• Social Justice 2018

 

4th Annual Social Justice in Public Health Lecture Series:  Immigration & Public Health

The Public Health Program's Fall 2018 Social Justice Lecture Series concluded with a final presentation on November 26, 2018.  This year's series included an innovative collection of lectures and panel discussions from experts in the field and focused on the public health impacts of migration, immigration and anti-immigration policies on individuals, families and communities.  Information about the speakers and recorded lectures follow:

10.15.2018
Immigration and Health Care:  Seth Holmes, PhD, MD & Panel

Seth Holmes, PhD, MD is an Associate Professor of Medical Anthropology and Public Health at the University of California Berkeley and the founding co-chair of the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine. He is author of the ground-breaking book Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States.


 

10.22.2018 
The Impact of Immigration on Mental Health:  Renae Badruzzaman, MPH and Laura Lopez

Renae Badruzzaman, MPH, is the Program Manager for Health Equity Investments at the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) with over 8 years of health and human services experience advocating systems change.  Prior to joining BARHII, as the Center for Long-Term Care Reform Director at Health & Medicine Policy Research Group, Renae managed projects addressing health inequities for people with chronic and complex health needs.  Renae is a graduate of the Illinois Leadership and Education for Neurodevelopmental and other related Disabilities (LEND).  She received her MPH from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and a BA in Psychology and Human Development from the State University of New York.

Laura Lopez immigrated to the US from Peru at the age of 18 and has experienced the challenges and discrimination faced by low-wage and immigrant workers.  She received the Community Justice Award presented by Centro Legal de la Raza, the Barbara Lee Special Congressional Recognition for Community Justice and was chosen as one of the top Community Health Leaders in the country by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Laura currently works at Highland Hospital as a Family Specialist in the Pediatrics Department.


 

10.29.2018 
Immigration Policy & Access to Health Services:  Ignatius Bau, JD and Michele Bunker-Alberts, DNP

Part I  |  Part II  |  Speaker Interviews

Ignatius Bau, JD, is an independent consultant, working with community-based organizations, minority physicians, health departments, and foundations on health care reform, health equity, and immigration policy.  Mr. Bau has worked for the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, The California Endowment, and was an immigration attorney at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area.  He drafted the City of Refuge ordinance enacted by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and was a founding board member of the Northern California Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and Services.

Michelle Bunker-Alberts, DNP, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at Touro University California. In addition to her responsibilities in the School of Nursing, she has served in leadership roles for the California Association of Nurse Practitioners and the United States Lactation Consultant Association.  Dr. Bunker-Alberts is a founding member of an innovative community health advocacy group working to eliminate health disparities and increase access to health care in the community.


 

11.5.2018 
Immigration, Detention Centers & Human Rights:  Peggy Bristol, JD and Isa Noyola

Part I  |  Part II

Peggy Bristol, JD, is a first-generation American whose father and other immigrant relatives came to the United States through Ellis Island.  A native New Yorker, she has a deep appreciation for her American heritage as well as her family's Caribbean heritage.  She and her staff all speak at least two languages, and all are committed to serving clients with passion, dedication, imagination and integrity.  Peggy has coached and mentored numerous attorneys on substantive and procedural strategies for young immigrants who are eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.  She has helped lead "Train the Trainer" workshops for "Know Your Rights" advocates.

Isa Noyola is a translatina activist, a national leader in the LGBT immigrant rights movement, and the deputy director at the Transgender Law Center.  She works extensively for the release of transgender women from ICE detention and an end to all deportations.  She is a part of the #Not1more campaign team and sits on the advisory boards of TAJA coalition, El/La para Translatinas, and Familia:  Trans, Queer Liberation movement.  She has organized the first ever national trans anti-violence convening that brought together over 100 activists, mostly trans women of color, to address the epidemic of violence trans communities are facing.


 

11.19.2018 
Immigration Status, Labor & Health: Manisha Salinas, DrPH

Dr. Manisha Salinas is a Field Consultant in the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley and a faculty member in the Sociology Department of Sonoma State University.  She received her DrPH from Texas A&M University.  She also holds a Masters in Sociology from the University of Hawaii with a focus on health and medical sociology.  Dr. Manisha is an advocate for social justice in public health and has worked with indigenous communities, refugee groups, and various vulnerable and minority populations.


 

11.26.2018 
Solutions:  Immigration & Health:  Leoncio Vasquez, Meileen Acosta and Renae Badruzzaman (video coming soon)

Leoncio Vasquez is a founding Board Member of the Central Valley Immigrants of the Central Valley Immigrants Integration Collaborative, a regional network of organizations that have come together to serve the immigrant families residing in the Central Valley of California.  He is the former Executive Director of Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena Oaxaqueño (CBDIO) which was created to serve the indigenous migrant communities from Mexico: primarily from Oaxaca.  Since 2006, Mr Vasquez has played a key role in organizing a yearly immigrant rights march in Fresno.  He is part if the Southwest Fresno Specific Plan Steering Committee.

Meileen Acosta, MPH, has been an epidemiologist since 2003 and joined Solano Public Health in 2012.  Her awareness of equity issues stemmed from her exposure as a child to her father's work in a small town in the Philippines and her passion for equity grew during graduate school.  Meileen received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from University of California, Berkeley and her Master's in Public Health in Global Health, Infectious Diseases from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

Renae Baruzzaman, MPH, Renae Badruzzaman, MPH, is the Program Manager for Health Equity Investments at the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) with over 8 years of health and human services experience advocating systems change.  Prior to joining BARHII, as the Center for Long-Term Care Reform Director at Health & Medicine Policy Research Group, Renae managed projects addressing health inequities for people with chronic and complex health needs.  Renae is a graduate of the Illinois Leadership and Education for Neurodevelopmental and other related Disabilities (LEND).  She received her MPH from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and a BA in Psychology and Human Development from the State University of New York.

 


Continuing Education Units (CEU)

Continuing Education Units

Each session is worth 2 continuing education credits through the National Board of Public Health Examiners

Touro University California (TUC) is an approved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) Recertification credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. Effective July, 1 2017, the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) accepts continuing education units (CEU) for CPH recertification credits from TUC

Life-long Learners seeking credit for CPH recertification should use the guidelines provided by the NBPHE for calculating recertification credits. To self-report your CPH recertification credits, log into your CPH Recertification portal.

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Past Social Justice Seminar Series

2017 Seminar Series
2016 Seminar Series