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Winter Quarter 2019 Newsletter
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UCI Population Health and Disease Prevention Winter Quarter 2019 Newsletter
Winter Quarter 2019

Chair's Message

Winter Quarter 2019

Dele Ogunseitan

As we celebrate the 2019 National Public Health Week (April 1 – 7, 2019), we reflect on the end of the Winter season as a period of great opportunities and challenges for population health locally and globally.

Suddenly, measles infection is back to threaten the health of Americans, forcing public health officials to declare emergencies nationwide. “Vaccine hesitancy” ” re-emerged as a global concern that could derail the progress of the last century. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act survives yet another political assault. In spite of these challenges, our students, faculty and partners continue their creative and transformative research and reflections to reform public health knowledge and systems. Our collective work reveals a compass that continues to guide us toward bolder ideas for translating fundamental knowledge into disease prevention.

In that spirit, we’ve shared a few of our recent accomplishments from this past Winter Quarter below. UC Irvine Program in Public Health continues to rise in the esteem of our peers as a destination for the best minds and the most talented individuals who think differently about the constellation of risk factors that keep us from being healthy, and about innovative approaches to curb those risks. Through its themes, this year’s National Public Health Week serves as a reminder that the work we do is precious. We must remain vigilant – inspired by our collective vision of healthy communities free of violence, where technology prioritizes public health promotion; and climate change is tamed to reduce impacts on rural and global health.

– Dele Ogunseitan
Department of Population Health and Disease Prevention

Climate Change Workshop

Integrating Climate Change into Health Science Curricula

Climate Change Workshop

In March, UCI Public Health hosted six speakers and fifteen faculty members for a half-day workshop on climate change. Funded through a grant from the University of California Office of the President, the event’s aim was to integrate climate change and sustainability information in health sciences courses. Drs. Miryha Runnerstrom and Dele Ogunseitan led the effort as grant Principal Investigators, with Dr. Wendell Brase, Associate Chancellor, Office of Sustainability delivering a keynote introduction. Representatives of all schools and programs in the College of Health Sciences participated. Many thanks to Doctoral student Theresa Duong, Ms. Yvette Herrera, and Dr. Rosanna Horton for their efforts in helping to organize the workshop.


UC Irvine Public Health team at ASPPH annual meeting in Arlington Virginia

The Art of Healthy Persuasion

Researcher Creates Videos and Messages to Boost Vaccination Rates and Cancer Screenings

The Art of Healthy Persuasion

She’s heard all the excuses. When it comes to colonoscopies, immunizations and other preventive measures, Suellen Hopfer is used to encountering rationalizations and resistance.

Read more…

Research

Updates, Honors, and Awards

UC Irvine Public Health named a Best Graduate School for Health

UC Irvine Public Health named a Best Graduate School for Health

In the latest U.S. News and World Report ranking of Best Graduate Schools and Programs for Public Health, UCI Public Health received quite possibly the top stand-alone ranking among accredited Public Health Programs, sharing the “best” recognition with well-established schools in the field.

Alana LeBrón, Prof.

Alana LeBrón, Prof.

Prof. Alana LeBrón has been named a 2018-2019 “Honoree for Teaching Excellence” from the UC Irvine Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation—Award to be presented at the Annual Celebration of Teaching ceremony, Thur. 4/18/19, at 4:30-7 pm in Student Center, Doheny ABCD

Michael A. Hoyt, Prof.

Michael A. Hoyt, Prof.

Prof. Michael A. Hoyt recently received 2 funding awards: 1) Anti-Cancer Challenge Award from the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center which will fund a pilot project to develop and test a mobile application to enhance quality of life in young adult cancer survivors; 2) a Pilot Project Award from the UCI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) that will support a project examining a goal-focused, self-regulation biobehavioral intervention for young adults with testicular cancer.

Annie Ro, Prof.

Annie Ro, Prof.

Dr. Annie Ro has earned promotion to Associate Professor with tenure.

We wish Dr. Ro continued success in our Program in Public Health and UC Irvine.

Dr. Mo Sami

Dr. Mo Sami

Dr. Mo Sami for receiving a competitive 2018-19 Unit 18 Professional Development Award from the Office of Academic Personnel

The Professional Development Fund is dedicated to providing funding support for professional development of Lecturers engaged in professional development activities “that will enhance their effectiveness and development as scholar-teacher in their field.” Instructional performance is evaluated through command of public health subject matter and advances in mastering new topics.

Bridgette Blebu, Ph.D. student

Bridgette Blebu, Ph.D. student

Ms. Bridgette Blebu, candidate for doctorate degree in Public Health receive the Chancellor’s Club Fund for Excellence Fellowship. The named fellowship program is one of UC Irvine’s most distinguished awards.

Bridgette’s dissertation includes disentangling the influences of social context on the health of immigrants and their children, and the role of neighborhood co-ethnic density on the health trajectories of second generation immigrant youth. We wish her continued success in our graduate program and academic career.

Victoria E. Rodriguez, Ph.D student

Victoria E. Rodriguez, Ph.D student

Ph.D student Victoria E. Rodriguez has been awarded a Cancer Epidemiology Education in Special Populations Fellowship to conduct a project title “The Social Patterning of Uterine Cancer Treatment in the United States: Considerations for Health Equity and Long-Term Survival Outcomes” from the Cancer Epidemiology Education in Special Populations (CEESP) Program, CUNY School of Medicine.

