Program in Public Health Newsletter
Bernadette Boden-Albala
Director and Founding Dean
The continued social injustice plaguing our country has not in recent time been more widespread than in the last weeks as we witnessed the murder of a black man. I will not remain complacent in my silence and it’s my expectation that all of us think and act in ways in which we as Public Health faculty and staff continue to reaffirm that BLACK LIVES MATTER.
 
As a discipline whose roots are focused on addressing equity and disparities, there are already numerous  components in place to support social justice.  However, the  Program in Public Health is committed to more action and as such we are working with AVP Terrence Mayes and VC Doug Haynes to create workshops this summer that will address disparities, bias, and racism. We are also creating a Contact Tracing Workshop led by Daniel Parker and Alana LeBron which will address health inequities and cultural humility as part of this historically technical training. Additionally, we will focus on the incorporation of  anti-racism themes in our curriculum and put in place processes to decolonize our syllabi. I am extremely proud of all the efforts of faculty and staff in your continued efforts toward equity and social justice. I am looking forward to hearing all of your suggestions for new ways we can address structural racism in our research, teaching, and practice. 
ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
Returning to Campus
The UCI campus began transitioning to Phase 2 research ramp up and the continuation of essential research activities on Monday, June 8th. This phase only includes research groups and labs and does not apply to administrative or office staff in Student Services, Deans Office, and Department Offices; the return of administrative staff and offices will happen in a later phase after further assessment and guidance. The Program is working with Facilities Management and EH&S to ensure a safe environment for all employees and students.
 
Faculty and PIs requesting to return lab groups to campus must submit a Research Assessment plan to the Chair and Dean for approval, complete COVID-19 compliance testing in the UC Learning Center, and enroll in the Working Well Program (daily health check-in app).
 
Employees who will be working on-campus will be asked to perform a daily health check-in and respond centrally in one of three ways: 1) via Smartphone App, 2) reply to the check-in email (system launch to be announced), or 3) call the UCPath Employee Experience Center at 949-824-9918. No one but central HR will have access to this data and is only kept for compliance purposes and will be purged regularly. To enroll and use the smartphone app please submit the names and UCINetIDs for anyone requesting to work on campus to
Chuck Villanueva.
Listen to Dean Boden-Albala talk with the Anteater Insider about plans to return to campus and how UCI is implementing measures to ensure a smooth, safe transition.
Summer Syllabi

Please submit your summer syllabi to the Dean's Office no later than Monday, June 15th
 
Final Grades Deadline

The deadline to submit final grades is Wednesday, June 17th at 5pm. OIT/DTEI has posted two webinars on how to prepare your grades in Canvas. They can be watched here and here.
Support

The fall course schedule is now available online. PPH recommends that all classes are prepared as hybrid courses in the event of unexpected change. We have dedicated resources to help you and your students get the most out of your class. 

For instructional advice contact 
Michael and for technical support contact Alice

Do you need to order books for your course? Check out the instructions included in your fall course schedule. 

COVID-19 Chatline
The Program in Public Health COVID-19 Chatline is available now for general questions about COVID-19. More information can be found here

The chatline is staffed
Monday - Friday from 9am to 6pm PST and Saturday - Sunday from 12pm to 4pm PST.
Contact Tracing Workshop
UCI Public Health in collaboration with OCHCA (Orange County Healthcare Agency) is offering a workshop series in mid-summer that is designed to train students and healthcare workers to do contact tracing of COVID-19.

Contract tracers, sometimes known as "disease detectives,” are trained to detect likely secondary cases among close contacts of already identified ("index") cases. Contact tracing will likely be crucial for disrupting transmission to the point that social distancing measures can comfortably be relaxed. It is expected that thousands of contact tracers will be needed to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, as well as other infectious diseases. In places like Orange County, where communities are incredibly socio-culturally diverse, it will also be crucial to implement and practice contact tracing in a culturally-appropriate manner.

The goal of this 40-hour workshop (an additional 10 hours for UCI students) will be to train a cadre of contact tracers, drawing from UCI and the greater Orange County community, in order to address this pressing public health need.
 
For more details, please contact Rosalie Ornelas-Erlandson.

Dear Campus Community,

Who doesn't love a great summer read?

The Office of Inclusive Excellence, UCI Libraries, and Division of Student Affairs invite all UCI students, faculty and staff to register for free reading links to Kindred by Octavia Butler and Afterlife by Julia Alvarez. The books represent the top two voted selections by UCI members and the links are provided as part of the UCI Great Big Read. The UCI Great Big Read aims at foster engagement and social solidarity during a time when we are practicing physical distancing.

