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Congratulations Chris, PhD!

CLAREMONT, California - We would like to congratulate Christopher for passing his doctoral defense today!

Christopher Cappelli defended his PhD dissertation today meriting him the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Health Promotion Sciences. His committee members include Drs. Susan Ames (Chair), Bix Xie and Alan Stacy.

Christopher's dissertation is entitled: "Neurocognitive Processes and Appetitive Behaviors: Prediction of Future Drug Use and Eating Behaviors Among Adolescents"

Congratulations again to Dr. Christopher Cappelli, PhD! 


PhD Student Aye Aye Khaine advances to candidacy!
Claremont Graduate University PhD student Aye Aye Khaine (Public Policy and Health Promotion Sciences) successfully advanced to candidacy yesterday!
Aye Aye will be completing her dissertation research focusing on improving nutritional outcomes of young children in Myanmar.
She recently serves as a Nutrition consultant in Myanmar with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
The following is her dissertation: "The Value of Nutrition-Sensitive Programs in Improving Nutritional Outcome of Young Children: Evidence from Myanmar"
There is a growing recognition for the need to understand whether social development programs, policies, or interventions, in developing countries have brought about positive outcomes or changes in the lives of target populations, including children, receiving such programs. Malnutrition remains a major public health challenge in many developing countries, particularly in Myanmar. An assessment on the outcomes, i.e. evaluation, of these programs in developing countries, where the societies and institutional systems are less strong and predictable in which a major segment of the population is poor, has not become easier over the years. Further operational challenges, e.g. short budget-program cycle, capacity, timely implementation of interventions, place the practitioners and evaluators to make practical choices in evaluating the values of nutrition sensitive programs, which are part of global and local efforts in reducing malnutrition. Malnutrition has multiple origins as described by UNICEF Theoretical Framework on Causes of Malnutrition (UNICEF, 1990), further adopted and refined by Lancet’s Maternal and Child Undernutrition Study Group (The Lancet, 2013). There is a global call for more information on the value of nutrition-sensitive interventions. While nutrition-specific interventions address immediate causes of malnutrition, nutrition-sensitive interventions address the underlying causes of malnutrition. Following nutrition-sensitive program interventions in three different agro-ecological zones in Myanmar, two waves of nutrition survey data were collected in 2013 and 2015 by Livelihood and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) of United Nations Project Operation Services (UNOPS) in Myanmar. Given the structural and operational context and constraints, these limited data are used to assess the changes in the village-level nutritional wellbeing of under-five-year-old children, thus addressing both the specific value of these programs in Myanmar, and also responding to the global call for more information on nutrition-sensitive interventions. By doing so, I contribute to understanding how to conduct, measure, and evaluate nutrition-sensitive interventions in limited data environments of severe underdevelopment.

Congratulations Aye Aye!
Congratulations Class of 2018!

CLAREMONT, California - The 91st Commencement Ceremony of Claremont Graduate University was held this past Saturday, May 12th awarding over 300 degrees for masters and doctoral candidates. The School of Community and Global Health graduated 24 students this year.

We are so excited to have a growing group of alumni. With our new graduates, we have nearly 150 students who have graduated from SCGH since the founding of the school in 2008 and our first graduating class in 2011.

SCGH is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year in July. We are excited for the continuous growth of our programs and school educating public health professionals and leaders.

Spring MPH Internship Poster Presentation Session

Claremont Graduate University
School of Community and Global Health
Master of Public Health Program


Wednesday, May 9, 2018
1 PM - 4:30 PM

Claremont Graduate University
1021 N Dartmouth Ave. Claremont, CA 91711
Burkle 16

Refreshments will be served

The following MPH candidates will be sharing their internship experiences:

