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42nd Annual Lester Breslow Distinguished Lecture, Alumni Hall of Fame Induction, and Student Competition

42nd Annual Lester Breslow Distinguished Lecture, Alumni Hall of Fame Induction, and Student Competition

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Neuroscience Research Building
635 Charles E. Young Dr. S, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles , CA
California US
Richard J. Jackson, MD, MPH, FAAP, HonAIA, HonASLA

Dean Jody Heymann
and the
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Alumni Association
invite you to the

42nd Annual Lester Breslow Distinguished Lecture


Including the 2016 Alumni Hall of Fame Induction
and the 2016 Student Writing Competition

Thursday, April 7, 2016

4:00pm - 6:00pm, with a reception to follow
UCLA Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium

635 Charles E. Young Drive South, Los Angeles, CA 90095


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


Richard J. Jackson, MD, MPH, FAAP, HonAIA, HonASLA

Dean's Distinguished Scholar for 2016

"Weathering Climate Changes: Public Health's Urgent Work"
Dick Jackson
Richard Joseph Jackson is a Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He also holds appointments in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, in Urban Planning, and in Pediatrics. Dr. Jackson has served in many leadership positions with the California Health Department, including the highest as the State Health Officer. For nine years he was the Director of the CDC's National Center for Environmental Health and received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Jackson lectures and speaks on many issues, particularly those related to health and the built environment, and has co-authored the books: Urban Sprawl and Public Health, Making Healthy Places, and Designing Healthy Communities, for which he hosted a four-hour PBS series.

Hall of Fame Inductees

Ralph Brindis

Ralph G. Brindis, MD, MPH '72 (Community Health Sciences)

Dr. Ralph Brindis, Chief Medical Officer of the American College of Cardiology's National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Philip Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco, has devoted his professional life to the nexus point between population health and clinical care. Through his leadership in the development of cardiovascular registries, clinical practice guidelines, appropriate use criteria, and data standards used extensively both domestically and internationally, Dr. Brindis has substantially improved cardiovascular clinical outcomes worldwide.

Neal Lonky

Neal M. Lonky, MD, MPH '97 (Health Policy and Management)

Dr. Neal Lonky, an entrepreneur-inventor who has developed several surgical tools and devices, is a Clinical Professor of OB/GYN at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. His expertise is evident in screening and health policy to prevent lower genital tract malignancy. Dr. Lonky has traveled worldwide teaching and volunteering clinical services to promote cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in underserved areas. He is a longstanding elected member of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG) Board, and has served as volunteer and director supporting mental health services through the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Billie Weiss

Billie P. Weiss, MPH '81 (Epidemiology)

Ms. Billie Weiss, Executive Director Emeritus and Founder of the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles and Co-chair of Urban Networks to Increase Thriving Youth (UNITY), has pioneered public health research that helps community-based organizations become more effective in preventing violence. Prior to serving as Associate Director of the Injury Prevention Research Center at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, she directed the injury and violence prevention program at the LA County Department of Public Health. In 2015, Ms. Weiss received the Victor Sidel and Barry Levy Award for Peace from the American Public Health Association.


2016 Student Writing Competition

Five student finalists, representing the School's five departments, won $1,000 prizes from Molina Healthcare, Inc for their exceptional essays.The finalists will each give a five-minute presentation highlighting priorities for addressing the public health impacts of climate change. A distinguished panel of judges will select one student to win a $5,000 grand prize courtesy of the Lester Breslow Student Fellowship Fund. 

Alvan Cheng
Alvan Cheng
Epidemiology, MPH, 2017
Using Climate Change to Our Advantage
Yan Lin
Yan Lin
Environmental Health Sciences, PhD, 2018
Climate Change and Public Health:
A Perspective from Air Pollution
Stephanie Ly
Stephanie Ly
Community Health Sciences, PhD, 2018
Scaling Innovations Across Disciplines:
An Approach to Tackling Climate Change
Priscilla Yen
Priscilla Yen
Biostatistics, PhD, 2017
Taking Climate Change by STORM
Dahai Yue
Dahai Yue
Health Policy and Management, PhD, 2019
Preparedness Planning and Adaption
Capacity Strengthening for Climate Change
 The 2016 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



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