Wednesday, June 27, 2018
5757 Wilshire Blvd., Penthouse #1
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Honoring Dr. Robert Kim-Farley
Dr. Robert Kim-Farley is the Professor Emeritus at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Dr. Kim-Farley was honored by the National TB Controllers Association the Advocacy Award for his efforts in building awareness on TB. He has a long track record of chairing the CCLHO (California Conference of Local Health Officers) Communicable Disease Committee and a partner of HOAC (Health Officers Association of California) and was instrumental in orchestrating the legislative process to revise mandatory testing laws to instead adopt a risk based testing approach.
*Photo Credit: Screen shot from the Forgotten Plague Tuberculosis In America
About the Film
By the dawn of the 19th century, the deadliest killer in human history, tuberculosis, had killed one in seven of all the people who had ever lived. The disease struck America with a vengeance, ravaging communities and touching the lives of almost every family. The battle against the deadly bacteria had a profound and lasting impact on the country. It shaped medical and scientific pursuits, social habits, economic development, western expansion, and government policy. Yet both the disease and its impact are poorly understood: in the words of one writer, tuberculosis is our “forgotten plague.”
Meet the Panelists
Award-winning producer/director/writer with extensive experience in nonfiction filmmaking. Her work has been honored with multiple EMMY nominations and three EMMY Awards. Additionally, her work has been recognized by the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism Awards, the Peabody Awards, the Writer’s Guild Awards, the Sundance Film Festival, and a host of other industry honors.
Dr. Julie Higashi
Dr. Higashi received her MD and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Higashi with collaborators established a publication record with articles in peer reviewed medical journals on various topics of TB control that span policy, molecular epidemiology, contact investigation, and TB diagnostics. Dr. Higashi joined the LA County Department of Public Health in 2016 as an Area Medical Director in Community Health Services and was appointed the TB Controller and Director of the TB Control Program in August of 2016.
Dr. Yossef Aelony
Dr. Aelony graduated from University of Minnesota Medical School in 1965 and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease. He completed his post graduate training at UCLA Medical Center including a fellowship in pulmonary disease between 1970-73 at Harbor UCLA, partially sponsored by LA County Tuberculosis Control. Currently, Dr. Aelony is a per diem TB Clinician with Los Angeles County and the City of Long Beach and Emeritus Professor at Harbor UCLA in the Division of Respiratory Medicine and Physiology.