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HWSPH General Events Calendar

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Upcoming Events


“The challenge of conducting epidemiological research in times of pandemic and scientific denialism”
Pedro C. Hallal, PhD
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Dr. Pedro C. Hallal is an Epidemiologist from the Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil. His primary field of research is physical activity and health, in which he has an impressive track record, including the leadership of the Lancet Physical Activity Series published in 2012, 2016 and 2021. More recently, Dr. Hallal served as the Principal Investigator for the EPICOVID19 project, the largest epidemiological study on COVID-19 in Brazil. Dr. Hallal has been funded by the Wellcome Trust and Royal Society in UK, and is now based at UC San Diego in San Diego, CA, through a Fulbright Chair in Public Health appointment.

HWSPH Public Health Grand Rounds

"Designing Inclusive, Equitable, and Resilient Communities”
Mai Thi Nguyen, PhD
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Dr. Mai Thi Nguyen is a Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and Director of the Design Lab at the University of California, San Diego. She is an award-winning public scholar, researcher, and teacher. Her research focuses on social and spatial equity and examines planning and policy topics related to land use, housing, community and economic development, and climate change adaptation. She is passionate about designing cities that are just and equitable. She has served on major national leadership roles, including Board Chair for the Urban Affairs Association, President of the Faculty Women’s Interest Group for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, and founder and administrator of Planners 2040, a Facebook discussion group with a membership of over 2,400 planners across the globe.

Dr. Nguyen’s research is motivated by a desire to understand how to create a more equitable social and spatial world. She will present research on how to design more inclusive, equitable, and resilient communities. Her research has also been guided by the goal of making a societal impact and translating research to a broad audience. She will also talk about combining social science research and performing art to build empathy and compassion across different groups.  Hear about how she has taken a multi-/inter-disciplinary, systems, and multi-scalar approach to address complex societal problems.

"Assessing Personalization in Digital Health”
Susan Murphy, PhD
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Reinforcement Learning provides an attractive suite of online learning methods for personalizing interventions in digital health. However, after a reinforcement learning algorithm has been run in a clinical study, how do we assess whether personalization occurred? We might find users for whom it appears that the algorithm has indeed learned in which contexts the user is more responsive to a particular intervention. But could this have happened completely by chance? We discuss some first approaches to addressing these questions.

Susan Murphy, PhD, is Professor of Statistics at Harvard University, Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, and Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Her lab works on clinical trial designs and online learning algorithms in sequential decision making, in particular in the area of digital health. She developed the micro-randomized trial for use in constructing mobile health interventions which is in use across a broad range of health related areas. She is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine. She is a Past-President of IMS and of the Bernoulli Society and a former editor of the Annals of Statistics.  She is a prior recipient of the RA Fisher Award from COPSS and was awarded the Guy Medal in Silver from the RSS. 

"Advancing Equity and Dismantling Structural Racism in Health Care: What, So What, Now What" 
Crystal Cené, MD, MPH, FAHA
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Crystal Wiley Cené, MD, MPH, FAHA, is an Associate Professor of Medicine and cardiovascular epidemiologist in the UNC Department of Medicine and the Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology. She is also the System Executive Director for Health Equity for UNC Health and Director of the Program on Health Disparities at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. The pursuit of health equity is a unifying theme for her research, teaching, and leadership roles. In her role of System Executive Director for Health Equity, Dr. Cené is leading efforts across UNC Health to plan, implement, and evaluate evidence-based strategies and interventions to help address the structures, policies, and practices that perpetuate health disparities and impede health equity for our patients. In collaboration with stakeholders across the health system and the state, she will partner with other entities and organizations in the creation of healthy communities in North Carolina. In this presentation, Dr. Cené will discuss health inequalities and structural racism and how they manifest in health care settings to influence patient outcomes and experiences, and what can be done to advance equity and dismantle racism.


"Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment Outcomes Prediction Through Digital Phenotyping" 
Brenda Curtis, PhD, MsPH
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Brenda Curtis, PhD, MsPH is Chief, Technology and Translational Research Unit at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Dr. Curtis received her PhD in Health Communications from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, and her MsPH in Public Health from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Curtis’ research focus is translational, leveraging social media and big data methodology to form the development, evaluation, and implementation of technology-based tools that address substance use and related conditions such as HIV/AIDS. Understanding techniques people use to gather information online and how that information is processed has influenced her development of a web-based smoking cessation intervention; an online adolescent screening, brief information, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) program; and an adolescent safer sex and pregnancy prevention intervention CD-ROM. Dr. Curtis employs multiple methodologies to facilitate the flow of scientific discovery to practical application allowing her to not only reach under-served populations, but to design health monitoring and behavioral change interventions that are user-centered, inclusive, and evidence-based.

