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UCLA Public Health Training Program on Population Health Advocacy

Through FSPH's UCLA Public Health Training Program on Population Health Advocacy, students have the opportunity to be embedded in community-based organizations for on-the-ground training designed to build their advocacy skills and advance the health of Los Angeles communities.

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Monday, June 11, 2018
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UCLA Fielding School of Public Health students arrive with the passion to make a difference and, over the course of their education at FSPH, gain the tools needed to do so. One way for students to gain these tools is through the UCLA Public Health Training Program on Population Health Advocacy, in which students are embedded in community-based organizations for on-the-ground training designed to build their advocacy skills and advance the health of Los Angeles communities.

By the end of 2018, advocacy fellows will have cumulatively contributed 25,000+ hours at nearly 30 community-based organizations in Los Angeles, working on issues critical to eliminating disparities and improving health outcomes, particularly in historically-marginalized and low-income neighborhoods. For example:

  • To help mitigate teen dating violence, an advocacy fellow evaluated a youth advocacy-training program on violence and intimate partner violence and conducted a needs assessment for a new violence prevention and intervention initiative at a local middle school and high school.
  • To address health issues associated with inadequate housing, an advocacy fellow developed recommendations to improve housing inspections and an interactive tool to help tenants understand their rights, identify unhealthy living conditions and advocate for changes to positively affect their built environment.
  • To raise awareness of the importance of Hepatitis C health screenings, an advocacy fellow created a public service announcement in Spanish and English, and briefed elected officials and community leaders to help shape policy efforts to prevent an emerging public health crisis.

Click here to read more about the UCLA Public Health Training Program on Population Health Advocacy.

To learn how to support the program, please contact Tracy Hough, Director of Development at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.