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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) 280-8771

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 is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro has 35 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Illinois, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and Touro University Nevada; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: www.touro.edu/news