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FSPH In The News - for the week of December 13, 2020 - 12:00am

Week of: 
December 13, 2020 to December 19, 2020

FEATURES (COVID-19 broadcast)

COVID-19: “Our Hospitals are Overwhelmed; Our ICUs are at Zero Capacity”

KNX-AM (Dec. 19) interviewed Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, about strain on the hospital system in Los Angeles County. “Our hospitals are overwhelmed; our ICUs are at zero capacity,” Rimoin said. “If you have anything that you would normally need urgent care for, these systems are strained.”

COVID-19: “It Appeared it was Linked to Much More Spread”

KNX-AM (Dec. 19) interviewed Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, about the newest strain of the coronavirus and the risk it poses in the United States. “This particular mutation caught the attention of researchers who were monitoring viral evolution because it appeared it was linked to much more spread,” Rimoin said. “It’s spreading faster than other strains in the same region.”

COVID-19: “This Virus is Very, Very, Very Transmissible”

KNX-AM (Dec. 19) interviewed Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, about how to help prevent spread. “Don’t go out if you don’t need to, stay home, and please avoid seeing Other people because this virus is very, very, very transmissible,” Rimoin said.

COVID-19: How to Celebrate Christmas Safely During a Pandemic

CNN (Dec. 18, starts at 01:47) interviewed Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, about how to safely travel, shop, and gather for Christmas during the coronavirus pandemic. “Open as many windows as you can, provide as much circulation as you possibly can,” Rimoin said. “Don’t have loud music. Do everything you can to turn music way down so that people do not have to speak loudly.”

COVID-19: Coalition of Los Angeles-area Unions Call for Strict 4-week Countywide Lockdown to Control Surge

KNX-AM (Dec. 17) interviewed Ninez Ponce, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, about the need for a shutdown across the county to slow the pandemic’s spread. “We have reached a crossroads where only decisive measures can prevent our hospitals from becoming overwhelmed,” Ponce said. “A time-limited (shutdown) can reverse the tide of the epidemic, bring the number of cases down by breaking the chain of infection, and reduce pressure on our healthcare system.” Similar stories ran on MyNewsLA, KABC-TV, KVEA-TV (Telemundo affiliate, Los Angeles), KFI-AM, KRRL-FM, the Los Angeles Patch, Hollywood Patch, RandomLengths, WEHOville, and City News Service.

COVID-19: The 'Winter Scaries' are Coming

NBC News (Dec. 16) interviewed Karin Michels, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology, about how to get through the pandemic this winter. “This is as big as World War II, the biggest crisis in a lifetime,” Michels said. “The thing you have to remember is that this is solvable. If we all stay home. If we all wear masks. If we all stay six feet away, we could kill this virus in a matter of weeks.”

COVID-19: Nearly 4 Out of 5 Los Angeles County Residents Willing to Get Vaccine, UCLA Survey Says

KNBC-TV (Dec. 16) reported on a survey by the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health’s UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, led by Ninez Ponce, Fielding School professor of health policy and management, that found more than 78% of Los Angeles County residents are willing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, as are 78.6% of all residents statewide. Similar items ran on MyNewsLA, The AV Times, and City News Service.

COVID-19: Fewer Than 100 ICU Beds Available in Los Angeles County

KPCC-FM (Dec. 16) interviewed Dr. Timothy Brewer, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, about the current upsurge and the burden it has placed on ICU and hospital capacity. “We've had nursing shortages for years, particularly in high-end positions like ICU nurses, emergency room nurses,” Brewer said. “That's always been a challenge, and it's exacerbated by the fact that we're seeing a national rise in COVID cases.” Related stories ran on LAist and State of Reform.

COVID-19: UCLA Biostatisticians Talk With Grey Matters About Lockdowns

The Grey Matters (Dec. 16, begins at 01:52) podcast interviewed Thomas Belin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Professor And Vice Chair of Biostatistics and Christina RamirezUCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of biostatistics, about the statistics behind using “safer at home” strategies to respond to the pandemic.

