With over 1.4 million Kindergarten through grade 12 students, Los Angeles County schools had the enormous task of protecting the health and safety of its children when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Teachers and administrators quickly became experts in online education and environmental health and safety.
UCLA Pediatrician and Medical Epidemiologist for the LA County Department of Public Health, Dr. Nava Yeganeh, joins us today to address concerns for our children and discuss how schools continue to respond to the pandemic to ensure the safety of their students.
Dr. Yeganeh is a Medical Epidemiologist – Infectious Diseases in the Acute Communicable Disease Control Program with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Dr. Yeganeh, MD MPH is a visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Disease at the David Geffen School of Medicine. Her current research focuses on preventing transmission of HIV, Hepatitis, Syphilis, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia to infants through the implementation of TRIPAI, an initiative focused on involving male partners of pregnant women in prenatal care. Her research is currently taking place at collaborating research sites in Brazil but she has also worked in over 15 international settings including Lesotho, China, Honduras, South Africa and Iran. Dr. Yeganeh is an attending physician at Mattel Children’s Hospital, teaching infectious disease fellows, pediatric residents and medical students. She is also the founder of the International Travel/Adoption Clinic at Mattel Children’s UCLA Pediatric Specialists. Through her research, she has created close collaborations with both members of the School of Medicine, the School of Public Health, and School of Engineering, and will continue to perform research with new fellows both at UCLA and in Brazil. She has served as mentor to several students in training both at UCLA and in Brazil interested in promoting women’s health, and continues to work on research translating evidence based clinical interventions to policies optimizing the health of pregnant women and infants.