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UCLA Blum Center | News & Announcements
February 21, 2018 Apply Now! 2018 UCLA Blum Center Summer Scholars Program! The UCLA Blum Center is now accepting applications from UC graduate students interested in field studies in Latin America. Students with research interests in the social determinants of health, specifically as related to Latin American populations, should apply. Deadline for applications is Thursday, March 1. Six to seven students will be accepted for this unique opportunity to conduct mentored research in Latin America. 
December 12, 2017 Summit 2017: Health Equity in the Americas Leaders From 18 Countries Meet to Promote Health Equity in the Americas
June 26, 2017 Summer Scholars Blog #1: Lucy Stephenson Lucy Stephenson writes her first blog post as a Summer Scholar in Mexico
June 07, 2017 UC Blum Federation Releases Compendium UC Blum Federation Releases Compendium: Discovering Solutions For Global Wellbeing. The released compendium consists of research working toward reducing poverty and improving health for all populations.
September 14, 2016 Federal Court Recognizes “Despicable” US Experiment Infecting Innocent Guatemalan People With Syphilis Violates International Law Between 1946 and 1948 the United States government conducted a series of research experiments using more than 5,000 un-consenting Guatemalan people as human test subjects.
August 30, 2016 Evidence from Latin America: How Investing in Education Can Decrease Social Violence Mauricio Rivera and Bárbara Zárate-Tenorio argue that democratic governments have incentives to advance human capital since the youth population is overrepresented in acts of social violence. Drawing on data from eighteen Latin American countries, they show that governments increase spending on education in response to increasing levels of social violence. They also find that political ideology plays a role in shaping the government’s strategies to combat violence, with left-wing executives investing more in education than right-wing ones. These and other soft strategies can outperform heavy-handed security policies that not only hinder human rights and the quality of democracy, but also have tended to fail in reducing crime and violence.
August 15, 2016 COEMH Fellows - Updates from the Field The Center of Expertise on Migration and Health (COEMH), administered in part by the UCLA Blum Center, is one of the first multidisciplinary, university-based program in the world devoted to systematically studying the health consequences of international population movements and developing more effective strategies to address them.
August 12, 2016 Iris Guzman - Update From the Field Our research goal is to complete 1,700 interviews. My ultimate goal is to write a report on this fieldwork to inform research design and data collection from Nicaraguan communities to help improve the health and well-being of Nicaraguan women and girls.
August 12, 2016 Anthony Bui, MPH - Update From The Field The opportunity to collaborate with other health researchers has expanded beyond CRONICAS to the larger Peruvian community... The experience of synthesizing meaningful data to generate evidence drives me and further excites my passion in accelerating public health progress.
June 22, 2016 Venezuela’s Public Health Emergency The economic crisis in this country has exploded into a public health emergency, claiming the lives of untold numbers of Venezuelans. It is just part of a larger unraveling here that has become so severe it has prompted President Nicolás Maduro to impose a state of emergency and has raised fears of a government collapse.
June 22, 2016 Ecuador Extends State of Emergency for the Earthquake Aftermath Ecuador extended the state of emergency declared on 16 April, following the earthquake that devastated populated coastal leaving more than 600 dead and thousands of homes destroyed, said President Rafael Correa.
June 14, 2016 Colombia to Force Novartis to Lower Prices of Cancer Drug Colombia's government will unilaterally force the world's largest drugmaker Novartis to lower prices of a popular leukemia medicine in a closely followed patent dispute, authorities said on June 9th, 2016.
June 13, 2016 Rio Olympics and Zika virus In a request last month, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D- NH) asked World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan to evaluate whether the Rio games this year should be delayed or postponed. Chan said in a letter released that WHO has sent senior scientists to Brazil four times to assess the risk of Zika to the approximately 500,000 athletes and visitors expected to attend the August 5-21 games in Brazil.
June 06, 2016 Hilton Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning on June 15, 2016. Only complete applications will be considered!
May 24, 2016 5 Facts About the U.S. Rank in Worldwide Migration Global migration is no small-scale issue. If all of the world’s international migrants lived in a single country, it would be the world’s fifth largest, with around 244 million people.
