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FSPH In The News - for the week of November 29, 2020 - 12:00am

Week of: 
November 29, 2020 to December 5, 2020

FEATURES (COVID-19 broadcast)

COVID-19: The CDC Banned Evictions; Tens of Thousands Have Still Occurred

CNBC (Dec. 5) interviewed Kathryn Leifheit, a UCLA Fielding School of Public Health scholar, about how evictions impact the spread of the coronavirus. “When you’re looking at an infectious disease like Covid-19, evictions can have an impact not only on the health of evicted families, but also on the health of the broader community,” Leifheit said.

COVID-19: Racial Disparities Create Obstacles for Vaccine Rollout

NBC (Dec. 4) interviewed Vickie Mays, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management, about distrust of the medical community by ethnic minority groups that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. “Disparities beget disparities,” Mays said. “It's not just a matter of pre-existing conditions. People who live in dense areas, where the sidewalks are very small, they don't have the luxury of keeping 6 feet distance.”

COVID-19: What Gov. Newsom's Regional Lockdown Means for Southern California

KCRW-FM (Dec. 4) interviewed Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and community health sciences, about the latest pandemic-related restrictions in southern California, based on available ICU capacity. “Our most important goalposts to reach in the control of COVID-19 is that we don’t exceed our hospital capacity,” Kim-Farley said. “If ICU beds become overrun it means not only that people will die from COVID-19 for lack of a bed, but also that people having automobile accidents, or other trauma, or heart attacks, won’t find a room at the inn, either.”

COVID-19: Hospitals Fear Staffing Shortages

KPCC-FM (Dec. 4, begins at 1:30) interviewed Dr. Timothy Brewer, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, on the flagship “AirTalk” program about the current surge in confirmed cases, including the effects of the pandemic on ICU capacities. “Hospitalizations have gone up about 300% in a little over 3 or 4 weeks; cases are rapidly rising,” Brewer said. “There’s a real stress being placed on the regular hospital staff as well as the ICU staff … our hospitals may be overwhelmed if this continues.”

COVID-19: President-Elect Joe Biden’s Proposals Regarding the Federal Pandemic Response

CNN (Dec. 3) 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 President-elect Joe Biden’s proposals regarding the federal pandemic response. “This is the exact thing we need to be seeing here, right now,” Rimoin said. “We need a leader who is going to talk with us about science, about public health, and come up with simple, digestible steps to take.”

COVID-19: City of Los Angeles Issues Stay-At-Home Rules

KPCC-FM (Dec. 3, begins at 2:45) interviewed Dr. Timothy Brewer, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, on the flagship “AirTalk” program about stay-at-home rules and restrictions on public events, including religious services. “If you’re near somebody, if you’re talking, singing, or shouting, or coughing, if you’re spending a lot of time with them and you’re indoors?” Brewer said. “All of that is going to increase your risk of transmission, so I would think individuals would want to protect themselves rather than put themselves at risk.”

COVID-19: “It’s More Dangerous Right Now Than it has Been in the Past”

KNBC-TV (Dec. 1) 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 growth of infections across Los Angeles and California. “In fact it’s more dangerous right now than it has been in the past,” Rimoin said. “There’s more virus circulating in the community now than ever before.”

COVID-19: Cases Explode in Los Angeles County.

KNX-AM (Dec. 1) 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 reports the numbers of new infections in the County grew to 7,600, the highest one-week total yet during the pandemic. “In terms of getting to a point where I would say 'oh my gosh I hope we don't get there,' we are already there,” Rimoin said. “Like a snowball going downhill getting larger and gaining momentum, it becomes very difficult to stop.”

COVID-19: Researcher Finds Evictions are Associated With More Than 10,000 Deaths

NPR (Dec. 1) interviewed Kathryn Leifheit, a UCLA Fielding School of Public Health scholar, in a report that referenced research that found evictions have made the pandemic worse in the United States. “It's difficult to socially distance and shelter in place if you don't have a shelter,” Leifheit said. “Whenever you see numbers like 430,000 cases, 10,000 deaths, it's surprising, and it's troubling. These are deaths that could have been prevented had the states maintained their (eviction) moratoriums.” Similar stories ran on Vox and Nation of Change.

COVID-19: “One of the Most Difficult Moments in Public Health History”

NBC (Nov. 30) 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 potential for a surge in the United States following the Thanksgiving holiday. “We saw spikes after Memorial Day, after Fourth of July, after Labor Day … this is a pattern we’ve seen,” Rimoin said. “We know how this virus spreads; it spreads most easily in enclosed spaces and with masks off.”

