Hague to restore dignity for survivors of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. She has a standout record of contribution in leading humanitarian, development, human rights and public health efforts in over 25 countries in conflict and post-conflict situations-- primarily in Africa for organizations such as UNICEF Ethiopia, WHO, USAID Rwanda and Uganda, and Open Society Institute Kenya, among others. Ms. Kalla received her MPH in Community Health Sciences in 1993. 

 
 
This event also features Gerald Kominski, PhD
Dean's Distinguished Scholar for 2014
 
"The Affordable Care Act:
Will 2014 Finally be the Turning Point?"
 
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Gerald F. Kominski is a Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. His current research interests focus on evaluating the effects of the Affordable Care Act on insured and uninsured populations. He has specialized in studies evaluating the costs of health care programs and technologies, with a special emphasis on public insurance programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and Workers' Compensation. Dr. Kominski is currently working on the Board of the California Health Benefit Exchange, known as Covered California, to determine eligibility and likely enrollment in the subsidized marketplace starting this year. 

This event is free to students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends.

 

2014 Student Writing Competition 

Five student finalists, representing each of the School's departments and recipients of a $1,000 prize from Molina Healthcare Inc., will give a five-minute oral presentation on how they think schools of public health can impact the future of public health and communities worldwide. A distinguished panel of judges will select the grand-prize winner, who will receive a $5,000 prize courtesy of the Breslow Student Fellowship Fund. 

 
  
Photo of Gregory Watson.
Gregory Watson
Biostatistics, PhD, 2017
"Big Data for Big Impact: How Corporate Analytics
Can Revolutionize the Fielding School of Public Health"
 
Photo of Maria-Elena Young.
Maria-Elena Young
Community Health Sciences, PhD, 2017
"Schools of Public Health:
Training the Next Generation of Public Health Advocates"
 
Photo of Tessa Verhoef.
Tessa Verhoef
Environmental Health Sciences, MPH, 2015
"Make Public Health into a Game"
 
Photo of Evan Shannon.
Evan Shannon
Epidemiology, MPH, 2014
"Data Points to Peers:
Integrating Information Technology with Epidemiology"
 
Photo of Lauren Gase.
Lauren Gase
Health Policy and Management, PhD, 2016
"Promoting Health in the 21st Century: Transforming the Fielding School of Public Health to Address the Multiple Determinants of Health"
 
   
The 2014 Student Writing Competition is sponsored by:
Molina Healthcare, Inc.
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Community and Alumni Relations Committee
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Office of the Dean
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Alumni Association