May 17, 2016 Making New Strides: UCLA Blum Center & Global Health Coalition The UCLA Blum Center is proud to announce its new partnership with the Global Health Coalition at UCLA, an undergraduate organization that unites the wide array of UCLA students and faculty passionate about health and international development.
May 09, 2016 Overdue Justice for Guatemalan Victims of Venereal Disease Experiments Presenting Congressman Raúl Grijalva press release "Justice for STD Experiment Victims in Guatemala", as well as, Robert García's article "Archdiocese of Guatemala Files International Petition against US and Guatemala for Human Rights Violations and Crimes Against Humanity STD Experiments".
May 09, 2016 Student Representation at the 7th Annual Global Health Conference The conference, entitled “Bridging to a Sustainable Future in Global Health,” featured a variety of global health workshops, panels, and activities which highlighted seven major tracks: governance, MDGs and SDGs, human resources and workforce, planetary health/global environmental health/one health, technology and innovation, new and emerging priorities for global health, and financial and operational sustainability.
May 02, 2016 Discounted surgeries bring the uninsured new hope in California “When you’re eating your delicious lettuce, most likely someone without insurance cut it for you,” Enriquez said. Emergency rooms will treat emergencies. But for debilitating ailments that fall short of being life-threatening, the uninsured have few options. “You’re not admitted until you’re close to dying, which is a paradox,” Enriquez said.
May 02, 2016 LHA Petition for LGBT Rights in Health Care LHA is currently distributing a petition advocating that the FDA add questions to the screening process in order to identify MSMs with a low-risk of having HIV/AIDs.
May 02, 2016 Bernie Sanders wants the U.S. to stop having the highest child poverty rate among rich countries Scholars have convincingly linked child poverty with greater mortality, poor health, undermined educational attainment and lower adult income. Children who grow up poor are more likely to be victims of crime, to get sick, to experience family instability, and to suffer from a variety of disadvantages.
April 25, 2016 ZIKA VIRUS: An Emerging Pathogen We are proud to present Dr. Karin Nielsen, MD Professor, Clinic Pediatrics, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine; Director, Center for Brazilian Studies, UCLA Latin American Institute. Dr. Nielsen is the lead author of an article recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine showing that the Zika virus is responsible for many serious fetal abnormalities in addition to microcephaly.
April 20, 2016 ECUADOR EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS BEING TREATED BY ANDEAN HEALTH & DEVELOPMENT HOSPITALS: Situation Worse than Originally Thought    Three main hospitals in the Manabí area have been destroyed by the April 16th earthquake in Ecuador.    Andean Health and Development hospitals and staff in nearby provinces have not sustained damage and are treating earthquake victims in-hospital and in emergency community triage settings.  Health care staff are treating broken bones, blunt trauma, head trauma, crush injuries, and lacerations.  
April 18, 2016 Graduate Student Conference on Migrants, Refugees and Global Justice: Comparative Perspectives in Societies of Migration The UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies (CERS) and the UCLA Center for the Study of International Migration (CSIM) invite submissions for a conference on Migrants, Refugees and Global Justice: Comparative Perspectives in Societies of Migration to be held in Berlin from September 7-9, 2016, and organized in conjunction with the Berlin Institute of Migration and Integration Research at Humboldt University, and the Department of Sociology at Sciences Po and related research centers there and at Nuffield College, Oxford.
April 13, 2016 Request for Proposals for The Margaret E. Oser Fund for Women The Margaret E. Oser Fund for Women is a permanently endowed fund of the Orange County Community Foundation. Each year, they offer a competitive grant program for organizations that provide programs to benefit women's health, education, and social welfare.
April 11, 2016 Winners of the Lancet-CUGH Best Student Poster Contest: Edgar Corona Edgar Corona, a student at the David Geffen School of Medicine and 2015 Summer Scholar, won the Lancet-CUGH Best Student Poster Contest at the 2016 CUGH Conference. His presentation, A Cost Analysis of Multiple Triage Strategies for Early Detection of Cervical Cancer Screening Programs won under the track of Financial and Operational Sustainability.