Alexis Perryman
Children's Hospital Los Angeles 
Preceptor: Dr. Cary Kruetzer, MPH, RD, FAAD, EdD
Development and Expansion of the California Maternal Child Health Leadership Training Network
Sylvia Su
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Division of Medical and Dental Affairs, Health Care Consumer Protection Unit
Preceptor: Melina Boudov, MA
Health Care Consumer Protection for Older Chinese Immigrant Adult
Ahmed Khalifa M. Hadreiez 
Arrowhead Regional Hospital
Preceptor: Sabreen White, MBA
Feasibility of Patients' Recruitment within the RADD Mom's Study
Lisette De La Trinidad
San Antonio Healthy Communities Institute (HCI) 
Preceptor: Angelica Baltazar, MSW
Redirecting Food Waste to Food Insecure Individuals in the Inland Empire
Tiffany Fong
Claremont Graduate University - School of Community & Global Health
Preceptor: Dr. Bin Xie, PhD
Culturally Appropriate Strategies for Chinese Americans with Diabetes: Health Screening
Paul Correa
Southern California Association of Governments
Preceptor: Rye Baerg
Expanding the Public Health Appendix's Research on Affordable Housing and Climate Change 
Tim Borowski
Riverside County Behavioral Health Commission
Preceptor: Brandon Jacobs
Opioids and Other Drug Use in Riverside County
Roberto J. Bravo
Healthy RC, City of Rancho Cucamonga
Preceptor: Erika Levis-Huntley
Healthy RC Teen Quality of Life Survey
Kristene Ghazarian
Southern California Association of Governments - Active Transportation
Preceptor: Rye Baerg 
Introducing Health Equity into SCAGs 2020 RTP/SCS
Sidney Smith
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
Preceptor: Dr. Stephen Gruber MD, PhD, MPH
Indoor Tanning Prevalence Study in a Southern California Cancer Genetics Clinic
Mi Le
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health - Policies for Livable, Active Communities and Environments 
Preceptor: Jocelyn Estiandan, MPH
Life is Better With Trees
Layal Khayyat
Toxicology and Environmental Assessment Branch, Environmental Health Division, Los Angeles 
Preceptor: Carrie Tayour MPH PhD
Hexavalent Chromium Emissions in Los Angeles County
Leena Joshi
Orange County Health Care Agency, Epidemiology and Assessment
Preceptor: Stephen Klish, MPH
Orange County's Foodborne Outbreak Environmental Assessment
Priya Gandhi
USC Pacific AIDS Education Training Center
Preceptor: Shanna Livermore, MPH, MCHES, FRSPH
Sex Workers and Mental Health: An in-depth analysis of Modern HIV Criminal Laws in California
Kunaal Kapoor
San Antonio Regional Hospital
Preceptor: Cathy Rebman
Strategic Plan for San Antonio Regional Hospital
Jennifer Olson
Safe Kids Inland Empire - Loma Linda University Children's Hospital
Preceptor: Michelle Parker
A Safe Click for Every Trip! Car Seat Education Class
Congratulations to our 2018 Delta Omega Inductees!

CLAREMONT, California - We would like to congratulate our 13 newly inducted members of the Delta Epsilon Chapter into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. This is the third induction, Gamma Class bringing the total members to 40.

Claremont Graduate University School of Community and Global Health chapter of Delta Omega, Delta Epsilon, was established in the Fall of 2015. On an annual basis, a select number of top-performing students from the School of Community and Global health are granted membership into Delta Epsilon. Faculty, Alumni and Honorary members are also invited to join in a separate selection pool, recognizing exceptional work they have done for the University and the public health community.

A recognition ceremony for SCGH members was held at our annual End of the Year Celebration held in CGU Harper Courtyeard. Welcoming remarks were provided by SCGH Interim Dean and Professor Kim Reynolds, and the awards were presented to this years recipients by Assistant Director of Programs Bree Hemingway.

This years inductees include Deputy Director of Riverside County Department of Public Health Michael Osur; professor Bin Xie; alumni Kimberlee Handloser, Neil Morte, Liesl Nydegger, Gar-wei Lee, Belinda Campos; and students Amber Hsu, Paul Lopez Correa, Sohini Daya, Tiffany Fong, Allyssa Ungrue, and Sylvia Su.

Delta Omega is affiliated with more than 100 universities around the world and recognizes inductees for their academic excellence, potential for leadership in the field, and commitment to the values of public health.

