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News Releases

09/13/2021

John and Sally Hood Family Foundation Gives $3 Million to UC San Diego

Cheryl A.M. Anderson, PhD, MPH, founding dean of the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, named inaugural chair in public health

Featuring: Cheryl A.M. Anderson, PhD, MPH

The John and Sally Hood Family Foundation have given $3 million to establish the Hood Family Endowed Dean’s Chair in Public Health at University of California San Diego. The gift is intended to support excellence in research, education and practice of public health at the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science at UC San Diego.

“We have lived in the San Diego region for more than 20 years and have had a close-knit relationship to UC San Diego throughout that time. This last year has shown that public health affects everyone and is vitally important to so many different parts of society: the economy, community relationships and especially individual people. We couldn’t imagine a more important moment to support a critical cause such as public health than right now,” said John Hood.

Cheryl A.M. Anderson, Ph.D., MPH, founding dean of Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health, has been named the inaugural chair holder. An endowed chair is one of the highest honors that an academic institution can confer upon a faculty member. It recognizes excellence in their research and clinical practice.

Read the full news release here.



09/01/2021
With Time and Without Masks, COVID-19 Vaccines Wane in Protection
Featuring: Nancy Binkin, MD, MPH

In a letter to The New England Journal of Medicine, publishing online September 1, 2021, an interdisciplinary team of physicians and public health experts at University of California San Diego measured the effectiveness of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines among health workers at UC San Diego Health, most notably during the emergence of the highly transmissible delta virus variant and coincident with the end of the state’s mask mandate, allowing fully vaccinated persons to forgo face coverings in most places.

08/05/2021
Public Health Leaders Urge HPV Immunization in Time for Back to School 
Featuring:
Jesse Nodora, DrPH

As the start of school approaches, local public health leaders are calling on parents to protect children from preventable diseases, in particular the human papillomavirus (HPV) which is responsible for 36,000 new cancer diagnosis each year. 

08/04/2021
Graphic Warning Labels on Cigarette Packaging Changes Perceptions
Featuring: David Strong, PhD, John P. Pierce, PhD, and Karen Messer, PhD

Purchase a pack of cigarettes in Australia and be prepared to be accosted with graphic warning labels depicting the dangers of tobacco use — including images of gangrene of the foot, a newborn with a breathing tube and throat cancer. In a paper published online in JAMA Network Open on Aug. 4, 2021, Strong and colleagues at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, California State University San Marcos, San Diego County Public Health Services, and San Diego State University, demonstrated that graphic warning labels are effective reminders of the negative health consequences of smoking.

 

07/15/2021
Common Medication Used to Reduce Cholesterol Levels May Reduce COVID-19 Severity
Featuring: Karen Messer, PhD

In a new study from University of California San Diego School of Medicine, researchers have confirmed that patients taking statin medications had a 41 percent lower risk of in-hospital death from COVID-19. The findings were published July 15, 2021 in PLOS ONE  and expand upon prior research conducted at UC San Diego Health in 2020.

07/07/2021
How to Reduce Obesity among Latino Children, with Precision
Featuring: Eric Hekler, PhD

As part of Governor Gavin Newsom’s newly budgeted California Comeback Plan and the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM), researchers at UC San Diego, led by the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI), will receive approximately $3 million to create a precision, community-based program to address specific health problems related to adverse childhood experiences or ACEs, a term that describes potentially traumatic events that affect children, such as family violence, abuse or neglect.

06/30/2021
UC San Diego Wildfire Experts Directory
Featuring: Tarik Benmarhnia, PhD, MSc, MEng

As California faces wildfire season following drought in much of the state, experts at UC San Diego are available to discuss wildfires, drought, and California climate across an array of topics, including climate science, technology, public health, and economics and policy.

06/03/2021
Social Justice as Part of the Remedy for What Ails Us
Featuring:
 Cinnamon Bloss, PhD

The T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion has opened its newest center, focused on addressing issues of social justice in health care.

