Sylvia Lopez, MPH, CHES, CPH
Sylvia Lopez is the Coordinator of Community Outreach and Engagement for the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity.
Sylvia started her position at UCLA in January of 2018. In this role, she leads efforts to expand, strengthen and maintain ties with community stakeholders and directs outreach activities to build community capacity and implement programs to reduce cancer and other health disparities for the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity.
Prior to joining UCLA, Sylvia was a long-time television journalist on KCAL9 and CBS2 in Los Angeles. She left broadcast news in 2015 to return to school and pursue a master's degree in public health, graduating with honors from California State University Northridge in December of 2017.
As a television reporter, Sylvia went on assignment around Southern California and around the world to pursue news stories, from Cologne, Germany, to the Mexico-Guatemalan border. She produced, wrote and reported multi-part series on patients awaiting life-saving organ transplants, homeless children living on Skid Row, and the critical issues facing Mexican Americans in Southern California, among others. For her work, Sylvia was honored with Emmy, Golden Mike, Associated Press, and LA Press Club awards.
Sylvia graduated from the USC School of Journalism, and began her journalism career at Channel 2 in Los Angeles. Her first on-air job was at KOB in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She worked at KCOP and KCBS before joining KCAL9 in 1992.
As a graduate public health student, Sylvia worked in the Health Education department for Health Net, as a research assistant at CSUN, and as a nutrition educator for high school students in Boyle Heights. She mentored students for more than 15 years at USC’s Annenberg School of Communications. She has also volunteered and worked with several other non-profit organizations, including Komen Race for the Cure, MEND, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and Families in Schools.
Sylvia enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, cooking, traveling, and dancing.