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Meet the Sun Safe Schools Team

Through Claremont Graduate University, Ms. Kim Massie leads a team of trained Sun Safety coaches to work with individual schools. In addition to the project staff, l Dr. Jeff Ashley, a dermatologist in Southern California, provides medical expertise to the program.

Kim Massie Jeff Ashley
Kim Massie Jeff Ashley, MD


Kim graduated cum laude from California State University, Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in Health Science. Her undergraduate studies included extensive research in psychology, biotechnology, and epidemiology. She has worked in early childhood education as a public health advocate. In addition, at the age of 12, Kim was diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer. As a survivor, she takes special interest in working to increase sun safety among young children.

Dr. Ashley is a board-certified dermatologist practicing in Burbank, CA. He is a clinical professor of dermatology at USC, past-president of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Dermatological Society, and currently serves as president of Sun Safety for Kids, a non-profit corporation dedicated to skin cancer prevention.

Sun Safe Schools (SSS) is a policy implementation program funded by the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. SSS is led by researchers at Claremont Graduate University, Klein Buendel, Inc., a health communication firm, and Sun Safety for Kids, a non-profit group affiliated with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Dermatological Society. The goal of the SSS program is to assist schools in Southern California with the implementation of sun safety policies for students and staff in an effort to minimize the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation.

SSS and this website are supported by Grant Number 1R01HD074416-01A1 from the National Institutes of Health. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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