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Ellen Alkon

Dr. Ellen Alkon is Adjunct Professor Emeritus of Health Policy and Management, and also a retiree from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.  She designed and taught HS 438 Issues and Problems in Local Health Administration annually from 1981-2002, followed by several years of co-teaching this course for the UCLA School of Public Health, Department of Health Services.  Dr. Alkon received her B.A. from Stanford University, M.D. from the University of Chicago (now the Pritzker School of Medicine) and M.P.H.

Jody Heymann

Dean Jody Heymann

Jody Heymann, MD, PhD is the Dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Dean Heymann works with faculty, staff, students and FSPH community leaders to expand the school’s partnerships with communities in the U.S. and globally, advance efforts focused on reducing health disparities and increasing inclusion, and improving the spread and effectiveness of translating research to impact.

William J. McCarthy

Dr. McCarthy has devoted most of his 30-year career to intervention studies designed to encourage members of special populations to adhere to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (African American adult women, low-income middle school students, low-income patients of community health centers) and to be smokefree (WIC participants, aerospace workers, Korean and South Asian immigrants, residents of homeless shelters).

Steven P. Wallace

Steven P. Wallace, PhD, is the chair and professor of the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and an associate director at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (Center). Wallace is a leading national scholar in the area of aging in communities of color. He has published research on access to long-term care by diverse elderly groups, disparities in the consequences of health policy changes on racial/ethnic minority elderly, and the politics of aging.

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