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 Los Angeles Regional Forum
Thursday, January 20, 2011
The California Endowment
1000 N. Alameda Stree
Los Angeles, CA 90012


 Invited Speakers 

 Regional Forum Agenda



Eric Batch,   M.P.P.        


Eric Batch is the Vice President of Advocacy for the Western States Affiliate of the American Heart Association.  In his role with the Heart Association, Eric is responsible for managing the Advocacy/Government Relations Department for the Western States of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Prior to joining the American Heart Association, Eric worked as a Senior Consultant with Deloitte Consulting providing strategic guidance to private and public sector clients in change management and training. Eric has public policy experience at all three levels of government having worked in the Office of Management and Budget in Washington, DC, as a consultant to the CA Governor’s office, and on campaigns at the state and local level. Eric graduated from USC with a Master of Public Policy degree. His focus was in local government. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Southwestern University (Georgetown, TX).



Jonathan E. Fielding, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.



Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, MBA, is the Director of Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the County Health Officer, responsible for all public health functions including surveillance and control of both communicable and non-communicable diseases, and health protection (including against bioterrorism) for the County’s 10 million residents.  He is also a Commissioner of the Los Angeles First 5 Commission, which grants over $100 million per year to improve the health and development of children 0-5.  Dr. Fielding chairs the US Community Preventive Services Task Force and was a founding member of the US Clinical Preventive Services Task Force.  He Chairs the HHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on the 2020 Health Objectives for the Nation.  Dr. Fielding is a Professor in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health at UCLA.  He is Editor of Annual Review of Public Health and Chairman of Partnership for Prevention.  He also serves on the Board of the American Legacy Foundation and is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine.  He received his medical and public health degrees from Harvard University, and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School of Business.  He has received a number of awards and honors, including the Sedgwick Memorial Medal from the American Public Health Association and The UCLA Medal, the highest honor bestowed by that University.




Frank Chaloupka, Ph.D.


Frank J. Chaloupka is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he has been on the faculty since 1988.  He is Director of the UIC Health Policy Center and Director of the new WHO Collaborating Centre on the Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control.  Dr. Chaloupka holds appointments in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Department of Economics and the School of Public Health’s Division of Health Policy and Administration.  He is a Fellow at the University of Illinois’ Institute for Government and Public Affairs, and is a Research Associate in the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Health Economics Program and Children’s Program.  Dr. Chaloupka is Director of ImpacTeen: A Policy Research Partnership for Healthier Youth Behavior and Co-Director of the International Tobacco Evidence Network. Numerous professional publications and presentations have resulted from Dr. Chaloupka's research on the effects of economic, policy, and environmental factors on health behavior, including tobacco use, drinking, drug use, diet, physical activity, and related outcomes.





 Ian McLaughlin, J.D.


Ian McLaughlin is a senior staff attorney with Public Health Law & Policy (PHLP), working both on tobacco control and childhood obesity issues. Ian’s practice focuses on tobacco retailer licensing, public financing (taxes and fees), and code enforcement issues, and he provides training and individualized legal technical assistance in all of these areas. Ian also serves as a municipal administrative hearing officer for the City of Petaluma, California, conducting hearings and deciding a variety of code enforcement matters. Prior to joining PHLP, Ian practiced municipal law with a private law firm, Meyers, Nave, Riback, Silver & Wilson, and served as City Attorney for the City of Clearlake, California, and Assistant City Attorney for the City of Healdsburg. He has also served as legislative counsel to the Hawaii State Senate and the National Legislature of the Republic of Palau. Ian is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the UC Berkeley School of Law.Theresa


Theresa Boschert, J.D.

Theresa Boschert is Director of WIN - Wellness Initiatives Now, a project of the Public Health Institute.  Since 1997 she has conducted seminars on tobacco control policies for California law enforcement officers and legislative leaders on the implementation of the California Smoke-Free Workplace Act (Labor Code 6404.5).  Prior to her tobacco control work, Ms. Boschert was Executive Director and Lobbyist for the California Women Lawyer’s Association. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Montana State University at Billings, and a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University School of Law.  Ms. Boschert is a member of the Montana Bar Association, American Public Health Association-Law Division, and the California State Rural Health Association.

Jonathan M. Samet, M.D.

Jonathan M. Samet, a pulmonary physician and epidemiologist, is Professor and Flora L. Thornton Chair for the Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC and Director, USC Institute for Global Health.  Dr. Samet’s research has addressed active and passive smoking and the effects of inhaled pollutants in the general environment, both indoors and outdoors, and in the workplace.  Dr. Samet has served as Editor and Author for Surgeon Generals’ Reports on Smoking and Health since 1984, receiving the Surgeon General’s Medallion in 1990 and 2006 for these contributions.  He received the Prince Mahidol Award for Global Health, the Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Health, and the WHO World No Tobacco Day Award.  He is Chair of the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee of the FDA Center for Tobacco Products.  Dr. Samet was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1997.


Dian Kiser, Ph.D.

Dian Kiser, Ph.D. is Director of SHARE-Sustainable Health Advances in Rural Environments (A Project of the Health and Social Policy Institute) and Co-Director of BREATH—The Global Smoke-Free Workplace Program. She is a member of the California State Rural Health Association and the American Public Health Association. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Community Organization) and a Master of Science degree in Public Health Planning and Policy Management from Antioch University and a Ph.D. from Pacific Western University. In 2003, Dr. Kiser received the Carol M. Russell Award from the California Department of Health Services for Leadership, Vision and Commitment to Tobacco Control in California.  She has worked in the tobacco control field for twenty-five years and collectively in public health for over thirty-five years.  


Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanti, Ph.D, M.P.H.


Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, Ph.D., M.P.H., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine, at the Keck School of Medicine. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California (USC) and is the Director of Community Outreach and Education at the Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research. She teaches and mentors students in Health Promotion and overall Public Health and on the role of culture in health behaviors. She is the Director of the Global Health Track in the MPH program and conducts independent community-based participatory research and runs programs in cancer and tobacco related disparities. For 17 years she was an integral part of the Hispanic/Latino Tobacco Education Network funded by the California Department of Public Health, California Tobacco Control Program. She also has managed research projects to identify the impact on Hispanic/Latino patrons and workers regarding the lack of secondhand smoke protection in Casinos, and on multi-unit housing voluntary policies. She is currently the Director of Team Lab, a statewide technical assistance and service arm of the California Tobacco Control Program in charge of the development and testing of educational materials on tobacco control for agencies conducting tobacco control work funded by Proposition 99. She is the recipient of multiple prestigious awards, including the 2006 Community Activism award from the American Legacy Foundation and of a Distinguished Career Award from the American Public Health Association, Latino Caucus.

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