COVID-19: Vaccine Hesitancy is Particularly Acute in the Black Community

Spectrum One (Dec. 15) interviewed Chandra Ford, founding director of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health’s Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health and professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, about research that found only 14% of Black Americans said they trust a vaccine will be safe. “When we see a statistic like that, what it’s telling us is not that there’s a problem with the people, it’s telling us there is a problem with the system,” Ford said. “At the very least, simultaneously treat the system as problematic in many ways and address those problems, even if we are at the same time working with (the) community to build support for accessing vaccines.”

COVID-19: California’s Numbers and Vaccine Drive

KPCC-FM (Dec. 15) interviewed Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, UCLA Fielding School professor of epidemiology and community health sciences, about the state’s vaccination program and the pandemic’s course in southern California. “(There is) light at the end of the tunnel (with) vaccinations coming,” Kim-Farley said. “In the meantime, we have to get through the tunnel.”

COVID-19: U.S. Administers First Shots of Vaccine

KPCC-FM (Dec. 14) interviewed Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, about the new vaccines approved for use this month. “We need to take time today to celebrate what an enormous achievement this is, in public health history,” Rimoin said. “We’ve been able to go from having a virus, a totally new pathogen identified, to nine months later actually having a vaccine that is in the arms of the people who need it, right now.”

COVID-19: “Healthcare Workers are Critical

KCBS-TV (Dec. 14) interviewed Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, about the importance of the healthcare workforce in the vaccine campaign. “Healthcare workers are critical,” Rimoin said. “They are not only the first people to get this vaccine, but they will be administering this vaccine and giving advice to the public about getting the vaccine.” The story also ran on KCAL-TV.

 

FEATURES (COVID-19 text and online)

COVID-19: Los Angeles County Outlines Wrenching Moves to Ration Health Care if Crisis Worsens

The Los Angeles Times (Dec. 19) interviewed Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, UCLA Fielding School professor of epidemiology and community health sciences, about Los Angeles County hospitals’ plans to cope as the pandemic overloads the healthcare system. “We want to have a system functioning such that anyone who is sick enough that should be in the hospital is able to find a place in the hospital, and if they are severely ill, to have a bed available in the ICU,” Kim-Farley said. It also ran in the Sacramento Bee, Fresno Bee, Bakersfield Californian, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Miami Herald, and the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer.

COVID-19: Swamps Los Angeles as Residents Spurn Fear and Lockdowns

Bloomberg (Dec. 19) interviewed Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, UCLA Fielding School professor of epidemiology and community health sciences, about why San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles now rank one, two and three among big U.S. counties with the highest rates of virus cases per capita in the past week. “We need to fight this viral wildfire with all the means in our possession,” Kim-Farley said.

COVID-19: Questions Flood in About Vaccines During Sen. McGuire’s Livestream

The Lake County (CA) Record Bee (Dec. 19) quoted Dr. Timothy Brewer, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, in a story about a virtual town hall hosted by Sen. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg), including about the vaccination program. “We don’t know if the vaccines protect against infection,” Brewer said. “So that’s why it’s going to be so important while we roll out these vaccines that we continue to do our masking in public places, we maintain our social distancing, we stay at home when we’re sick, and we use our hand hygiene.” Similar stories ran in the Eureka Times-Standard.

COVID-19: Millions Could Lose Homes Amid Pandemic if Federal Moratorium Expires

Democracy Now! (Dec. 18) interviewed Kathryn Leifheit, a UCLA Fielding School of Public Health scholar, about the potential impact on infection and mortality rates of the expiration of a national ban on evictions. “We found that the states that lifted their moratoriums had 430,000 more COVID cases and over 10,000 more COVID deaths,” Leifheit said. “We think these deaths are preventable, and they could have been prevented had those moratoriums been kept in place.” The story also ran in the Havana Times.

COVID-19: What it Was Like to Participate in a Vaccine Trial

The New York Times (Dec. 18) interviewed Kristen Choi, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health assistant professor of health policy and management, about her experience as a participant in Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine trial. “I would urge all health care workers to get the vaccine if and when it is offered,” Choi said. “It can go a long way with patients to say, “I trust this vaccine enough to have gotten it myself.”

