For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement

W: (707) 638-5272
C: (707) 704-6101

Touro University California Introduces Social Justice in Public Health Seminar Series

(Vallejo, CA – August 12, 2015) – Justice is central to the mission of public health and is a core value at Touro University California (TUC). As we are committed to educating future public health practitioners and clinicians to advocate for the health of all people, TUC will present a “Social Justice in Public Health” seminar, featuring keynote speaker Jahmal Miller, MHA, Deputy Director of the California Department of Public Health, Office of Health Equity.

Dr. Miller will provide an “Overview of Social Injustice and Health,” on September 2, 2015, from 3-5 p.m. at Lander Hall Auditorium, 1557 Azuar Drive, on the Mare Island TUC campus. This event is free and open to the public.

“Touro’s Public Health program continues to be on the frontlines in the conversations for social justice,” said Director of Touro’s Public Health Program Gayle Cummings, MPH. “We are thrilled that some of the most significant social and economic issues of the 21st century in relationship to health inequities and social justice will be addressed at Touro University California.”

The 2-hour seminar launches a 7-part series for students at TUC’s Public Health and College of Osteopathic Medicine programs. Only the first series is open to the public. The speaker series is an innovative elective course designed for students in public health, medicine, pharmacy and education. The course provides an introduction to topics of public health and social justice, with discussion of social determinants of health.  

Mr. Miller was appointed Deputy Director at the California Department of Public Health by Governor Brown in 2013. He is responsible for the development of priorities, policies and practices related to the reduction and elimination of health disparities and health inequities within specific vulnerable populations and impacted geographic locations among California’s diverse populations.

For more information, contact Brigida Perez, Public Health Program Office, at 707-638-5838.

About the Touro College and University System:

Touro University California is a Jewish nonprofit, independent graduate institution of higher learning founded in 1997 on three Judaic values: social justice, the pursuit of knowledge and service to humanity. The university, home to 1,400 students, has professional programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, public health, nursing, and education. Faculty, staff and students have a powerful commitment to academic excellence, evidence-based professional practice, inter-professional collaboration, and active engagement with a global community. To learn more, visit or call 707-638-5200.