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

Bernadette Boden-Albala 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 (8)

COVID disparities grow as California ends state of emergency

CalMatters  online


“After the (state of emergency) ends, there’s not going to be any more substantial money given to COVID-19,” said Bernadette Boden-Albala, [director and founding] dean of UC Irvine’s public health program. “All of the attempts to get information out, to vaccinate folks in harder-to-reach communities, is going to get much harder and at best will be forced into other programs.” … “Everyone wants to throw these health problems back to individuals and individual choice. That doesn’t help us serve the population,” UC Irvine Public Health Dean Boden-Albala said. “Disparities are not about the choices you make but about problems in infrastructure.”

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Tools to predict stroke risk work less well for Black patients, study finds

STAT  online


Experts pointed to literature showing that applying machine learning algorithms to traditional epidemiologic data begets similar results — biases and all — if the patient information available hasn’t changed. “The algorithm can only predict as much as the data it is fed so it is not surprising that it is not accurately predicting risk in communities of color. We need a dataset that is more comprehensive that includes variables from structural bias to discrimination to neighborhood pollution,” Bernadette Boden-Albala, director and founding dean of the UC Irvine Program in Public Health, told STAT in an email.

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DOC AMA: California Saw Increase In ‘Excess Deaths’ In The Last Three Years

LAist  radio


In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and infectious disease news, Larry Mantle speaks with Bernadette Boden-Albala director of the UCI Program in Public Health and Founding Dean of the future UCI School of Population and Public Health, to discuss the increase in excess deaths according to the California Department of Public Health.

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These Are the Most Common Symptoms of Covid This Winter

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 many 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. … “With infections rising due to XBB.1.5, Covid-19 vaccines have shown to be effective at preventing hospitalization and severe disease and even long Covid,” she says.

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Doctors Want You to Know This About Heart Disease

Eat This, Not That!  online


"Cardiovascular disease affects more than 121.5 million adults in the U.S per year but can largely be prevented by lifestyle choices," Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, DrPH, Director and Founding Dean, University of California, Irvine Program in Public Health tells Eat This, Not That! Health

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Here's When to Expect a 4th COVID-19 Bivalent Booster Vaccine

Good Housekeeping  online


These new booster vaccines will also aim to rebuild immunity to the original coronavirus strain that people gained earlier on in the pandemic, explains Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, DrPH, the director of the University of California, Irvine's program in public health.

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Do You Need a Polio Booster Shot?

Verywell Health  online


Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, director and founding dean of the program in public health at the University of California, Irvine, said that the reemergence of polio—partly due to an anti-vaccination mentality—is "extremely alarming" and "puts the lives of many people at risk."

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Latest U.S. Covid-19 Surge Moves West as Pressure Eases in Northeast

The Wall Street Journal  online


“The highly transmissible Omicron variants are permeating into all parts of the community,” said Bernadette Boden-Albala, [MPH, DrPH Director and Founding Dean], who directs the Program in Public Health at the University of California, Irvine.

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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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