COVID-19: San Diego Restaurant Owners Fear Outdoor Dining Ban Could be Coming

KGTV-TV (Nov. 30, ABC affiliate, San Diego) quoted 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 possibility of shutting down outdoor dining due to a surge in infection rates. “Right now, we're at the most dangerous point of this pandemic that we've been in, so far,” Rimoin said.

COVID-19: What are Frontline Workers Experiencing

KPCC-FM (Nov. 30, begins at 01:30) interviewed Dr. Linda Rosenstock, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management, on the flagship “Air Talk” program about healthcare worker burnout due to the pandemic. “This is a particularly tough time for healthcare workers,” Rosenstock said. “We’re facing, perhaps, enough beds, but not enough staffing to deal with the problem.”

COVID-19: Protesters Angry Over Safer-at-Home Order

KNX-AM (Nov. 30) 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 protests over the latest restrictions in Los Angeles County. “I think the people are tired, it’s very frustrating. It’s frustrating for everybody. The number of cases continue to increase,” Rimoin said. “People want to get back to their lives and we just can’t right now. It’s just not possible.”

COVID-19: California Sees Record Hospitalizations Ahead of Expected Surge

KCBS-FM (Nov. 30) 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 surge in cases tied to holiday weekends. “It started back after the Labor Day holiday and then really began accelerating in November,” Rimoin said. “The only way to drive these numbers down is to increase restrictions.”

COVID-19: Cases Are Rising - Why We Need To Stay Home

KPCC-FM (Nov. 30, begins at 01:30) 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, on the flagship “Take Two” program about newly-imposed restrictions in California. “We’re seeing an incredible increase in the number of cases here in Los Angeles, (and) we can expect those cases to continue to increase significantly,” Rimoin said. “Two months ago, we estimated that 1 in 800 people were walking around with COVID-19, and just last week, we were estimating that 1 in 145 people were walking around with COVID-19.”

 

FEATURES (COVID-19 text and online)

COVID-19: Los Angeles Approaching 'Devastating Tipping Point' as California Imposes new Lockdowns

Sky News (Dec. 5, United Kingdom) interviewed Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, about the state of the pandemic in California. “History, when they talk about the pandemic, they're going to write about this moment when we lost so many lives when we didn't need to,” Rimoin said. It also ran on MSN.

COVID-19: What’s the Science Behind Los Angeles’ New Restrictions?

The Los Angeles Times (Dec. 5) interviewed Dr. Peter Katona, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, about Los Angeles County’s new restrictions, including suspension of outdoor dining at restaurants. “If you keep your distance and your mask on, it seems OK,” Katona said. “The problem is, you have to take your mask off to eat.”

COVID-19: Lockdowns are Depressing, but California Might not Have a Choice

The Los Angeles Times (Dec. 5) interviewed Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and community health sciences, about the need for additional restrictions in California. “When you have widespread community transmission — as we are experiencing in this viral tsunami we now have — every place has to have control measures,” Kim-Farley said. “At this stage, with this sharp increase in cases, basically all places are potentially at higher risk of transmissions.” The story also ran in the Bakersfield Californian.

COVID-19: Los Angeles County Tops Case Record for Fourth Time This Week

The Los Angeles Daily News (Dec. 5) interviewed Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, about Los Angeles County shattering its own record for new cases for the third straight day — and the fourth time in a week. “We’re going to have a lot of very unnecessary deaths and disability and pain and sorrow for many families that could be avoided,” Rimoin said. ‘News of a vaccine is a signal to people that this is not going to be forever because there is hope, and people should have hope and faith that we will get out of it.” The story also ran in the Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Whittier Daily News, Torrance (CA) Daily Breeze, and the Ontario-Pomona (CA) Daily Bulletin.

COVID-19: How 700 Epidemiologists are Living Now, and What They Think is Next

The New York Times (Dec. 4) quoted Karin Michels, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology, about the effects of the pandemic on daily life in 2020 and beyond. It would probably be many years until it was safe enough to “return to approximately the lifestyle we had. … we have to settle to live with the virus,” Michels said.

COVID-19: Everyone in Los Angeles Must Stay Home – Unless?

LAist (Dec. 4) quoted Dr. Timothy Brewer, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, about the latest restrictions ordered in Los Angeles in response to the current increase in confirmed cases. “When you actually stay home and you limit your movements around, COVID cases do actually come down and hospitalizations come down," Brewer said. “What we do know is that transmission is much more likely to occur indoors rather than outdoors. We know that transmission is much more likely to occur if people are close together than if they're farther apart. If they are not wearing facial coverings ... and if they go out when they're sick, transmission is more likely to occur."

