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Bernadette Boden-Albala - UC Irvine. Irvine, CA, US

Bernadette Boden-Albala

Director of Program in Public Health and Founding Dean of proposed School of Population Health | UC Irvine


Bernadette Boden-Albala, Dr.P.H., is a renowned researcher & administrator who researches community-based stroke & heart disease prevention.





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UCI Public Health Dean Bernadette Boden-Albala ASA: Nodding Off During Day Indicates Higher Risk of Stroke




Bernadette Boden-Albala, Dr.P.H., is a renowned researcher and administrator whose efforts to reduce health disparities for America’s disadvantaged became a blueprint for community-based stroke and heart disease prevention. She is the director of the Program in Public Health and and founding dean of the proposed School of Population Health.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Stroke and heart disease prevention

Public Health

Infectious Diseases

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Education (1)

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health: DrPH, MPH, Sociomedical Science

Media Appearances (9)

UCI Names New School of Public Health After Joe Wen

Orange County Business Journal  online


The University of California, Irvine announced that its newly created school of public health will be named after Joe. C. Wen, founder of multinational conglomerate Formosa Ltd., in recognition of a $50 million gift from Wen. …“When we created the Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences, UC Irvine committed to elevating all of our health science programs to full schools, and I am delighted that the regents have completed the final piece of that promise,” Chancellor Howard Gillman said in a statement. The Joe C. Wen School of Population & Public Health will be led by Founding Dean Bernadette Boden-Albala.

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The One Unexpected Thing Infectious Disease Experts Are Begging You to Stop Doing If You Don't Want to Get COVID This Summer

Parade  online


"As a public health leader, I will always strive to remind our community the substantial evidence backing the effectiveness of vaccines," Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, PH, director and founding dean of the Program in Public Health in the Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences at University of California, Irvine, tells Parade. "They can either completely prevent infection or stop people from experiencing severe illness that requires hospitalization. The key is to keep your vaccines up to date as each season we face a new strain of flu or even a new variant of COVID-19. The most up-to-date shot will protect you from the viruses circulating now."

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What to Know About the LB.1 COVID-19 Variant

Verywell Health  online


An emerging COVID-19 subvariant named LB.1 now makes up 17.5% of new cases in the United States and is on track to surpass KP.2 and KP.3. Bernadette Boden-Albala, DrPH, MPH, director of the public health program at UC Irvine, said that the public should expect similar symptoms from LB.1, an Omicron offshoot, as its predecessors. … “Continuous vigilance, vaccination updates, and adaptive health strategies will be essential in coexisting with the virus,” Boden-Albala said.

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MIP-C Is a New COVID-Related Syndrome That Can Cause Severe Lung Scarring

Forbes  online


Bernadette Boden Albala, UC Irvine Director and Founding Dean of UC Irvine Public Health writes, "What we need is a resilient workforce that can anticipate and respond effectively to society’s challenges." I believe the following three principles will help prepare our workforce, and its future leaders, to be resilient, nimble, and ready to address the challenges ahead …. I may be biased given my role and background, but the Master of Public Health degree is a smart option for any level of professional, especially in the healthcare and health sciences sector, looking to prepare themselves for an ever-changing world.”

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These Are the 2 Most Common Symptoms of the New FLiRT COVID Variant Doctors Are Seeing Right Now

Parade  online


"We are not in flu season, so if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, it may be a sign that you have been exposed to COVID-19," Dr. Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, Dr.P.H., social epidemiologist and director and founding dean of the program in public health in the Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences at University of California, Irvine, warns. "You must test as soon as you experience symptoms for two reasons. First, if you test early, you can receive antiviral treatment earlier and reduce the chance of severe symptoms. Second, vulnerable communities like the elderly, pregnant people and the unvaccinated are highly susceptible, so testing early helps you make the informed decision to stay home and take care of yourself and your community."

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Women’s Contributions To The Economy At The Cost Of Their Wellbeing

Forbes  online


Bernadette Boden Albala, dean of the proposed School of Population and Public Health and director of the Program in Public Health writes, “While women have made significant societal and economic strides, improvements to women’s health have been grossly ignored – and that needs to change. … Our conversation about building a better future must extend beyond Women’s History Month because these issues are relevant every single day. With all the progress we have made for equality, I am hopeful this is a call to action to commit to ongoing research, education, and activism to honor the past, empower the present, and progress toward a more equitable future for all women.”