In the News

09/08/2021
Study: No Serious COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects in Breastfeeding Moms, Infants
Faculty featured: Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH

09/02/2021
New Study Looks At Covid-19 Infections In Vaccinated Healthcare Workers
Faculty featured: Nancy Binkin, MD, MPH

09/01/2021
The Role of Statins in COVID-19, With a Focus on Patients With Cardiovascular Risk Factors
Faculty featured: Lori Daniels, MD

08/31/2021

CBS Los Angeles: California cannabis dispensary regulations prohibiting minors not working as hoped, according to study
Faculty featured: Yuyan Shi, PhD

08/25/2021
Tahoe, Reno areas have worst air quality in country due to smoke, raising concerns about a Covid surge
Faculty featured: Tarik Benmarhnia, PhD

08/25/2021
The Worst Habits for Inflammation, Says Science
Faculty featuredSuzi Hong, PhD

08/23/2021
Fatty liver still unseen in the metabolic ‘constellation of risk
Faculty featured: Rohit Loomba, MD

08/22/2021
Back-to-school stress? UCSD experts unmask strategies for keeping children healthy as they head to campuses
Faculty featured: Rebecca Fielding-Miller, PhD

08/22/2021
Uneasiness persists as kids return to school with Delta variant spreading
Faculty featuredGretchen Bandoli, PhD

08/19/2021
Study finds 'very concerning' 74% increase in deaths associated with extreme heat brought on by the climate crisis
Faculty featured: Tarik Benmarhnia, PhD

08/17/2021
Doing This Exercise for 20 Minutes Reduces Inflammation, Says Study
Faculty featuredSuzi Hong, PhD

08/16/2021

Drinking This Every Day Could Shorten Your Life Expectancy, New Study Says
Faculty featured: Cheryl Anderson, PhD, MPH, MS, Elena Martinez, PhD and Happy Araneta, PhD, MPH

08/09/2021

Four Ways to Protect Yourself From Harmful Air Pollution Caused by Wildfires
Faculty featured: Tarik Benmarhnia, PhD

08/05/2021
Biden aims to vaccinate more kids through sports and PTAs
Faculty featured: Wael Al-Delaimy, MD, PhD

08/05/2021
How Public Health Experts Protect Their Kids From COVID-19
Faculty featured: Rebecca Fielding-Miller, PhD

08/04/2021
Graphic warning labels on cigarette packaging changes perceptions
Faculty Featured: David Strong, PhD, John P. Pierce, PhD, and Karen Messer, PhD

08/04/2021
The #1 Best Way to Reduce Inflammation, Say Experts
Faculty featuredSuzi Hong, PhD

08/02/2021
Statins may increase chance of COVID-19 survival among those with heart disease
Faculty featured: Lori Daniels, MD

07/29/2021
The Pandemic Is In A New Phase But Child Care Centers Still Struggling
Faculty featured: Rebecca Fielding-Miller, PhD

07/28/2021
Still planning summer travel? Here’s how to make it as painless as possible
Faculty featured: Rebecca Fielding-Miller, PhD

07/27/2021
Heated tobacco products: The next generation of smoke-free alternatives targeting teens
Faculty featured: Shu-Hong Zhu, PhD

07/08/2021
AHA News: How to Eat Right and Save Money at the Same Time
Faculty featured: Cheryl Anderson, PhD, MPH, MS

07/06/2021
Why Dancing Is So Good for Us
Faculty featured: Samantha Hurst, PhD

07/02/2021
Heat waves kill people—and climate change is making it much, much worse
Faculty featured: Tarik Benmarhnia, PhD, MSc, MEng

06/30/2021
COVID-19 Death Rate Disparities: A Look at the Hardest Hit Communities
Faculty featured: Rebecca Fielding-Miller, PhD

06/23/2021
COVID vaccines and breastfeeding: what the data say
Faculty featured: Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH

06/09/2021
Are Natural Deodorants Really Better for You?
Faculty featured: Amy Borenstein, PhD

06/08/2021
UC San Diego Health Podcast: “Environmental justice: Where COVID-19 meets climate change"
Faculty featured: Tarik Benmarhnia, PhD, MSc, MEng

06/07/2021
Editorial: Want single-payer? California needs a public option first
Faculty featured: Richard Kronick, PhD

06/03/2021
Social Justice as Part of the Remedy for What Ails Us
Faculty featured: Cinnamon Bloss, PhD

05/19/2021
In-Depth: Early data shows COVID-19 vaccine safe for pregnant women
Faculty featured: Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH

05/19/2021
New Mask Guidelines Make Sense in a Vacuum, But We Live in the Real World
Faculty featured: Rebecca Fielding-Miller, PhD, Richard Garfein, PhD, MPH, Nancy Binkin, MD, MPH

