School of Public Health student news and stories from around campus.

AQ Summer 2016

USAID Fellows Program Visits

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. Read more by visiting the Global Health Fellows II website.

AQ Summer 2016

Saying Goodbye to Fran Crawford

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.
Dear LLUSPH Alumni

AQ Winter 2016

Dear LLUSPH Alumni

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. That is why I accepted the call from the dean to take on a new role as Director of Alumni Engagement.
Alumni Updates

AQ Winter 2016

Alumni Updates

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. Angeline David, DrPH, MHS, RDN, class of 2012 – On November 4, 2015, the North American Division Executive Committee elected Dr.
Notable Alumnus Visits Campus

AQ Winter 2016

Notable Alumnus Visits Campus, Speaks at LLUSPH Career Fair

(L-R) Trish and Don Hall are recognized for their donations to LLUSPH by Dr. Helen Hopp Marshak on Thurs., Feb. 11, 2016. Don Hall graduated from Loma Linda University in 1973 with an MPH in nutrition and a DrPH in preventive health care in 1978.  Dr. Hall and his wife, Trish, visited LLUSPH the week of February 11 for the unveiling of a plaque dedicated to the Halls for their contributions to the school. Dr.
Calling the class of 1967

AQ Fall 2015, AQ Summer 2015, AQ Winter 2016

Calling the class of 1967!

We will be celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the School of Public Health in 2017. Please forward the names and contact information of friends, family and fellow classmates that were a part of the first school of public health class in 1967 so that they may be included in the celebration.  Email Wanda Lewis in the office of Alumni Engagement at or call (909) 558-7124. •

News, Public Health, Whole Communities

San Bernardino Memorial Blood Drive

On Wednesday, January 6, come help celebrate the lives of our public health friends and colleagues lost in the San Bernardino tragedy by donating blood in their memory. A LifeStream bloodmobile will be in front of Nichol Hall from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. FOR EVERY LIFESAVING DONATION PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE: An LLU meal ticket coupon A LifeStream T-shirt (while supplies last.) Free cholesterol screening. Points that may be redeemed for items through LifeStream’s online donor store at Please be sure to drink plenty of fluids and bring photo identification with you.

Public Health, Whole Communities, Whole Individuals

Public Health: What is Service?

After landing, and making it through security at Jomo Kenyatta Airport I quickly found my ride to what would be my home for the next ten months. Driving down the highway we turned into Ongata Rongai, a little town outside of Nairobi, Kenya. I was met with new smells, hardships, faces, and the phrase muzungu, which means white person in Swahili. I had arrived! This would be my first night in Africa, a culmination of jet lag, amazing stars, new friends, culture, and surprises. What did God have in store for me this year? Often, I had thought of what that night would be like.

Whole Communities, community resilience, healthy communities

Picking Daisies (or, How to Make Friends with 7-year-olds)

Every week at Kids ROCK* is a surprise. We never know if we’ll be inundated with volunteers or kids- the two groups are rarely ever equal.  On this particular week I come to lend an extra hand to my coordinator.  We’d had some, shall we say, “overly energetic” kids attending and they have been challenging to handle. The afternoon starts off with a curious version of baseball; the rules quickly fall by the wayside. Up next is a confusing game of capture the flag. Next, freeze tag! This one was a winner!

Whole Communities

Big Impacts Through Small Deeds

La Escuelita: A Family Resource Center of Loma Linda University offers programs especially for families in the San Bernardino area. In the last 10 years La Escuelita has become something cherished by the community. We have seen many kids grow up in the program. Although sometimes one cannot see the impact it makes in a day in a family, we have been amazed at seeing the impact over a decade through our Community Kids Connection (CKC) Tutoring and CKC Music classes. Loma Linda University students volunteer once per week during the school year to serve as academic tutors or music teachers.