Congratulations to the Gamma Class!

Farewell and Best Wishes James!

Thank you James, for your dedication of 8 great years to Claremont Graduate University School of Community and Global Health!



We bid a fond farewell to James Pike who has been with the School of Community and Global Health officially for 8 years but has been a long time colleague with many of our faculty and staff. 

James has served as a Research Manager for multiple research projects ranging from pilot studies to multi-year domestic and international projects. James is also a skilled statistician and media content creator. 

In 2016, James graduated from Claremont Graduate University, Drucker School of Management with an Excutive Master of Business Administration.

We wish James the best of luck in his new position as the Senior Research Program Leader at Duke University, Office of Clinical Research.


"I Can't Wait For The Next Generation Of Healthcare Leaders To Take Over"


Posted from: Forbes
Photo by William Vasta/courtesy of Claremont Graduate University
About 30 miles east of LA, on the quiet tree-lined campus of Claremont Graduate University, sunlight pierces the ornately covered windows of a lower-level classroom in Harper Hall. A glow is cast upon the 25 students of Dr. Debbie Freund’s health policy course; PhD candidates and practicing physicians among them.
Many of these bright young scholars will go on to take leadership roles in health policy, public health, IT and medical research. I eagerly await their contributions.
The students in this room are impatient, sick of waiting for the transformation of American medicine. We have that in common. Most of them have worked in community-based programs – experiences that opened their eyes to the failed policies and practices of today’s healthcare system. In so doing, they’ve acquired practical knowledge of the programs and approaches that lead to better health outcomes. They’ve also learned, first-hand, what needs to change.
I’m speaking with them at the request of Professor Freund, who has assigned “Mistreated: Why We Think We’re Getting Good Healthcare – and Why We’re Usually Wrong” as a textbook. I’m eager and anxious to hear the students’ thoughts on my book and the role integration, technology, prepayment and physician leadership will play in the transformation of healthcare. After two hours of thoughtful discussion and debate, I leave the classroom confident that the future of healthcare is in good hands.
Strange(r) Things Are Happening In Healthcare
During lunch, my conversation with the Claremont students shifts to – of all things – the popular Netflix series Stranger Things. If you haven’t seen it, the show takes place in a quiet Indiana town called Hastings, which sits smack dab on top a portal to another dimension: a subterranean swampland known as the “Upside Down.”
As I flew from California to Washington, D.C. that afternoon, something rather astonishing happened. I, too, passed through a portal from one reality to another.
Before telling you what I saw on the other side, let me begin with the hopeful, assuring reality I left behind. The students I met on the Claremont campus, like the friendly small-town characters we’ve come to know on Stranger Things, genuinely care about their neighbors and the health of the community.
A prime focus of our classroom discussion centered on “social determinants of health.” These environmental factors, such as where we are born and raised; where we work, play and socialize, have a far greater impact on health outcomes than traditional medicine does. The students understood that some of society’s biggest problems, including adverse childhood events (ACEs) and intimate partner violence (IPV), are taking a major toll on our nation’s mental and physical well-being. For instance, researchers have found a direct correlation between ACEs and problems in adulthood, including mental illness, substance abuse and premature death. Likewise, women in abusive relationships are 70% more likely to develop heart disease and 80% more likely to experience a stroke.
But the mere recognition of these social-health problems isn’t the only thing that distinguishes this group of 20-somethings from the current healthcare establishment. They also take the long-term view on the imperative for solving American healthcare’s economic woes.
With their expertise in statistics, the students recognize the threat posed by rising medical inflation. They’ve studied up, crunched the numbers and know what will happen if the cost of healthcare absorbs 30% of the GDP by 2040, compared with 18% today. The consequences will be severe and far-reaching: Our nation’s infrastructure, education system and economic health will erode.
Throughout our time together, I was most impressed by students’ strategic thinking and the forward-facing nature of their questions: What will happen if climate change worsens and lung disease proliferates? What if the obesity epidemic continues and the incidence of diabetes increases? What if the government and American medicine fail to address growing rates of depression, mental illness and opioid abuse? These students understand that if we don’t tackle these pressing healthcare issues, the long-term consequences will overwhelm any attempt at short-term solutions.