UCI students, staff, and faculty who want to obtain their links must register. 
Links will be automatically shared in their registration confirmations. Free reading links were emailed to voters who requested them.

Learn About the Books:

FIRST BOOK: Kindred was released in 1979 and became a classic time travel novel about a heroine caught between two worlds. Octavia Butler, the first science fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship and a multiple recipient of Hugo and Nebula awards, once said that she wrote this novel to show, not just teach about a part of American history.

SECOND BOOK: Afterlife was recently released in 2020 and is the first book published by Julia Alvarez in 15 years, examining issues of immigration, identity, and hope. Alvarez has published books and poetry, including How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, and she is recipient of a Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature (2002).

For more details, please see the information here

#ActforInclusion

NEW STAFF WELCOME
Marissa Martinez
Lead Academic Advisor
The team in Undergraduate Student Affairs is happy to welcome Marissa Martinez who will be serving as the Lead Academic Advisor. Marissa is joining us from UCLA where she worked as an Academic Advisor in the Department of Statistics. Marissa brings over 10 years of higher education experience from a variety of institutions including UCLA, UCSD, and University of San Diego. Please join us in welcoming her to the Public Health family!
Thank You!
Andrea Wiley
Department Manager
We are extremely grateful to Andrea Wiley who has provided so much reassurance and help during Mary Morris’ absence. Andrea’s last day with the Program of Public Health was June 5th, but she continues her appointment in Developmental and Cell Biology. Thank you Andrea!
SAVE THE DATES
Honors and Awards Ceremony
Friday, June 12, 10-11:30 a.m.
Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m.

Public Health is working with our partners in the College of Health Sciences and the main campus to coordinate a virtual commencement program for our graduating undergraduate and MPH students on June 13th

The virtual 2020 Graduate Hooding Ceremony will also be held on Saturday, June 13th at 10:30 am. More information about can be found at https://commencement.uci.edu/ including how to access the ceremony if you would like to join in the celebration with our Ph.D. students.

PROGRAM IN PUBLIC HEALTH IN THE NEWS 
06/01: Gyms are Reopening, But is it Safe to Go Back? (Andrew Noymer)
06/01: Experts Dispute Reports that Coronavirus is Becoming Less Lethal (Andrew Noymer)
06/01: Risk Versus Reward: How Safe are Popular Summer Outdoor Activities? (Andrew Noymer)
05/28: The World is Still Far From Herd Immunity for Coronavirus (Andrew Noymer)
05/27: Coronavirus May Never Go Away, Even with a Vaccine (Andrew Noymer)
05/25: OC50- Making a Difference (Bernadette Boden-Albala)

Thanks to everyone who took part in our Lunchtime Lecture series this quarter! These 30-minute sessions featured our faculty and the important work they're doing to address the COVID-19 pandemic. You can watch these lectures by clicking the links below.  

COVID-19 Q&A
Dr. Andrew Noymer, Associate Professor, Public Health



Mathematical Models of COVID-19 Spread Across Contact Networks: Disease spread during and after social distancing 
Dr. Dominik Wodarz, Professor, Public Health



Disease Detectives: COVID-19 and Contact Tracing
Dr. Karen Edwards, Professor and Chair, Epidemiology



COVID-19 Mortality: A Public Health Discussion
Dr. Andrew Noymer, Associate Professor, Public Health



Patterns in COVID-19 Testing and Cases in OC 
Dr. Daniel Parker, Assistant Professor, Public Health

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS
Michael Hoyt
Associate Professor, Program in Public Health

Title: Salivary Bioscience and the Future of Behavioral Medicine

Authors: Michael Hoyt and Doug Granger
 

Journal: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
 
Description: This issue of the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine highlights novel contributions of salivary bioscience with emphasis on research utilizing varied research designs (i.e., experimental, longitudinal, dyadic), incorporating a broad array of salivary analytes, and investigating the influence of psychological and social factors on human health.

Oladele Ogunseitan
UC Presidential Chair and Professor or Program in Public Health; Environmental Health Sciences

Title: Socio-Demographic Characteristics of the Association Between Knowledge of Antibiotic Therapy and Prudent use in Ghana
 

Authors: Tamara Jimah and Oladele Ogunseitan
 
Journal:
 Journal of Global Health Reports
 
Description: Increasing resistance of bacterial infections to current treatment threatens to derail progress made to reduce the global burden of diseases. Inadequate knowledge about prudent use of antibiotics is considered a determinant of increasing risks of antibiotic resistance. However, there is insufficient research on effective ways to target information that could increase public knowledge toward improvement of antibiotics stewardship. The aim of this study was to assess the association between knowledge and use of antibiotics in Ghana.

