Upcoming & Recent Seminars

Advancing Health Equity through Policy Efforts
- Seminar by Sarah de Guia, JD
Monday, February 27, 2017
12:00pm
CalIT2, Auditorium
Sarah de Guia, JD

This seminar will provide an opportunity to better understand the legislative and administrative policy processes in California. Using two case studies, participants will learn how a bill becomes a law, how regulations are developed, and the role of an advocate. This seminar is particularly useful for Public Health and Public Policy students who wish to understand the practical application of their degree in promoting health equity. Sarah has advocated on reproductive justice, language access, and expanding health care to communities of color through legislative, budgetary and... read more

Engineers for Health: How Intersectoral Collaboration Decreases Injury and Disease
- Seminar by Paul Martin
Monday, February 13, 2017
12:00pm
CalIT2, Room 3008
Paul Martin

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Active Transportation Coordinator has a unique opportunity to work directly with engineering and planning staff at local cities, police officers, and community advocates to reduce injuries and fatalities to people walking and biking. Involvement by OCTA isn’t focused on engineering solutions, but other E’s (education, encouragement, evaluation, and enforcement) as well. An update will be provided about regional planning efforts, partnerships with community advocates and efforts to develop Public Safety Announcements that... read more

Spatiotemporal Patterns in Malaria and Targeted Interventions in the Thailand-Myanmar Border Area
- Seminar by Daniel M. Parker
Monday, January 30, 2017
12:00pm
Calit 2
Daniel M. Parker

The epidemiology and ecology of malaria in humans includes complex space-time interactions between humans, mosquito vectors and the environments they share. In this talk I will present some of my research on spatial and spatiotemporal malaria dynamics in the Thailand-Myanmar border area. This work has implications for understanding where transmission occurs and who is at risk of infection, and strategies to disrupt transmission and achieve malaria elimination. Dr. Parker is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Mahidol University - Oxford University Tropical Medicine Research Unit.... read more

Safe Routes to School: Youth Engagement for Walkable Communities
- Seminar by Megan Beard, MPH
Monday, January 23, 2017
12:00pm
Calit 2
Megan Beard, MPH

The community’s needs, interests, and creative spark should be the DNA for how we build communities that support walking, biking, and active transportation. Learn firsthand how local active transportation efforts have successfully engaged communities in meaningful ways to improve the built environment. Megan Beard works to combat obesity by supporting safe walking and bicycling for children and families and promoting healthy eating. Prior to joining OCHCA, Megan worked for the Center for Community Health in the School of Medicine at the University of California San Diego where... read more

Natural Disasters and Health Outcomes in Iceland: Population-Based Studies
- Seminar by Arna Hauksdóttir PhD
Monday, November 28, 2016
12:00pm
Calit 2
Arna Hauksdóttir PhD

Throughout history, natural disasters have led to serious disruption in societies and affecting the lives of many. This talk will focus on the impact of natural disasters on the long-term psychological and physical health of those affected. Results from population-based studies following the 2008 Eyjafjallajokull volcanic eruption and fatal snow avalanches in 1995 will be discussed and future studies described.

Arna Hauksdóttir is an Associate Professor of Public Health at the University of Iceland and a researcher within the area of epidemiology, stress and health. She...

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The 2011 Van Earthquake in Turkey: Data to Inform Enhancing Resilience
- Seminar by Kurtulus Aciksari
Monday, November 14, 2016
12pm-1:15pm
Calit 2
Kurtulus Aciksari

This talk will focus on the impact of a new approach- a proactive model- on the resilience of healthcare emergency response following the Van earthquakes. This model is expected to reduce risk in major and vulnerable cities such as Istanbul. Dr. Kurtulus Aciksari is the Head of the Emergency Medicine Department and responsible for the emergency medicine residents training program in Istanbul Medeniyet University Göztepe Training and Research Hospital. From 2013-2015, he worked in the Health Directorate of Istanbul, Department of Disaster and Emergency Services. He was... read more

Does Public Reporting Improve Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Experience of Care for Nursing Home Patients​?
- Seminar by Yue Li, PhD
Monday, October 31, 2016
12pm-1:15pm
Room 2086 AIRB
Yue Li, PhD

Providing equitable and patient-centered care is critical to ensuring high quality of care in any healthcare sectors. This presentation focuses on the nursing home sector in which racial/ethnic disparities in quality are widely reported. It is largely unknown whether disparities exist in patient experiences with care and how public reporting of patient experiences affects nursing home performance and potential racial/ethnic disparities. Our study analyzed trend of consumer ratings publicly reported for Maryland nursing homes during 2007-2010, and determined whether racial/ethnic... read more

The Costs of Exclusion: How Gender Inequality Stymies Global Development
- Seminar by Jennifer McCleary-Sills, PhD., MPH
Monday, October 17, 2016
12pm-1:15pm
Calit2 Auditorium
Jennifer McCleary-Sills, PhD., MPH

This talk will focus on various manifestations of gender inequality and how these translate into social and economic costs. Key forms of inequality discussed will include intimate partner violence, early and forced marriage, discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and access to justice. Dr. Jennifer McCleary-Sills is the Director of the Global Program on Gender Violence and Rights at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), where she leads research on the gendered dimensions of violence and deprivations of rights. Her own research contributes... read more

Ecology becomes biology: A population health perspective on self-regulation and the foundations of health disparities
- Seminar by Sara B. Johnson
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
12pm-1:15pm
Room 2086 AIRB
Sara B. Johnson

This talk will focus on how the social environment shapes the basic building blocks of self-regulatory development (cognitive, emotional, behavioral, physiological) in the first two decades of life, and the implications of this knowledge for efforts to reduce child and health and educational disparities. Dr. Sara B. Johnson Ph.D., MPH is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine & Public Health. Dr. Johnson is also Director of General Academic Pediatrics Fellowship and Director of the Rales Center for the Integration... read more


Fall Quarter 2016

You are invited to join us for a series of seminars that address contemporary issues in public health throughout the 2014-2015 academic year. A list of confirmed seminars is presented below. All seminars are typically scheduled from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM on Mondays. Other dates and times are included to accommodate special speaker schedules. Unless otherwise stated, seminars will be held in the Calit2 Auditorium. If necessary, alternative locations will be announced to accommodate specific audiences.

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

Date Speaker
Jennifer McCleary- Sills, PhD
Oct. 17, 2016

Jennifer McCleary- Sills, PhD, Director of Gender Violence and Rights, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), Washington DC


TOPIC: TBD
VENUE: TBD
Yue Li
Oct. 31, 2016

Yue Li, University of Rochester Health Services Research and Methodology


TOPIC: A review of Quality of Care Assessment and racial/ethnic disparities in quality
VENUE: TBD
Kurtulus Açıksarı, Asst. Professor
Nov. 14, 2016

Kurtulus Açıksarı, Asst. Professor, Medenivet University Goztepe Training & Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey


TOPIC: TBD
VENUE: TBD

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