Community Studies class showcases public health leaders in 'Year of Alumni'

Barbara Garcia is the director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
Barbara Garcia is the director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Author: 
Jennifer McNulty

 

In an extraordinary testament to the value of a Community Studies education at UC Santa Cruz, the directors of the county public health departments in both San Francisco and Los Angeles are graduates of the program. And both women are returning to campus this spring as guest lecturers in a special-edition public health class offered by Community Studies.

The class features eight alumni speakers, including Barbara Garcia(Oakes College '84, community studies) and Barbara Ferrer (Rachel Carson College '78, community studies), directors of the San Francisco and Los Angeles County departments, respectively. The class is part of Community Studies’ year-long 50th anniversary celebration, and guest speakers from every decade will discuss their professional paths and lecture on the subject of their expertise; topics include community health care, the opioid crisis, mental health in disaster areas, the gender revolution, and leadership development for global health.

Garcia credits Community Studies with validating her interest in community-engaged health care.

"Community Studies was a really important program for me," said Garcia. "It accepted and embraced community activism, and provided the theoretical base that supported my career."

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