Talk by David Sloane “Landscapes of Health: Los Angeles Past and Present”

Oct 25th, 12:15-1:30pm: University Hall 1000
Moderator: Fernando Guerra, Ph.D. Director of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles


David Sloane is professor and director of undergraduate programs in the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. Dr. Sloane received his BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MA and Ph.D. from Syracuse University. Trained as an historian, Professor Sloane researches both contemporary and historical topics in medicine, community health, urban planning, cultural landscapes, and public safety. He is the author of two books, the second of which is Medicine Moves to the Mall, which explores the evolving history of American hospitals; a subject he also discusses in his work on the origins of children's hospitals. He is editor of the new book, Planning Los Angeles, which includes essays by 37 scholars and professionals examining urban planning and development in contemporary Southern California. Professor Sloane began writing about health related topics during the AIDS epidemic in the late 1980s. In the 1990s, he conducted health assessments of Long Beach and South Los Angeles, and over the last decade has worked with the Community Health Councils' African American Building a Legacy of Health community project aimed at reducing health disparities around diabetes and cardiovascular disease in South Los Angeles. This last project has resulted in papers published in such journals as the Journal of General Internal Medicine and the American Journal of Public Health.