April 18, 2018

10:00pm – 10:45pm

CHS 43-105

“Death & Traffic: How People and Places Interact to Detrmin Certain Outcomes”

Peter Capone-Newton, MD, PhD, MPH
Health Sciences Assistant Clinincal Professor, UCLA Department of Medicine. VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Community Engagement and Reintegreation Services (CERS)

About the lecture: Death and taxes evoke unaviodable outcomes. In Los Angeles, traffic is the modern runner up to death among certain outcomes. For traffic, and similar nuisances like parking, the interaction of people and places produce some of the most obvious and intractable modern problems. Less obvious to some, but just as intractable are the persistent differences in life expectancy in Los Angeles by race/ethnicity, gender, and income, also embedded in the interaction of people and places. Yet meaningful interventions for traffic, parking, and place-based racial/ethnic, gender, and income inequality do exisit. The lecture discusses these interventions from both public health and urban planning perspectives, and their meaning for the development of a future where certain outcomes are more equal.

About the speaker: Peter Capone-Newton, MD, MPH, PhD is a preventative medicine specialist at the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAGHS). He serves as the Tobacco Cessation Lead Clinician for the VA West Los Angeles Medical Center, delivering tobacco cessation clinical services in every modality including individual, group, telephone, individual clinical video telehealth (CVT), and group CVT, across the entire VAGLAHS. A health sciences assistant clinical professor in the University of California (UCLA) Department of Medicine, he is the VA site director of the ACGME accredited UCLA Preventive Medicine residency. He guides the development of the social determinants of health curriculum and assist with quality improvement and population health initiatives in the Interprofessional Academic Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team (HPACT – VA’s medince home for homeless Veterans) Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education (CoE PCE IA-HPACT). An expert in motivational interviewing (MI) he taught first year medical students in MI based interviewing at the University of California (UCLA) David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) for 6 years. HE joined VA in 2013, after completing a PhD in Urban Planning at UCLA. He regualrly mentors trainees from undergraduates to physician fellows, most often at the intersection of medical care and social need.