Dementia affects 47 million people worldwide, and this number is expected to exceed 150 million by the year 2050. Dr. Jim E. Banta, associate professor and program director for the master of public health in health policy and leadership at Loma Linda University School of Public Health, recently published an editorial regarding dementia, morbidity, and medications in the journal of Age and Ageing.
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It is with deep sorrow that the Loma Linda University School of Public Health informs you of the passing of Dr. Samuel Soret, PhD, a beloved colleague, professor and friend. He passed away from a heart attack while on a trip to Spain on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Dr. Soret faithfully served the School of Public Health for 21 years, most recently as Associate Dean for Research and Executive Director of the Center for Community Resilience. The funeral services for Dr. Sam Soret will be on Friday, August 26, at 1 p.m.
An alumna of Loma Linda University, Celeste Philip, MD, MPH, is now surgeon general for the state of Florida and its 20 million residents. Following her appointment in March as interim surgeon general, Gov. Rick Scott made her position permanent May 18. Read more on LLU's website→
Eleven students and several faculty from the School of Public Health joined over 4,000 volunteers for the three-day Pathway to Health clinic in Los Angeles on April 27-29, 2016. The lines for the clinic would start the night before, as people would bring their sleeping bags and blankets prepared to spend the night. By the time of opening at 7 a.m. each morning, thousands of patients would line up along the walls of the LA convention center waiting to receive care.
Ellen Smit, MS Nutrition, class of 1990, was a lead researcher on a healthy lifestyle behavior study. Read the findings here.
Denise Hinds, DrPH Preventive Care, class of 2011, and MPH Maternal and Child Health, class of 1999, was featured in a podcast and discusses healthy moms and healthy babies. To listen, click here.
By Krystal Gheen
We have been working with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians for quite some time in a number of ways. Through these discussions, they have recently invited Loma Linda University Health to help them educate their members on ways they can live healthier and happier lives. This is a first.
USAID’s Global Health Fellows program made a stop in Loma Linda in May to present students with various internship opportunities. Kate Jones, assistant professor at LLUSPH has played a supportive role in bringing USAID to campus, and ensuring a large audience. This year, global health students were joined by several preventive medicine residents from the LLU School of Medicine, along with the dean of the School of Behavioral Health, and the director of LLUSPH’s MBA program. This visit was reported on the USAID fellow website.
We send our thoughts and prayers to Dr. James Crawford and his family. His wife Fran passed away Tuesday evening, February 2, 2016. Dr. Crawford was Dean of SPH during two different time periods in the 1970s and ‘80s, and was also an Associate Dean in the School of Dentistry. Services were held for Fran on Sunday, February 7 at the Chico SDA Church in Northern California.
Greetings from LLUSPH and happy 2016! My name is Ernie Medina, Jr., and I’ve been an alum since ’93 (MPH, Health Promotion and Education; DrPH, Preventive Care). Like many of you, I’ve watched things happening here at LLUSPH from the outside for the last 23 years, and I’ve often wanted to help in some way. Whatever your experience has been since you left LLUSPH, we want to re-connect and re-engage with you, because we know a vibrant alumni network is part of a vibrant school.
Wayne Dysinger, MD, MPH, class of 1990 was featured on Southern California Public Radio for his notable contributions to the field of preventive medicine. Dr. Dysinger is the former president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and the former chair of the department of Preventive Medicine at Loma Linda University, School of Medicine. To hear or read the story, click here.