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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 to be characterized as a pandemic.

This webpage is intended to serve as a resource to learn about Fielding School experts, events, and link to external sources with information regarding the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

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"19 Things to Know About COVID-19"

While we chart our path forward, it is important that we continue to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities, and to follow recommended public health practices designed to reduce risk. It is equally vital to practice compassion and self-care. This list includes facts and perspectives about COVID-19 from Fielding School faculty and other public health authorities designed to assist in these efforts.

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Professor & Dean Ronald Brookmeyer

Ronald Brookmeyer is professor of biostatistics and dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, with expertise in 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 of the (U.S.) National Academy of Sciences, and has served on task forces for the World Health Organization (WHO). Recently quoted: New England Journal of Medicine, Apr. 2

Professor David Eisenman

Dr. David Eisenman, is director of the Center for Public Health and Disasters and professor-in-residence of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Eisenman is also a professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His work addresses community resilience, mental health in primary care, trauma, climate change, and violence prevention. Recently quoted: Associated Press, Apr. 1, ABC News, Mar. 16KCBS, Mar. 12Los Angeles Magazine, Mar. 12KPCC, Mar. 11KPCC, Mar. 10Town and Country, Mar. 10Arizona PBS, Mar. 6Popular Science, Mar. 2Wall Street Journal, Mar. 1MSNBC, Feb. 29NPR Affiliate KQED, Feb. 28, ABC News, Feb. 27, Fast Company, Feb. 26, New York Times, Feb. 20

Professor Jonathan Fielding 

Dr. Jonathan Fielding is currently a Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management and of Pediatrics in the Schools of Public Health and Medicine at UCLA. Previously, he served for 16 years as Public Health Director and Health Officer for Los Angeles County. A founding member of the U.S. Clinical Preventive Services Task Force, Dr. Fielding currently 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 is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. He currently (March 24) serves as co-chair of the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI)’s COVID-19 Task Force, helping define the critical role buildings, organizations and communities play in prevention and preparedness, resilience and recovery. Recently quoted: Bisnow, Mar. 31The Hill, Mar. 31Time Magazine, Mar. 27Los Angeles Times, Mar. 20Harper's Bazaar, Mar. 12The Washington Post, Mar. 12Los Angeles Magazine, Mar. 12New York Times, Mar. 5CNBC, Mar. 4, Country Living, Mar. 3Good Housekeeping, Feb. 28, The Hill, Feb. 24

Professor Chandra Ford

Chandra Ford is director of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health’s Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health and associate professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences. Her expertise includes 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). She has served on research and policy projects with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and the American Public Health Association. Recently quoted: Los Angeles Times, Apr. 2LA Social Science, Apr. 1Sojourner Truth, Mar. 19

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 may be 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.  Recently quoted: Washington Post, Mar. 20Los Angeles City Health Commission, Mar. 9PBS: Christiane Amanpour & Co., Feb. 13Los Angeles Times, Feb. 3Seattle Times, Feb. 3

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. Recently quoted: KTLA, Mar. 25InsideSources, Mar. 18PRI’s The World, Mar. 13

Professor Richard J. Jackson

Dr. Richard Jackson is professor emeritus in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He has served in many leadership positions, 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 for three years he led CDPH’s Infectious Disease Division. 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 of the National Academy of Sciences. Recently quoted: Los Angeles Times, Mar. 29

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 UCLA FSPH, and has served on research projects and advisory committees for the (U.S.) National Academy of Science and the Environmental Protection Agency. Recently quoted: Los Angeles Times, Mar. 21

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. Recently quoted: LAist, Mar. 31MSNBC, Mar. 29KPCC, Mar. 24Los Angeles Times, Mar. 24Georgetown Journal of International AffairsUS News & World ReportCNN, Mar. 6CNN, Mar. 2, CNN, Feb. 28, NextAvenue, Feb. 27CNN, Feb. 25Business Insider, Feb. 22, The Guardian, Feb. 4NPR station KPCC, Feb. 3, Los Angeles Times, Jan. 17

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. Recently quoted: The Mercury News, Mar. 30New Yorker, Mar. 26,  Los Angeles Times, Mar. 20

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, and who spent five years helping rebuild New Orleans’ mental health capacity and workforce after 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. Recently quoted: Daily Beast, Mar. 20Globe and Mail, Mar. 11

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. Recently quoted: CBS, Apr. 3CNN, Mar. 30MSNBC, Mar. 24CNN, Mar. 24CNN, Mar. 21KTLA, Mar. 21MSNBC, Mar. 20KTLA, Mar. 20KTLA, Mar. 19, CNN, Mar. 17MSNBC, Mar. 16MSNBC, Mar. 15CNN, Mar. 14CNN, Mar. 14CNN, Mar. 13PSA, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Mar. 12Los Angeles Magazine, Mar. 12New York Times, Mar. 11MSNBC, Mar. 11CNN, Mar. 10MSNBC, Mar. 10Los Angeles City Health Commission, Mar. 9CNN, Mar. 9MSNBC, Mar. 8KTLA, Mar. 4MSNBC, Mar. 3HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, Feb. 28, KTLA, Feb. 27, TIME, Feb. 26, NPR station KPCC, Feb. 25BBC News, Jan. 31Forbes, Jan. 31USA Today, Jan. 31Fox Business, Jan. 21

Professor Zuo-Feng Zhang

Dr. Zuo-Feng Zhang is the associate dean for research and a professor of epidemiology 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. Recently quoted: Huffington Post, Mar. 31Nikkei Asian Review, Mar. 21China.org/Xinhua, Mar. 19Caixin, Mar. 16China.org/Xinhua, Mar. 13Global Times, Feb. 19Hong Kong Phoenix TV, Feb. 18Hong Kong Phoenix TV, Feb. 15LA Primetime TV, Feb. 13, China Philanthropist, Feb. 6Xinhua, Feb. 4, The Intellectual, Jan. 31

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EVENTS 

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.