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January-February 2017
Five more days to support diversity through our PHAA Berkeley Crowdfunding campaign

Support Diversity

Our Public Health Alumni Association board of directors has been working hard to raise funds in support of diversity scholarships in the month of February. Thanks to our generous donors, we have already exceeded our goal of $10,000 in support of two student scholarships. Now we are hoping to have 100+ donors become a part of the campaign and reach $16,000 in order to fund a third scholarship. With your help we can do it! Please donate any amount by February 28.

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Past and future Dean's Speaker Series events

Health in CA under a Trump presidency panelists
Did you miss our January conversaton with Dr. Larry Brilliant about his new book, Sometimes Brilliant: The Impossible Adventures of a Spiritual Seeker and Visionary Physician Who Helped Conquer the Worst Disease in History? You can still watch the video. Please also check out photos from our December panel, Health in California under a Trump Presidency. Tonight at 5 p.m. you can join us via Livestream for Shannon Brownlee's discussion of a new paradigm for health and healthcare in our nation or read her Q&A with Berkeley Wellness. And don't forget to register for our March 2 event, Grappling with Cure, featuring writer and activist Eli Clare.

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Dengue and influenza coinfection in mice found to elevate risk of lung damage, death

Woman in front of pneumonia billboardLed by researchers from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, a study recently published in the European Journal of Immunology examines the effects of influenza and dengue virus co-infection in mice. The study found that co-infection increases the disease severity, leads to severe lung damage, and increases the lethality of both viruses.

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How patients, ACOs, and researchers partner to achieve better health

Doctor with young patientA study led by Center for Healthcare Organizational and Innovation Research investigators, published February 3 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, found that adult patients who were treated in a primary care practice site that promoted a patient-centered culture reported fewer depression symptoms and displayed better physical functioning.

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Afghan refugees approach gender in America with distress and resilience

Family playing in parkAfghan refugees in Northern California experience different levels of distress, according to gender, when encountering the same situations say researchers in a cross-sectional study published December 2016 in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

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$3.6 million from NIH to build better infectious disease surveillance

Petri dishA UC Berkeley School of Public Health research team led by Associate Professor Justin Remais has been awarded a $3.6 million, five-year grant by the National Institutes of Health to develop new approaches for simulating and optimizing surveillance networks that detect infectious diseases. The researchers will focus on high-priority global infectious diseases, including tuberculosis, malaria and schistosomiasis, and the team will work in partnership with practitioners at the U.S. and Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Snails travel far and wide, spreading disease along the way

man reading on tabletParasite-carrying snails can travel long distances, spreading a deadly disease along the way, according to new research led by UC Berkeley published in the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. The study is the first to find genetic evidence for long-distance movements—as far as 30 miles—among snails that pose an important public health threat.

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for alumni
Join our alumni board

The Public Health Alumni Association board of directors is seeking five new members to serve for a three-year term beginning on July 1, 2017. Elections will take place at the April 17 board meeting. We are looking for diverse representation on the board, and in particular, encourage alumni from the undergraduate, Online/On-campus, nutrition, health and social behavior, maternal and child health, and Joint Medical programs to apply.

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Recognizing mentorship: Nominate a faculty member
Past awardees include:
2016: Charlotte Smith
2015: Trudy Buehring
2014: Brenda Eskenazi
2013: Ira Tager
2012: Patricia Crawford
2011: Len Syme
2010: Bob Spear

Do you remember that faculty member who inspired you, whose guidance helped launch you in your public health career? The School invites you to nominate that person for the 2017 Zak Sabry Mentorship Award. You must be an alumna or alumnus of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health to submit a nomination. Nominations from previous years remain in the pool.

Established in 2004 on the occasion of the retirement of Professor Zak Sabry, the award encourages faculty members to actively mentor students at the School of Public Health. The award is presented at the School's commencement ceremony.

The nominated faculty member must:

  • Be a current faculty member of the School of Public Health—either full- or part-time, including adjunct and emeritus
  • Have taught for at least 3 years at the School of Public Health
  • Be nominated by an alumna or alumnus of the School

The successful nominator will be invited to present the award to his/her faculty mentor at the commencement ceremony on May 15, 2017. To nominate a faculty member, complete and return the nomination form, along with a letter of recommendation not to exceed two pages, by mail, fax, or email using the instructions on the form.

