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The 2020 election is shaping up to be a contest like no other in recent memory. With the country still in the grips of the coronavirus pandemic and public health practice an issue of paramount concern, voters will cast their ballots Nov. 3 for president and a host of statewide offices and propositions. UCLA Fielding School of Public Health faculty can comment on these topics and other vital election-related issues. See the topic links below for a list of experts.

FIELDING SCHOOL FACULTY EXPERTS

Dean Ronald Brookmeyer

Ronald Bookmeyer is a distinguished professor of biostatistics and dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Brookmeyer’s expertise includes the modeling of epidemics, simulation studies of spread of infectious diseases, estimating the incubation period of disease, the design of vaccine and therapeutic trials, and the quality and completeness of data and statistics of disease surveillance. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, which is part of the (U.S.) National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and has served on task forces for the World Health Organization.  

Professor David Eisenman

Dr. David Eisenman is a professor of public health at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and an associate professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. An expert on health care and community preparedness in response to natural disasters, he has been involved in climate-related disaster planning and response at the federal, state and local level, including during and after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy.

Professor Jonathan Fielding

Dr. Jonathan Fielding is a distinguished professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at FSPH and of pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Previously, he served for 16 years as the public health director and health officer for Los Angeles County. A founding member of the U.S. Clinical Preventive Services Task Force, Dr. Fielding chairs the U.S. Task Force on Community Preventive Services and was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. He currently serves as co-chair of the International WELL Building Institute’s COVID-19 Task Force, helping define the critical role buildings, organizations and communities play in prevention and preparedness, resilience and recovery. Dr. Fielding is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Professor Chandra Ford

Chandra Ford is founding director of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health’s Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health and is an associate professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences. Her expertise include health equity and disparities; social inequalities, including poverty; mistrust of the healthcare system and HIV-related conspiracy beliefs, racism and racism-related factors, and vulnerable populations (e.g., LGBT). Professor Ford has served on research and policy projects with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and the American Public Health Association. 

Professor Neal Halfon

Dr. Neal Halfon, director of both the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities and the Child and Family Health Program at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, is an expert on access to care, the delivery of health services and how health policies affect children, particularly low-income children.

Professor David Hayes-Bautista

David Hayes-Bautista is director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health He is an expert on how health policies affect the Latino populatio and has developed programs to train health care providers and public health officials to more effectively manage the care of Latino patients.

Professor Jody Heymann

Dr. Jody Heymann is a distinguished professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and founding director of the WORLD Policy Analysis Center. She is an expert on laws and policies that affect human health, development, well-being, and equity.

Professor Gerald Kominski

Gerald Kominski, professor of public health at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and a senior fellow at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, is an expert on the Affordable Care Act, health care reform and the financial impact of alternative approaches to health care

Professor Timothy Malloy

Timothy Malloy, professor of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and faculty director of the UCLA Sustainable Technology and Policy Program, specializes in environmental laws and regulations, with a specific emphasis on how to craft regulations that prevent environmental harm.

Professor Vickie Mays

Vickie Mays is a professor of psychology; director of the UCLA Center for Research, Education, Training and Strategic Communication on Minority Health Disparities; and a professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She is an authority on the mental and physical health disparities affecting racial and ethnic minority populations, particularly African Americans.

Professor Ninez Ponce

Ninez Ponce is the director of the UCLA Health Policy Research Center a professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Her research focuses on racial and ethnic health disparities, health care access and immigrant health.

Professor Naderah Pourat

Naderah Pourat is associate director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She is an expert on health insurance policy, access to health care and oral health care, care-delivery by community clinics and other providers, and health care for the homeless.

Professor Thomas Rice

Thomas Rice, a professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, is an economist who studies physicians' economic behavior, health insurance for the elderly, Medicare, cost containment in health care and the role of competition in health care reform.

Professor Anne Rimoin

Anne Rimoin, a professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and the Infectious Disease Division of the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is the Director of the Center for Global and Immigrant Health and is an internationally recognized expert on emerging infections, global health, surveillance systems, and vaccination. 

Professor Linda Rosenstock

Dr. Linda Rosenstock is a professor of health policy and management and environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and a professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is an expert on the politics of health policy, environmental health, and occupational health and safety. She is the former director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Professor Arturo Vargas Bustamante

Arturo Vargas Bustamante is an associate professor of health policy and research at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and director of faculty research at UCLA’s Latino Policy and Politics Initiative. He is an expert on health policy and health care disparities, particularly among Latinos and other minority populations.

Professor Steven Wallace

Steven Wallace, professor of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and associate director at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, is an expert on health policy as it relates to the aging population, racial and ethnic minorities, and immigrants.

Professor May Wang

May Wang is a professor of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and an expert on childhood obesity, nutrition programs for children, immigrant health and government health care policy. She also studies racial and ethnic health disparities.

Professor Yifang Zhu

Yifang Zhu, a professor of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, is an expert on air pollution and environmental exposures, particularly ultrafine particle emissions from vehicles and roadways. She serves on the California Air Resource Board’s research screening committee.

 

For media coverage of all UCLA Fielding School of Public Health experts, please visit the News Archive (LINK)

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UCLA FIELDING SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH ELECTION 2020 EVENTS

Paul Torrens Health Forum: “What’s at Stake for Health in the 2020 Elections

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Moderator: Jerry Kominski, PhD. Professor of Health Policy and Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Speaker: Lanhee J. Chen, PhD, David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies, Hoover Institution
Speaker: Mark Peterson, PhD, Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Law, Department of Public Policy, UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin School of Public Affairs