Riverside County Recognizes UCR with ‘Sustainability Award’

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors recognized UC Riverside’s efforts to “reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink.”

On Tuesday, May 2, the county’s Department of Waste Resources presented its Sustainability Award for UCR’s “outstanding leadership and contributions to the efforts of sustainability practices by composting, recycling, rethinking and reusing material, empowering students with environmentally sustainable opportunities, energy and water efficiencies on campus, and diverting materials from landfills.”

Andy Plumley (far left), assistant vice chancellor of Auxiliary Services, poses with the Riverside County Board of Supervisors and other community awardees. UCR received the Riverside County Department of Waste Resources’ Sustainability Award on May 2, 2017. courtesy

In a letter announcing UCR had won the award for exemplifying the “4 R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink” business practices, the Department of Waste Resources stated that “UCR is clearly committed to the concepts of sustainability and has been practicing them conscientiously and consistently.”

Andy Plumley, assistant vice chancellor of Auxiliary Services, Susan Marshburn, executive director of Facilities Services, and Jeff Kraus, director of local government and community relations, accepted the award on behalf of the university.

Grant to School of Medicine Among the First to Address Mental Health Needs of Pacific Islanders

UC Riverside’s Andrew Subica will lead the two-year project supported by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Pacific Islanders are persons who trace their roots to the native peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands. Although they make up the third fastest growing racial group in the U.S., their mental health needs and attitudes regarding mental illness are poorly understood. One reason for this is that discussing mental health problems with others is largely taboo in their cultures. Also, stigma, language barriers, and lack of information about available resources and services complicate Pacific Islanders’ access to mental health services.

To address this clinical gap, Andrew Subica, Ph.D., an assistant professor of social medicine and population health in the UCR School of Medicine has received a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to conduct one of the first studies of mental health and mental illness among Pacific Islanders.

The two-year $452,000 grant is titled, “Engaging Pacific Islander Perspectives on Mental Illness and Mental Health Service Engagement.”

“The goal of the study is to capture the perspectives of community-dwelling Pacific Islanders in two large Pacific Islander communities—Samoans in Los Angeles and the Marshallese in Arkansas—in order to develop the first culturally attuned manualized intervention to promote Pacific Islander engagement in mental health services,” said Subica, the grant’s principal investigator and a member of UCR’s Center for Healthy Communities.

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