Dr. Steven P. Wallace Memorial

Dr. Steven P. Wallace Memorial
Online & In-Person


Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022
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11:00 AM - 01:00 PM PDT


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80 Charles E. Young Dr. East
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Dr. Steven P. Wallace Memorial

A celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Steven P. Wallace, an internationally renowned scholar on aging in communities of color and immigrant health and health policy, a champion for health equity, and a beloved educator and mentor, who passed away on March 30, 2021. 

Family, friends, colleagues, and students gathered to share stories and memories in honor and remembrance of his life.

Dr. Wallace was a Professor of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Associate Center Director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, Director of the National Institute on Aging's Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) National Coordinating Center, and Principal Investigator of the National Institutes of Health and National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities-funded RIGHTS (Research on Immigrant Health and State Policy) Study. 

Above all, Steve Wallace was a devoted husband, father, and brother who cherished his wonderful family: his wife Trudy, son Brian, and sister Lisa.

Dr. Wallace’s wide-ranging contributions to public and community health span over 40 years, though his influence as a mentor will live on forever. Since his passing, students, colleagues, and mentees have shared their stories of Steve Wallace — how he lifted them up and created space for them to thrive on their own strengths, his commitment to creating opportunities for women of color and other marginalized communities, his kindness and compassion, his beautiful soul, his smile and laugh that filled a room, his boundless generosity of spirit. While each story is unique, they all share a common thread: Steve Wallace’s impact is forever. 

Steve Wallace Fellowship Fund
A fellowship fund has been created in Dr. Wallace’s honor to continue his work in mentoring first-generation students to become leaders in advancing public health policy. To learn more, visit http://ucla.in/3ebDBgg.


Ninez A. Ponce, PhD, MPP
Director, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
Ninez A. Ponce, PhD, MPP, is director of UCLA CHPR and a professor in the UCLA FSPH. She leads the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) and champions better data on communities of color, better care for overlooked groups, and more.
Ron Brookmeyer
Michael Prelip
Trudy Sonia
Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable
Janet C. Frank, DrPH
Faculty Associate, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
Janet C. Frank, DrPH, is a UCLA CHPR faculty associate and adjunct associate professor at UCLA FSPH. She is an expert in public health, health systems delivery, patient empowerment, geriatrics, and gerontology education.
Valentine Villa, PhD, MSG, MPA
Faculty Associate, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
Valentine M. Villa, PhD, is a faculty associate at UCLA CHPR and adjunct professor at UCLA FSPH. She is a professor of social work and director of the Applied Gerontology Institute at Cal State LA.
Maria-Elena De Trinidad Young, PhD, MPH
Faculty Associate, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
Maria-Elena Young, PhD, MPH, is a faculty associate at UCLA CHPR and an assistant professor at UC Merced. Young focuses on the impact of the U.S. immigration system on the health of immigrant populations.
Keith C. Norris
Carolyn Mendez-Luck, PhD, MPH
Faculty Associate, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
Carolyn A. Mendez-Luck, PhD, MPH, is a faculty associate at UCLA CHPR and associate professor at Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences. She is involved in state and county long-term care policy in Oregon.
Vilma Enriquez-Haass
Lené Levy-Storms
Laura Trejo
Kevin Prindiville
Lisa Wallace
Brian Sonia-Wallace
Peggy Toy
Former Director, Health DATA Program
Peggy Toy was the director of Health DATA (Data. Advocacy. Training. Assistance.), UCLA CHPR’s public service program and leads community-based training using data to advocate for better access to care for underserved California populations.