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FSPH Launches Partnerships 
with Schools of Public Health in China

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Nine delegates from three top schools of public health in China visited the Fielding School in April to launch new partnerships in training and research. 

The leaders of the three visiting schools – Dean Wen Chen from Fudan University School of Public Health, Dean Qingyue Meng of Peking University School of Public Health, and Dean Feng Chen of Nanjing Medical University School of Public Health – signed memoranda of understanding with FSPH Dean Jody Heymann, symbolizing the commitment of collaboration between FSPH and the Chinese schools of public health. 

The signing was followed by a forum addressing public health in China, which included a scientific exchange among the four schools organized by Dr. Zuo-Feng Zhang, the Fielding School's associate dean for research.


UCLA MEDAL

Three students and Dr. Larry Brilliant stand together smiling.
Dr. Larry Brilliant received the UCLA Medal, the university’s highest honor, for his landmark contributions to public health and his commitment to making the world a healthier and better place. The medal was presented by Chancellor Gene Block at a celebration held at the Chancellor’s Residence. Brilliant is president and CEO of the Skoll Global Threats Fund, which is working to combat global public health challenges including climate change, threats to water security and pandemics.

 

HERB GARDEN

The Herb Garden from UCLA Fielding SPH on Vimeo.

Fielding School students have planted a medicinal herb garden in the courtyard of the UCLA Center for Health Sciences building as part of an effort to raise awareness about the importance of drought-tolerant plants and local produce. The garden includes only native California plants that can grow and thrive in the local environment.

 

TEACHING AWARD

Hilary Godwin standing outdoors and smiling.

Dr. Hilary Godwin, professor of environmental health sciences at the Fielding School, was one of six recipients of the 2014 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, one of the highest honors given by the UCLA Academic Senate.

 

 

Study Findings Prompt FDA Investigation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in January that it is investigating the risk of stroke, heart attack, and death in men taking FDA-approved testosterone products based on the findings of two studies, one of which was co-authored by a Fielding School researcher.

A study by FSPH professor of epidemiology Dr. Sander Greenland and researchers from the National Institutes of Health and Consolidated Research Inc., published in the journal PLOS ONE in January, found a twofold increase in the risk of a heart attack shortly after beginning testosterone therapy among men under 65 with a history of heart disease. The findings, along with a 2013 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggested an increased risk of cardiovascular events, as did several small clinical trials, prompting the FDA investigation. 


Ruth Roemer 
Social Justice Leadership Award

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The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Alumni Association presented community health advocate Loretta Jones with the Ruth Roemer Social Justice Leadership Award at the fifth annual Ruth Roemer Symposium, held at The California Endowment's Los Angeles office in April.

The award, which recognizes those making a difference in advancing and protecting health in underserved communities or vulnerable populations, is given in honor of the late Ruth Roemer. A member of the Fielding School’s faculty for more than four decades, Roemer made lasting contributions in reproductive health services, environmental health, tobacco control and health services organization. 

Jones’ career as a leader in civil rights, health policy and social advocacy has spanned more than 40 years. As the founder and CEO of Healthy African American Families, Phase II, and a self-described “community gatekeeper,” Jones has committed her life’s work to eliminating health disparities and improving health outcomes of those living in the Los Angeles area.

 

Prelip Named Associate Dean 
for Practice Across the Life Course

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Dr. Michael Prelip, professor of community health sciences, has been named the school’s first associate dean for practice across the life course. In his new role, he will lead FSPH efforts to enhance public health practice opportunities for students, faculty, and alumni - bridging the gap between learning and application, as well as between research and application. Prelip, who joined the Fielding School faculty in 1996, directs the field component of the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in the Department of Community Health Sciences and is director of the school’s MPH for Health Professionals Program. He has also led numerous National Institutes of Health-funded research and training programs focusing on health disparities.


Ponce Appointed Director of FSPH 
Center for Global and Immigrant Health

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Dr. Ninez Ponce, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, has been appointed director of the FSPH Center for Global and Immigrant Health, effective July 1, 2014. Ponce currently serves as principal investigator for the California Health Interview Survey. The Center for Global and Immigrant Health includes faculty from every department in the Fielding School, as well as the schools of medicine, dentistry and nursing, and the California Center for Population Research. Participating faculty have active research collaborations in more than 60 countries. 


Working with Community Members 
to Transform a “Food Swamp”

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Los Angeles’ Boyle Heights community, like many low-income communities across the United States, has been called a “food swamp” - an area where fast food and other unhealthy options are dominant, and nutritious choices are in short supply. But that is changing. The Fielding School and the UCLA Center for Population Health and Health Disparities (CPHHD) joined with local high school students and members of Los Angeles’ Boyle Heights community last December to celebrate the grand reopening of Euclid Market, the third store in the Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles communities to undergo a CPHHD-supported transformation. Instead of prominently placed junk food and beer, the front of the store now highlights healthy options such as fresh fruits and vegetables, bottled water, and nutritious snacks. The conversions, funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health and led by FSPH, are part of a collaborative strategy with community members to change eating habits and reduce disease risk in the community, which is plagued by high rates of obesity-related chronic diseases.

