Dr. Michael Prelip Appointed as FSPH Associate Dean for Practice Across the Life Course

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Michael Prelip has agreed to serve as the new Associate Dean for Practice Across the Life Course beginning April 1, 2014. As Associate Dean, Mike will be responsible for all FSPH efforts to enhance public health practice opportunities for students, faculty and alumni.

Mike, who joined UCLA in 1996, brings extraordinary talent and experience in developing true community partnerships. He is currently a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, is responsible for directing the field component of the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and is the Director of the MPH for Health Professionals Program. Additionally he teaches courses in community based program planning; research and evaluation; fund development; community organization; and leadership and empowerment. Mike is currently involved in a number of translational research projects, which are all community based and public health focused, using a community engagement model. He conducts his work in both domestic and international settings. He has received numerous National Institute of Health awards to support his research. Recently these include funds to examine health literacy among low income teens and how this impacts their health care utilization; to develop new measures of health literacy in French speaking West African teens; to apply new system science techniques to evaluate community-level obesity interventions; and to examine the impact of improving the food environment on purchasing, preparation, and consumption behaviors in East Los Angeles. Mike also directs a number of NIH funded training programs focusing on health disparities.

Prior to coming to UCLA, Mike worked for 15 years in community based nonprofit organizations. During this time he was actively involved in grant development, program planning and evaluation. He developed both community and clinic based projects focusing on reproductive health, substance use prevention, primary care, HIV/STIs, TB treatment and immunizations. He continues to have a strong interest in working with community based organizations through his volunteer work with Watts HealthCare Corporations, one of the largest Federally Qualified Health Centers. Additionally, he is the faculty advisor for the nationally recognized UCLA Mobile Clinic Project which provides primary health care to homeless and at-risk for homeless individuals.

As the Associate Dean, Mike's broad goals include bridging the gaps between learning and application, and bridging the gaps between research and application. In this role, he will be developing FSPH as a leader in public health practice, building on the unique commitments and abilities of our faculty to simultaneously conduct world-class research and create long-term, deeply engaged partnerships with the community to ensure that research leads to improved health in practice.

Mike’s focus will be to support the effective work of all of our community members, including alumni who may interact with the School throughout their careers, as well as students and faculty. Over the next year, Associate Dean Prelip will begin exploring potential action plans which may include developing new programs to better integrate students’ practicum experience with their long-term career development. In response to students' requests, he will also be creating opportunities for alumni to serve as preceptors or mentors. Other potential plans include developing programs that assist alumni to obtain additional skills to increase their efficacy in the field, and expanding local and global community practice opportunities for all FSPH students.

Congratulations Dr. Prelip!

[Story adapted from Dean Jody Heymann's congratulatory announcement]