COVID-19: As Cases Rise, College Students Take Prevention Into Their Own Hands

CalMatters (Dec. 4) interviewed Nancy Nguyen, a graduate student at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health, about her work with the school’s COVID-19 Multilingual Project. “I’m sure like a lot of folks felt similarly, but I felt a sense of helplessness,” Nguyen said. “What can I do? I’m not a medical professional. I’m not on the front lines or anything.”

COVID-19: What It Takes to Create a Safe, Effective Shot

MedicalXPress (Dec. 4) quoted Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and community health sciences, about the search for a COVID-19 vaccine. “We want to make sure we are not cutting corners," Kim-Farley said. "That we are getting the best vaccine that has the highest efficacy, the longest duration, the fewest number of side effects (with) the fewest number of doses.”

COVID-19: Governor Newsom Orders New Limits as Cases Soar

The Los Angeles Times (Dec. 3) interviewed Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and community health sciences, about additional restrictions in California due to the increase in confirmed cases. “The virus is now everywhere, and so therefore the restriction of activities needs to also be applied everywhere to be able to return to where we were — on a decreasing trend,” Kim-Farley said.

COVID-19: California Cracks Down Again

The Los Angeles Times (Dec. 3) interviewed Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and community health sciences, about the likelihood of additional restrictions in California. The pandemic “has now become a viral tsunami,” Kim-Farley said.

COVID-19: Spit in a Tube and Mail it in - a New Frontier in Testing

The New York Times (Dec. 3) 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 new at-home saliva test kits. “The big issue is, how do you get more people to get tested,” Rimoin said. “Everyone has seen lines looping around stadiums and urgent cares … it isn’t going to end the pandemic, but it is certainly a major step toward making testing more accessible and widespread.” The story also ran in the Boston Globe and the Baltimore Sun.

COVID-19: Pandemic-Related School Closures Could Shorten Life Spans, Study Says

The Los Angeles Daily News (Dec. 3) quoted Frederick Zimmerman, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management, in a story about his Journal of the American Medical Association study that found children whose educations have been disrupted by the pandemic may suffer life-long consequences, including shorter life spans. “If the choice is just between keeping schools open or closing them in the face of this unprecedented upsurge in COVID-19 cases, I would favor closing them,” Zimmerman said. “But that isn’t the only choice.” The story also ran in the Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance (CA) Daily Breeze, Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Ontario-Pomona (CA) Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News, Orange County Register, Riverside Press-Enterprise, San Bernardino Sun, and Redlands Daily Facts. It was also referenced by California Healthline.

COVID-19: Governor Outlines Priorities for Who’s First for Vaccines

CalMatters (Dec. 3) interviewed Shira Shafir, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health associate professor of epidemiology, about California’s plans for its initial allotment of 327,000 doses of Pfizer’s new COVID-19 vaccine. “We’ve only crossed the first hurdle,” Shafir said. “We have a Sisyphean task ahead of to make sure it gets into the arms of those who need it the most initially, and all of us eventually.”

COVID-19: What to Know About Vaccine Approval and Release in the U.S.

Healthline (Dec. 3) interviewed Vickie Mays, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management, about a model she co-developed to determine those at most risk of infection and vaccination priorities. “You have to start thinking about not just standard demographics, but also the context in which things occur that could result in higher infection rates,” Mays said “In our model, we started thinking about other variables that increase the likelihood that, if the virus is present in a neighborhood, that a person would get infected.”

COVID-19: “The Remarkable Anne Rimoin”

The Remarkable People (Dec. 2) podcast, hosted by the technology expert Guy Kawasaki, 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 epidemiology and the pandemic. “What epidemiology is to trying to understand the trends in populations and trying to understand risk outcomes for various outcomes,” Rimoin said. “We’re doing studies trying to understand things like vaccine hesitancy, who wants to get a COVID vaccine and who doesn’t, and why they might be hesitant.”

COVID-19: Here's What to Know About How Long it Actually Lasts on Surfaces

Parade (Dec. 2) interviewed Dr. Timothy Brewer, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, on how to keep kitchens clean and safe. “The EPA also lists cleaners that will disinfect surfaces. These products should be used according to their directions, following all safety precautions such as wearing disposable gloves, eye protection as needed, and not mixing different cleaning solutions,” Brewer said. “In the home, surfaces should be cleaned when visibly soiled and disinfected when someone with COVID-19 has potentially contaminated them through actions such as coughing, sneezing or talking.”