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Opinion: America should follow California’s lead on sex education and HIV prevention education

The Orange County Register  online


Bernadette Boden-Albala, director and founding dean of the UCI Program in Public Health writes, “Staying true to its progressive form, California stands nearly alone in its enactment of mandated curriculum around sex ed and HIV prevention education to middle and high school students. But these policies are relatively new. The California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA) was enacted on January 1, 2016, by the California Department of Education, and it “requires school districts to ensure that all pupils in grades seven to twelve, inclusive, receive comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education.” … As a researcher who studies health equity, CHYA seems like a fair and logical mandate – one that you would assume other states would want to emulate. This is simply not the case.”

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In Pursuit Of Longevity And Reshaping Equity In The Endgame

Forbes  online


Bernadette Boden-Albala writes, “As the Founding Dean and Director of UC Irvine’s Program in Public Health and an expert with more than 25 years of experience researching racial and ethnic inequities in cardiovascular disease and stroke care, I can say that without a doubt, where people work, where they live, and what they eat, have a direct correlation to how long they live. … Let us focus on preventative health measures like access for all to healthy and nutritious food, clean air and water, safe working environments, and effective health policy measures.”

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Flu and RSV Cases are Rising, Here's When They May Peak

Healthline  online


Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, DrPH, Founding Dean of the UC Irvine Program in Public Health, similarly suspects we are inching toward the peak. “We should see the peak of flu season these first few weeks of January, given we are coming off of the holiday season,” she told Healthline. … “I would like to stress for everyone to stay hydrated and eat nutritious foods because if you can bolster your natural defenses with these activities then your immune system is operating at the highest level to protect you against infectious diseases,” says Boden-Albala.

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Articles (5)

Unrecognized implementation science engagement among health researchers in the USA: a national survey

Implementation Science Communications

Elizabeth R. Stevens, Donna Shelley, and Bernadette Boden-Albala

2020 Implementation science (IS) has the potential to serve an important role in encouraging the successful uptake of evidence-based interventions. The current state of IS awareness and engagement among health researchers, however, is relatively unknown

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Abstract WP366: Exploring the Association Between Physician Trust and Recurrent Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)


Anita Venkatesan, Bernadette Boden-Albala, Nina Parikh, Emily Goldmann

2020 More positive health behaviors, fewer symptoms, higher quality of life, and greater treatment satisfaction have been reported among those with greater physician trust. This study assessed the relationship between physician trust and recurrent stroke/TIA within 1 year of discharge among stroke survivors in Northern Manhattan.

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Abstract TP430: A Family/Friend Network Approach to Secondary Stroke Prevention: Findings From the FURRThER Pilot


Bernadette Boden Albala, Joyce O'Connor, Noa Appleton, Michael Parides

2020 Despite prevention strategies with proven efficacy, recurrent stroke rates, especially in minority populations, remain high. Mobilizing stroke patients’ social networks on risk reduction goals may optimize secondary prevention efforts. Families/Friends Understanding Risk Reduction Through Educational Reinforcement (FURRThER) is a culturally-tailored, social network-based intervention facilitated by an interactive web portal and targeted at management of vascular risk factors.

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A Systematic Review of Environmental Health Outcomes in Selected American Indian and Alaska Native Populations

Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

Gabriella Y. Meltzer, Beverly-Xaviera Watkins, Dorice Vieira, Judith T. Zelikoff & Bernadette Boden-Albala

2020 Economic and social marginalization among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) results in higher chronic disease prevalence. Potential causal associations between toxic environmental exposures and adverse health outcomes within AI/AN communities are not well understood.

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Barriers to engagement in implementation science research: a national survey

Translational Behavioral Medicine

Translational Behavioral Medicine

2020 Low levels of engagement in implementation science (IS) among health researchers is a multifaceted issue. With the aim of guiding efforts to increase engagement in IS research, we sought to identify barriers to engagement in IS within the health research community. We performed an online survey of health researchers in the United States in 2018. Basic science researchers were excluded from the sample.

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