News & Spotlights

The neonatal congenital heart disease screening project started! 24 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities) are ahead of the country! - Public Health News Spotlight

On July 30 , the National Health and Wellness Committee Maternal and Child Health Services Department held a kick-off meeting for neonatal congenital heart disease screening project in Beijing. (View English version - via Google Translate)

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How Malak Kudaimi, ’18 international studies and public health, is battling against food insecurity - Public Health News Spotlight

Malak Kudaimi’s first few months at UCI were difficult. She was commuting to campus and her days away from home were long. A campus meal plan was too expensive, so she resorted to eating food like ramen, which was cheap, but not healthy. Without adequate food, she felt like she wasn’t able to perform as well as she could with her studies. It wasn’t until she found a part-time job that she felt like she didn’t have to try to go as long as possible without eating. Looking back at those days, she says, “I thought it was an experience only I had.”

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Undercooked: An expensive push to save lives and protect the planet falls short
Article with quote by UCI Prof. Rufus Edwards - Public Health News Spotlight

For many decades, it was one of the globe’s most underappreciated health menaces: household pollution in developing countries, much of it smoke from cooking fires...

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#IamUCI - Philip Terry Chen, MPH - Public Health News Spotlight

An unfavorable encounter with organic chemistry forced Philip Terry Chen to rethink his career aspirations. Instead of studying to be a physician who would treat individual patients, the Hacienda Heights resident decided to major in public health policy and treat entire communities. After earning his bachelor’s degree at UCI in 2014, the first-generation college grad headed to Oakland for a stint with AmeriCorps, during which he developed an after-school academic program in gardening and cooking for at-risk youth. He also taught the students how to make sculptures from cardboard, a skill he still uses to craft “Star Wars” Stormtrooper helmets, light sabers and other movie props. In 2016, Chen returned to UCI for a Master of Public Health. Following graduation, he hopes to find work protecting blue-collar employees from dangerous chemicals and other job hazards.

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