COVID-19 Town Hall #1

COVID-19 Town Hall #1

How Do Public Health Professionals Manage a Health Crisis?

Tuesday, May 19  7 – 8:30 p.m.

Featured Speakers

Dr. Jody Heymann, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Founding director of the WORLD Policy Analysis Center; served as dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health from 2013-2018. With globally comparative data, WORLD informs policy debates and advances efforts to improve government transparency and accountability, and just published a study that shows that lack of paid sick leave in the midst of COVID-19 puts health and economic security at risk.

Dr. Timothy Brewer, UCLA Vice Provost, Interdisciplinary & Cross Campus Affairs
Dr. Brewer is Professor of Medicine and a member of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine. He has published extensively on using analytic methods to optimize the population-based control of infectious diseases, particularly tuberculosis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Moderated by Eve Adler, SMC Associate Dean of Health Sciences

COVID-19 Town Hall #2

COVID-19 Town Hall #2

Decision Making Under Fire: Who Is in Charge and How are Decisions Made During Times of Crisis?
Thursday, May 21, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Featured Speakers

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, LA County Board of Supervisors and Founding Director of the SMC PPI
Supervisor Sheila James Kuehl was first elected to represent Los Angeles County’s Third District on November 4, 2014. She assumed office on December 1, 2014, and was reelected to her second term on November 6, 2018. As a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and immediate past Chair, she has led the way and worked on a great many initiatives and motions to improve people’s lives and reform systems in the County. Before her service on the Board, Supervisor Kuehl served eight years in the California State Senate and six years in the California State Assembly.Supervisor Kuehl was the founding director of the Public Policy Institute at Santa Monica College.

Congresswoman Julia Brownley, U.S. House of Representatives
Julia Brownley was first elected to Congress in 2012 to serve as the Representative for California’s 26th District, which encompasses most of Ventura County and a portion of Los Angeles County.
Brownley began her career in public service in 1994 when she won and served on the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District’s Board of Education working to ensure that local schools provided a quality education for every student in the district. She was elected to the California State Legislature in 2006, where she served as Chairwoman of the Assembly Education Committee for four years. She also served on every educational committee in the Assembly, including the Committee on Higher Education, Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance, and the State Allocation Board.

Senator Ben Allen, CA State Senate
California State Senator Ben Allen was elected in 2014 to represent the 26th Senate District, covering the Westside, Hollywood and coastal South Bay communities of Los Angeles County. Ben grew up in the 26th District.  He is a former board member, and board President, of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, where he was a leader on issues of environmental sustainability, financial accountability, and community engagement.


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About the Public Policy Institute

The Santa Monica College Public Policy Institute provides nonpartisan community programs exploring key economic, social, and political issues. The Institute—which presents informative discussions on the policy issues that affect our daily lives—proudly offers an Associate in Arts degree and a Certificate of Achievement in Public Policy.

Students can choose to specialize in one of five policy areas: arts and cultural affairs, education, environment and sustainability, public health, and urban/socioeconomic affairs. Dr. Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein, Co-Director, and Founding Associate Director; Shari Davis, MPP, Co-Director.

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