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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 launches third annual
Social Justice Lecture Series hosted by The Public Health Program


Touro University California’s Public Health Program is launching its third annual Social Justice Lecture Series for the 2017/18 academic year. The series will feature an innovative collection of lectures and panel discussions from experts in the field of public health and social justice.

Providing an introduction of specialized topics with relevant readings and discussions on the social determinants of health, the new series will focus on the impacts of incarceration on individuals, families, and communities which is an often-overlooked public health epidemic. The Touro University California Public Health Program is dedicated to shedding greater light on these current issues. As part of this commitment, Touro is developing a new concentration in Health Equity and Criminal Justice for the Master of Public Health degree that will begin in 2018.


  • Interviews with leading experts in public health and social justice  
  • Stimulating panels/lectures about relevant community topics and current trends of incarceration
  • Community and student interaction/attendance


Touro University California Campus - Lander Hall Auditorium
1310 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592


All lectures will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Monday, August 28 - Session 1
Topic: The State of our Justice System & Health
Keynote Speaker: Reuben Miller, PhD, University of Michigan, Population Studies

Reception immediately following

Monday, September 11 - Session 2
Topic: Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline: Investing in Our Youth
Keynote Speaker: Fania Davis, JD, PhD, Director of Restorative Justice, Oakland

Monday, September 25 - Session 3
Topic: The life course perspective of the incarcerated
Keynote Speakers: Dr. Janet Mohle-Boetani, California Correctional Health Care Services
                             Dr. Elena Tootel, San Quentin

Monday, October 9 - Session 4
Topic: Incarceration, Re-Entry & Recidivism preventions/solutions
Keynote Speakers: Obi Anthony, Founder & President of Exonerated Nation
                            Dr. Ann Finkelstein, La Clínica de la Raza

Monday, October 23 - Session 5
Topic: Re-entry & Health Panel (Mental Health/PTSD)
Keynote Speakers: Ruben Vang, Center for Positive Change Supervisor
                             Susan Champion, Attorney for the Three Strikes Program
                             Dr. Saki Cabrera, Solano Community College

Monday, November 13 - Session 6
Topic: Addressing the prison epidemic: Where do we go from here?
Keynote Speaker: Matthew Pillischer, Film Director “Broken on all Sides”


The lecture series is free and open to the public; registration is required and can be done at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tuc-social-justice-speakers-series-tickets-37284603252.  More information can be found at: http://cehs.tu.edu/publichealth/social_justice_series_2017/.

For continuing education attendees, each session is worth two (2) continuing education credits per lecture through the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

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 www.tu.edu or call 707-638-5200.