December 5, 2016 Edition

Leading the CSHP Diablo Chapter – Dr. Keith Yoshizuka, Asst. Dean for Administration

By Dr. Keith Yoshizuka - The California Society of Health System Pharmacists (CSHP) started out as an organization of hospital pharmacists.  The more established California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) focused more on retail/community pharmacy practice, so CSHP was developed to meet the needs and interests of pharmacists in institutional settings.  CSHP has since evolved into an organization representing pharmacists in health systems (Kaiser, Veterans Administration, hospitals, clinics, long term care, etc.).  I have been a member of CSHP for more than 40 years and served on the Council on Economic Affairs back in the late 1970s.  More recently, I have been on CSHP's Government Affairs Advisory Committee (GAAC) (twice as chair of the committee) where we track and advocate for legislation affecting the practice of pharmacy in California.  Each year, I bring 200 students from Touro to the State Capitol to meet with their elected representatives to voice their opinions on pending legislation.  In 2013, we lobbied successfully to increase the scope of practice for every pharmacist in the state of California (SB 493).  In 2015, we successfully lobbied to strengthen the vaccination requirements of school aged children after the measles outbreak at Disneyland earlier that year (SB 277).

During my 40 years of practice, the overwhelming majority of that practice has been spent as a manager or administrator.  Being president of the Diablo chapter is no different.  People have the misconception that a president tells people what to do; rather, an effective president is a servant of the constituency that works with the cabinet to deliver to the constituency that package of goods and services it deserves.  The Diablo chapter is distinguished by having more educational programs per year that any other chapter in the state, or maybe even the nation.  It may be coincidental that I come representing Touro University as the new president, because I am working with other faculty to develop more educational programs in a joint venture between the Touro University California College of Pharmacy and CSHP for the benefit of the entire community of pharmacists in the state of California.

World AIDS Day – Dr. Carinne Brody, Assistant Professor of Public Health

By Dr. Carinne Brody - In honor of World AIDS Day, the TUC Center for Global Health Research stands in solidarity with our partner organizations across the world who are on the front lines of the HIV epidemic in their communities. We are proud to support their dedicated efforts to help men, women and children affected by this disease.  Our HIV research with young women in Cambodia, support of midwives in Ethiopia, infectious disease work in Nepal and efforts to improve research ethics infrastructure in Bolivia all intersect with the AIDS epidemic in each country.

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CEHS Volunteers to Feed the Needy in Day Before Thanksgiving Meal

Before anyone took their holiday break last week, Touro University California’s College of Education and Health Sciences joined in with Vallejo Together to serve families in need at a Day Before Thanksgiving Meal. Twenty-five of the CEHS's student, faculty, and staff joined in with the group of over 100 volunteers that was spread out across eight different locations throughout Vallejo.

Many of the CEHS volunteers cooked dishes at home that were then divided into full meals to be served by teams.  TUC made up four different groups of servers. People were happy to share the warmth of home with each other on a chilly November day. And the Joint MSPAS/MPH students brought a lot of their energy to the event. Over 300 men, women, and children enjoyed the holiday meal that day—all the most vulnerable members of our community.

Our part in the effort was spearheaded by Dr. Lisa Palacios, Associate Dean of CEHS. It is the college's mission to serve the homeless and impoverished in our local community, and it plans to continue its efforts throughout the year.

Thank you to all who went!

Nursing students create child-friendly room at Mission Solano in time for the Holidays

Eight of TUC's nursing students have grown close to the people at Mission Solano this fall while completing their community health rotation for the School of Nursing’s Clinical Nurse Leader Master Degree Program. The students spent their time helping in the kitchen, teaching residents about exercise and food labels, organizing canned food drives, and remodeling the children’s playroom in the shelter. They do this as part of the Bridge to Life Program, which is a holistic attempt to provide assistance to homeless veterans, single women, and women with children and families.

At the beginning of their rotation, the eight students engaged with the Mission Solano staff and residents to learn more about what was needed.  This year the residents requested assistance with making a child-friendly room.  The students put their hearts into this project, which inspired the residents to help out, too. New colorful paint, toys, bookshelves, tables and stools, pillows, and a flat screen TV/DVD player were all donated to Mission Solano by the students and their families.  This month, they plan to offer health education talks to the mothers that focus on parenting through reading and playing.  Many of the women are working to regain custody of their children, and now they have a welcoming room for them to visit and enjoy while at Mission Solano.  The children’s room dedication was attended by the Mission pastor, his family, TUC nursing students and faculty, and approximately 30 Mission Solano guests and children. 

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Our Staff: Ralph Cuberos, Facilities Engineer

Our Staff - Ralph Cuberos

How do you spend your time outside of Touro? 

I enjoy traveling with my wife, Barbara Jean, and our two dogs in our new RV. I also love to work on cars. I started with a ’41 Chevy in high school. And I’ve built up a ’33 Ford that’s similar to the ZZ Top videos. But it doesn’t look like that. It wasn’t red! 

What was your time like in the Coast Guard? 

Back in the seventies, I had to hide my hair with a short hair wig. But when I came to Rio Vista, that wasn’t allowed. They did let the servicemen choose their own haircuts, however. At first, I tried to keep it the same. But after going through what you had to do for appearance and time, I cut it all off the next chance that I got! 

Could you tell us about your history with Mare Island? 

I worked on Mare Island for the government, doing mechanical inspection for cranes and heavy equipment. I left after the base shut down in 1996. I didn’t want to see it fall apart. I thought that I’d have no reason to return. But in 2001, I was talked into coming back.

Upcoming Poster Presentations

Graduate School of Education: Tuesday, December 6, 6:00-8:00 pm, Farragut Inn

Masters of Public Health: Thursday, December 8, 10:00-11:30 am, Lander Hall Room 160

School of Nursing: Tuesday, December 13, 6:00-8:00 pm, Farragut Inn

Students get excited for Giving Tuesday

To do to their part for the Meditation Garden, 50 students eagerly volunteered to foster succulents for the winter. The plants will then be planted in the garden this spring. Students also spun the wheel for Touro mugs and bags, as well as seeds donated by Recology Vallejo. 

Donors gave $1,930 to build the garden on Giving Tuesday. While we still have ways to go, we have seen a great amount of community excitement and support for the Meditation Garden. More people are finding out about the garden each day, and donations are still welcome. We wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who gave to this community project. Your donations and efforts will have a lasting mark on student life here for years to come.

Giving Tuesday