COVID-19: California Become Center of Outbreak as Fall Surge Strains Health Systems

The Wall Street Journal (Dec. 18) interviewed Shira Shafir, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health associate professor of epidemiology, about the surge in confirmed cases in California. “In Los Angeles County, with a population of 10 million people, there are only 100 ICU beds available, and two people are dying from Covid-19 every hour,” Shafir said. “We may not see the full impact of Thanksgiving gatherings until right before Christmas, and we are pleading with people to remain safe and socially distant throughout the winter holidays.”

COVID-19: Faith Leaders Encourage Coronavirus Vaccinations Among Southern California Worshippers

The Los Angeles Daily News (Dec. 18) interviewed Shira Shafir, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health associate professor of epidemiology, about the ethics involved in vaccination priorities and faith-based communities. “The question is how to distribute a good like a vaccine,” she said. “Gov. Newsom has been clear that the highest priority will be healthcare providers who have taken the greatest risks during the pandemic. We also have an obligation to protect those who are most vulnerable such as elderly residents of nursing homes.” The story ran across all 11 of the Southern California News Group’s papers, including the Orange County Register, Riverside Press-Enterprise, San Bernardino Sun, Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Whittier Daily News, Torrance (CA) Daily Breeze, Ontario-Pomona (CA) Daily Bulletin, and the Redlands Daily Facts.

COVID-19: Next in Line for California’s COVID-19 Vaccine? Teachers and First Responders

The Los Angeles Times (Dec. 17) interviewed Dr. Paul Simon, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and chief science officer at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, about the county’s plans, and whether those who have tested positive for the virus should get vaccinated. “Those who’ve had past infections are still encouraged to be vaccinated,” Simon said. “However, if we do run into a shortage, we would recommend then that those who’ve had documented infection in the past 90 days delay getting vaccinated.” A similar story ran on Spectrum News One.

COVID-19: Vaccines Are Here. We Have to Talk About Side Effects

Wired (Dec. 17) quoted Kristen Choi, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health assistant professor of health policy and management, about her experience as a participant in Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine trial. “I worry that [the side effects] could be a major barrier to vaccine uptake,” Choi said. “Clinicians will need to be prepared to discuss with patients why they should trust the vaccine and that its adverse effects could look a lot like COVID-19.”

COVID-19: A Black Woman Getting the First U.S. Coronavirus Vaccine Sparked Celebrations — and Suspicion

The Washington Post (Dec. 16) interviewed Vickie Mays, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management, in the paper’s “The Lily” edition about the impact of the vaccine campaign in minority communities across the U.S. “We need the federal government to set up data systems that allows us to look very specifically at reports and reactions by Black Americans who take this shot,” Mays said. “(That) is the beginning of build back better for Black Americans.”

COVID-19: California Sets Nationwide Record for New Cases

The Wall Street Journal (Dec. 16) interviewed Shira Shafir, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health associate professor of epidemiology, about the latest numbers of confirmed cases in California. “While we can’t definitely say that this is the result of Thanksgiving gatherings, the evidence strongly suggests that, and we strongly encourage everyone to remain socially distant over the winter holidays,” Shafir said. “Unfortunately, this means that we may be seeing records broken with respect to deaths, right before Christmas.”

COVID-19: How Shutting Down Outdoor Dining Helps During a Surge

Healthline (Dec. 16) interviewed Karin Michels, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology, about banning outdoor dining as an element of pandemic response. “Outdoor dining still allows for people to cluster and come in much too close contact; six feet distance between individuals cannot be maintained,” she said. “Therefore, it is sensible to close outdoor dining areas.”

COVID-19: After Getting a Vaccine, Can We Ditch Our Masks?

The San Jose Spotlight (Dec. 16) referenced Vickie Mays, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management, in a story about whether those who get vaccinated are still able to get sick with COVID-19.

COVID-19: Heat Waves, Wildfire Smoke Negated the Benefits of Fewer Drivers on the Road

The Los Angeles Times (Dec. 15) interviewed Yifang Zhu, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of environmental health sciences and senior senior associate dean for academic programs, about air quality in Los Angeles during the pandemic. “It’s one public health challenge on top of another,” Zhu said.

COVID-19: American Airlines Starts At-Home Preflight Testing

Verywell Health (Dec. 15) interviewed Dr. Timothy Brewer, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, about American Airlines’ decision to offer at-home preflight COVID-19 testing to people flying within the United States. “Limited data suggest that transmission rates on airplanes are already very low, particularly when passengers follow recommended prevention steps,” Brewer said. “Pre-flight testing is unlikely to have much effect on these already low rates.”

COVID-19: How Your Life Will and Won’t Change After Getting the Vaccine

Healthline (Dec. 15) interviewed Dr. Timothy Brewer, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, about how long it will take for the vaccine program to make a significant difference in the response to the pandemic. “Given how long it will take to address those most in need, we will see no noticeable change for the near future, just because there isn’t enough vaccine to have any meaningful impact immediately,” Brewer said. “There will be a ‘new normal.’ Think of how it’s been 20 years after 9/11. We still take off our shoes when we go to the airport.” Related stories ran on General Health and ITechPost.

COVID-19: A ‘Dangerous Moment’ as End of Eviction Ban Looms

U.S. News & World Report (Dec. 15) interviewed Kathryn Leifheit, a UCLA Fielding School of Public Health scholar, about the potential impact on infection rates of the expiration of a national ban on evictions. “I think there's a perception among state governments that, you know, when the CDC moratorium went into place, the problem was kind of solved,” Leifheit said. Similar items ran in the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Tribune.

COVID-19: Opinion Piece: Among Those Slated to get Vaccinated Now, We’ll Have to Prioritize

Los Angeles Times (Dec. 15) published a commentary co-authored by Robert Kaplan, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health distinguished research professor, about vaccination priorities. “A best guess is that somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 million Americans have already had a SARS-CoV2 infection, and given the current increase in cases, many of them will have been infected recently,” the authors wrote. “We should allocate our limited early vaccine supply primarily to people who have not yet been infected.”

COVID-19: The Number of People with the Virus Who Died in the U.S. Passes 300,000

The New York Times (Dec. 14) interviewed David Hayes-Bautista, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management, about the scale of the pandemic’s death toll. “There’s no need for that many to have died,” Hayes-Bautista said. We chose, as a country, to take our foot off the gas pedal. We chose to, and that’s the tragedy.’’

COVID-19: Los Angeles County Attempting to Vaccinate Six Million People in Six Months

The Los Angeles Daily News (Dec. 14) quoted Dr. Paul Simon, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and chief science officer at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, about the county’s vaccination plan. “Equity is a fundamental principle here,” Simon said. “We want to make sure all people have access, and that those that are at greatest risk either because of higher risk of exposure, or greater risk of severe illness because of chronic health conditions or other factors have more immediate access to the vaccine.” Similar stories ran in the San Bernardino Sun, the Los Angeles Patch, the Long Beach Post, and Deadline.

COVID-19: UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Expert to Present at Bay Area Town Hall

The North Bay Business Journal (Dec. 14) reported that Dr. Timothy Brewer, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, will speak at a Dec. 17 virtual town hall on the pandemic hosted by State Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg. “We’re bringing together the experts, who will have the latest, most accurate information on where we’re at with Coronavirus across Northern California, what we can expect in the next few months and we’ll get the very latest information on the vaccine,” McGuire said. A similar item ran in the Wild Rivers Outpost.

COVID-19: What to Say to People Who Don’t Believe it’s a Life-Threatening Issue

Well+Good (Dec. 14) interviewed Dr. Timothy Brewer, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, about pandemic skeptics. “On average right now, about 2,200 Americans are dying every day from COVID-19. To put this in perspective, about 1,800 Americans die every day from heart disease and 1,660 Americans die every day from cancers,” Brewer said. “However, no one is arguing that heart disease and cancer are not serious health problems.”

