Upcoming & Recent Seminars

Food Insecurity in Orange County
- Seminar by Christina S. Hall
Monday, May 22, 2017
12:00pm
CalIT2, Auditorium
Christina S. Hall

Many of Orange County's youngest residents aren't sure where their next meal will come from. Almost half of all OC's children receive free or reduced price lunches at school, and for many, that will be the healthiest meal of the day. Food insecurity is a condition of not having enough food to eat but also not having access to a sufficient variety of foods for adequate nourishment. Food insecurity impacts over 13% of adults and 24% of children in Orange County. Join the Executive Director and Program Manager of Orange County Food Access Coalition as they discuss the factors that... read more

Health Disparities Research and Practice in a Changing Political Context: Hosted by Health and Justice Advocates at UCI
- Seminar by Dr. Annie Ro
Monday, May 15, 2017
12 – 12:50 pm
CalIT2
Dr. Annie Ro

The results of the 2016 US presidential election have presented many changes and challenges for health disparities researchers, practitioners and scholars. The current administration has proposed sweeping changes in many policy areas, including immigration, criminal justice, environmental regulation, federal taxes, and healthcare. Moreover, the results of the election suggest deep social divisions, and certain racial, ethnic, and religious communities may be experiencing a greater sense of discrimination or hostility. Those of us in public health and related fields need to... read more

Drivers' attitudes about bicyclists: roadway norms, implicit bias, and implications for safety
- Seminar by Tara Goddard
Monday, May 8, 2017
12:00pm
CalIT2, Auditorium
Tara Goddard

Although traffic deaths in the United States have declined since the 1970s, car crashes remain a leading cause of death. Vulnerable road users (VRUs) like bicyclists and pedestrians continue to be injured or killed at rates that outpace their mode share or miles traveled. In the United States, bicyclists are twelve times more likely to be killed in a traffic crash than car occupants. Existing research into crash causation has focused on instrumental factors (e.g. intersection type, vehicle speed) but little research has probed the role of attitudes or socio-cognitive mechanisms... read more

Persistence of the White Plague (Tuberculosis): An Infectious Disease Perspective of Public Health
- Seminar by Michael Carson
Monday, May 1, 2017
12:00pm
CalIT2, Auditorium
Michael Carson

The White Plague (Tuberculosis) is as old as the human race, and still persists today. To understand infectious disease scientific and public health advances over the centuries is to understand the path of tuberculosis (TB) discovery, treatment and cure. This presentation will focus on early TB history, TB public health implications, strategies to combat TB before modern science, identification of the TB causative agent, TB treatment and cure, advances in TB screening, laboratory testing, and medication regimens, and strategic initiatives toward TB elimination. Specifically,... read more

Parent Engagement in Building Healthy School Environments
- Seminar by Linda Luna Franks
Monday, April 24, 2017
12:00pm
CalIT2, Auditorium
Linda Luna Franks

The importance of parent engagement in the overall well-being of students and children is well documented in public health and active living research. Kid Healthy is a local non-profit organization based in Santa Ana that provides programs to improve nutrition and fitness for children and families in Southern California. Their programs include frameworks that address challenges faced by low-income families in creating healthy homes and communities. One of their programs is called Padres en Acción, which engages parents as active volunteers and advocates in their children’s... read more

Disrupting Restrictive ID Policies To Promote Health Equity: Lessons Learned from a Community-Academic Research Partnership
- Seminar by Alana M.W. LeBrón
Monday, April 17, 2017
12:00pm
CalIT2, Auditorium
Alana M.W. LeBrón

Policies that restrict access to US government-issued IDs exacerbate barriers to health-promoting resources that are increasingly contingent upon having ID, heighten racialized day-to-day stressors, and contribute to broader institutional processes of exclusion. Multiple marginalized communities, including racial minority, low-income, and immigrant communities, are disproportionately affected. Increasingly, county and municipal governments are implementing local government-issued IDs to improve access to health-promoting resources for all residents. This presentation provides an... read more

The Role of Food Safety & Regulation in Protecting Health as a Human Right
- Seminar by Mary E. Alvarez, EIAO and Jasmine Hale, EIAO
Monday, April 10, 2017
12:00pm
CalIT2, Auditorium
Mary E. Alvarez, EIAO and Jasmine Hale, EIAO

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

The Role of Evaluation in Chronic Disease Prevention through Active Transportation Projects in Orange County
- Seminar by Art Garcia Jr., MPH
Monday, March 13, 2017
12:00pm
CalIT2, Auditorium
Art Garcia Jr., MPH

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

Paths to Health: Capturing the Stories Beyond the Statistics
- Seminar by Samah Tokmachi
Monday, March 6, 2017
12:00pm
CalIT2, Auditorium
Samah Tokmachi

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

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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