For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement

W: (707) 638-5272
C: (707) 280-8771


Experts to Discuss the Intersection of Health Equity, Criminal Justice, Trauma and Higher Education as part of Touro University’s Summer Health Equity Seminar Series

Vallejo, Calif. (July 15, 2020):  Interested in learning more about the intersection of health equity and criminal justice, trauma and higher education? Join experts from Touro University California’s (TUC’s) Public Health Program, College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Commission on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for their Summer 2020 Health Equity Series held via Zoom at noon over the next four Fridays. All are welcome to attend this free event, but advance registration is required. 


  • Gayle Cummings, PsyD, MPH, TUC College of Education and Health Sciences Assistant Dean and Public Health Program Director
  • Nemesia Kelly, MPH, TUC Health Equity and Criminal Justice Concentration Chair
  • Carly Strouse, DrPH, MPH, TUC Health Equity and Criminal Justice Concentration Assistant Professor
  • Alan Ceaser, PhD, Chief Science Officer, Plantacea Innovation Lab
  • Melissa Nold, JD, Civil Rights Attorney
  • Eduardo Velasco, MD, PhD, MSc, TUC Associate Dean for Preclinical Education and Professor, TUCCOM Diversity and Inclusion Representative
  • Sarah Sweitzer, TUC Provost and Chief Academic Officer and member of the TUC Commission on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Steven Jacboson, Ed.D, TUC Dean of Student Affairs and member of the TUC Commission on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Andrea Garcia, Associate Vice President of Advancement and member of the TUC Commission on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion


  • Interested members of the community
  • TUC faculty, staff and students

WHERE: Via Zoom at:

WHEN: Fridays from 12 to 1 p.m. as follows:

  • July 17: Criminal justice system and mass incarceration as social determinants of health: a discussion with the MPH Program’s Health Equity and Criminal Justice Concentration
  • July 24: Police violence as a public health issue: a discussion with Alan Ceaser, PhD and Melissa Nold, JD on the intersection of police violence and toxic stress and trauma
  • July 31: Diversity in healthcare education: a discussion with Eduardo Velasco, MD, PhD, MSc on reducing health disparities by increasing diversity in the healthcare workforce
  • August 7: Stress and trauma impacts on health disparities: a discussion with members of the TUC Commission on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion on the need for trauma informed systems

REGISTRATION: Register for this FREE event online at:

WHY: Health equity means everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible, but often social determinants such as poverty, incarceration and discrimination can affect a community’s access to safe environments and health care. Through discussions with experts in the field of criminal justice, police violence, healthcare diversity and stress and trauma, TUC seeks to spark deeper conversations that lead to lasting change in establishing health equity in disadvantaged communities both here in Solano County and throughout the state.

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.

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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: