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CTRI Supports Pacific Islander Health Study

Dr. Holub leads a pilot exercise study for Pacific Islanders in San Diego, funded by UCSD's Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI).  The study has two components: health training and leadership training.  The pilot is the direct result of an earlier community-based participatory research formative study in which researchers worked alongside the Pacific Islander community in San Diego to identify health concerns.

Dr. Christina Holub

In 2016 and 2017, Dr. Holub received 4 CSUSM internal grants from Community Engagement, Faculty Research Grant, Assessment Council, and Office of Diversity’s Social Justice Grant. She is also the 2017 recipient of the Community Engagement Initiative (CEI) Award from the Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research.

Dr. Deborah Morton

Working on the GAIN grant & the NCHEA3 grant.


Professor Lisa Bandong

Congratulations to SDCBC Breastfeeding Champion 2017: Lisa Bandong, MPH! Ms. Bandong will be honored at the San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition’s Annual Gala on October 7, 2017. She is a breastfeeding advocate in her personal and professional life having been both a breastfeeding student and employee at a university. Her work allowed her the opportunity to see firsthand the varying degree of support and accommodations available to breastfeeding students and employees on campuses across California. As the Graduate Student Success Coordinator at California State University San Marcos, she wisely reached out to the Lactation Supportive Environments project and have been instrumental in advocating for lactation accommodation support by getting designated lactation rooms set up on campus and even acquiring a hospital grade electric breast pump for two of the rooms.

She embodies the spirit of collaboration by convening community partners in higher education including Human Resources, Title IX Coordinator, Associate Director of Student Services and a parenting student, to assist with improving lactation accommodations. She continues to follow up and encourage improvements among resources, support and facilities on campus. In her current role under CSUSM’s new Masters of Public Health program, she is leading a capstone project focusing on current lactation accommodations support, challenges and needs among students. And, she finds time to provide support, encouragement, resources and guidance to individual students navigating going back to school and continuing to breastfeed. The breadth of her breastfeeding advocacy encompasses not only offering personal support to breastfeeding students and fellow employees but includes implementing policy, systems and environmental changes on her university’s campus. This is what we look for in a Breastfeeding Champion—a true game changer in the community!