April 06, 2016 URGENT ISSUES FORUM: The Assassination of Berta Cåceres and the Future of Indigenous and Afrodescendant Environmental and Land Rights in Honduras This urgent forum explores the issues of resource extraction and state violence and their impact on the future of indigenous and environmental rights activism in Honduras.
April 04, 2016 FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION: No Más Bebés (No More Babies) Join us for the UCLA premiere of the critically acclaimed documentary No Más Bebés, which tells a story of a small group of Mexican immigrant women who sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after being sterilized at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
April 04, 2016 Launching of the Bruin Excellence & Student Transformation Grant Program (BEST) The Bruin Excellence & Student Transformation Grant Program (BEST) supports students who are impacting the experience of marginalized and underrepresented students at UCLA. The program accomplishes this goal by funding transformative student-centered projects that improve campus climate.
March 21, 2016 The 11th Annual UCGHI: Summer Institute On Migration and Health The Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health is an international event that offers researchers, faculty, graduate students and professionals working with migrant communities around the world, a unique opportunity to learn about different health issues that affect mobile populations.
March 14, 2016 DEADLINE APPROACHING to submit applications for the 2016 Summer Scholars Program This is a friendly reminder that The UCLA Blum Center will accept applications until March 21, 2016.
March 14, 2016 Migrant Children and Health – Borders, Boundaries and Bigotry The UCLA Blum Center on Poverty and Health in Latin America and collaborators have mounted an advocacy campaign to raise awareness of scaremongering tactics used to support anti-immigration policy.
March 11, 2016 IME Scholarship Support The UCLA Blum Center, together with the Center for Mexican Studies and the Center for the Study of International Migration, announces its support of scholarships to advance immigrant relations.
March 08, 2016 A Visit from UC Regent Richard Blum In February we inaugurated our new location on campus and showcased student research to Regent Blum
February 29, 2016 Applications for 2016 Summer Scholars Program The UCLA Blum Center is now accepting applications for the 2016 Summer Scholars Program through March 21, 2016.
August 18, 2015 Report from the field: 2015 UCLA Blum Summer Scholar Rafaela Rodríguez, in León, Nicaragua Summer Scholar Rafaela Rodríguez reports from León, Nicaragua. Rafaela is working with Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua, León (UNAN-León) on a research study that examines the work that is being done to tackle high rates of teenage pregnancies. Her work consists of interviewing locals in rural communities to produce informed and effective intervention programs for young people. Rafaela educates the community through workshops and chats to create awareness on different types of violence and empowerment for young girls. The UCLA Blum Center is proud of Rafaela's work in Nicaragua!
August 10, 2015 MedDreamers Inaugural Fundraiser: A Luncheon & Silent Auction for Undocumented Medical Students at UCLA MedDreamers at UCLA is working to support undocumented medical students at UCLA with this upcoming luncheon and auction. All ticket sales and donations go directly to a scholarship fund for undocumented medical students at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Purchase your tickets in the first week to get Early Bird pricing, and consider donating online if you can’t make it.
August 10, 2015 Report from the field: 2015 UCLA Blum Center Summer Scholar Evelyn Sánchez 2015 UCLA Blum Summer Scholar Evelyn Sánchez shares her experience doing fieldwork in the community of Llano de la Virgen in San Raymundo, Guatemala. Evelyn is working with World Vision Guatemala collecting and analyzing data that measures the impact of maternal, neonatal and child nutrition related to health programs that work to improve the health of mothers, babies and children. Evelyn is excited about the work that she is doing and she enjoys collaborating with the community to yield results that will help improve the well-being of mothers and their children in Guatemala. The UCLA Blum Center is proud of Evelyn's work!
July 30, 2015 Project Update: Social Cohesion in Latin America The month of July was dedicated to site visits and interviewing social cohesion experts in several European nations.
July 21, 2015 Announcing the new Global Health minor at UCLA This fall, UCLA will launch a new Global Health minor offered through the UCLA International Institute.
