Upcoming & Recent Seminars

Citizenship health inequalities across the US: State-level immigrant policies and health care access
- Seminar by Maria-Elena De Trinidad Young, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Monday, April 15, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium
Maria-Elena De Trinidad Young, Ph.D., M.P.H.

In this talk I present findings from two studies that examine how citizenship status and immigrant policies influence inequities in access to health care. Immigrants who lack citizenship are less likely to have health insurance and access to health care compared to citizens. Citizenship status is a form of inequality that is shaped by the policies that determine immigrants’ rights and opportunities and the social environments in which they live. Using a novel, state-level policy data set and individual-level population survey data, I assess the extent to which the differences... read more

Using Molecular Epidemiology to Uncover Socio-Political Factors that Shaped the Ukrainian HIV epidemic
- Seminar by Tetyana Vasylyeva
Monday, April 8, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium
Tetyana Vasylyeva

After independence in 1991, Ukraine struggled with political, economic, and social crises, which led to the expansion of drug trafficking and drug use, which subsequently enabled fast HIV spread. Interestingly, the two different HIV-1 subtypes (namely subtypes A and B), which were introduced to the country around the same time, had very dissimilar epidemiological histories due to social and cultural differences between the regions where these strains were initially introduced. Similarly, Ukraine and the neighbouring Russia chose opposite responses to the HIV epidemic, which... read more

Using Molecular Epidemiology to Uncover Socio-Political Factors that Shaped the Ukrainian HIV epidemic
- Seminar by Tetyana Vasylyeva, D.Phil.
Monday, April 8, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium
Tetyana Vasylyeva, D.Phil.

After independence in 1991, Ukraine struggled with political, economic, and social crises, which led to the expansion of drug trafficking and drug use, which subsequently enabled fast HIV spread. Interestingly, the two different HIV-1 subtypes (namely subtypes A and B), which were introduced to the country around the same time, had very dissimilar epidemiological histories due to social and cultural differences between the regions where these strains were initially introduced. Similarly, Ukraine and the neighbouring Russia chose opposite responses to the HIV epidemic, which... read more

Informing interventions targeting dining out behavior in families: a multi-pronged and systems-oriented approach
- Seminar by Megan Mueller, Ph.D.
Monday, April 1, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium
Megan Mueller, Ph.D.

In recent years, as parents have become more time-constrained, and American families acquire much more of their food away from home, the health of our next generation depends on having more nutritious food offerings in restaurants. Yet there is limited understanding of the factors that can encourage restaurants to offer healthier items and how parents and children respond to healthy menu changes. During this presentation, I will review evidence around changes in the healthfulness of menu orders in children and adults after the implementation of a healthier children’s menu in a... read more

Then I found housing and everything changed”: the affordable housing crisis, rental assistance and population health
- Seminar by Danya Keene, Ph.D.
Monday, March 11, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium
Danya Keene, Ph.D.

Rental assistance, provided by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the form of rental vouchers and project-based housing, is a primary source of affordable housing for low-income households in an increasingly unaffordable rental market. However, due to supply constraints, fewer than 1 in 4 eligible households receive rental assistance. Emerging evidence suggests that this unmet need for rental assistance may have implications for population health, and in particular for the health of individuals living with chronic health conditions such as type 2... read more

Surgery within Global Public Health—Seriously? Word Health Organization’s Critical Role
- Seminar by Walter Johnson, MD, MPH, MBA
Monday, March 4, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium
Walter Johnson, MD, MPH, MBA

This talk will start with a brief outline on how the global health agenda is established at WHO, the origin of the surgery programme there, and how surgical care fits within the Sustainable Development Goals and those specific targets. Next a brief review of basic facts of the global surgical needs, the global burden of surgical diseases, and how this impacts population health. The majority of the talk, however, will be about current projects and global needs based on the rapidly escalating incidence of non-communicable diseases seen in every country and the parallel rise in... read more

Prisons, Policing, and Premature Death: Why Abolition Matters for Public Health
- Seminar by Roberto Sirvent, JD, PhD
Monday, February 25, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium
Roberto Sirvent, JD, PhD

This seminar examines the historical roots of prisons and policing—especially as they relate to the institution of slavery—and how movements for abolition can inform debates about public health. For one, contrary to well-meaning ‘reform’ efforts, we examine how neither the police nor prisons can ever be appropriate or adequate mental health responders. Second, drawing on the work of decolonial theorists and prison abolitionists, this seminar tries to expose the contradictions of correctional medicine and prison hospice care. In other words, the prison is a place that... read more

Public Health Administration Around the World: Perspectives of a UC Irvine Public Health Alumna
- Seminar by Sara Wei, M.H.A.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
AIRB 1030
Sara Wei, M.H.A.