"Dealing with Observed and Unobserved Effect Moderators when Estimating Population Average Treatment Effects" 
Elizabeth Stuart, PhD
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Elizabeth A. Stuart, PhD is a Bloomberg Professor of American Health in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with joint appointments in the Department of Biostatistics and the Department of Health Policy and Management. She received her PhD in statistics in 2004 from Harvard University and is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Stuart has extensive experience in methods for estimating causal effects and dealing with the complications of missing data in experimental and non-experimental studies, particularly as applied to mental health, public policy, and education. Her primary research interests include designs for estimating causal effects in non-experimental settings (such as propensity scores), methods to assess and enhance the generalizability of randomized trials to target populations, and methods for policy evaluation. She has received research funding for her work from the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences, the WT Grant Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health and has served on advisory panels for the National Academy of Sciences, the US Department of Education, and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. She received the mid-career award from the Health Policy Statistics Section of the ASA, the Gertrude Cox Award for applied statistics, Harvard University's Myrto Lefkopoulou Award for excellence in Biostatistics, and the inaugural Society for Epidemiologic Research Marshall Joffe Epidemiologic Methods award.

"How I’ve Attended to Health Equity in Research, Training, and Practice" 
Judith Prochaska, PhD, MPH
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Judith (Jodi) Prochaska, PhD, MPH is Deputy Director and a tenured Professor of Medicine with the Stanford Prevention Research Center and Faculty Director of Stanford’s Master of Science (MS) Program in Community Health and Prevention Research. Dr. Prochaska is a member of the Stanford Cancer Institute and a licensed clinical psychologist with addiction medicine privileges with Stanford Healthcare. Dr. Prochaska is a fellow and past president of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT). Her research program is leveraging technology to bring tobacco cessation treatment into novel settings and to populations with high smoking prevalence and with attention to medical education and clinical practice. Dr. Prochaska consults as a scientific expert to the WHO and with numerous federal agencies, including the CDC, FDA, FTC, NCI, and the Federal Advisory Interagency Committee on Tobacco and Health. She has authored >250 peer-reviewed publications, serves on the Editorial Boards of JAMA Internal Medicine and Health Psychology, and was a contributing author to the 2020 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking Cessation. With a long track record of mentoring at the undergraduate, graduate/medical school, predoctoral, postdoctoral and faculty levels, Dr. Prochaska has received Stanford and Bay Area teaching and mentoring awards.

 "Why Public Health Needs Liberation Theology" 
Claudia E. Ordóñez, M.A
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Frequently used since the 1990s by U.S. public health practitioners working in Community Health and Development, Community-Based Participatory and Action Research (CBPAR) is a well-established research framework that emphasizes equity by implementing organizing principles and meaningfully and purposively involving relevant stakeholder groups in all stages of the research design process. When looking at the historical roots of CBPAR, there is evidence of a harmonic dialectical relationship between this research approach and Liberation Theology (see, for example, Orlando Fals-Borda and Paulo Freire). Acknowledging the need for and commitment to radical change as necessary for achieving social justice, CBPAR in the US has been influenced by movements for liberation and struggles for transformation in the Americas and beyond. This presentation will propose using three of Liberation Theology’s notions or principles (the preferential option for the poor; structural violence; and accompaniment) in tandem with the CBPAR framework as a key approach for the practice of public health as health justice. Given its transformational and liberatory goals, CBPAR offers an appropriate and effective framework for engaging with communities in addressing health inequalities and inequities.

Claudia E. Ordóñez, Anthropologist and M.A. in Intercultural Relations, is adjunct faculty at the Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.  Using the lenses of medical and applied anthropology, professor Ordóñez's work includes HIV/AIDS research; interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary research collaborations; intercultural competence conceptualization, evaluation, and trainings; South African plural health system research; and international development partnerships. She teaches Community Health Assessment and Community Transformation courses at Emory University and has ongoing biomedical and public health research collaborations based in Atlanta and South Africa, including NIH funded projects on COVID-19 among marginalized US populations and Non-Communicable Diseases and HIV health care integration in South Africa. She is proudly a Colombian immigrant.

"Hacking Systemic Inequities through Digital Resilience" 

Nishal Mohan, PhD
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Dr. Nishal Mohan’s passion for global social impact stems from a deep-rooted perspective acquired through his experiences of having lived in poverty, an immigrant from underserved and underrepresented parts of society, a scientist, a technologist, and policy architect. His leadership, dedication, and presence have gained the attention of various global trailblazers such as President Obama, who follows him on Twitter. He serves on multiple international nonprofit boards and has led government, nonprofits, universities, and corporations in transforming communities, cities, and regions through next generation science and technologies.