June 30, 2015 Report from the field: 2015 UCLA Blum Summer Scholar Edgar Corona in Cuernavaca Morelos, México Summer Scholar Edgar Corona shares his experience working on the cost-effectiveness portion of the Forwarding Research for Improved Detection and Access for Cervical Cancer Screening Project (FRIDA Study) at the Epidemiology and Health Services Unit of The Mexican Institute of Social Security. Edgar finds Cuernavaca Morelos to be a beautiful and welcoming city for which he hopes his research will improve healthcare delivery and research for underserved communities in Cuernavaca Morelos and the rest of México.
May 29, 2015 Focus on Health in Latin America: Abortion and Family Planning Laws Earlier this month news made headlines about a 10-year old girl in Paraguay who was denied an abortion after reportedly being raped and impregnated by her stepfather. According to the Paraguayan laws, an abortion can only be granted under the circumstances that the mother’s life is at risk.
May 28, 2015 Social Cohesion in Latin America: Implications for the United States The UCLA Blum Center’s project on social cohesion is moving into its next phase of data collection as the project and Center’s Director, Dr. Michael Rodriguez, starts to conduct site visits to speak with various stakeholders from the case studies that have been selected.
May 01, 2015 Congratulations Rachel Mernoff on Winning the 2015 UC Global Health Day Student Plenary Contest The UCLA Blum Center would like to congratulate Rachel Mernoff, student from our Poverty and Health in Latin America undergraduate cluster course, on winning the 2015 UC Global Health Day Student Plenary Contest.
May 01, 2015 Student reflection: the impact of states' policies on the health of undocumented immigrants UCLA Blum Center Student Assistant, Griselda Ortiz, shares a reflection on recent research co-authored by the UCLA Blum Center that reveals discrepancies in states' policies towards protecting the health and well-being of undocumented immigrants
May 01, 2015 NEW REPORT: Most states' policies put the health of undocumented immigrants - and their families - at risk California scored highest in a new ranking of the U.S. states' public policies and laws that support the health and well-being of undocumented immigrants. The report, by the UCLA Blum Center on Poverty and Health in Latin America and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research with support from the UC Global Health Institute, found that Ohio had policies that were more exclusionary than those of any other state.
April 03, 2015 Upcoming Panel Discussion, "No Federal Immigration Reform? What States Can Do to Improve the Health of Undocumented Workers," at the 2015 UC Global Health Day UC Global Health Day is a showcase for the research, training and outreach in global health being undertaken across the University of California. Join the UCLA Blum Center on Poverty and Health in Latin America, the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, and the UC Global Health Institute for the release of a join report that examines state health policies towards undocumented immigrants.
March 10, 2015 UCLA Blum Center co-hosted Workshop on Migration and Health The UCLA Blum Center, along with the UCLA Program on International Migration, co-hosted a workshop on Migration and Health to discuss the implications of this phenomenon.
March 10, 2015 M.E.CH.A. de UCLA's 22nd Annual Raza Youth Conference Our Center's Director, Dr. Michael Rodriguez, shared his story and motivations with over 1,000 students at the 22nd Annual Raza Youth Conference.
February 12, 2015 Announcing Potential Host Sites and Projects: 2015 Summer Scholars Program in Latin America With our February 23rd application deadline around the corner, the UCLA Blum Center is pleased to announce the following potential project and host organization opportunities as part of our Summer Scholars Program in Latin America.
January 30, 2015 UCLA Blum Center 2014 Year-In-Review Report We invite you to look back with us at this past year's achievements and Center developments in our 2014 Year-In-Review Report.
December 19, 2014 Student Spotlight: Poverty and Health in Latin America Cluster Course Two students from the UCLA Blum Center's Poverty and Health in Latin America undergraduate Cluster Course, Astred Castro and Rachel Mernoff, recently took time to share with us highlights and reflections from their first quarter experiences enrolled in the course.
December 11, 2014 Separating Facts from Fiction: Public Health Implications of Child Migrants from Central America Thanks to all who attended our panel, co-hosted with the Latin American Institute, "Separating Facts from Fiction: Public Health Implications of Child Migrants from Central America"
June 09, 2014 Meet the 2014 Summer Scholars The UCLA Blum Center has selected six outstanding students for our second iteration of our upcoming summer program. These scholars will perform research throughout Latin America that will make important contributions to advancing health equity and outcomes.