Minority Health Disparities Lecture Series:
"Only the Best Class of Immigration: Public Health Policy Toward Mexicans and Filipinos in Los Angeles, 1910-1940"

Dr. Emily Abel, Ph.D.

Professor, Health Services and Women's Studies, UCLA School of Public Health Department of Health Services


Thursday, May 12th 2005
 Franz Hall 3534
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90095


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>> "Only The Best Class of Immigration" Public Health Policy Toward Mexicans and Filipinos in Los Angeles, 1910-1940

>> From Exclusion to Expulsion: Mexicans and Tuberculosis Control in Los Angeles, 1914-1940



 12:00-1:00pm Talk/Lunch

Dr. Abel will discuss the establishment of the Los Angeles County Department of Health during 1914 as it was confronted with the overwhelming task of building a public health infrastructure for a burgeoning and diverse population. She will address how Los Angeles County Department of Health reports focused almost exclusively on the various infectious diseases associated with Mexican immigrants, and how segregation of Mexicans occurred in Los Angeles County clinics.  She will share documentation of how County health officers participated in efforts to exclude Mexicans during the 1920s and expel them during the 1930s. Lastly, she will cover how both state and local health authorities joined the mid-1930s campaign to remove Filipinos from the county

Is currently Professor of Health Services and Women's Studies. She teaches courses in aging, the history of public health, and women and health care. Dr. Abel received her B. A. from Swarthmore College, her M.A. in history from Columbia University, her Ph.D. in history from the University of London, and her M.P.H. from the UCLA School of Public Health. Her most recent book is Who Cares for the Elderly? Public Policy and the Experiences of Adult Daughters. She currently is writing a history of women's care for the sick and disabled family members in the United States from 1850-1940

A diverse group of faculty, health professionals, community-based agencies, and minority media have joined together though CRETSCMHD to effectively reduce or eliminate disparities in health among racial and ethnic minorities. As part of the Center's mission CRETSCMHD will be offering a series of educational lecture for UCLA faculty, local health care providers and organizations focused on service delivering and health planning. these sessions focus on the elimination of health disparities in the areas of cancer, diabetes, and coronary heart disease.

Center Director:
Vickie M. Mays, Ph.D., MSPH, Professor, UCLA Department of Psychology & Health Services

Associate Directors:
Marjorie Kagawa-Singer, Ph.D., MN, RN Assoc. Professor, UCLA School of Public Health, Community Health Sciences & Asian American Studies Interdepartmental Degree Program

Paul Ong, Ph.D. Professor, UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research. Director, UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies

Abel Valenzuela, Ph.D.
Assoc. Professor, UCLA Department of Urban Planning & Chicano Studies, Director, UCLA Center of the Study of Urban Poverty

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Presented by the UCLA Center for Research, Education, Training, and Strategic Communication on Minority Health Disparities, The UCLA Center for the Study of Women, the Pacific institute on Women's Health, and the VA-UCLA-RAND Women's Health Research Seminar.



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