Evidenced by the ideas and approaches embraced in the classroom, I believe the next generation of healthcare leaders offer the best hope for reversing our nation’s failing health. Though a solution might also emerge from today’s leading businesses, it is highly unlikely the necessary fixes will come from the folks on Capitol Hill.
Visiting The "Upside Down"
When I arrived in D.C. that afternoon, following my visit to Claremont, I began meeting and spending time with policymakers and elected officials. It was then that I realized I’d passed through one dimension and entered the “Upside Down.”
Though the American public has long disapproved of the gridlock and partisanship of the U.S. legislative branch, the problems are now multiplying before our eyes. Washington is embroiled in partisan battles and policy stalemates now more than ever. Trade wars, sex scandals and ongoing legal investigations dominate the conversations in the halls of Congress, which are overflowing with lobbyists and attorneys, pushing personal agendas to profit for their clients.
Among them are representatives from the hospital industry and physician specialty societies, whose combined focus is self-protection and status quo maintenance, not driving down healthcare costs or weeding out unnecessary tests and treatments. Drug companies, meanwhile, are ramping up their lobbying efforts, hoping to extend patents and loosen industry regulations, rather than make generics readily available for people who can’t afford high-priced prescriptions.
The mood in D.C. felt like a far cry from the socially-conscious, problem-solving optimism I found on the campus of Claremont. In contrast to the students’ energizing, inspirational and refreshing points of view, Washington’s elected officials are focused on how to cut back – not expand – health insurance. Many of them believe slashing coverage is a good way to reduce costs. It isn’t. Maximizing clinical performance (making care delivery more effective, innovative and efficient) is how we will improve the quality of care and lower costs.
It’s clear that effective healthcare solutions will need to come from somewhere beyond the Beltway.
Saving The Day
In Stranger Things, it takes the courage of a young character named “Eleven” to save the town (and all of humanity). Though I doubt the students at Claremont possess her supernatural powers, their ideas may prove just as powerful in the fight to save American healthcare.
Here are the top five solutions I extracted from our time together:
  1. Coverage matters. If we want the best health outcomes for our nation, Americans need easy access to care. To pretend otherwise is foolish. In a nation as rich as ours, 30 million uninsured people is unacceptable. Without health coverage, people can't access care. And without care, people get sick, suffer and die.
  2. Cost matters. Unless we increase the performance of our physicians and health systems, premiums and out-of-pocket costs will rise faster than people’s ability to pay. If patients can’t afford care, they’ll have no choice but to delay getting it, often until it’s too late.
  3. Prevention is better than intervention. Chronic diseases account for 75% of the nation’s aggregate healthcare spending. That number, believe it or not, is still growing. The best way to treat chronic illness is to avoid heart attacks, strokes and cancer. And the best way to do that is through highly effective prevention measures, which include controlling blood-pressure, reducing blood lipids and screening for colon cancer.
  4. Technology holds massive promise. Technology drives today’s consumer culture. But if you look behind the reception desk of your local doctor’s office, there’s a good chance you’ll see an electronic health record system that fails to make your information available to other doctors and hospitals in the area. Comprehensive electronic health records, video visits, mobile health apps and digital checklists are just a few of the proven tools that could raise the quality and lower the cost of care. As millennials, the students at Claremont and their counterparts at other universities understand the role modern technology will play in healthcare’s future, particularly when it comes to emerging solutions like blockchain technology and artificial intelligence.
  5. Social determinants are powerful. The United States spends trillions of dollars on expensive medications and interventions that barely move the needle on national health outcomes. Investing even a fraction of those dollars in helping high-risk individuals (e.g., those who have experienced ACEs/IPV, the poor and people experiencing psychological problems) would produce major health benefits for decades to come. Our country remains in relative denial about the ravages of abuse, mental illness, and excess consumption of alcohol and cigarettes. We can't solve those problems until we recognize them. I'm thankful the next generation of healthcare leaders do.


