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As part of National Public Health Week 2015 (April 6-April 10), the Fielding School's Students of Color for Public Health (SCPH) student group organized a week of events centered around the theme "Addressing the Roots of Health Inequity."
With a series of interactive activities, lectures and panels, students sought to educate and engage the UCLA campus and the broader community about public health disparities and solutions.
Speakers Kevin Riley, UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program, and Jorge Cabrera, Southern California Coalition for Occupational Health & Safety, explored the connections between labor and health.
Microaggressions, a type of unconscious discrimination, can have real effects on health and well being. Kenjus Watson, PhD Candidate, UCLA Ed & IS, helped attendees discuss how to understand, acknowledge and respond to microaggressions.
Dr. Beatriz Solis, MPH '96, PhD '07, director of community health at The California Endowment, spoke on her work mobilizing communities to fight for inccreased access to health care services.
In the CHS courtyard at UCLA, public health students helped participants create natural personal care products like shampoos. Alexandra Scranton, director of science & research for Women’s Voices for the Earth discussed research linking certain types of care products to adverse health effects.
FSPH students, staff and friends took part in a bike tour around campus, led by the UCLA Bike Shop, to educate the public about the bikeability of UCLA and Westwood Village.
A panel of community activists and faculty discussed the topic of built environments, and how growing urban communities and gentrification can affect the health of neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Panelists included Kenwood Jung and Katie Wang, Chinatown Community for Equitable Development (CCED); Ashley Kissinger, MPH '12, and Sandy Navarro, Esperanza Community Housing; Lis Barajas Torres, North East Los Angeles Alliance (NELA), Dr. William McCarthy,professor of Health Policy and Management.
To close off National Public Health Week, SCPH hosted a one-on-one mentoring and networking social where undergraduates interested in public health to meet with MPH, MD/MPH and PhD students, and current students could talk with Fielding School alumni.