Leadership Day 2010

To kick-off the school year in 2010, newly admited UCB School of Public Health students were invited to attend the Center for Health Leadership's Annual Leadership Day on Tuesday, August 24th, 2010.

Leadership Day was one of the first opportunities to interact with current and former students, professors and community leaders before classes began. It was also the first chance to get a glimpse of the opportunities for practicing leadership in the diverse field of public health and to understand how students can take advantage of their time at school to develop their leadership skills.

Morning, 8am -- 1pm - Leadership Day
The morning program featured dynamic keynote speakers, a chance to meet and talk with diverse recent alumni, and lively activities to help students interact and get to know their new student colleagues better. Members from the Center for Health Leadership Student Board and Leadership Fellows Program were also in attendance to introduce the myriad of leadership opportunities available on campus and the Berkeley community.


Welcome and Opening Remarks
Jeff Oxendine, Associate Dean, Public Health Practice

Table Introductions and Get Acquainted Activity

Keynote: Why Leadership Matters for Public Health Professionals

Lori Dorfman, DrPH, Director, Berkeley Media Studies Group
Dorfman was BMSG's first associate director in 1993, and became director in 1998. She earned her doctorate in 1994 from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, where she studied how television news frames health issues. Her recent research examines how local television news and newspapers portray youth and violence, and family violence. Dorfman conducts training for grass roots organizations and public health leaders, consults for government agencies and community programs across the U.S. and internationally, publishes articles on public health and mass communication, and teaches a course for masters students on mass communication and public health at UC Berkeley's School of Public Health. She co-authored the major texts on media advocacy: Public Health and Media Advocacy: Power for Prevention and News for a Change: An Advocates' Guide to Working with the Media. She edited Reporting on Violence: A Handbook for Journalists, which encourages journalists to include a public health perspective in violence reporting. She is part of an interdisciplinary team that conducts workshops on violence reporting for newspapers and local TV news stations.

Len Syme, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Epidemiology and Community Health / Human Development & Co-Principal Investigator, Health Research for Action
Leonard Syme, PhD, is Professor of Epidemiology and Community Health (Emeritus) in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. During more than 20 years as Co-Principal Investigator at HRA, he has worked on developing community interventions to prevent disease and promote health. Pursuing his research interest on the relationship between health and such psychosocial factors as poverty, stress and social isolation, he has studied San Francisco bus drivers, civil servants in London, and Japanese living in Japan, Hawaii, and San Francisco. He has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science and won the J. D. Bruce Award for Distinguished Contributions in Preventive Medicine fromthe American College of Physicians. Len holds a PhD in Medical Sociology from Yale University, following a BA and an MA in Anthropology and Sociology at UCLA.

Interactive Group Activity
Who is the Incoming School of Public Health Class & Multiple Identities Exercise


Get to Know Emerging Leaders
Recent School of Public Health Alumni

This was an opportunity for students to meet recent graduates doing exciting public health work.

About some of the Emerging Leaders students will meet:

Megan Gaydos, MPH 2006 (Health and Social Behavior), San Francisco Department of Public Health, Planning and Policy Analyst/Epidemiologist: My job within the Program on Health, Equity, and Sustainability focuses on addressing the social determinants of health through participatory research, data and policy analysis, evaluation, and collaboration with low-wage worker centers, city and state agencies, universities, and others to promote health equity.

Daisy Liu, MPH 2007 (Public Health Nutrition), Health Plan of San Mateo, Health Educator: I'm responsible for quality improvement projects focused on improving asthma management, weight management, dental health and child health, overseeing all the health education activites at the health plan, and providing technical assistance to physician offices.

Joseph Griffin, MPH 2009 (Health Policy and Management), Youth ALIVE!, Project Manager/Advocacy Coordinator: As project manager for the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Prevention Programs, I am responsible for the day-to-day operations of the network and participate as a member of the four working groups: Steering Committee,Policy and Interface, Research and Evaluation, and Workforce Development. As the advocacy coordinator, I am responsible for leading Youth ALIVE!'s policy and advocacy work.

Alisha Graves, MPH 2006 (Maternal and Child Health / International Specialty), Venture Strategies Innovations, Senior Country Programs Manager: I manage programs in three countries to improve access to the life-saving drug, misoprostol, for postpartum hemorrhage and incomplete abortion/ miscarriage (through policy work, supply assurance, training, operations research) .

Opportunities for Leadership Development
Center for Health Leadership
Student Board, Fellows, and Staff

Lunch Break & Speaker
A Community Leader/Activist's Perspective on Leadership Development
Arnold Perkins, Retired Director, Alameda County Public Health Director

Closing & Questions

Afternoon, 1pm -- 5pm - Volunteer Mobilization Day

While the morning was dedicated to learning how students can "lead from where they are" to improve health in our communities, the afternoon program was devoted to taking action and contributing to the health of our larger Berkeley community. Past events have included gardening at parks, clearing paths in the Berkeley Hills, socializing with nursing home residents over ice cream, and other diverse activities. Students have found these experiences to be fun and an incredible opportunity to get acquainted with the community and bond with fellow students.

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