COVID-19: Tulum, Mexico, Braces for a Potential Superspreader Event

The Daily Beast (Dec. 14) interviewed Dr. Timothy Brewer, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, about a two-week-long tourist-centered music festival starting on New Year’s Eve in Tulum, Mexico. “Are they on a different planet than the rest of us and don’t realize there’s a pandemic going on?” Brewer said. “18- to 49-year-olds are driving this pandemic. That’s where about 60 percent of the infections are occurring. And hospitalizations are going up even more so than deaths. So some of these 18- to 49-year-olds are ending up in the hospital… or could potentially even die from this disease.” The piece also ran on MSN and Yahoo.

COVID-19: Mexico’s Version of Burning Man Became a Super-Spreader Event Thanks To U.S. Tourists

Mitu (Dec. 14) quoted Dr. Timothy Brewer, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, about a two-week-long tourist-centered music festival starting on New Year’s Eve in Tulum, Mexico. “Are they on a different planet than the rest of us and don’t realize there’s a pandemic going on?” Brewer said. “In the country as a whole, 18- to 49-year-olds are driving this pandemic.”

COVID-19: Devastation Among Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders

Vox (Dec. 14) interviewed Ninez Ponce, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Health Policy Research on the toll the pandemic is having on Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. “NHPIs are currently seeing infection rates up to five times that of white people in Los Angeles County alone, and this impact is being felt across the country,” Ponce said. “The impact on the NHPIs is devastating, and without accurate data, lives are lost each day.”

COVID-19: When it Comes to Pandemic Guidance, Trust the Message, Experts Say

USA Today (Dec. 13) interviewed Deborah Glik, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of community health sciences, about ignoring mixed messages from public figures about the pandemic. “We actually have, in this country, standardized emergency protocols for different versions of crisis,” Glik said. “Fire, you look to the fire service. Terrorism, you look to the FBI or the police. In a pandemic, the leadership falls on the health sector.” The story ran in more than 40 outlets, including MSN and Yahoo.

COVID-19: Orange County Supervisor Joins Rally to Protest Shutdowns

The Orange County Register (Dec. 13) quoted Shira Shafir, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health associate professor of epidemiology, about public reaction to business shutdowns ordered as part of the state’s pandemic response. “This shared temporary sacrifice is our duty,” Shafir said.

COVID-19: The Science Behind Travel Restriction

Vita (Dec. 13, Greece) quoted Karin Michels, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology, about the efficacy of curfews in the fight against the pandemic. “We are in an extraordinary situation, and all measures taken are to protect public health,” Michels said.

 

FEATURES (Other)

When Sea Levels Rise, It’s Going to Take out a Lot of Affordable Housing

Fast Company (Dec. 18) Lara Cushing, assistant professor of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, about the impact of climate change and sea level rise on affordable housing in coastal communities across the United States. “The important point is that people living in affordable housing units are low-income and have less resources to deal with impacts from flooding,” Cushing said. “That’s really want we wanted to highlight here: The impact will be worse among families in affordable housing than it would be to others in the general housing stock.”

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Efforts Spotlighted in ASPPH Friday Letter

The ASPPH Friday Letter (Dec. 18) reported eight items related to UCLA Fielding School of Public Health faculty and staff experts, FSPH efforts related to the pandemic, or other news. These included announcements of the Fielding School’s new Master of Healthcare Administration degree program, including mentions of Dean Ron Brookmeyer and Prof. Leah Vriesman; and the new UCLA Center for LGBTQ Advocacy, Research & Health (C-LARAH), including mentions of Dean Ron Brookmeyer, Dr. Roger Detels, and Prof. Matthew Mimiaga, the new center’s first director. The Letter also listed COVID-related work by Prof. Ninez Ponce and the California Health interview Survey and Dr. Linda Rosenstock on the impact of the pandemic on the healthcare workforce. Also included in this edition were interviews of Prof. Vickie Mays by NBC News and of Dr. Robert Kim-Farley by CNN; as well as research on climate change by Prof. Lara Cushing and Dean Ron Brookmeyer’s service as an adviser in the recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report for the U.S. State Department.

New UCLA Center to Focus on Health, Safety and Well-being of LGBTQ Community

KPCC-FM (Dec. 17) interviewed Matthew Mimiaga, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the UCLA Center for LGBTQ Advocacy, Research & Health (C-LARAH), about the center’s goals for the southern California edition of NPR’s All Things Considered. “The LGBTQ community has a higher prevalence and incidence of life-threatening physical conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mental health problems, such as depression and substance use, chronic and other infectious diseases,” Mimiaga said. The story also ran on LAist.

