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The novel coronavirus COVID-19 was first reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019. On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. On March 11, 2020, WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

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FIELDING SCHOOL FACULTY EXPERTS

Professor Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez

Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez is an associate professor of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and associate director of the California Center for Population Research. A primary line of Beltran-Sanchez's research focuses on estimating national-level burden of chronic, violence-related, and infectious disease mortality, and their impact on life expectancy and years of healthy life, and in understanding how early life circumstances are related to adult health and illness. Beltrán-Sánchez is currently researching COVID-19-related mortality rates in the United States, Latin America, and the Republic of Korea. He is fluent in English and Spanish.

Professor Arturo Vargas Bustamante

Arturo Vargas Bustamante is an associate professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He has extensive research experience in the United States and Mexico, and focuses on access to and use of health care among Latinos/Hispanics and immigrants in the United States. He also specializes in the comparative analyses of health care delivery systems in Latin American countries. Along with teaching and research at UCLA, his public service includes work as the Director of Faculty Research at the Latino Politics and Policy Initiative at UCLA. He is fluent in English and Spanish. 

Dean Ronald Brookmeyer

Ronald Brookmeyer 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 director of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health’s Center for Public Health and Disasters and professor-in-residence of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Eisenman also serves as a professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His research and field work addresses community resilience, mental health in primary care, trauma, climate change, and violence prevention. 

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 Gilbert Gee

Gilbert Gee is a professor of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. A primary line of Gee's research focuses on conceptualizing and measuring racial discrimination, and in understanding how discrimination is related to illness. His work on health surveys and disease exposure has been recognized by the (U.S.) National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Professor Pamina Gorbach

Pamina Gorbach is an epidemiologist, focused on the epidemiology of infectious disease including transmission, acquisition and progression, testing for and contact tracing of such diseases, and adherence to and acceptability of new methods of diseases prevention. She is a professor at UCLA in the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health and in the Division of Infectious Diseases, David Geffen School of Medicine. Her international experience includes Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Cambodia, Vietnam, Mali, Malawi, South Africa, and Ghana. She speaks English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Professor Jody Heymann

Dr. Jody Heymann is founding director of the WORLD Policy Analysis Center and served as dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health from 2013-2018. She is a distinguished professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, the David M. Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. She is an elected member of the U. S. National Academy of Medicine and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and has worked with the World Health Organization, the International Labor Organization, the World Economic Forum, UNICEF, and UNESCO. 

Professor Richard J. Jackson

Dr. Richard Jackson serves as professor emeritus in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Jackson has held numerous leadership roles, including as the head of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) in the role of State Public Health Officer from 2004-05. He was the founder of the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, now at CalEPA, and he led CDPH’s Infectious Disease Division for three years. Early in his career, Jackson served as an officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at CDC, and later served for nine years as Director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health. The center included emergency response, the National Pharmaceutical Stockpile, the environmental laboratories, and numerous other activities; he was the lead for these activities on September 11, 2001. A UCSF trained physician, pediatrician, and epidemiologist, he received the Presidential Distinguished Service award for his work at CDC. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, which is part of the National Academies of Sciences.

Professor Michael Jerrett

Michael Jerrett is a professor of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He is an internationally recognized expert in the use of Geographic Information Science (GIS) for exposure assessment and spatial epidemiology, including air quality and the impact of disease in areas with poor air quality. He is professor and immediate past chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Fielding School, and has served on research projects and advisory committees for the (U.S.) National Academy of Science and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Professor Robert J. Kim-Farley

Dr. Robert J. Kim-Farley serves as professor-in-residence of epidemiology and community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. His previous roles include director of the Division of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and service with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization in Indonesia, India, and Switzerland. Kim-Farley addresses public health preparedness for, and response to, deliberate use of biological agents, and reduction and eradication of communicable diseases.

Professor Randall Kuhn

Randall Kuhn is a demographer and sociologist with the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health who serves as an associate professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences and as an expert with the UCLA California Center for Population Research. His expertise includes the demography of vulnerable populations, including the aging and the homeless, global health, immigrant health, and health surveillance programs. 

Professor Vickie M. Mays

Vickie M. Mays is a distinguished professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and of psychology at the UCLA College of Letters and Science. As a clinical psychologist trained in disaster and emergency response who spent five years helping to rebuild New Orleans’ mental health capacity and workforce after Hurricane Katrina, Mays' work has centered on training and community capacity to assist and respond during emergencies and in disasters. Her efforts have centered on ensuring equity, access and addressing discrimination in vulnerable population in response to disasters, and on addressing the human side of closures, isolation, social distancing and quarantine for adherence to these directives. 

Professor Karin Michels 

Karin Michels is professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and has wide experience in epidemiology, disease prevention, public health, and statistical methods. In the context of COVID-19, Professor Michels has particular expertise in international comparisons, prevention measures, and future prediction models, and is researching how the pandemic has developed in multiple countries in Europe and Asia, including Germany, Italy, and the Republic of Korea. She is fluent in English and German.  

Professor Anne Rimoin

Anne Rimoin, professor of epidemiology at the UCLA  Fielding School of Public Health, is an expert in emerging infectious diseases, ebolavirus, zoonoses, immunization, and infectious disease epidemiology. Rimoin is the founder of the UCLA-DRC Health Research and Training Program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and serves as director of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health's Center for Global and Immigrant Health. She is fluent in English and French. 

Professor Zuo-Feng Zhang

Dr. Zuo-Feng Zhang is a professor of epidemiology and the associate dean for research at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Zhang’s service includes his tenure as WHO Consultant for National Noncommunicable Disease Prevention and Controls in China, and as a regular member of NIH Epidemiology of Cancer Study Section. He is fluent in English and Chinese (Mandarin). 

