Public Health Seminar Series:

Reducing the Burden of Chronic Diseases in Orange County: Lessons from the OC-PICH Study by Mojgan Sami, Ph.D.

Monday, October 23, 2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM Cal-IT2 Auditorium OCW Video Archive
Seminar Abstract

The Orange County Partnerships to Improve Community Health (OC-PICH) was part of a selective nationwide effort by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to build evidence-base for effective interventions that can reduce the burden of chronic diseases. OC-PICH was based on extensive health needs assessment data that revealed disparities in the county, and opportunities for interventions in Anaheim, Santa Ana and Garden Grove. The partnership sought to collect evidence on health policies, environmental infrastructures to support health-promoting functions, and urban system changes that were hypothesized to be effective in reducing chronic disease burden. UC Irvine was selected as one of the evaluators to study the interventions aimed at increasing physical activity and active transportation through park improvements and bike infrastructure. This presentation will outline the results of the evaluation in each city and provide lessons learned from this 3-year multi-sector partnership in Orange County.

Speaker Biography - Mojgan Sami, Ph.D.

Mojgan Sami, Ph.D.
Mojgan Sami, Ph.D. Department of Population Health & Disease Prevention, University of California, Irvine
Dr. Mojgan Sami is currently a project scientist and lecturer in the Department of Population Health & Disease Prevention at UCI, studying the intersection of urban planning, public health and equity. For more than 20 years, she has worked on socially and environmentally sustainable planning, public policy, and research in partnership with both community and intergovernmental organizations. Her partners included the Asia-Pacific Resource and Research Center on Women (ARROW), The World Bank, The World Health Organization, and the Government of Denmark. Dr. Sami has a doctorate in Urban Planning, Policy & Design from UC Irvine with a specialization in healthy and sustainable planning process and public policy. She was selected as one of 25 “Empowering Sustainability” Fellows at UC Irvine in addition to conducting collaborative research with global institutions on informal settlements and global health, including the African Population and Health Research Council and the Institute for the Studies of Global Prosperity. Most recently, she has been working with the Indian NGO Living Farms on indigenous food systems. Her research focuses on the particular ways that discourses and frames influence community engagement, policy and planning decisions at the local, national and global levels.

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