Having visited two worlds, the Claremont campus and our nation's capital, I emerged from the experience with equal parts optimism and doubt.
The prevailing mentality in Washington is transactional and short-term. Rather than asking how we can transform care delivery in five to 10 years, the lens rarely extends beyond the 2018 mid-term and 2020 presidential elections. Unfortunately, solutions to our country's biggest healthcare issues defy short-term thinking. Looking inside out nation's capital for answers feels futile. Expecting the legacy players --€“ be they hospitals, insurance companies or the pharmaceutical industry -- to drive change is wishful thinking.
By contrast, the students at Claremont recognize that the system is broken. Though the obstacles they face resemble the sky-darkening antagonists of Stranger Things, I’m optimistic about their chances to succeed. The degree of difficulty will be enormous, but they are motivated and impatient enough to make tomorrow dramatically better than today. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait for “next season” to find out how they do.
Dr. Robert Pearl is the bestselling author of "Mistreated: Why We Think We're Getting Good Health Care--And Why We're Usually Wrong" and a Stanford University professor. Follow him @RobertPearlMD
Journal Publication - Amay Singh


DrPH Student, Amay Singh contributed as an author on a article recently published in the May issue of the Green Journal Obstetrics & Gynecology

The article titled, "An Evaluation of the Implementation of Pharmacist-Prescribed Hormonal Contraceptives in California" was a study aimed to evaluate the implementation of pharmacist-prescribed hormonal contraceptives in a probability sample of California retail pharmacies under a statewide protocol.

Congratulations Amay!

You may read the article by clicking here.



Presenting your 2018-2019 Student Association Board

We would like to announce your 2018-2019 SCGH Student Association Board!

President - Ruth Martinez
Vice President - Kyla McIlwee
Secretary - Lea Theodorou
Treasurer - Vyvy Nguyen
Professional Development - Sage Overoye
Community Engagement - Devan Winston
Events Coordinator - Victoria Telles
Congratulations! We look forward to their leadership.

The installation of new officers will take place at our End of the Year Celebration next week Wednesday, April 25th (RSVP on Eventbrite). If you would like to be involved with Student Association, the new board will be selecting members for the appointed positions. Stay tuned for more information

Congratulations to Dr. Bin Xie and Team!


NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana - We would like to congratulate Dr. Bin Xie as well as Dr. Yawen Li, Dr. Wei-Chin Hwang, Jason Niu, Emma Lei (MPH '17), Ben Yu (MPH '17) and Dr. Yunsheng Ma on their abstract submission at the 39th Annual Meeting of Society for Behavioral Medicine in New Orleans.

The article titled, "An Evaluation of the Implementation of Pharmacist-Prescribed Hormonal Contraceptives in California" was a study aimed to evaluate the implementation of pharmacist-prescribed hormonal contraceptives in a probability sample of California retail pharmacies under a statewide protocol.

Their abstract submission on: "Pilot testing a culturally tailored diabetes self-management program for Chinese Americans with Type 2 diabetes," was selected for this year's award for Outstanding Abstract by a Full Member of the SBM Child and Family Health Special Interest Group. Dr. Xie was honored this morning at the SBM Child and Family Health Special Interest Group business meeting.

The Society of Behavioral Medicine is a multidisciplinary organization of clinicians, educators, and scientists dedicated to promoting the study of the interactions of behavior with biology and the environment and then applying that knowledge to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities, and populations. (sbm.org)
The SBM 39th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions is held from April 11-14 at the New Orleans Riverside Hilton, New Orleans.
Congratulations again to Dr. Bin Xie and team!
Additionally, Dr. Bin Xie has been selected as this years Faculty Inductee into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health - Delta Epsilon Chapter. We will be inducting Dr. Xie and other members at our SCGH End of the Year Celebration and Delta Omega Induction Ceremony on Wednesday, April 25th. We hope you can join us! RSVP here: https://scgh-end-of-the-year-celebration-2018.eventbrite.com. (JS)


Photo by Mark Dust, 2017 

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