COVID-19: Amid Pandemic, the Hazards of Gas Appliances Draw Scrutiny

Undark (Dec. 2) interviewed Yifang Zhu, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of environmental health sciences and associate dean for academic programs, about research examining the health risks of long-term exposure to exhaust from gas appliances, especially during pandemic-related “stay home” periods. “Smaller spaces, with more people in them, and poor ventilation, especially in rental apartment units, all mean higher levels of pollutants,” Zhu said. “Our work highlights that environmental-justice communities are disproportionately impacted by these issues.” It also ran in Slate.

COVID-19: Curfews Can Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19. Here’s How

Healthline (Dec. 1) interviewed 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 to reduce this pandemic are made to protect their health and the health of others,” Michels said. “People still work in their home office during the day,” Michels said. “And while they might go out during earlier evening hours, they would have less time to socialize and less time to consume alcohol.”

COVID-19: UCLA Professor Named to 30 Under 30 In Healthcare 2021

Forbes (Dec. 1) named Kristen Choi, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health assistant professor of health policy and management, to their 2021 “30 under 30” list of distinguished young experts in healthcare. Choi is a child/adolescent psychiatric nurse who teaches at the Fielding School and the UCLA School of Nursing. “This exceptional group of entrepreneurs, researchers and clinicians are working to solve some of the most pressing healthcare challenges, “ Forbes wrote. “Choi, 28, a psychiatric nurse and assistant professor at UCLA, is researching how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting mental health.”

COVID-19: Some States are Imposing Curfews—Is There Any Science Behind Them?

Health (Nov. 30) 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 use of curfews to slow infection and spread. “The hope is that it will discourage and decrease mobility among populations with the highest infection rates who are also most likely to be out late at night,” Rimoin said. “The biggest impact of a curfew is likely that it is a signal about the seriousness of the situation—and how we all need to limit contact with others.”

COVID-19: Demographic Data Analytics Informs Public Policies During Pandemic

Health IT Analytics (Nov. 30) quoted Christina Ramirez, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of biostatistics, about her Epidemics study that developed analyses to identify those most at risk from the pandemic. “In emerging epidemics, early estimates of key epidemiological characteristics of the disease are critical for guiding public policy, and identifying high-risk population subgroups aids policymakers and health officials in combating the epidemic,” Ramirez said. “This has been challenging during the pandemic because governmental agencies typically release aggregate COVID-19 data as summaries; these may identify broad disparities in outcomes, but typically do not provide granular data that would include combinations of demographic characteristics such as age, race and gender.” Dr. Marc Suchard, Fielding School professor of biostatistics and a study co-author, was also quoted. “What it shows is that as tragic as the pandemic has been for Californians generally, it has hit certain groups even harder,” Suchard said.

COVID-19: Evictions Have Exacerbated Covid-19 Pandemic, Research Shows

Common Dreams (Nov. 30) quoted Kathryn Leifheit, a UCLA Fielding School of Public Health scholar, in a report that referenced research that found evictions have made the pandemic worse in the United States. “When people are evicted, they often move in with friends and family, and that increases your number of contacts,” Leifheit said. “If people have to enter a homeless shelter, these are indoor places that can be quite crowded.” VICE and Curbed ran similar pieces.

COVID-19: Los Angeles County’s Holiday Restrictions Face Skepticism

The Los Angeles Times (Nov. 29) 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 new local restrictions that banned most gatherings and placed new limits on businesses. “Everything that people do, you have to ask yourself: Is it worth it? Is it worth losing somebody that I love?” Rimoin said. “I think people forget that these decisions are life-and-death decisions.”

COVID-19: California sets Record With Most Hospitalizations Since Pandemic Began

The Los Angeles Times (Nov. 29) interviewed Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and community health sciences, about concerns Californian’s hospitals will fill as cases surge to unprecedented levels across the state and, in particular, Los Angeles County. “The current increasing of restrictions is trying to find a way to break the back of this current surge, to bring us to a level where we are not endangering our hospital system,” Kim-Farley said. Also quoted was 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. “Every illness, hospitalization and death at this point is avoidable, if we all do our part,” Rimoin said.

