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FSPH In The News - for the week of January 27, 2018 - 12:00am

Week of: 
January 27, 2018 to February 2, 2018

FEATURES

Column: Good relationships are good for our health
In his most recent column for U.S. News and World Report, FSPH Professor-in-Residence Dr. Jonathan Fielding discussed how maintaining quality social relationships can have a positive impact on our health and well-being. The column was published Jan. 30.

Study: Lowering blood alcohol limit would reduce drunken driving deaths
The La Crosse Tribune on Jan. 31 and Forbes on Jan. 30 featured a report by a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine committee led by UCLA Fielding School of Public Health adjunct professor Steven Teutsch. The report recommends that states lower the legal blood-alcohol concentration from .08 to .05 and calls for an increase in alcohol taxes. 

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway & JPMorgan Chase plan independent health insurance company for their employees
The Los Angeles Times on Jan. 30 featured Gerald Kominski, professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and director of the Health Center for Health Policy Research, in a Q&A about Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase’s plan to create their own health insurance company for their employees.

Ultrafine pollution particles may affect teens’ brain ability, IQ
California Health Report featured a study on Jan. 31 that reports how fine particles of air pollution can affect development of the brain and lower IQ. The study was led by Pan Wang, a statistician at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Center for Health Policy Research.

Why we will choose public service over politics in the Pruitt EPA
The Hill published on Jan. 30 an opinion piece authored by Timothy Malloy, a professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and the UCLA School of Law, and two other scientists. The authors explain why they will continue to serve on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the Environmental Protection Agency despite their stance against a new directive from the EPA Administrator that bars scientists currently receiving EPA grants from serving on the agency’s advisory committees.

Senior mental health funding may be lacking
KNCO-AM on Jan. 31 featured a study on the state’s lack of public mental health services dedicated to older adults coauthored by Kathryn Kietzman, research scientist at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Center for Health Policy Research.

Patchwork of public mental health services for older Californians
California Health Report on Jan. 29 featured a new study from the Center for Health Policy Research at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health about California’s public mental health services for older adults. Kathryn Kietzman, a research scientist at the Center, was extensively quoted.

Mental health services for older adults is inadequate, with no systematic oversight
MedicalXpress and Sierra Sun Times on Jan. 25 featured Janet Frank and Kathryn Kietzman, faculty associates at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Center for Health Policy Research, in an article about their evaluation of how California's public mental health care system is serving older adults.

QUOTABLES

The Newton County Times on Jan. 28 quoted Beate Ritz, a professor of epidemiology and environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, in an article about California’s affordable housing shortage. Ritz commented on the health dangers associated with housing senior citizens in residences close to freeways.

Marketplace on Feb. 1 quoted Steven P. Wallace, professor of the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and associate director of the Center for Health Policy Research, in a podcast about an undocumented immigrant making the choice between applying for Medicaid and risking deportation, or dying.

MedPage Today on Feb. 2 quoted Gerald F. Kominski, professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, in an article that rounded up perspectives from top health policy experts about the new non-profit healthcare company announced this week by Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway. 

BRIEFS

Jezebel on Feb. 1 cited work by Dr. Michael Lu, an associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology and public health at UCLA, and Dr. Neal Halfon, professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and director of Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities. In their work, Lu and Halfon state that institutional racism may have long-term consequences for the health of African-American women and their children. 

World Magazine cited a study by the Williams Institute and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Center for Health Policy Research about gender nonconforming teens in a story about books for youth that feature transgender characters.

A California Health Report on Feb. 1 story cited diabetes data for Monterey County and the state from the 2015-2016 California Health Interview Survey, administered by the Fielding School's UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, in a story about a new pediatric diabetes center opening in Salinas.

Voice of San Diego on Feb. 2 cited a study about breast cancer barriers by Ninez Ponce, professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and associate director at the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, and colleagues in a story about state Senate Bill 945. The bill addresses time restrictions placed on low-income women who are being treated for breast and cervical cancer.