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UCLA LiveWell: "Translating COVID-19 Research"

Dr. Wendy Slusser, associate vice provost for the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center at UCLA and host of the UCLA LiveWell podcast, interviewed the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health's Dean Ron Brookmeyer, Dr. Deborah Glik, and Jessica Arzola, RN, a student in the Fielding School's Executive Master of Public Health program, about translating COVID-19 research to our everyday lives

Monday, March 1, 2021

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Dr. Wendy Slusser, associate vice provost for the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center at UCLA and host of the UCLA LiveWell podcast, interviewed the UCCLA Fielding School of Public Health's Dean Ron Brookmeyer, Dr. Deborah Glik, and Jessica Arzola, RN, a student in the Fielding School's Executive Master of Public Health program, about translating COVID-19 research to our everyday lives.

Dr. Brookmeyer, dean of the Fielding School of Public Health and distinguished professor of biostatics, shared his insights into the data being reported on COVID-19, while Dr. Glik, professor of community health sciences, shared her advice for an effective national communication strategy; Jessica Arzola, a registered nurse at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, shared her experience working on the front lines.

During a span of more than three decades, Brookmeyer developed statistical methods that sounded the alarm which helped address major global health challenges of our times. and earned worldwide recognition for his work on predicting the magnitude of the impending HIV/AIDS epidemic with work beginning in the mid-1980s. He has called attention to the looming Alzheimer’s disease epidemic through widely cited studies. His work on global public health problems also includes issues in bio-security, disease surveillance and health challenges of aging populations, and his research interests in biostatistical methodology include survival analysis, epidemic models, epidemiological methods and clinical trials.

Glik specializes in the planning, and assessment and evaluation of public health education campaigns, material development and popular media projects, and has more than 35 years of experience in conducting research on health behavior change, health communications, formative research, health and media issues, and program evaluation in a variety of settings.

Arzola graduated from New York University with a BS in Nursing, where, in addition to being a Gates Millennium Scholar, she was awarded the President’s Service Award upon graduation due to her numerous volunteer efforts with homeless and vulnerable populations within New York City. Aside from clinical practice, Arzola is also a member of her hospital facility council, leading initiatives to promote staff wellness, continuing professional education among nurses, nurse recognition, and community engagement. Most recently, she was awarded the hospital-wide Rising Star Award in recognition of her professional effort.

Along with her work at the Healthy Campus Iniative, Dr. Slusser is clinical professor of pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicicne at UCLA and professor in the Fielding School's Departrment of Community Health Sciences.

This panel discussion was released March 1; it was recorded on February 2, 2021. The podcast is also available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Soundcloud.