Mari Matsumura Receives Graduate Equity Fellowship Award

Congratulations to Mari Matsumura, master’s student in public health as a recipient of a Graduate Equity Fellowship (GEF) award for the academic year 2019-2020.

The graduate equity fellowship is a need-based scholarship awarded by the university to a diverse group of students. The scholarship encourages and assists people to successfully complete the program. “One great feature of the award is the faculty mentorship. “With Dr. Michael Harvey’s mentorship, I feel more confident to successfully finish the program and start a career in public health after graduating,” says Ms. Matsumura.

Separate from the fellowship, Mari has been participating in a research project related to the topic of opioid use disorder in the United States with Dr. Harvey. Mari and Dr. Harvey will be presenting a poster for the research at the upcoming American Public Health Association conference.

Health Science student gets nod as outstanding senior

Isra Ahmad, a graduate in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts’ Health Science and Recreation department at San José State University, is one of two 2014 Outstanding Graduating Seniors. She will be recognized at commencement on May 24 by President Mohammad Qayoumi, along with the other Outstanding Graduating Senior and two students receiving Outstanding Thesis awards.

Ahmad graduated in December 2013, with a grade point average of 3.805, according to an SJSU blog post. During her tenure as a student at SJSU, she was involved with advocating for tobacco prevention through SJSU Cough (Campuses Organized and United for Good Health) and also volunteered at Second Harvest Food Bank to educate mothers about healthy food choices.

Ahmad is planning to pursue a master’s in public health with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, Berkeley in the fall.

For more on the other outstanding graduate and outstanding thesis recipients, visit

Dr. Snowden, UCB School of Public Health’s Health Policy and Management, to Speak at Fall CARHS Research Forum


We are delighted to announce that Dr. Lonnie Snowden, Professor of the Graduate School at U.C. Berkeley’s School of Public Health’s Health Policy and Management program, will be speaking at the fall CARHS Research Forum.

The talk will be Thursday 11/29 from 4PM – 5:15 PM, in MH438A, and will provide an opportunity to hear about Dr. Snowden’s recent work in the area of mental health treatment disparities. He’ll also be speaking about his use of an analytic approach that can be particularly useful in California, with our 58 counties providing a kind of laboratory for studying policy change.

The presentation will be informal with plenty of time for questions and discussion.