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UCLA Public Health and Nursing Professor on Forbes’ List of “30 Under 30” Achievers

Kristen Choi, assistant professor of health policy and management, and nursing, is one of 30 early career healthcare professionals honored by the magazine

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Kristen Choi, a UCLA assistant professor of health policy and management, and nursing, has been named one of Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30” healthcare achievers for her work on mental health policy for vulnerable populations, including during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Choi, who holds a joint appointment at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and the UCLA School of Nursing, was aware her name had been submitted, but was surprised by the honor.

“I am very honored by this recognition, and I hope it brings attention to the contributions nurses are making in healthcare,” Choi said. “Nurses are the largest healthcare profession in the U.S. and the world, but they are often under-recognized as healthcare change agents. I am proud to be one of many thousands of young nurses who are working to improve healthcare every day, especially in the current pandemic conditions.”

Choi, a Fielding School alumnus (MS ‘18), is a child/adolescent psychiatric nurse and health services researcher. A graduate of the University of Michigan (PhD ‘17), she also serves as associate director of nursing for the UCLA National Clinician Scholars Program. As both a clinician and a scientist, Choi maintains a clinical practice as a registered nurse (RN) at psychiatric hospital in Los Angeles, and has taught at UCLA since 2019. In December, after serving as a study subject in the testing of a new COVID-19 vaccine, she wrote a perspective on her experience published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

The 2021 30 Under 30 list features 600 honorees in 20 different categories. The healthcare category includes non-profit leaders, researchers, CEOs, and application developers.

written by Kevin Tyler

The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, founded in 1961, is dedicated to enhancing the public's health by conducting innovative research, training future leaders and health professionals from diverse backgrounds, translating research into policy and practice, and serving our local communities and the communities of the nation and the world. The school has 631 students from 26 nations engaged in carrying out the vision of building healthy futures in greater Los Angeles, California, the nation and the world.