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Magazine Autumn/Winter 2013

UCLA Public Health Magazine

Autumn/Winter 2013

Dean's Message

IN MY FIRST YEAR as dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, it has been deeply rewarding to learn more about and seek to support the remarkable contributions of our faculty, students and...
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Autumn 2013 magazine cover
Community partnerships for better health
People exercising in a church setting, their faces smiling and arms raised.
Until her final days, Dr. Toni Yancey was a leading advocate for making healthy eating and exercise the “default” choices in our daily environments. Now her signature “Instant Recess®” is gaining momentum across the country.
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A baby being held by her mother as she sits in a group of other women
The indigenous Mixtec farmworkers of Oxnard, CA, face financial hardships, discrimination, and a host of other factors that threaten their health. In a pioneering partnership, a Fielding School team is working with a community-based organization to assist the population in assessing and addressing its needs.
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A man named, Al Brown, standing on a street in LA
Providing a relatable peer to assist HIV-positive men with their transition from jail to society promises a smoother transition – and improved community health.
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a panoramic photo of a group of people being trained at a Health DATA workshop.
By providing local-level data on diverse populations, the California Health Interview Survey paves the way for community-based organizations to achieve health goals.
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Mother and daughter buying strawberries at a farmer’s market
Fielding School alumni and students are playing an integral role in L.A. County’s innovative efforts to transform communities so that they are more conducive to healthy living.
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Three women smiling in a kitchen in Los Angeles
With assistance from a dietitian and community health worker, residents of a low-income community are changing their living environment in an effort to reduce their diabetes risk.
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three protest posters showing student activists demonstrating food security, promoting fruits and vegetables in local corner stores and community outreach.
In low-income communities across the nation, the scarcity of nutritious options contributes to poor diets and high rates of chronic conditions. But that is changing in East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights, where scores of young people educated through a Fielding School initiative have become public health leaders.
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Student Profiles

Karla Gonzalez, a student at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.
Karla Gonzalez' field work with The Wellness Center takes her back to the former Historic General Hospital in LA for an opportunity to contribute to delivering comprehensive services to keep patients healthy and reduce health care spending.
A young woman named Marianne Chen on the UCLA Campus.
During a field studies placement at Autism Speaks, Marianne Chen learns about the importance of building relationships with community partners to increase awareness about autism spectrum disorders.
A young man named Paul Camarena at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.
Through his internship testing the effectiveness of text messaging to inform migrant workers about pesticide safety, Paul Camarena witnessed the potential for collaboration between state agencies and local organizations to engage communities.
A young woman named Jenna Arzinger at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.
Through her internship with the Violence Prevention Coalition, Jenna Arzinger became interested in helping the formerly incarcerated reintegrate into society.
a young woman named Jennifer Xiong at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.
For Jennifer Xiong, a first-generation Hmong American whose parents fled Laos in 1975, providing health and social resources to vulnerable Southeast Asian communities has personal meaning.

Alumni Stories

Native American Drs. Emmett Chase and Eva Marie Smith
These Fielding School alumni have spent the last 16 years tending to the health needs of the remote Hoopa Valley Reservation in rural Northern California, but the public health challenges they've encountered are unlike those faced by most of their former classmates.
A woman standing overlooking a Los Angeles neighborhood along side of a photo of the MLKCH hospital building site.
Elaine Batchlor, MPH ’90 who is helping to lead construction of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital as CEO, says that the new facility will go far to fill a void in the South Los Angeles community.
Nancy Halpern Ibrahim
Just in case you weren’t sure whether housing is a public health issue, spend a few moments talking with Nancy Halpern Ibrahim, MPH ’93, about the work of the Esperanza Community Housing Corporation and any lingering doubts will disappear.

News Briefs

Students at Fielding Fall Fiesta
A small sampling of the goings-on at the Fielding School.

Contracts & Grants

This section includes new contracts and grants awarded in 2012-13. Due to space limitations, only funds of $50,000 or more are listed, by principal investigator.