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Touro University California Announces Fall 2016 Lineup for Social Justice in Public Health Speaker Series

 Anthony Iton, MD, JD, MPH, senior vice president of healthy communities for the California Endowment, to kick off speaker series Thursday, Sept. 1

(Vallejo, CA – Aug. 26, 2016) – Touro University California is holding a six-part Social Justice in Public Health Speaker Series. Speaking sessions are available on select dates Sept. 1 – Nov. 10, 4-6 p.m. in Lander Hall, Lecture Hall A. Sessions are free to the community and pre-registration is required. 

“We are excited to announce the lineup of speakers for our Fall 2016 lecture series,” said Gayle Cummings, PsyDc, MPH, program director of Touro University’s Public Health Program. “The series explores the connections between social justice and public health and how they are affected by disadvantages, such as poverty, incarceration, education, housing and environment.” 

California Endowment’s Senior Vice President of Healthy Communities Anthony Iton, MD, JD, MPH, will kick off the series with the topic of “Wealth as a Determinant of Health.” 

Dr. Iton’s background includes serving as the director and county health officer for the Alameda County Public Health Department where he oversaw the creation of a public health practice designed to eliminate health disparities in many of California's low-income communities. 

Some of his other past roles include director of health and human services and school medical advisor for the City of Stamford, Connecticut and primary care physician for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. 

Dr. Iton has been published in several public health and medical publications and is a regular public health lecturer and keynote speaker at conferences around the country. He earned his B.S. in Neurophysiology from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, his J.D. at the University of California Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law and his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

See below for a full list of the Fall 2016 speaker series lineup: 

  • Thursday, Sept. 1: Anthony Iton, MD, JD, MPH (California Endowment) - “Wealth as a Determinant of Health”
  • Thursday, Sept. 15: Jason Corburn, PhD (University of California, Berkley) – “Place Matters: The Built Environment and Health”
  • Thursday, Sept. 29: Tracey Patterson, MPH (California Food Policy) – “Food Security and Health”
  • Thursday, Oct. 13: RJOY Speaker Panel – “Incarceration, Re-Entry & Restorative Justice”
  • Thursday, Oct. 27: Ignacio Hernandez, JD (Hernandez Strategy Group) – “Sentencing Laws & Low Income Communities”
  • Thursday, Nov. 10: Alexandra Desautels, MSW (California Endowment) and Richard LiMieux (Author of “Breakfast at Sally’s”) – “Housing Instability and Homelessness” 

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.