UCLA Launches New LGBTQ Center Focusing on Health, Safety

The Bay Area Reporter (Dec. 17) interviewed Matthew Mimiaga, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, about the new UCLA Center for LGBTQ Advocacy, Research & Health established at the Fielding School. “I'm an HIV researcher by training, primarily and through my work with HIV I've worked with sexual and gender minorities, and we know there's a health disparity — as a result of overlapping factors — placing LGBTQ individuals at higher risk for mental health problems, infectious diseases, discrimination and violence,” Mimiaga said. “So part of me joining UCLA was in that I saw there was a need for this in the department to train the next generation and provide research opportunities.” Also quoted was UCLA Fielding School of Public Health dean and distinguished professor of biostatistics Ron Brookmeyer. “For reasons that include historic and continuing discrimination and stigma, the LGBTQ population experiences unacceptable — and in many cases preventable — disparities in the physical and mental health compared with the overall population,” Brookmeyer said. “The UCLA Center for LGBTQ Advocacy, Research & Health will provide much-needed research, training, and policy support that can contribute to reducing or eliminating these disparities.” Similar stories ran in City News Service, WEHOville, Q Voice News, HivPlusMag, The Financial, and Mirage News.

UCLA Offering Online Masters Program in Healthcare Management

MyNewsLA (Dec. 16) quoted UCLA Fielding School of Public Health dean and distinguished professor of biostatistics Ron Brookmeyer in a story about the Fielding School’s new online Master of Healthcare Administration degree program in 2021, the first of its type offered by a University of California campus. “We’re thrilled to add the MHA degree to our unique roster of opportunities for students who are dedicated to leading improvements in health care for both individual patients and communities as a whole,” Brookmeyer said. Also quoted was Professor Leah Vriesman, head of executive education programs at the Fielding School’s Department of Health Policy and Management. “As the large baby boom population ages and as advances in health care information technology change the ways that providers use data, there will be an increased demand for experts in health care administration and leadership,” Vriesman said. Similar items ran on City News Service, Los Angeles Patch, Mirage News, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and more than 40 other outlets.

UCLA to Launch Online Master’s Program in Health Care Administration

The Los Angeles Business Journal (Dec. 16) quoted UCLA Fielding School of Public Health dean and distinguished professor of biostatistics Ron Brookmeyer in a story about the Fielding School’s new online Master of Healthcare Administration degree program in 2021, the first of its type offered by a University of California campus. “We’re thrilled to add the MHA degree to our unique roster of opportunities for students who are dedicated to leading improvements in health care for both individual patients and communities as a whole,” Brookmeyer said. Also quoted was Professor Leah Vriesman, head of executive education programs at the Fielding School’s Department of Health Policy and Management. “As the large baby boom population ages and as advances in health care information technology change the ways that providers use data, there will be an increased demand for experts in health care administration and leadership,” Vriesman said. Similar items ran on City News Service, MyNewsLA, Los Angeles Patch, Mirage News, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and more than 40 other outlets.

Study: Climate Change May Threaten Thousands of Affordable Housing Units

MyNewsLA (Dec. 15) quoted Lara Cushing, assistant professor of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, about the impact of climate change and sea level rise on affordable housing in coastal communities across the United States. “Flooding can damage buildings and be very disruptive to the residents who live in them. Even low levels of flooding can damage belongings, disrupt electrical equipment, and potentially expose residents to contaminated water and mold,” Cushing said. “Many cities are already struggling with an affordable housing crisis. Our study highlights that climate change will only make this worse unless significant investments are made.” Similar stories ran on WCAU-TV (NBC affiliate, Philadelphia), OurWeekly, Science News, the Times of News, City News Service, the San Jose Mercury News, the East Bay Times, the Marin Independent Journal, New Jersey Advance, the Queens (NY) Daily Eagle, the California Patch, and the Times of San Diego. Cushing’s work was also referenced by Environmental Health Perspectives and GreenBiz.