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This panel was recorded on February 2, 2021. 

Join us for a panel discussion with three UCLA public health experts on translating COVID-19 research to our everyday lives. Dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Distinguished Professor of Biostatics, Dr. Ron Brookmeyer shares his insights into the data being reported on COVID-19, Public Health Communications expert and Professor of Community Health Sciences, Dr. Deb Glik shares her advice for an effective national communication strategy and UCLA Executive MPH student and Registered Nurse, Jessica Arzola, shares her experience working on the front lines.

More about Dr. Ron Brookmeyer

Dr. Brookmeyer serves as dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. In his research, Dr. Brookmeyer uses the tools of the statistical, informational and mathematical sciences to address global public health problems. During a span of over three decades he developed statistical methods that sounded the alarm which helped address major global health challenges of our times. Dr. Brookmeyer earned worldwide recognition for his work on predicting the magnitude of the impending HIV/AIDS epidemic with work beginning in the mid-1980s. Dr. Brookmeyer has called attention to the looming Alzheimer’s disease epidemic through widely cited studies. His work on global public health problems also includes issues in bio-security, disease surveillance and health challenges of aging populations. Dr. Brookmeyer’s research interests in biostatistical methodology include survival analysis, epidemic models, epidemiological methods and clinical trials.

More about Dr. Deb Glik 

Deborah C. Glik, Sc.D. FAAHB, is a Full Professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She received her B.A. from Barnard College, served in the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa, and completed her doctorate in behavioral sciences and public health at Johns Hopkins University in 1985.  She taught at the University of South Carolina before joining UCLA in 1991. She specializes in the planning, and assessment and evaluation of public health education campaigns, material development and popular media projects.  She has over 35 years of experience in conducting research on health behavior change, health communications, formative research, health and media issues, and program evaluation in a variety of settings. At present she has funded research and practice projects in both domestic and global contexts.

More about Jessica Arzola

Jessica Arzola is an Executive Master of Public Health student at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Registered Nurse at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Jessica graduated from New York University with a BS in Nursing. In addition to being a Gates Millennium Scholar, Jessica was awarded the President’s Service Award upon graduation due to her numerous volunteer efforts with homeless and vulnerable populations within New York City. Aside from clinical practice, Jessica is also a member of her hospital facility council, leading initiatives to promote staff wellness, continuing professional education among nurses, nurse recognition, hospital Magnet resignation, and community engagement. Most recently, Jessica was awarded the hospital-wide Rising Star Award in recognition of her professional efforts. After working in the clinical setting for the past three years, Jessica is passionate about relieving health inequities and expanding preventative healthcare to all communities
regardless of socioeconomic barriers.