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

A Home Away from Home

Michael Lewis, Fundraising Chair, FAP Maritza Tona, Executive Director of FAP Marie-France François, MD, MPH and Director of Programs FAP   About HIV HIV or Human Immunodeficiency Virus attacks cells in the body. The cells HIV attacks are called T-cells or CD4 cells, which are responsible for fighting off diseases and infections.

Public Health on the Map

  “Public health refers to all organized measures (whether public or private) to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life among the population as a whole.” - World Health Organization “Public health is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals.” - Charles Edward Amory Winslow. We asked a few Loma Linda University schools and people in the San Bernardino community to write about public health using

The Road Traveled Together

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” African Proverb By Katie Freeland There are countless adages that involve teamwork and collaboration. There is no “I” in team. Many hands make light work. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. You’ve heard them before.

Op-Ed: Navigating the Affordable Care Act

  By Edward McField, PhD, Associate Professor in the Center of Leadership in Health Systems Fast Facts: El Sol Neighborhood Educational Center Began in 1991 Trains Community Health Works in a partnership with LLU SPH Impacts more than 250,000 people through various outreach and educational programs Has programs in nutrition, mental health, domestic violence, and other areas Fast Facts: African American Health Coalition Formed in 2006 as a key advisor to the County of San Bernardino Is a group of health care and mental health medical advocates Collaborates

Life Near a Major Rail Yard

Excerpts taken from  ‘Experiences of a Rail Yard Community: Life Is Hard.’  as published in the September 2014 issue of the Journal of Environmental Health. Authors of study: Rhonda Spencer-Hwang, MPH, DrPH • Susanne Montgomery, PhD • Molly Dougherty • Johanny Valladares, MBA • Sany Rangel, MA • Peter Gleason, PhD • Sam Soret, MPH, PhD Loma Linda University School of Public Health, community groups and local air pollution control agencies have identified the San Bernardino Rail yard (SBF) as a significant public health and environmental justice issue.

Letter from the Editors

Sitting in Nichol Hall, home of the Loma Linda University School of Public Health, we are fortunate enough to have a beautiful view of the mountains, palm trees, and the resilient people that make up San Bernardino. However… The success of a school of public health should be measured by the quality of its students and the impact it has on its neighboring communities.

The Other 23

  The Other 23 by Marcus Chapman What has six legs and barely moves? You, sitting in a chair. Let’s not get all up in arms about the semantics of the amount of legs a person may or may not have or the style of chair. The point is, we sit too often for too long and it’s killing us. A sedentary lifestyle is lived with little or irregular physical activity. A term for this type of person is a couch potato but the wording is a little misleading; we could do away with the couch part because a potato is just as active on the couch as it is on a racetrack. I digress.

"Respond to every call that excites your spirit."

  "...move past fear and just do it."   "Respond to every call that excites your spirit." –Rumi By Ladi Khoddam Melissa Bingham’s recent journey precisely echoes Rumi’s 11th century sentiments and words. She is no stranger to taking chances. She welcomes uncertainty and challenges herself; she’s volunteered in a variety of countries (Haiti, the Philippines, and Benin to name just a few on her long list), providing medical and disaster relief.

Letter from the President

  Letter from the President By Richard Hart, MD, DrPH President of Loma Linda University I still remember very clearly when I was first bitten by the public health bug.  I was sitting in a preventive medicine class during my freshman year in medicine at Loma Linda.  Since it was considered a “lightweight” class, most of my classmates had skipped that afternoon.  Bill Dysinger, then Associate Dean of the new School of Public Health on campus, was giving a lecture about the World Health Organization and global health issues.  While I had always planned to s

Whole Communities, adult resources, community resilience

On the Road to Community Empowerment

Knots begin to fill the spot where my stomach once was. The steady flow of community members and old friends begin to fill the room. It was a little over four months ago that I arrived here at  Loma Linda University and was put in charge of developing an Adult Resource Center for the La Escuelita Program at the south end of San Bernardino, a staple of resources for many families who flock from San Bernardino and its smaller surrounding cities. Coming into this community from northern California, I was statistically aware of the educational and employment disparities that existed here.