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Summer Roundup | Putting Public Health into Action
The impact that faculty, staff and students at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health have on their local communities and around the world takes shape in many ways—conducting innovative research, teaching, training, translating research into policy and practice, mentoring, interning, volunteering, modeling healthy behavior and more.
During the summer of 2018, Fielding School community members put public health into action on campus and far beyond, and shared a window into some of their experiences for the #FieldingInTheField social media campaign.
Mark Alsay, an MPH student in the Department of Health Policy and Management, worked on business development for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles. Alsay also helped with the organization’s safe sex campaign, as shared in this photo.
Cynthia Blackman’s passion for public health really took off during an internship with the U.S. Navy. Blackman, an MS student in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, collected data for a study on whole body vibration exposure in U.S. Navy air crews.
Crystal Shaw, a PhD student in the Department of Biostatistics, worked at Pfizer in La Jolla, California, where she visualized and analyzed gene networks.
Deborah Glik, professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, traveled to Senegal where she worked with Réseau Africain d’Education en Santé (RAES) to evaluate the effectiveness of "C’est la vie," a television series focused on raising awareness about public health issues.
FSPH students, faculty and staff interested in joining the #FieldingInTheField campaign, please send an email to email@example.com.
Jesse Kurylo, a postdoctoral scholar in FSPH’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences, worked on a project evaluating ecosystem services associated with natural storm water treatment systems on three University of California campuses. Here Jesse is downloading one of her micro-climate sensors in a biofilter at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The data, she says, will be used to compare the human thermal comfort of different green space types such as lawns, biofilters, ornamental gardens and natural areas.
Lamar Hayes (left), an MPH student in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, visited South Africa where he worked with the organization Sonke Gender Justice. Hayes worked with his colleagues to help develop a program for social service professionals to boost participation in maternal, infant and child health.
Marissa Watkins (top row, center), an MPH student in the Department of Community Health Sciences, did an internship in Chingola, Zambia. Watkins worked with colleagues at the Population Council, gathering data on “GirlsRead!,”a literacy and empowerment program.
Jun Chen and Loc Pham, MS students in the Department of Epidemiology, spent many hours at the UCLA Wilshire Center where they worked as research assistants on HIV/AIDS studies conducted in China and Vietnam.
Yifang Zhu (center), FSPH’s acting dean and professor of environmental health sciences, visited the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. To Zhu's immediate left are two FSPH MPH students, Xueyao Gao of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, and Nancy Chen of the Department of Epidemiology. Both students completed internships at the center for which they worked on projects related to the health effects of air pollution. To Zhu's right is Xiaoming Shi, director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Ryan Assaf, an MPH student in the Department of Epidemiology, recently traveled to Lima, Peru, where he researched HIV prevention efforts.
Walking the public health walk: Colleagues from the Department of Community Health Sciences gather on Tuesdays and Thursdays to exercise.
Ivan Barragan, an MPH student in the Department of Health Policy and Management, interned at the Los Angeles County Center for Health Equity. Barragan helped identify community organizations that the center can collaborate with on its health equity goals.
Emily Cornell (left) and Cinthia De Leon (right), MPH students in the Department of Community Health Sciences, interned at the Westside Children’s Center in Culver City, California where they developed obesity prevention initiatives.
Gloria Greengard, an administrative specialist in the Department of Community Health Sciences, volunteered with Reading to Kids, an organization that hosts monthly Saturday-morning reading clubs for elementary school children throughout Los Angeles.
Jessica Jara, an MPH student in the Department of Epidemiology, worked on several research projects related to pediatric eye health at the UCLA Stein Eye Institute. She also joined the UCLA Mobile Eye Clinic team to deliver free vision care.
Jeffrey Jacobs, Marufa Khandaker and Carey Walovich, MPH students in the Department of Community Health Sciences, worked with the International Centre of Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, which is led by John Clemens, adjunct professor of epidemiology at FSPH. The students’ projects focused on researching the quality of and access to health care services for people who live in urban Dhaka.
Ellen Summerfelt, an MPH student in the Department of Community Health Sciences, interned with University Research Co. in Accra, Ghana, where she supported the monitoring and evaluation of a health systems strengthening project.
Laura Petersen, a senior statistician at the Center for Cancer Prevention and Control Research at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, walked 134 miles from the Canadian border to Seattle with members of EverWalk, an organization founded to inspire people to become lifelong walkers. At least once a week, Petersen walks six miles from her home to the Fielding School.
Neek LaMantia, a 2018 graduate of the Department of Community Health Sciences, launched a project to clean up her neighborhood. “A shout out to those online shoppers! Be responsible and recycle the packaging material which ships with your order. Most are recyclable, or, hold on to the boxes and packaging for next time you need to send something!” she says.
Julia Feygelman, an MPH student in the Department of Community Health Sciences, interned with Breathe California Golden Gate Public Health Partnership in San Francisco during which she shared her presentation, “Mindful Eating and Its Relation to Breath.”