COVID-19: Massive Vaccine Effort Faces Enormous Challenges in California

The Orange County Register (Nov. 29) Vickie Mays, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management, about how California can inoculate some 40 million people in a matter of months. “Let’s say, ‘Hip, hip hooray!’ about the fact that we have potential vaccines, but we need to start educating people about them today, right now. We shouldn’t wait,” Mays said. “Start right now indicating what the vaccines can do … if you don’t start telling people now they’ll still need to wear masks for a while even with a vaccine, they’re going to feel duped.” The story ran across all the Southern California News Group’s papers, including the Los Angeles Daily News, 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. The story also ran in the San Jose Mercury News, the East Bay Times, and the Marin Independent Journal, as well as Insurance News Net.

 

FEATURES (Other)

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health efforts spotlighted in ASPPH Friday Letter

The ASPPH Friday Letter (Dec. 4) 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 COVID-19-related research by Vickie Mays, oral health research by Naderah Pourat, an op-ed by Dr. Richard Jackson published in Scientific American, and interviews of Dr. Robert Kim-Farley and Anne Rimoin in the Los Angeles Times and Shira Shafir in USA Today. The Letter also listed a presentation by Miriam Marlier on COVID-19’s connection with wildfires; one by Alina Dorian on academic-governmental partnerships during the pandemic; and one by Dr. Richard Jackson and Michael Jerrett on park equity and life expectancy.

Rising Seas: California’s Affordable Housing Faces Worse Floods

CalMatters (Dec. 3) interviewed 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 littoral and riverine communities in California. “Climate impacts are not evenly distributed,” Cushing said. “We know that low income communities and communities of color are more vulnerable.

A Need for Latino Doctors and Nurses in California

Excelsior (Dec. 3, Los Angeles, Spanish) interviewed David Hayes-Bautista, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management, about the need for Latin American doctors and nurses in California. “The central issue is patient safety; if he or she cannot understand the information that a doctor has given them, there is an incredible danger,” Hayes Bautista said. “Not only is it nice to have interpreters for patient safety, but that they understand a doctor's instructions.” A related story quoting Hayes-Bautista ran in ElOccidental (Guadalajara, Mexico).

Why Gas Stoves are More Hazardous Than We’ve Been led to Believe

Slate (Dec. 3) quoted Yifang Zhu, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of environmental health sciences and associate dean for academic programs, about research examining the health risks of long-term exposure to exhaust from gas appliances. “Our work highlights that environmental-justice communities are disproportionately impacted by these issues,” Zhu said. “We need to understand there’s a cumulative, compounding health impact of those environmental conditions those populations are experiencing.” The story also ran in Quartz and Salon.

U.S. Air Monitors Routinely Miss Pollution - Even Refinery Explosions

Reuters (Dec. 1) interviewed Michael Jerrett, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of environmental health sciences, about failures in the federal system for tracking health risks posed by explosions at oil and chemical refineries in the United States, which has missed some of the largest explosions at such facilities in recent years. “It’s almost unbelievable this can happen in the United States,” Jerrett said.

Californians’ Oral Health and a Closer Look at Social Determinants

Medical Xpress (Dec. 1) quoted Nadereh Pourat, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management, about a study by the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Health Policy Research on how income exacerbates oral health status and disparities among Californians. “Few studies have examined the role of social determinants of oral health,” Pourat said. “Our study found striking disparities in oral health status when we examined a broad array of socioeconomic and environmental factors, with income being the most influential of these indicators.” Similar stories also ran on Becker’s Dental Review and Dr. Bicuspid.

Sexual Violence Awareness Panel Expands to Other UC Campuses After Launch at UCLA

SFGate (Dec. 1) quoted Jennifer Wagman, UCLA Fielding School assistant professor of community health sciences, about a UC Speaks Up campaign focusing on sexual violence awareness and prevention among college communities. “Most student-athletes, particularly women, who experienced sexual abuse told us they decided against reporting the violence because their abuser held more power than they did and/or they feared retaliation – either through loss of playtime/ability to compete, or loss of scholarship funding,” Wagman said. A similar story ran in the Daily Bruin.

Why Vegans Have a Higher Risk of Bone Fractures

Health (Nov. 30) interviewed Dana Hunnes, assistant professor of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, about research suggesting vegans have a 43 percent higher risk of having fractures. “Make sure you get a good balance of fresh produce and potentially some fortified products, including soy milk, almond milk, or cashew milk, which are now mostly all fortified with calcium and vitamin D and other important nutrients,” Hunnes said.

AAAS Announces Leading Scientists Elected As 2020 Fellows

India Education Diary (Nov. 29) reported the 2020 elections of fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), including Sudipto Banerjee, professor and chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.