A look into the life of Public Health 2007 alumna, Sara Wei, from her own perspective. She will share her experiences of preparing for graduate school, joining the hospital administration work force, traveling the world solo and joining the Peace Corps. Hear about Sara’s journey beyond UCI, her successes, failures and advice for the future. Sara Wei, ’07 UCI Public Health Policy graduate, is currently a Peace Corps Volunteer serving in China. She is an English University Professor at a Medical College in Chongqing teaching English to medical and nursing students. The... read more

Why Aren’t All Cancers The Same?
- Seminar by Dr. Paul C. Boutros, PhD, MBA
Monday, February 11, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium
Dr. Paul C. Boutros, PhD, MBA

Human cancers are remarkably variable in their initial presentation. They can arise in almost every organ of the body, at almost any age. Even within a single tumor type, they vary dramatically in morphological characteristics, like their size, location within an organ and cellular structure. These larger changes are reflected in, and presumably are partially driven by, differences in the specific somatic mutational characteristics of tumours. Indeed, while individual tumors can harbor tens to hundreds of thousands of mutations, the median number shared by any pair of cancers is... read more

On the Road for Climate Action - Highlights from a National Outreach Project
- Seminar by Shahir Masri, S.M., Sc.D.
Monday, January 28, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium
Shahir Masri, S.M., Sc.D.

Over a three-month period this summer, Dr. Masri traveled across 36 U.S. states in order to raise public awareness about climate change and assess climate change sentiment around the country. He gave presentations to school campuses, churches, and community groups, as well as interviewed scientists, farmers, policy makers, environmental justice leaders, and ordinary citizens in order to learn what aspects of climate change matter most to people, and how the face of climate change differs by region. He also administered a written 24-question climate sentiment survey to various... read more

Self-harm behavior and health across the lifecourse: Insights from the emergency department
- Seminar by Sidra Goldman-Mellor, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Monday, January 14, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium
Sidra Goldman-Mellor, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Suicide mortality in the United States has risen steadily over the past fifteen years to become the tenth leading cause of death. Nonfatal self-harm behavior (the strongest risk factor for suicide) has increased concomitantly, particularly among adolescents. Efforts to turn this lethal tide are ongoing, although it is likely that only a sustained and multi-pronged public health response will reduce the toll. Healthcare settings such as emergency departments (EDs) are increasingly seen as playing an important role in this response, yet fundamental questions about the role of EDs... read more


Winter Quarter 2019

Please join us for engaged learning with our distinguished speakers throughout the Winter quarter in a series of seminar presentations that address contemporary issues in public health. All seminars are typically scheduled from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM on Mondays. Unless otherwise stated, seminars will be held in the Calit2 Auditorium. If necessary, alternative locations will be announced to accommodate specific audiences. We provide opportunities to meet with our speakers individually or in small groups during their visit.

No RSVP is necessary, and the seminars are free and open to the public.

Date Speaker
Sidra J. Goldman-Mellor, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Jan. 14, 2019

Sidra J. Goldman-Mellor, Ph.D., M.P.H. , Program in Public Health, University of California, Merced


TOPIC: Self-harm Behavior and Health Across the Life-course: Insights from the Emergency Department.
VENUE: Calit2 Auditorium
Shahir Masri, S.M., Sc.D.
Jan. 28, 2019

Shahir Masri, S.M., Sc.D., Air Pollution Exposure Assessment & Epidemiology; Program in Public Health, University of California, Irvine


TOPIC: On the Road for Climate Action - Highlights from a National Outreach Project.
VENUE: Calit2 Auditorium
Paul C. Boutros, Ph.D.
Feb. 11, 2019

Paul C. Boutros, Ph.D., Director of Cancer Data Science, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, Los Angeles


TOPIC: Why Aren’t All Cancers The Same?
VENUE: Calit2 Auditorium
Sara Wei, M.H.A.
Feb. 13, 2019

Sara Wei, M.H.A., United States Peace Corps Program, Medical College, Chongqing Province, China


TOPIC: RESCHEDULED EVENT
(Org. Date - 2/4/2019)

Public Health Administration Around the World: Perspectives of a UC Irvine Public Health Alumna.
VENUE: AIRB 1030
Roberto D. Sirvent, Ph.D.
Feb. 25, 2019

Roberto D. Sirvent, Ph.D. , Professor of Political and Social Ethics Hope International University, Fullerton; Claremont Theology Institute; Yale Summer Bioethics Institute


TOPIC: Prisons, Policing, and Premature Death: Why Abolition Matters for Public Health.
VENUE: Calit2 Auditorium
Danya Keene, Ph.D.
Mar. 11, 2019

Danya Keene, Ph.D., Yale School of Public Health, Yale University, New Haven


TOPIC: Social Policies and Health Inequality.
VENUE: Calit2 Auditorium

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