 In 2018, Nishal founded mohuman, a social impact nonprofit and pioneer of smart solutions to digital equity, with like-minded quality, implementingpartners across the world to help those most in need. Previously, Nishal directed the US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities Program, managing more than twenty-five cities to adopt next generation technologies for smart and connected cities and regions with sustainable innovation ecosystems and economies. Nishal joined US Ignite after serving as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of the Assistant Director, Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF). He developed and drove national policies and initiatives across the US Federal Government in Big Data and data science, smart and connected health, and next generation internet technologies and applications for smarter cities.

HWSPH Community Restorative Justice Events


"The Roots of Anti-Asian Racism and Violence"
Simeon Man, PhD 
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST

Dr. Simeon Man, Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Asian American & Pacific Islander Studies Program at UC San Diego will speak on “The Roots of Anti-Asian Racism and Violence” followed by discussions on actionable steps to combat racism, including on our campus. This session will be student-centered, and all members of the School are invited.  


“Combating Anti-API Hate: From Past to Present”
Kent Lee, Executive Director of Pacific Arts Movement and Co-Chair of the San Diego Asian Pacific Islander Coalition
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Kent Lee is the Executive Director of Pacific Arts Movement (Pac Arts), one of the largest media arts organizations in North America focusing on Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander cinema and is best known for presenting the annual San Diego Asian Film Festival.  With over 14 years of non-profit experience, Kent also volunteers in various non-profit organizations and community groups for his neighborhood, alma mater and other causes. These include: the San Diego API Coalition (Co-Chair), UCSD API Alumni Council (Incoming Chair), Asian Business Association of San Diego (Treasurer), Alpha Phi Omega (Treasurer, National Board Member), UC San Diego's Chancellor's Community Advisory Board, International Deaf Education Advocacy & Leadership, and the Mira Mesa Community Planning Group. Kent has been recognized for his leadership and service in the community with UC San Diego’s 40 Under 40 Alumni Award as well as SD Metro’s 40 Under 40 Award. Kent is a proud alumnus of the University of California, San Diego, where he received degrees in Economics and General Biology. Kent and his wife Phuong have called Mira Mesa home for nearly fifteen years, where they currently reside with their two young children. 

Loretta J. Ross, PhD 
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Loretta J. Ross is an Associate Professor at Smith College in Northampton, MA in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender. She teaches courses on white supremacy, human rights, and calling in the calling out culture. She has taught at Hampshire College and Arizona State University. She is a graduate of Agnes Scott College and holds an honorary Doctorate of Civil Law degree awarded in 2003 from Arcadia University and a second honorary doctorate degree awarded from Smith College in 2013. She also has credits towards a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies from Emory University. She serves as a consultant for Smith College, collecting oral histories of feminists of color for the Sophia Smith Collection, which also contains her personal archives. Loretta’s activism began when she was tear-gassed at a demonstration as a first-year student at Howard University in 1970. As a teenager, she was involved in anti-apartheid and anti-gentrification activism in Washington, DC as a founding member of the DC Study Group. As part of a 50-year history in social justice activism until her retirement from community organizing in 2012, she was the National Coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective from 2005-2012 and co-created the theory of Reproductive Justice in 1994.

Loretta was National Co-Director of April 25, 2004, March for Women’s Lives in Washington D.C., the largest protest march in U.S. history at that time with 1.15 million participants. She founded the National Center for Human Rights Education (NCHRE) in Atlanta, Georgia from 1996-2004.  She launched the Women of Color Program for the National Organization for Women (NOW) in the 1980s and was the national program director of the National Black Women’s Health Project. Loretta was one of the first African American women to direct a rape crisis center in the 1970s, launching her career by pioneering work on violence against women, as the third Executive Director of the D.C. Rape Crisis Center. She is a member of the Women's Media Center's Progressive Women's Voices. Watch Makers: Women Who Make America video.Loretta has co-written three books on reproductive justice: Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice in 2004; Reproductive Justice: An Introduction in March 2017; and Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique in October 2017. Her newest book, Calling In the Calling Out Culture is forthcoming later in 2021. Loretta is a rape survivor, forced to raise a child born of incest, and also a survivor of sterilization abuse at age 23. She is a model of how to survive and thrive despite the traumas that disproportionately affect low-income women of color.