Jonathan Fielding, director of the L.A. County Department of Public Health and a professor in the Schools of Public Health and Medicine at UCLA, discussed policy approaches to improve public health in a UCLA Luskin lecture Thursday.
Using detailed statistics and analytical models, Fielding described a comprehensive approach to improving public health in a county of nearly ten million people. An "Ecologic Model of Health," Fielding explained, places innate individual characteristics – such as age, sex and race – in the context of community, regional and societal factors to recommend policy improvements to health. Integrating public health considerations in community planning and building codes to reduce the density of liquor stores or the prevalence of secondhand smoke, for example, can improve the overall health of a community.
Download Fielding's presentation here (13MB PDF).
The event was the final Senior Fellow Policy Briefing hosted by the school this academic year.