University of California Blum Federation
The UCLA Blum Center on Poverty and Health in Latin America is one of 10 UC Blum Centers that now form a network across the UC system. Each Blum Center has an interdisciplinary and applied approach to understanding and confronting challenges of poverty and inequality in California, across the nation and around the world.
The UC Blum Federation, launched in February 2016, brings together the 10 individual Blum Centers and initiatives to enhance teaching and research collaboration on global poverty, economic and social justice, and democracy. Seed funding for the Federation was provided by the UC Office of the President.
Each of the 10 Blum Centers brings specialized expertise to addressing the problems of poverty, justice and democracy. The Federation will integrate that wide-ranging expertise under a single umbrella, while opening new educational opportunities for students.
UC Blum Federation Research Compendium: CALL TO ACTION
This publication, scheduled for release in spring 2017, will provide a thumbnail sketch of current and recent innovative research being conducted throughout the UC Blum Centers. The publication is coordinated through the UC Blum Research Action Network with leadership from UC Santa Cruz Blum Center, UC Riverside Blum Poverty Initiative, and the UCLA Blum Center.
Researchers at all UC Blum Centers are invited to submit research abstracts or summaries for the compendium. Please download, complete and submit this form to email@example.com.
Deadline: January 27, 2017
This annual contest provides funding, support and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of students with “Big Ideas.” Through the UC Blum Federation, the Big Ideas program has expanded its outreach to all 10 campuses. For the 2016-17 year, UC Berkeley Blum Center has received pre-proposals in all nine categories (Art and Social Change; Energy & Resource Alternatives; Financial Inclusion; Food Systems; Global Health; Hardware for Good; Improving Student Life; Information Technology for Society; Scaling Up Big Ideas). Five to eight teams in each category will be invited to submit a full proposal (due March 8, 2017). From these proposals, judges will select between two and five award winners in each category. Read more.
Student Action Council for Eradicating Poverty and Inequality (SACEPI)
The Student Action Council for Eradicating Poverty and Inequality (SACEPI) serves as the student body and voice of the Blum Federation. As such, SACEPI links student power across the UC system to shape and advance the Blum Federation’s mission and actions while nurturing a growing student movement for equity and social justice locally, nationally, and internationally.
On April 19th, UC students across California participated in Global Poverty Action Day (GPAD). Via the Student Action Council for the Eradication of Poverty and Inequality (SACEPI), 8 of the UCs organized events on issues related to poverty that resonated with their campus and surrounding communities, including food and housing insecurity, responsible production and consumption, technology and humanitarian relief, and poverty and foreign aid. As a SACEPI representative from the University of California at Santa Barbara, Caitlin Rathe, notes, "it's been exciting to watch each of these events develop at many UC campuses. Students at each campus are taking a different approach to raising awareness and inspiring action around sustainable development and poverty, but we're working together to amplify student voices across the UC and make change that is greater than our individual efforts."
The UCLA Blum Center hosted an event focused on the intersection of poverty, health disparities, and health care access - titled “Obamacare, Trumpcare, You Care: Health Care Access, Policy, and Action.” The event began with a panel discussion with Dr. Michael Rodriguez - Professor and Vice Chair of UCLA Family Medicine; David Ditullio - Graduate Student Representative to UC-SHIP Executive Oversight Board and MD/PhD student at David Geffen School of Medicine; and Emily Cohen - Finance Director to Bruin Democrats. The panelists answered questions from students about vulnerable populations, barriers to healthcare access, the future of healthcare policy in America, and effects the national policy might have on student health insurance. In addition to the panel discussion, Bruin Democrats presented on how to best contact state representatives and effectively communicate on national policy issues. Multiple students mentioned they had learned something new about taking action on issues of health care access. Another success from the event was the development of partnerships. Notably, the American Medical Student Association expressed interest in future collaborations with the UCLA Blum Center. In addition, student representatives from Public Health Initiative: Leaders of Tomorrow, American Medical Student Association, Stroke Force, and the Global Health Living Learning Community, also discussed how they could further collaborate in this area.
The UCLA Blum Center hopes to continue to build off of the collaborations established through the development of this event and continue the development of UC-wide Blum Center projects with SACEPI in the coming year.
In the next year of SACEPI, we hope to develop a legitimate online space to externally promote what SACEPI is and what we do to a larger audience. We are working on finding ways to form more concrete collaborations among the UC Blum Centers with future projects. Additionally, we will begin discussing ways to recruit more student representatives for next year’s council by developing a common application and setting more concrete standards of participation.
Overall, the goal of SACEPI is to amplify the voice of students at every UC to guide Blum Center projects that will mitigate poverty and inequities on a local and global level. The goal for the UCLA Global Poverty Action Day event was to bring students together for a discussion regarding health care access on a national level and foster connections among students so they can find an outlet to become involved in the issues of health care access and decreasing health disparities in their communities.
The UC Blum Federation supports on-campus and other student activities throughout the year. From the UCLA Blum Center, two fellowships were offered in 2016-17 and three fellowships will be offered in 2017-2018. Watch for more information in spring 2017.
Health Equity Curricula
The UCLA Blum Center develops and delivers several courses related to health equity. As part of our work for the UCLA Global Health Minor, we supported three courses listed below. In addition, we delivered the Health Equity and Civil Rights course.
- Global Health in Asia and Field Preparation, spring 2016 - Taught by Professor Roger Detels. This course explores the fundamental principles of public health and its application in addressing systemic health issues in East, Southeast and South Asia.
- Global Health in Practice, summer 2016 - Taught by Professor Kelika Konda. This course introduces students to important concepts and topics in global health, including burden of disease, global health actors and the Millennium and Sustainable Development Goals, and provides significant opportunities to experience global health in the field.
- Diversities and Disparities: The Case of Peru, summer 2016 - Taught by Professor Angela Bayer. This course helps students better understand how diversities and disparities in peoples and places impact human health, using Peru as a case study. After a general overview of the topic, students explore key global health issues. For each health issue, the “state of the issue” is briefly discussed at the global level and then more specifically within the context of Peru. Excursions complement classroom lectures.
For more information on the UCLA Global Health Minor.