 

Breslow Lecture Spotlights Public Health Turning Points

Dean Heymann, Gerald Kominski, Devra Breslow and Jonathan Fielding.


Dr. Gerald Kominski
 addressed the Affordable Care Act as a turning point for U.S. health care when he delivered the Fielding School’s 40th Annual Lester Breslow Distinguished Lecture in March. Kominski, professor of health policy and management and director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research at the Fielding School, was also the 2014 Dean’s Distinguished Scholar. 

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The annual event, created by Dr. Raymond Goodman in honor of visionary public health leader, FSPH professor and former dean Dr. Lester Breslow, highlighted the contributions of the FSPH Alumni Hall of Fame inductees, all of whom exemplify the school’s commitment to teaching, research and service. Dr. Emmett Chase (MPH ’90) and Dr. Eva Smith (MPH ’90), who are married, have worked together throughout their careers to address the health needs of the Hoopa Valley Tribe in Northern California and beyond. Kristin Kalla (MPH ’93) of the Trust Fund for Victims, which supports the International Criminal Court in The Hague, has dedicated her career to restoring the dignity of survivors of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity in more than 25 countries. 

Students who won writing awards with Fielding Donors.

The evening also highlighted Student Writing Competition presentations, in which students from each FSPH department discussed how schools of public health can impact the future of public health and communities worldwide. The five student finalists - Lauren GaseEvan ShannonTessa VerhoefGregory Watson, and Maria-Elena Young - each received a $1,000 prize from Molina Healthcare Inc. Shannon also received a $5,000 prize courtesy of the Breslow Student Fellowship Fund after being chosen by a panel of distinguished judges as the overall winner for his call to integrate epidemiology and information technology.

 

2014 NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK

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To mark National Public Health Week in April, the Fielding School Students of Color for Public Health (SCPH) student group organized a full week of interactive events to engage and energize UCLA faculty, staff and students around public health issues.

The events followed daily themes set by the American Public Health Association and included lectures on bikeability in Los Angeles, food policy and law, and storytelling and public health, as well as panel discussions on emergency response work, mental health and the arts, and what it means to be a public health student.

SCPH also organized the 1st Annual Tour de UCLA bike event in collaboration with the UCLA Bike Coalition and the UCLA Bike Shop, in addition to a Community Emergency Response Training session, meditative yoga session in the UCLA Sculpture Garden, and public health career fair with the FSPH Career Services Office. 

 

Faculty Honors

RON BROOKMEYER was the 2014 Norman Breslow Distinguished Lecturer in Biostatistics at the University of Washington and was appointed to the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science Magazine.  

KATE CRESPI was elected president of the International Biometric Society, Western North American Region.

CHANDRA FORD was awarded the Kaiser Permanente Burch Minority Leadership Development scholarship to study barriers to health services.

JOHN FROINES received the 2013 Ramazzini Award for his work in occupational and environmental health research and advocacy.

PATRICIA GANZ gave the 2014 Charles A. LeMaistre Lecture in Oncology and Cancer Prevention at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas.

HILARY GODWIN was awarded a Distinguished Teaching Award from the UCLA Academic Senate.

OLIVER HANKINSON was selected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

JODY HEYMANN was elected to the Institute of Medicine.

RICHARD JACKSON received the Joan H. Tisch fellowship and gave the Joan H. Tisch fellowship lecture at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute in New York. He gave the Herbert Goldenring Lecture at the Yale School of Medicine.

SNEHENDU KAR was awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair award by the U.S.-India Educational Foundation.

GERALD KOMINSKI was selected as the 2014 FSPH Dean’s Distinguished Scholar and Lester Breslow Lecturer.

DONALD MORISKY received the Distinguished Career Award from the Public Health Education and Health Promotion section of the American Public Health Association. 

SHANE QUE HEE received the Volunteer Group Service Award from the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

MARC SUCHARD was awarded the 2013 Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies Presidents’ Award for contributions to the profession of statistics. 

STEVE WALLACE received the 2013 Betty & James E. Birren Senior Scholar Award from the California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics.

 

Bookshelf

...recent books by UCLA Fielding School of Public Health authors (listed in bold).
http://ph.ucla.edu/news/bookshelf

A row of faculty published books on a shelf.

Changing the U.S. Health Care System: 
Key Issues in Health Services Policy and  Management, 4th Edition  
Editor and Co-author: Gerald Kominski  

Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care:
Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis 
 
By Laura Levit, Erin Balogh, Sharyl Nass, and Patricia A. Ganz 

Disability and Equity at Work 
By Jody Heymann, Michael Ashley Stein, and Gonzalo Moreno 

Ensuring a Sustainable Future:
Making Progress on Environment and Equity?
 
Editors: Jody Heymann and Magda Barrera

A row of faculty published books on a shelf.

Evaluation Fundamentals:
Insights into Program Effectiveness, Quality and Value 
 
By Arlene Fink 

Pharmaceutical Economics  
By William S. Comanor and Stuart O. Schweitzer

Public Health Informatics and Information Systems, 2nd Edition 
Edited by JA Magnuson and Paul Fu, Jr.

United States of America: Health System Review 
By Thomas Rice, Pauline Rosenau, Lynn Y. Unruh, and Andrew J. Barnes

 

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