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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 (14)

Eleven stroke researchers to be recognized during the 2024 International Stroke Conference

News Medical (American Heart Association)  online


Eleven scientists leading the way in stroke research will be recognized during the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2024 for their exceptional professional achievements. … The 2024 honorees are: Bernadette Boden-Albala, M.P.H., Dr.P.H., University of California, Irvine, who will receive the Edgar J. Kenton III Lecture Award. … Bernadette Boden-Albala, M.P.H., Dr.P.H., the winner of the Edgar J. Kenton III Lecture Award, is the director and founding dean of the University of California, Irvine's Program in Public Health and future School of Population and Public Health. With more than two decades of research experience, Boden-Albala is an internationally recognized expert in the social epidemiology of chronic disease whose research has focused on eliminating health disparities ….

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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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The Most Common Symptoms of the New Covid Variant, JN.1

MSN - Men's Health  online


According to Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, Dr.P.H., director and founding dean of the University of California, Irvine’s Program in Public Health, just like with most winters, it’s not uncommon for people to be dealing with coughing, congestion, and sore throats right now—all of which can signal the flu, common cold, RSV, and, yes, Covid. … “These viruses will continue if we don’t encourage up-to-date booster vaccinations and protective measures like masking and staying away from people when feeling sick, masking in an indoor situation with large crowds, and always practicing proper hand washing,” Boden-Albala says.

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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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OC 500 2023 - Technology: Bernadette Boden-Albala

Orange County Business Journal  online


Bernadette Boden-Albala, dean, UCI Program in Public Health. WHY: Tapped to head launch of new public health school in 2019, soon after oversaw local education, research efforts throughout the pandemic. Joined task force organized by UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman to help educate and support the school’s some 37,600 students, and work with the Orange County Health Care Agency. NEW SCHOOL: UCI’s Program in Public Health is currently transitioning to become the School of Population and Public Health, which will be housed in the Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences, located on Michael Drake Drive.

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5 Things Doctors Always Do To Avoid Getting Sick At The Holidays

HuffPost  online


Get enough sleep. … Sleep deprivation, even after just one poor night’s sleep, can take a pretty significant toll on your well-being, says Bernadette Boden-Albala, the founding dean of the University of California, Irvine Program in Public Health. … The other thing Boden-Albala stands by is getting vaccinated. For her, COVID and flu shots are especially important as we see new strains of these viruses every year. … These vaccines will provide the best protection against the strains that are currently circulating, according to Boden-Albala.

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OC Women’s Health Summit speakers take look at women’s health and access to care

The Orange County Register  online


More than 100 people gathered Friday, Oct. 13, to consider women’s health and equity at the OC Women’s Health Summit hosted by UC Irvine’s public health program and the OC Women’s Health Project. … “Roe v. Wade and the Dobbs decision didn’t just impact abortions,” Sora Park Tanjasiri, a UCI public health professor, said. “We’re talking about an assault on evidence-based medicine. … Bernadette Boden-Albala, director and [founding] dean of the UC Irvine Program in Public Health, said the event is designed to inspire action and motivate people to make the world a better place starting with women’s health.

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What Is the Order of COVID Symptoms This Fall?

Verywell Health  online


Bernadette Boden-Albala, DrPh, MPH, the [director and founding] dean of the program in public health at the University of California Irvine, told Verywell that if you have COVID, you can be contagious for anywhere from five to 20 days. She recommends following the CDC’s guidelines: 5 days of isolation if you have mild to moderate illness, and up to 10 days if you’re severely sick. If you are immunocompromised, you may need to isolate for up to 20 days. … Boden-Albala says that testing with a healthcare provider can bring you more certainty because they can “administer a specific test that detects both flu and COVID-19, allowing you to get diagnosed and treated as soon as possible to reduce the risk of severe illness.”

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Stomach Bugs Basically Disappeared During COVID Lockdowns—Now They May Be Surging Back

Health  online


Even with solid precautions in place, however, it’s not always possible to prevent transmission. “Food and water can get contaminated, and travelers from areas with poor sanitation can bring viruses,” Bernadette Boden Albala, MPH, DrPH, the director and founding dean of the program in public health at University of California, Irvine, told Health.

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Should You Wait to Get the New COVID-19 Booster?

Verywell Health  online


Another reason to wait for the new booster in the fall is that COVID infections have historically peaked during the winter, according to Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, DrPH, director and founding dean of the Program in Public Health at the University of California, Irvine. “The best time to get the updated booster will be in the fall, around October and November, so that you are best protected against the historically peak infection times around December to February,” Boden-Albala told Verywell.

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A Roadmap To Health Equity: Addressing The Conditions Of Our Environment That Affect Our Health

Forbes  online


Bernadette Boden-Albala, director and founding dean of UCI Program in Public Health writes, “As a public health researcher and leader in higher education who has spent the last 30 years defining and intervening on social determinants of health, I believe we are at a fork in the road, and we need to redraw the map toward equitable health and well-being. … We must acknowledge the substantial evidence in peer-reviewed literature that shows that health disparities exist and that social, environmental, and economic factors play a large role in determining one’s health. … We need to expand our vision around health to shift the paradigm. … We must nurture a workforce who is equipped to address future health challenges and optimize a more effective, sustainable public health infrastructure.”

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COVID Cases Are Rising Again. Is It Still Dangerous to Get Infected?

Verywell Health  online


Recent research indicates that immunity from a prior COVID infection provides strong protection against severe illness, according to Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, DrPH, the director and founding dean of the Program in Public Health at the University of California, Irvine. “Coupled with strong evidence that vaccines protect against severe outcomes as well, most of our communities have developed long-term immunity,” Boden-Albala told Verywell. … Boden-Albala said the risk is still significant for older adults, those with medical conditions such as diabetes or heart or lung disease, and people who are immunocompromised.

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A ‘communi-versity’ model is how UCI aims to improve health of OC’s Latinx and Vietnamese families

The Orange County Register  online


“Early on, I realized that to understand diseases, you have to understand community context — where people are living, what their environment is and all those things that impact the way in which they experience disease,” said Bernadette Boden-Albala, the director of the UC Irvine Program in Public Health and the founding dean of the future UCI School of Population and Public Health. The only way to really understand a disease and the risk factors for it, as an academic researcher, she said, was to go into the community, build relationships with residents and spend time with them — a “communi-versity” model.

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Norovirus Oubreaks on Cruise Ships: How to Avoid Getting Sick on Vacation

Health  online


Norovirus, which causes inflammation of the stomach or intestines, typically causes diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain Bernadette Boden-Albala, DrPH, MPH, director and founding dean of the Program in Public Health at the University of California, Irvine told Health. Other symptoms can include fever, headache, and body aches. … “Infected people spread the virus widely and make it difficult for public health officials to contain the virus,” Boden-Albala said.

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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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