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UC Berkeley Launches Kaiser Permanente Community Health Scholars Program
Date:5/12/2009

lth Policy at Kaiser Permanente. "Investing in the training of these future leaders is a critical step toward addressing the growing health challenges in California and the nation."

The recent H1N1 (swine) influenza outbreak, for which there was an increased demand for public health resources, illustrated the need to increase the ranks of professionals in public health throughout California and around the world.

Dr. Barbara Staggers, an alumna of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and director of Adolescent Medicine at Children's Hospital Oakland, said the support for public health professionals will reap rewards in the long run, not just in local communities, but also globally in paving the way for better responses to future challenges such as pandemics.

"Supporting students who will go on to serve these communities, locally and globally, is absolutely critical," Staggers said. "The need for a strong public health infrastructure could not be more obvious than in the recent global response to the influenza outbreak."

The first class of 20 Kaiser Permanente Community Health Scholars will be enrolling this fall at the university.

About the University of California, Berkeley and the School of Public Health

The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus -- envisioned as a "City of Learning" -- was established in Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public research university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232-acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation. For more information, go to newscenter.berkeley.edu.

The first U.S. school of public health west of the Mississippi, the UC Berkeley School of Publ
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