• Fifth Annual Social Justice in Public Health Lecture

    August 01, 2019
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2019
    Fifth Annual Social Justice in Public Health Lecture Series: Environmental Justice and Public Health (Vallejo, CA)
    On Monday, August 26, Touro University California (TUC) will host the first lecture in its free, fifth annual Social Justice in Public Health Lecture Series. This year’s focus is on environmental justice and public health examining the ongoing impact of environmental risks on our health. In the first of this six-lecture series, we will hear from Oakland-based, green economy advocate Vien Troung, as she provides an overview of environmental justice.
    WHO:   Vien Troung, JD, President of nonprofit Dream Corps and a key architect in building an equitable and inclusive green economy
                    Audience: TUC faculty, staff, students and interested community members
    WHERE: Lander Hall, Touro University Campus, Lander Hall Room A-164, 1557 Azuar Drive, Vallejo, CA
    WHEN: Monday, August 26, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. If you cannot make this lecture, below is a list of the remaining lectures and their titles/speakers. Please note this schedule is subject to change. We encourage you to attend any and all that interest you.
    • 9/9: Water Justice for All: Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH
    • 9/23: Energy Infrastructure: Climate Change and Indigenous Health
    • 10/7: Climate Justice & Resilience: Jacqueline Patterson, MSW, MPH
    • 10/28: Environmental Justice Struggles from the Frontlines
    • 11/11: Community Action for the Environment: Equity and Economy
    REGISTRATION: Lectures are free and open to the public but advanced registration is required. To register please visit www.tu.edu/socialjusticeseries.
    AVAILABLE INTERVIES/VISUALS FOR MEDIA: Interview and photos with Ms. Troung, an expert in environmental justice and building an equitable and inclusive green economy, as well as faculty, medical/public health professionals and community members in attendance.
    WHY: Our attention to environmental health issues is often the result of emergencies: Zika virus outbreaks; Flint, Michigan’s water crisis; Hurricane Katrina. TUC’s School of Public Health is hosting a series of six lectures by nationally recognized leaders in the field to expand our awareness of the ongoing impact of environmental risks on our health through a lens focused on social justice – particularly the disproportionate risks borne by low-income communities and communities of color.
    Vien Troung is a solutions innovator and movement builder who has been a key architect in building an equitable and inclusive green economy. She is the President of Dream Corps, a nonprofit organization working to close prison doors and open doors of opportunity. She has developed numerous energy, environmental, and economic policies and programs at the state, federal and local levels. She has received numerous congressional, state, regional and local awards for her work advocating on behalf of those most vulnerable to climate change, including a White House Champion of Change award. Ms. Troung is a first-generation resident of Oakland and holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings.
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