Enforcement Investigators and Analysis Officers (EIAO) with USDA/ Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) are trained in surveillance and enforcement to conduct foodborne illness investigations, and other vital functions to protect public health. During the past 2 years, FSIS has removed thousands of pounds of products from commerce because they were adulterated, illegal, or otherwise posed a significant threat to consumers. In the case of a foodborne illness outbreak, FSIS investigators and officers work with epidemiologists from other health partners to trace the path of... read more
Population-based strategies are increasingly used by public agencies to address poor health outcomes, such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Given the complexity of these issues, strategies to address them must also be complex, requiring interventions at the systems, policy, environmental, community, and individual levels to increase the reach and impact of such interventions. The Orange County Partnership to Improve Community Health (OC PICH) is a 3-year CDC-funded initiative using multiple strategies to reduce chronic diseases in Orange County. This... read more
When the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation challenged communities to think of health beyond medicine, they called on efforts to build a culture of health in diverse communities and to document the case studies that built on this model. Towards that end, YOND3R (a small creative agency) was engaged to help capture stories of diverse individuals and their paths to build a culture health. Samah Tokmachi will share insights from this story telling process through a series of documentaries that resulted from the collaboration with YOND3R. Samah Tokmachi is a filmmaker whose... read more
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
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
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
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
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...read more
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
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
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
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
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.
Oct. 17, 2016
Jennifer McCleary- Sills, PhD, Director of Gender Violence and Rights, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), Washington DC
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
|A review of Quality of Care Assessment and racial/ethnic disparities in quality|
Nov. 14, 2016
Kurtulus Açıksarı, Asst. Professor, Medenivet University Goztepe Training & Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey