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Women Changemakers of Berkeley Public Health

December 10 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm PST

“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” — Michelle Obama


This year, as part of a UC Berkeley-wide commemoration of 150 Years of Women, the School of Public Health celebrated women changemakers who exemplify the best of our School with a special web feature.

On December 10, we’ll host a discussion to highlight the achievements of some of Berkeley Public Health’s most accomplished alumnae, including Jane Garcia, Julie Gerbering, Meredith Minkler, and Eveline Shen. The conversation will be moderated by Berkeley Public Health’s current Executive Associate Dean, Amani M. Allen.

The women on our panel have pioneered new types of care, from community-based to culturally appropriate, and led the nation’s public health response through times of rapid change and multiple health threats. Join us for what’s sure to be an illuminating and inspiring conversation. Submit your questions here.

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Brenda Eskenazi, PhD


Amani M. Allen, PhD, MPHFaculty Headshot for Amani Allen

Amani M. Allen is Executive Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences and Epidemiology at Berkeley Public Health. Her large body of work has shown how chronic stress from experiencing day-to-day racism turns into racial differences in health outcomes. Her groundbreaking research has been featured on NPR, CBS, The Guardian, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other media outlets.


Jane Garcia: Trailblazer for Culturally Appropriate Clinical Care

150 Years of Women

Jane Garcia, MPH

Since 1983, Berkeley Public Health graduate Jane Garcia has been the executive director of Oakland’s La Clínica de La Raza, one of California’s largest community health centers serving multilingual and multicultural populations. About 65% of its patients are Latino, many of whom are immigrants. In her 34 years as CEO, Ms. Garcia has grown La Clínica from a $2 million project to an over $110 million dollar organization, employing more than 1,000 people. She also took California to court—and won—in 1997 over the state’s attempt to defund prenatal care for unauthorized immigrant women.

Julie Gerberding: Led the National Response to Multiple Public Health Threats While at the Helm of the CDC


Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH

Gerberding received an MPH from Berkeley Public Health in 1990. After working on the frontlines of HIV at UCSF, she went on to become the first female director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2005, guiding the organization trough an era of multiple public health threats and rapid expansion. During her tenure, she not only developed patient safety initiatives and other disease prevention programs but also helped lead the national response to a number of public health emergencies, including the anthrax bioterrorism threats of 2001 as well as SARS, West Nile virus, monkeypox, and Hurricane Katrina.

Gerberding,is currently executive vice president of the pharmaceutical company Merck, where she works to improve population health.

Meredith Minkler: Pioneer in Community-Based Participatory Research

150 Years of Women

Meredith Minkler, MPH, PhD

Meredith Minkler received both her MPH (1970) and doctorate (1975) from Berkeley Public Health and went on to become one of the pioneers of community-based participatory research (CBPR), a collaborative approach to research that equitably involves all partners’ perspectives and inputs. She co-edited the first major textbook on CBPR and has more than 35 years’ experience in developing and implementing community partnerships, community organizing, and CBPR to study and address health equity and social justice issues like criminal justice reform and food insecurity.

Minkler is the founding director of Berkeley Public Health’s Center on Aging, former chair of the schoolwide DrPH Program, and a recipient of the Distinguished Career Award from the American Public Health Association.

Eveline Shen: Reproductive Justice Leader

150 Years of Women

Eveline Shen, MPH

Eveline Shen graduated from Berkeley Public Health in 1998 with an MPH in Community Health Education and began interning at a small Oakland nonprofit called Asian Pacific Islanders for Reproductive Health. Shen eventually became co-director of the organization, which morphed into Forward Together, for which Shen now acts as executive director. Under Shen’s leadership, Forward Together has become nationally recognized for its leadership within the reproductive justice movement.

Shen was named one of Women’s eNews’ 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, was awarded the 2015 San Francisco Foundation Community Leadership Award, and was awarded the Lani Shaw Award for Courage and Compassion in the Pursuit of Reproductive Justice by the Funders for Reproductive Equity in 2017.


If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about campus mobility access features in order to fully participate in this event, please email Norma Firestone, at nstone@berkeley.edu, with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.


December 10
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm PST


Online Webinar


UC Berkeley School of Public Health