Daniel Parker
Assistant Professor, Program in Public Health

Title: Passive Surveillance Meets Asymptomatic Infections: A Pooled Analysis of Paired Health Facility and Community Plasmodium Falciparum and P. Vivax Data

Author(s): Gillian Stresman, Nunio Sepulveda, Kimberly Fornace, Lynn Grgnard, Julia Mwesigwa, et al... Daniel M. Parker...

Journal: 
The Lancet

Description: The goal of this research was to see if it is possible to predict malaria prevalence using malaria case incidence data. Data were collected from all over the malarious world (including my field sites in Myanmar and Thailand).
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Title: Coastal Urbanization Influences Human Pathogens and Microdebris Contamination in Seafood

Authors: Raechel A. Littman, Evan Al Fiorenza, Amelia S. Wender, Kathryn L.E. Berry, Jeroen A.J.M. van de Water, et al... Daniel M. Parker...


Journal: Science of the Total Environment

Description: This is an analysis of microparticles found in coastal samples from Myanmar. This work has ecological and health implications because it shows that chemicals that are being consumed by human populations (including baby formula) are clearly detectable in coastal waters.
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Title: Spatial Epidemiology of Japanese Encephalitis Virus and Other Infections of the Central Nervous System Infections in Lao PDR (2003 – 2011): A Retrospective Analysis.

Authors: Sayaphet Rattanavong, Audrey Dubot-Peres, Mayfong Mayxay, Manivanh Vongsouvath, Sue J. Lee, et al... Daniel M. Parker


Journal: PLOS

Description: This is a spatial analysis of infections of the central nervous system in Lao PDR. The most commonly diagnosed infection was Japanese encephalitis and patients with this disease were mostly young adolescents and most came from villages with high levels of surface flooding (measured using satellite imagery).

Jun Wu
Associate Professor, Program in Public Health

Title: Associations Between Green Space and Preterm Birth: Windows of Susceptibility and Interaction with Air Pollution

Authors: Yi Sun, Paige Sheridan, Olivier Laurent, Jia Li, David A. Sacks, et al... Jun Wu
 

Journal: Environmental International
 
Description: This study based on more than 3.7 million birth records in California examined the relationships between maternal green space exposure and preterm birth, identified windows of susceptibility, and explored potential interactions between green space and air pollution.

GRANTS AND SUBMISSIONS:
DUE DATES AND RESOURCES
Submission Dates
Please be aware that the submission deadline for R21 is June 16th and for renewals or resubmissions are due July 5th and July 16th. NIH deadlinesDOD deadlines, and AHA proposals are linked here. 

For any other submission, faculty are advised to join PIVOT and create a profile depending on their field of expertise.

Pivot Quick Start Guide is available for reference, as are Pivot’s 3-minute instructional YouTube videos and a clear, user-friendly help text.
Grants Received
Population biology of African malaria vectors and parasites”. April 1, 2020 – Dec. 31, 2024. Total $1.5 million

This 5-year, $1.5 million D43 project from NIH Fogarty International Center aims to improve research capacity in Africa in the area of malaria vector biology and parasitology. The project tackles important challenges in malaria control faced by many African countries, including insecticide resistance, altered vector biting behavior, antimalarial drug resistance. Recent advancements in molecular biology, genomics, bioinformatics and ecological modeling, provide exciting opportunities for developing new malaria vector control tools and application strategies. Unfortunately, a large number of scientists from malaria-endemic countries have not been able to leverage these new technologies extensively in their research. Therefore, this program will provide PhD students, postdoc fellows and junior scientists with research experience and course works in molecular biology, bioinformatics, vector ecology and epidemiology. The project is a collaborative effort between UCI Public Health (Guiyun Yan, Daniel Parker, Guofa Zhou, Ming Chieh Lee and Daibin Zhong), Maseno University in Kenya and Jimma University in Ethiopia.
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT
Tamara Jimah
Ph.D. Candidate
Tamara Jimah, M.A., candidate for Ph.D. in Public Health/Global Health, will be defending her dissertation on Friday, June 12th at 12pm.

Dissertation Title: Antibiotic Stewardship in Ghana’s Global Health Security Agenda: A Cross-sectoral Assessment of Knowledge Translation into Practice.

Faculty Committee: Dr. Oladele Ogunseitan (Chair), Dr. Annie Ro, Dr. Cynthia Lakon. Funding: UCOP and Department of Population Health & Disease Prevention, UC Irvine.

