How to overcome COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy: Build confidence and establish trust

Countering misinformation, leaning on community leaders, using the proper terminology. USC experts explain why all this and more is needed to slow the spread of COVID-19. By Leigh Hopper The COVID-19 pandemic has spiraled out of control as a more contagious version of the virus spreads, increasing the urgency to quickly vaccinate as many people as […]

Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati earns AACR Distinguished Lectureship

Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, PhD, MPH, Associate Dean for Community Initiatives, was the recipient of the 2020 American Association for Cancer Research Distinguished Lectureship on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities. Báezconde-Garbanati presented her award lecture during the opening session of the virtual AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved on […]

To prevent cancer, USC researchers look beyond traditional risk factors

Big data studies in diverse populations will offer new insights into cancer risk and help USC investigators target outreach, screening and prevention efforts. Why me? It’s a question doctors hear all the time when they diagnose people with cancer. If only the answer were simple. “Cancer — which is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in […]

USC tobacco researchers honored by city officials

Government officials honored USC faculty Aug. 18 at Los Angeles City Hall for their public health work in tobacco control, prevention and research that formed the scientific foundation for local policies.  Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell commended Distinguished Professor Jonathan Samet, MD, MS, Flora L. Thornton Chair of the […]

Public health professor recognized for student mentorship

The USC Mentoring Awards honored Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, professor of preventive medicine, April 6 for her mentorship of graduate students. The annual awards applaud faculty members who help to build a supportive academic environment through faculty-to-student mentoring and faculty-to-faculty mentoring. Recipients are considered to have had significant and lasting impact on their mentees’ professional development through guidance […]

Panama summit stokes vision of health equity in the Americas

From the northern tip of Alaska to the southern coast of Chile, the Americas host some of the most diverse — and disparate — populations in the world. However, despite progress in medicine and economic development, health inequalities prevail, leading to avoidable premature illness and death among millions of disadvantaged people. With a goal of […]

Faculty-produced cancer education film receives prestigious public health award

The USC faculty-produced short film Tamale Lesson, which uses narrative storytelling to educate women about cervical cancer screening, received the 2013 APHA Public Health Education & Health Promotion Award for best multimedia material from the American Public Health Association at its annual meeting Nov. 2-6 in Boston.