05/18/2021
Honor system, paper cards won't cut it for COVID-19 vaccine verification, experts say. 'Vaccine passports' are coming
Faculty featured: Rebecca Fielding-Miller, PhD

05/18/2021
The 6 Best Types of Exercise to Reduce Inflammation
Faculty featured: Suzi Hong, PhD

05/17/2021
723 Epidemiologists on When and How the U.S. Can Fully Return to Normal
Faculty featured: Gretchen Bandoli, PhD

05/14/2021
Just Say No to Vaping
Faculty featured: Wael Al-Delaimy, MD, PhD

05/10/2021
School Reopenings ‘Substantially’ Increased Covid-19 Spread In Texas, Economic Study Finds
Faculty featured: Rebecca Fielding-Miller, PhD

05/06/2021
The Refugee-Led Coalition Creating Collective Care
Faculty featured: Rebecca Fielding-Miller, PhD

05/03/2021
Can La Jolla reach herd immunity against COVID-19? UCSD expert says it’s ‘not realistic’
Faculty featured: Richard Garfein, PhD, MPH

05/03/2021
As Vaccine Demand Slows, Political Differences Go on Display in California Counties
 Faculty featured: Rebecca Fielding-Miller, PhD

04/28/2021
8 Pennsylvania waterfalls where you can feel the majesty of nature
Faculty featured: James Sallis, PhD (Emeritus)

04/23/2021
Opinion: Mental health and climate change are intertwined. Here’s how
Faculty featured: Wael Al-Delaimy, MD, PhD

04/22/2021
Cannabis Use Disorder Rate Rose among Pregnant Women between 2001-2012
Faculty featured: Yuyan Shi, PhD

04/22/2021
The Uncertainty of Climate Change is Hurting Us
Faculty featured: Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH; Tarik Benmarhnia, PhD, MSc, MEng

04/21/2021
Unions Use Their Advocacy Skills To Get COVID-19 Vaccines In Members’ Arms
 Faculty featured: Rebecca Fielding-Miller, PhD

04/21/2021
Not all Asian Americans are being vaccinated at high rates. A Chinatown clinic shows why
Faculty featured: Happy Araneta, PhD, MPH

04/20/2021
How Churches Are Influencing Vaccine Decisions 
Faculty featured: Rebecca Fielding-Miller, PhD

04/17/2021
The best exercise for women over 65
Faculty featured: Andrea LaCroix, PhD, MPH, John Bellettiere, PhD

04/17/2021
Study: Regular exercise shielded COVID-19 patients from hospitalization, death
Faculty featured: James Sallis, PhD (Emeritus)

04/14/2021
Consistent Physical Activity Associated with Reduced Risk of Poor COVID-19 Outcomes
Faculty featured: James Sallis, PhD (Emeritus)

04/13/2021
Here's Why You Might Not Want to Laminate Your Vaccine Card
Faculty featured: Rebecca Fielding-Miller, PhD

04/08/2021
Opinion: Individual and organizational efforts against COVID-19 must continue. Here’s why we can’t let our guard down
Faculty featured: Cheryl Anderson, PhD, MPH, MS

04/08/2021
Vaccinated Mothers Are Trying to Give Babies Antibodies via Breast Milk
Faculty featured: Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH

04/06/2021
Move beyond your pandemic slump: Get up and get going
Faculty featured: James Sallis, PhD (Emeritus)

03/30/2021
Biden, CDC Director Warn Of Virus Rebound If Nation Lets Up
Faculty featured: Rebecca Fielding-Miller, PhD

03/29/2021
Concerns over low AAPI vaccination rates among elderly San Diegans
Faculty featured: Happy Araneta, PhD, MPH

03/25/2021
Sharp, ‘Off The Charts’ Rise In Alcoholic Liver Disease Among Young Women
Faculty featured: Rohit Loomba, MD

03/22/2021
AHA News: Blood Pressure Successes in Black People May Come Down to These 2 Things
Faculty featured: Cheryl Anderson, PhD, MPH, MS

03/20/2021
Without data, COVID-19’s impact on some San Diego minorities is overlooked, advocates say
Faculty featured: Happy Araneta, PhD, MPH