Abstract Background: Resistance of bacterial pathogens to antibiotic therapy threatens to derail progress made to reduce the global burden of infectious diseases, with the largest impact in countries such as Ghana where populations are vulnerable to pathogenic exposures. However, the level of antibiotic use and knowledge about antibiotic resistance among communities are inadequately quantified. This research aimed to identify gaps and priorities for strategies to improve antibiotic stewardship. 
AWARDS
We would like to congratulate the following PhD students who have recently won campus-wide awards/fellowships!
 
Latino Excellence and Achievement Award
Samantha Garcia

Inclusive Excellence Ambassador Fellowships
Theresa Duong 
Megan Key
Brandon Osborn
Victoria Rodriguez
Kameko Washburn 
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Our undergraduate students will be recognized at a virtual Honors and Awards Ceremony on Friday, June 12th from 10-11:30am. We would like to recognize our students who have been selected for the Program of Public Health Honors!
 
Outstanding Contribution to Public Health, Community and UCI Service
Courtney Pon
 
Outstanding Contribution to the Program in Public Health
Seth Morales-Aragon
 
Excellence in Public Health Research
Daphne Thampy
 
Excellence in Writing
Anthony Espinoza
           
Excellence in Undergraduate Leadership
Jesus Gerardo Chavez.  
 
Excellence in Public Health Practicum
Alicia Sieu
 
Special Recognition
Pengyue “Julia” Dou
Denae Esteban
Nabiha Kamran
Alexandra Medina
Shivani Patel
Dien Phung
Veronica Preciado
Hussein Riza
Ravi Sandhu
Roselyn Tanghal
Irvin Vargas Medina
Brandon Yoon
The UCI Program in Public Health established the Delta Rho chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health in 2019. Delta Omega is the honorary society in the field of public health. The aim of Delta Omega is to recognize academic merit and commitment to public health work. This year, five MPH students, 13 undergraduate students, and two faculty members were selected for induction into Delta Omega. Congratulations to all of this year’s inductees!

Raphael Natividad (MPH)
Nicholas Cuvelier (MPH)
Mario Vigil (MPH)
Ivonne Quiroz (MPH)
Anju Kulkarni (MPH)
Aliba Syed (Undergraduate)
Anthony Espinoza (Undergraduate)
Eileen Dai (Undergraduate)
Elaine Ta (Undergraduate)
Jesus Chavez (Undergraduate)
Keana Khodadad (Undergraduate)
Madison Nelson (Undergraduate)
Nicole Kasrazadeh (Undergraduate)
Ravi Sandhu (Undergraduate)
Shaun Whitecavage (Undergraduate)
Tien To (Undergraduate)
Wendy Trinh (Undergraduate)
Yun Hong (Undergraduate)
Miryha Runnerstrom (faculty)
Daniel Parker (faculty)
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
Amanda Brown
Congratulations to Amanda Brown who recently accepted a Dietitian position at the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute, where she'll be practicing clinical nutrition, giving presentations, and participating in future research projects. Amanda  enrolled in the Ph.D. in Public Health in Fall quarter 2015.  She is expected to graduate this year. She is a recipient of the prestigious NIH Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31).
Michael Ramirez
Congratulations to Michael Ramirez who recently accepted a Data Analyst position at Alta Med Health Equity Institute. Michael will be graduating in Summer 2020.
Preethi Selvan
Say hello to our May Alumni Spotlight Preethi Selvan! Preethi graduated in 2011 with a BS in Public Health Science and in ’18 received her MPH at Thomas Jefferson University. Originally from Irvine, Preethi now lives in Philadelphia, PA and works at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, part of the Jefferson Health system. Her passion for the field of cancer stems from her family members who have battled with cancer and she firmly believes in preventative care. “While we still don't have a cure for cancer, there is a lot we do know. I'm passionate about cancer prevention and making sure that all people, no matter their gender, race, and/or SES, have access to preventive services.” Preethi is inspired by her patients who continue to push through despite the ups and downs. Their fearlessness brings her gratitude and inspires her to be better. 
COLLEGIALITY COMMITTEE
Sweatpants all day every day is fun at first, but it gets old fast. Check-out the newsletter for tips about ways to stay active, working remotely, and how to stay positive.

Coffee Talk: Join us every Friday at 10:30 a.m. It’s a chance to take a break and check-in with your colleagues. Connect via
Zoom or dial-in +1 669-900-9128; Meeting ID: 106 519 894; Password: 004250.

Walking Wednesdays: Get outside! Take a walk for 30-minutes every Wednesday at 12:30pm – or every day. Staying active can keep your energy up and your mood!
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