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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 Looks at Immigration and Public Health in its Fourth Annual Social Justice Lecture Series

WHAT: Beginning on October 15, TUC will host its fourth annual Social Justice in Public Health Lecture Series – an innovative collection of lectures and panel discussions from experts in the field on the public health impacts of migration, immigration and anti-immigration. Lectures will occur each Monday until November 26 and are free and open to the public. 

The first is an overview on immigration and health care provided by Dr. Seth Holmes, PhD, MD, an Associate Professor of Medical Anthropology and Public Health at the University of California Berkeley and the founding co-chair of the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine. He is also the author of the ground-breaking book Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States. A reception and book-signing will immediately follow this lecture. 

Registration is required. Additional details below. 


  • Interviews with leading experts on immigration and public health
  • Book-signing with Dr. Seth Holmes author of Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States
  • Stimulating panels on how immigration and anti-immigration policies affect individuals, families and communities
  • Community and student interaction/attendance 

WHERE: TUC Campus, Lander Hall, Lecture Hall A, 155 Azuar Drive, Vallejo, CA 94592 

LECTURE DATES/TIMES: All lectures will be held Monday’s from 5 to 7 p.m. 

  • October 15: Overview – Immigration & Health Care by Dr. Seth Holmes, PhD, MD
  • October 22: Impact of Immigration on Mental Health by Laura Lopez and Dr. Leon Bacchues, PhD
  • October 29: Immigration Policy & Access to Health Services  panel-- Ignatius Bau, JD and Michelle Bunker-Alberts,DNP, APN-FNP-BC, IBCLC
  • November 5: Immigration, Detention Centers & Human Rights by Isa Noyola  and  Peggy Bristol, JD
  • November 19: Immigration Status, Labor & Health by Dr. Juan Salinas, PhD
  • November 26: Solutions: Immigration & Health – Panel – Meileen Acosta, Renae Alvarez and Leoncio Vasquez Santos 

(Schedule and speakers subject to change) 

WHY: TUC’s Public Health Program is dedicated to shedding greater light on current issues, such as how immigration, migration and anti-immigration policies are affecting our communities. As immigration continues to be an important topic in local and national discourse, this lecture series aims to provide understanding and insight on current policies and areas for improvement that would better serve individuals and families affected. 

REGISTRATION: All lectures are free and open to the public; however, registration is required. You may register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tuc-social-justice-in-public-health-speakers-series-2018-tickets-37284603252

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

For additional information, contact Gayle Cummings, Director of the Public Health Program at gayle.cummings@tu.edu or 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 www.tu.edu or call 707-638-5200.