Please direct any questions to Eileen Pearl, Director, External Relations programs, (510) 643-6382,

Deadline for nominations: March 17, 2017

Richard Scheffler: Covered California is a model for the whole nation

Asa BradmanRichard Scheffler coauthored a San Francisco Chronicle op-ed in January looking at different ways to assess the cost of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. A Health Affairs study coauthored by Scheffler and Brent Fulton shows that the Covered California insurance purchase price in 2016 was 15.2 percent less than the average offered price ($312 a month versus $368).

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Seth Holmes part of new campus initiative on human migration

Seth HolmesIn January, UC Berkeley researchers announced the launch of the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative, a joint project of faculty, researchers, and students that will explore such timely issues as refugee crises, human rights, immigration, nativism, and border control concerns. The initiative draws on the expertise of faculty across the campus, including Seth Holmes.

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News and Research
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A selection of recent news stories featuring members of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health community.

Recent headlines:

Population Health UC Berkeley lands $3.6 million from NIH for infectious disease surveillance
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Study: External Incentives Accelerate Health IT Adoption among Small Primary Care Practices
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Call for alumni notes:
We invite you to submit items for our online Alumni Notes. Please send your news to, and be sure to include your degree and year of graduation. Or use this online form. Items may be subject to editing for length.


Find health-related events in the School of Public Health Events Calendar.


A LITANY FOR SURVIVAL: Black Lives Matter in the Age of Trump
Monday, February 27 | 5-7 p.m. | 150 University Hall

Survival Speaker: Frank Leon Roberts

In this dynamic talk,        noted #blacklivesmatter  community organizer Frank Leon Roberts (co-founder of the National Black Justice Coalition and professor of the nation's first BlackLivesMatter college course) offers 10 original frameworks for approaching and understanding the contemporary movement for black lives.

This event is sponsored by the School of Public Health DICE Committee and DREAM Office.

Watch on Livestream

An Overview of Occupational Epidemiology and the Healthy Worker Effect
Wednesday, March 1 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Webinar

Survival Speaker: Erika Garcia, PhD candidate in Environmental Health Sciences, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

This webinar will provide an overview of occupational epidemiology and the Healthy Worker Effect. On completion of this webinar participants will: Gain an understanding of the purpose of occupational epidemiology, become aware of exposure assessment methods in occupational epidemiology, become familiar with typical study designs used in an occupational epidemiology, and develop a basic understanding of the Healthy Worker Effect. Enrollment required: $0 Free Webinar, $30 CE Credit


Migrant Labor and Global Health Conference
March 2-3 | Conference Center, UC Davis

This brings together a multidisciplinary group of scholars and scientists for two exciting days of exploration and debate on the interrelated issues of labor migration, occupational health, and economics.

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Eli Clare Grappling with Cure
Thursday, March 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Tilden Room, UC Berkeley

Eli ClareSpeaker: Eli Clare, Author, Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure

This event is part of the School of Public Health's 2016-17 Dean's Speaker Series. This event is cosponsored by the UC Berkeley Disability Studies Program, the Disability Studies Cluster of the Haas institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, and the DSP TRiO Program.

Watch on Livestream

Contextualizing and Confronting the Effects of Complex Trauma on Youth Development
Saturday, March 4 | 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. | Gymnasium, First Presbyterian Church, 2407 Dana St, Berkeley, CA 94704

Speakers: Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education, San Francisco State University; Dr. Daniela Kaufer, Professor of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley; Dr. Darlene Francis, Professor of Public Health and Neuroscience, UC Berkeley

The conference will explore how systemic forms of oppression lead to biologically, socially, and community-wide detrimental effects within and across generations and marginalized populations.


Fighting for Health Equity in 2017 and Beyond
Monday, March 13 | 4-5 p.m. | Anna Head Alumnae Hall, UC Berkeley

Barbara LeeSpeaker: Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Affordable, accessible, high-quality healthcare is a fundamental human right. Congresswoman Lee served as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus during the drafting of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and worked to ensure strong provisions that expand health care access, address health disparities and create incentives for people to live healthy lives. Free and open to the public; register by March 9.


Building Bridges to Shape the Future of Healthcare
Friday, March 17 | 8-5:30 p.m. | UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center, 1675 Owens Street, Suite 251, San Francisco

Keynote speakers: Dr. Sara Kennedy, Medical Director of Planned Parenthood Nothern California; Daniel Kraft, Chair for Medicine, Singularity University

Participate in conversations around partnerships and bridge relationships across the healthcare landscape to shape our industry for the future at the 10th Annual Berkeley Haas Healthcare Conference.


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