La Keisha Jeanmarie, Ph.D. student

La Keisha Jeanmarie, Ph.D. student

Ms. La Keisha Jeanmarie, who has been selected as a 2019 RISE Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement (RISE) Fellowship Program is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded program providing educational and professional development opportunities for fellows interested in infectious diseases, public health, mental health, maternal and child health and/or health disparities research.

Karanveer Singh, Practicum student

Karanveer Singh, Practicum student

Practicum student Karanveer Singh has been awarded the opportunity to present a poster titled “Association of CHADS Score with Death and Ischemic Stroke Events in US Hemodialysis Patients with Atrial Fibrillation” at the National Kidney Foundation Conference in Boston, MA in May 2019. He has also secured UROP travel funding to attend the conference.

Reveal

Publications, Posters, and Presentations

Suellen Hopfer, Prof.

Suellen Hopfer, Prof.

HPV vaccine recommendation profiles among a national network of pediatric practitioners: understanding contributors to parental vaccine hesitancy and acceptance

Authors: Hopfer, S., Wright, M. E., Pellman, H., Wasserman, R., Fiks, A. G
Date: January 2019

Scott Bartell, Prof.

Scott Bartell, Prof.

Understanding and Mitigating the Replication Crisis, for Environmental Epidemiologists, Current Environmental Health Reports

Author: Scott Bartell
Date: March 2019

Justin Wilford, Ph.D. Student

Justin Wilford, Ph.D. Student

Perceptions of changes in clinical, informational, and supportive relationships after end of treatment among parents of young childhood cancer survivors, Psycho-Oncology

Authors: Justin Wilford, Suellen Hopfer, and Lari Wenzel
Date: February 2019

Wenjun Fan, Ph.D. Student

Wenjun Fan, Ph.D. Student

Hypertriglyceridemia in statin-treated US adults: the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

Authors: Wenjun Fan, MD, MS, Sephy Philip, RPh, PharmD, Craig Granowitz, MD, PhD, Peter P. Toth, MD, PhD, Nathan D. Wong, PhD, MPH
Date: January 2019

Composite cardiovascular risk factor target achievement and its predictors in US adults with diabetes: The Diabetes Collaborative Registry

Authors: Wenjun Fan MD | Yang Song MS | Silvio E. Inzucchi MD | Laurence Sperling MD | Christopher P. Cannon MD | Suzanne V. Arnold MD | Mikhail Kosiborod MD | Nathan D. Wong PhD
Date: January 2019

Reflect

Faculty Updates

Dr. Bernadette Boden-Albala

Dr. Bernadette Boden-Albala

Founding Dean

We are extremely pleased to announce Dr. Bernadette Boden-Albala has been successfully recruited to be our Founding Dean, effective July 1st 2019.

Dr. Boden-Albala is currently Senior Associate Dean for Research and Program Development in the College of Global Public Health at New York
University
.

We look forward to welcoming Dr. Boden-Albala to UC Irvine, the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences, and the Program in Public
Health.

Rocio Torres

Rocio Torres

Community Engagement Coordinator

Rocio Torres joined us as our new Community Engagement Coordinator on January 9th.

Rocio earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Services with an emphasis in Mental Health, from CSU Fullerton. Before joining us at UCI, she worked for Orange County Head Start Inc., as a Parent Family and Community Engagement Coordinator where she was responsible for mentoring a team of family engagement advocates who planned, organized and coordinated the delivery of quality social services to Orange County Head Start families. In addition, Rocio has also held positions at the Montessori Schools of Irvine. For fun Rocio likes to cheer on the Green Bay Packers with her family and friends!

Sharon Suh

Sharon Suh

Contracts and Grants Analyst

On April 1st our newest staff member, Sharon Suh joined our team as our other Contracts and Grants Analyst. Sharon has a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from UC Riverside and has been working at UCI for the past few years. We’re excited to have Sharon’s enthusiasm and talents to help our faculty with their pre and post grant management.

Reform

UCI Public Health Alumni

Public Health alumni have been busy this quarter celebrating reunions, returning to campus for a Homecoming weekend of over 4,000 attendees, practicing yoga postures led by Zee Ningo ‘16 and giving back to our students. Thank you to the many alums who have donated their time and talent to mentoring students on The Anteater Network, sharing advice on career panels to student audiences and engaging in roundtable discussions, such as the 2019 Honors Experience Day for prospective UCI students. More to come in the spring!

SAVE THE DATE:

Upcoming Events

  • 2nd Annual Public Health Career Day – April 17th, 4:00pm – 7:30pm, Newkirk Alumni Center.
  • Alumni are invited to register here.
  • Giving Day 2019 – April 24th
  • Be part of this 24 hour participation based fundraising campaign. Every gift counts! Let’s give back to Public Health students and help UCI raise 2,400 gifts in 24 hours! Make your gift on the day here!

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Meredith KwokHAVE ALUMNI NEWS, IDEAS OR QUESTIONS?
CONTACT:
Meredith Kwok
Assistant Director of Constituent Relations
Public Health/Advancement
M.kwok@uci.edu

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