03/18/2021
Inspirational Campus Leader Battling Stage 4 Cancer Receives One of Dentistry’s Highest Honors
Faculty featured: Donna Kritz-Silverstein, PhD, Ellen Beck, MD

03/15/2021
One Huge Side Effect of Going for More Casual Walks, Says New Study
Faculty featured: Andrea LaCroix, PhD, MPH

03/09/2021
Social Security and Medicare may experience their own COVID-19 side effects, experts say
Faculty featured: Richard Kronick, PhD

03/08/2021
Opinion: Here’s how President Biden’s immigration reform plan will impact San Diego’s diverse community
Faculty featured: Tala Al-Rousan, MD, MPH

03/03/2021
Opinion: If San Diego wants an equitable vaccine distribution, racism should be addressed head-on
Faculty featured: Happy Araneta, PhD, MPH

02/28/2021
Arab Americans, deemed 'white' in government records, suffer an unseen COVID-19 crisis
Faculty featured: Wael Al-Delaimy, MD, PhD

02/25/2021
NIH Awards UC San Diego $33 Million for Five COVID-19 Diagnostic Projects
 Faculty featured: Jesse Nodora, DrPH, Linda Hill, MD, MPH, and Elena Martinez, PhD

02/24/2021
Breastfeeding Moms Are Keeping Texas' Babies From Going Hungry
Staff featured: Cha Esguerra, MS

02/23/2021
UC San Diego Researchers Offer Tips for Protecting Mobility in Older Women
Faculty featured: Andrea LaCroix, PhD, MPH, John Bellettiere, PhD

02/17/2021
Prep sports advocates grow in numbers, continue push for return-to-play
 Faculty featured: Richard Garfein, PhD, MPH

02/11/2021
How Should Parents Decide to Send Their Children Back to School for In-Person Instruction? 
Faculty featured: Andrea LaCroix, PhD, MPH 

02/05/2021
Should you get the COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant? Here's what experts say
Faculty featured: Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH

02/01/2021
End of Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ a relief to researchers, but obstacles remain
Faculty featured: Wael Al-Delaimy, MD, PhD

02/01/2021
Covid-19 Vaccines Leave Pregnant Women in a Quandary 
Faculty featured: Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH

02/01/2021
Filipino Residents Have Been Hit Hard by COVID – But No One Knows Just How Hard 
Faculty featured: Happy Araneta, PhD, MPH

02/01/2021
Restaurant, Retail COVID-19 Outbreaks Decreased During Stay-At-Home Order 
Faculty featured: Andrea LaCroix, PhD, MPH

02/01/2020
COVID: A ‘Stress Test’ for the Heart
Faculty featured: Lori Daniels, MD

01/28/2021
When will you feel safe to travel? 5 epidemiologists share hopes, fears, data and guesses 
Faculty featured: Nancy Binkin, MD, MPH

01/28/2021
Vaping doesn't keep young people from smoking cigarettes later 
Faculty featured: John Pierce, PhD

01/19/2021
Covid-19 vaccine guidance for those who are lactating is based on faulty assumptions, experts say 
Faculty featured: Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH

01/15/2021
The race is on for medical treatment of NASH
Faculty featured: Rohit Loomba, MD

01/15/2021
Covid-19 deaths in San Diego County have doubled since Thanksgiving
Faculty featured: Rebecca Fielding-Miller, PhD

01/07/2021
Commentary: Health experts and other San Diego leaders must unite to better coordinate pandemic response 
Faculty featured: Cheryl Anderson, PhD, MPH, MS


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Announcements

Fall 2020
  • Celebration of our 1st Academic Year: Our celebration of the 1st Academic Year in the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science was held virtually on October 16th. Learn more. 

  • California COVID Notify Pilot Program: An exposure notification system from Google and Apple has been adopted on campus to help alert individuals when they may have been exposed to COVID-19. UC San Diego is one of the first campuses to participate in this statewide program. Find out more about the program and how to install CA COVID Notify on your phone.

  • Campus Return to Learn Updates: To promote the health and safety of our campus community, staff, students, and faculty are able to:
    • Complete daily screening for symptoms of COVID-19
    • Schedule COVID-19 testing at no-cost
    • Hear routine updates and ask questions at monthly Town HallsPlease continue to maintain physical distancing, wear masks, and proper hygiene.
    • Learn More