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Magazine September 2020

UCLA Public Health Magazine

September 2020

Dean's Message

This year has brought two seismic public health events. One, the worst pandemic in more than a century, has laid bare our nation’s decades-long failure to adequately invest in public health. The other, a long-overdue reckoning with structural racism, casts a harsh light on an ongoing moral failing that has stained our society for centuries — with consequences that are magnified by COVID-19.
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Articles

This is the year everything changed. A novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, made its way to every corner of the planet, bringing an ever-mounting toll of illness and death as it transformed everyday life in ways previously unthinkable. And beginning in May, people in every part of the U.S. — and many parts outside it — donned masks and took to the streets in protest of the systemic racism that allowed the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many others before them.
Moment of Reckoning
Amid a pandemic that has disproportionately hit communities of color and nationwide protests in response to racialized policing, the founding director of FSPH’s Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health weighs in.
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Moment of Reckoning
FSPH infectious disease expert Anne Rimoin has responded to COVID-19 by actively engaging with the news media and public officials, and launching a study that could produce critical insights.
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Moment of Reckoning
Fielding School professor Vickie Mays explains how structural racism has played a role in the response to COVID-19 — and in the decisions of many to accept a level of risk in the process of demanding change.
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Moment of Reckoning
Through the training of COVID-19 contact tracers and case investigators, the Fielding School is helping to prepare thousands of individuals who will meet a critical need in reducing the virus' spread.
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Moment of Reckoning
The ability of officials to clearly and credibly communicate during a pandemic can go a long way toward determining the success of containment and mitigation efforts, FSPH experts say.
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Moment of Reckoning
The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of investing in public health while shining a harsh light on societal weaknesses. Fielding School faculty experts weigh in on what we have learned so far, and how we can do better.
Other Features
The new FSPH-based UCLA Center for Healthy Climate Solutions will work with policymakers on strategies for protecting human health against a growing threat.
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Other Features
FSPH Professor Emeritus Virginia C. Li witnessed the results of more than three decades of Fielding School training of scholars who returned home to China to make a difference.
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Transformative Investments
Four philanthropic foundations acted expeditiously to enable a Fielding School-led study that provides a vital service to L.A.’s frontline health workforce and urgently needed data on COVID-19.
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Moment of Reckoning
Throughout history, racism and xenophobia have spiked during public health emergencies, underscoring the importance of proactive countermeasures.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the significance of the work of FSPH’s WORLD Policy Analysis Center in spotlighting which countries guarantee key human rights.
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Student Profiles

Moment of Reckoning
Six Fielding School students who are active members of FSPH's Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health discuss what motivates their academic work and how they hope to make a difference.
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Alumni Stories

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Three Fielding School alumni decided to run for political office to improve their hometown communities — with public health as the cornerstone of their winning campaigns.
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Moment of Reckoning
In Singapore, Fielding School alum Angela Chow is playing a key role in a response whose early success drew international praise.
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School Work

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