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A look at some of the news happening at the Fielding School.

FSPH Runs to Support Fellowships for Students


Twenty-four FSPH runners — including students, alumni, staff and friends of FSPH — came together for the second straight year to take part in the 2016 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. Team FSPH ran the #RaceToHealth to raise money in support of summer fieldwork fellowships for students.

PhD Candidate Earns UC President's Leadership Award


Tyler Watson
, PhD candidate in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, has been honored by University of California President Janet Napolitano with the President’s Award for Outstanding Student Leadership in recognition of his work to help make UCLA’s campus healthier. Watson is co-leading a multi-pronged project to address food insecurity at UCLA. He is also collaborating with the L.A. Food Policy Council and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to explore expansion of food recovery across the county. In addition, Watson is a researcher with the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative. He has helped UCLA assess how the built environment affects the initiative’s goals, and, as an outgrowth of that work, helped launch the Fielding School’s Stair Well project, which encourages campus residents and visitors to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Watson has also been involved in developing methods to increase bicycle use on and near campus.

2016 National Public Health Week at UCLA

As part of National Public Health Week 2016, April 4-8, the Fielding School’s Students of Color for Public Health organized a week of events around the theme “The Moving Pieces of Public Health.” With a series of lectures, panels and activities – including the “Tour de UCLA” featured in the accompanying photo – students sought to educate and engage the UCLA campus and the broader community about public health.

Ruth Roemer Symposium

The Fielding School of Public Health Alumni Association awarded Cynthia Davis (MPH ’81, pictured left) the 2016 Ruth Roemer Social Justice Leadership award. Named after the late FSPH professor Ruth Roemer, JD, who advocated for the importance of human rights in public health, the award recognizes community leaders’ efforts to advance and protect the health of vulnerable populations. An assistant professor at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Davis has extensive experience developing, implementing and evaluating HIV/AIDS prevention and education programs for at-risk populations, including an HIV mobile testing project that has provided free screenings to more than 60,000 L.A. County residents. Dr. David Carlisle (MPH ’88, PhD ’92), president and CEO of Drew University of Medicine and Science, presented the award.

Health Forum Renamed to Honor Dr. Paul Torrens

The Health Forum at UCLA FSPH was renamed The Paul Torrens Health Forum at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in honor of Dr. Paul Torrens (pictured above center), professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Fielding School and longtime mentor to countless FSPH students and alumni.

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Awards $5.44 Million to UCLA to Create Program to Train Future World Leaders

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announced a $5.44 million grant to the Fielding School’s WORLD Policy Analysis Center in March for the creation of an initiative that will bring together leading faculty from across campus to train the next generation of world leaders and thinkers.

Over the next 15 years, trillions of dollars and millions of human hours will be invested to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Unanimously adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, the SDGs are a set of 17 universal goals that include the aim to reduce poverty and hunger, improve health, advance education, make cities more sustainable, and combat climate change.

Beyond governments, a wide range of civil society and private sector stakeholders have committed themselves to the implementation of the goals by 2030.

“We believe that, in order to achieve the SDGs, we must invest in training a new generation across all fields related to the goals to give these future leaders and practitioners the cross-discipline knowledge and skills needed for necessary implementation,” said Peter Laugharn, president and CEO of the Hilton Foundation. “We are confident in the breadth of experience that Dean Jody Heymann and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health bring to this program, and we are proud to be supporting this initiative.”

2016 Breslow Distinguished Lecture, Student Writing Competition and Alumni Hall of Fame

Dr. Richard Jackson
, professor in FSPH’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences, spoke on “Weathering Climate Changes: Public Health’s Urgent Work” at the Fielding School’s 42nd Annual Lester Breslow Distinguished Lecture in April. The annual event, held in honor of the late Dr. Lester Breslow, former FSPH dean and renowned public health leader, included the induction of this year’s FSPH Alumni Hall of Fame members: Dr. Ralph Brindis (MPH ‘72), chief medical officer of the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry and clinical professor of medicine at UC San Francisco’s Philip Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, who has devoted his professional life to integrating population health and clinical care; Dr. Neal Lonky (MPH ‘97), an entrepreneur-inventor who has developed several surgical tools and devices, and is a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UC Irvine School of Medicine; and Billie Weiss (MPH ‘81), executive director emeritus and founder of the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles and co-chair of Urban Networks to Increase Thriving Youth, who has conducted pioneering public health research to help community-based organizations become more effective in preventing violence. The evening also included presentations by the 2016 Breslow Student Writing Competition finalists: Alvan Cheng, Yan Lin, Stephanie Ly, Priscilla Yen and Dahai Yue. All finalists received $1,000 from the competition co-sponsor, Molina Healthcare, for their presentations on climate change and priorities for addressing its public health impact. A panel of judges selected Priscilla Yen, PhD candidate in the Department of Biostatistics, as the winner of the competition. Yen received a $5,000 prize courtesy of the Lester Breslow Student Fellowship Fund.