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COVID-19 EVENTS ARCHIVE

MAY 12 | PUBLIC HEALTH IN A PANDEMIC: COVID-19 & WELLNESS AND HEALTHY LIVING   

FIELDING FOCUS, a new webinar series from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, addresses public health and COVID-19. In this session, panelists addressed the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on wellness and healthy living. Michael Prelip, professor and chair, Department of Community Health Sciences, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, served as moderator. Panelists included Ted Robles, professor, Department of Psychology, UCLA College of Letters and Science, Life Sciences, Dr. Wendelin Slusser, associate vice provost, Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center at UCLA, adjunct professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and Dawn Upchurch, professor and vice-chair, Department of Community Health Sciences, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

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MAY 5 | PUBLIC HEALTH IN A PANDEMIC: COVID-19 & VULNERABLE POPULATIONS 

FIELDING FOCUS, a new webinar series from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, addresses public health and COVID-19. In this session, panelists addressed the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on vulnerable populations. Jessica Gipson, associate professor, Department of Community Health Sciences for the Fielding School of Public Health, served as moderator. Panelists included Linda Delp, director of the UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program, adjunct associate professor for the Department of Community Health Sciences & Center for Occupational and Environmental Health for the Fielding School, Chandra Ford, founding director of the Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health, associate professor, Department of Community Health Sciences for the Fielding School, and Randall Kuhn, associate professor for the Department of Community Health Sciences for the Fielding School.

 
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APR. 28 | FIELDING FOCUS | PUBLIC HEALTH IN A PANDEMIC: COVID-19 & HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT

FIELDING FOCUS, a new webinar series from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, addresses public health and COVID-19. In the first session, panelists addressed the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on health care management. Leah J. Vriesman, executive director & associate professor for the Fielding School Executive Programs in Health Policy & Management, co-director, FSPH UCLA Center for Healthcare Management, served as moderator. Panelists included Jill Martin, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Cedars-Sinai Medical Network, Ozzie Martinez, chief administrative officer for Kaiser Permanente, and Eugene Schneller, professor & Dean's Council of 100 Distinguished Scholar for the Department of Supply Chain Management, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University.

The novel coronavirus COVID-19 is an evolving public health issue. The content in this video is based on information available at the time of filming. Click here to view the video in full screen.

APR. 23 | PUBLIC HEALTH AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS IN TIMES OF A PANDEMIC

The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs wrapped up its 25th anniversary celebration with the second convening of the Luskin Summit, a research-informed, cross-sector conversation about major issues facing the Los Angeles region. In light of the health crisis, this event is now a virtual series of talks. This session marked the start of the series, featuring a conversation about public policy and health responses to the COVID-19 pandemic with Dean Gary Segura of UCLA Luskin and Dean Ron Brookmeyer of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

The novel coronavirus COVID-19 is an evolving public health issue. The content in this video is based on information available at the time of filming. Click here to view the video in full screen.

APR. 7 | THE CORONAVIRUS AND ITS GLOBAL IMPACT

“The Coronavirus and Its Global Impact,” a World Today Discussion Series event and continuation of the February 25 discussion, hosted by the UCLA Anderson School of Management's Center for Global Management and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health as a discussion with UCLA Anderson visiting professor and former minister in the Hong Kong SAR Government Christine Loh, economist William Yu, and Dr. Robert Kim-Farley who holds joint appointments in the departments of epidemiology and community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Panelists discussed the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and its global impact from a socio-economic, business, and public health perspective. The discussion was moderated by Sebastian Edwards, Henry Ford II Chair in International Management and distinguished professor of economics for the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Ron Brookmeyer, dean of the Fielding School and Antonio Bernardo, dean of the Anderson School also shared remarks.

The novel coronavirus COVID-19 is an evolving public health issue. The content in this video is based on information available at the time of filming. Click here to view the video in full screen.

MAR. 10 | UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Experts Speak Before the Los Angeles City Health Commission

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professors Gilbert Gee and Anne Rimoin presented at a special meeting of the city’s Health Commission about the COVID-19 outbreak, including strategic planning for COVID-19 and social stigma in the context of illness. Both professors were invited to speak before the commission.

The novel coronavirus COVID-19 is an evolving public health issue. The content in this video is based on information available at the time of filming. Click here to view the video in full screen.

FEB. 25 | THE CORONAVIRUS AND ITS GLOBAL IMPACT 

“The Coronavirus and Its Global Impact,” a World Today Discussion Series event, was hosted by the UCLA Anderson School of Management's Center for Global Management and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health as a moderated discussion with UCLA Anderson visiting professor and former minister in the Hong Kong SAR Government Christine Loh, economist William Yu, and Dr. Robert Kim-Farley who holds joint appointments in the departments of epidemiology and community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. The panelists discussed the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and its global impact from a socio-economic, business, and public health perspective. This event was available to students, faculty, and staff of the UCLA Anderson School of Management and UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

The novel coronavirus COVID-19 is an evolving public health issue. The content in this video is based on information available at the time of filming. Click here to view the video in full screen.

FEB. 10 | THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): WHAT DO WE KNOW AND WHAT'S NEXT?

On Monday, February 10, 2020, the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and UCLA Center for Chinese Studies presented a symposium addressing the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Click on the video below to watch the livestream from the event, featuring Ron Brookmeyer, dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and Michael Berry, director of the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies, in conversation with: Roger Detels, professor, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health; Anne Rimoin, professor, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health; Alex Wang, professor, UCLA School of Law; Otto Yang, professor, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; and Zuo-Feng Zhang, professor, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

The novel coronavirus COVID-19 is an evolving public health issue. The content in this video is based on information available at the time of filming. Click here to view the video in full screen.