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Columbia Announces Support from the Rowe Family Foundation to Fund Lerner Center Programs

Dr. and Mrs. John and Valerie Rowe and their family has made a generous gift to Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health’s Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, one of three academic centers established by Mr. Sid Lerner who serves on the Mailman Board of Overseers, and his wife Mrs. Helaine Lerner. The Lerner Center was established last year to improve health promotion and communication practices through research, education, and service. Dr. John Rowe, is Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging at Columbia.

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[Photo: Dr. John Rowe]

The $1.05 million contribution will support two national conferences on innovation in health promotion research methods. The events will bring together leaders in the field to examine new methods of designing health promotion interventions, share ways to evaluate and disseminate research, explore the potential role of big data in health promotion efforts, and provide opportunities for collaboration and mentorship for early career faculty.

Additionally, with the support of the Rowe family, the Lerner Center aims to expand the literature of public health promotion scholarship: it plans to publish the conference proceedings in a national journal and hopes to create a textbook on innovative health promotion research methods for students, researchers and practitioners across the country. The gift will also fund the Rowe Family Fellowship at the Lerner Center, giving two pre-doctoral Sociomedical Sciences students the opportunity to pursue studies and dissertation research in health promotion and communication.

“Too often, the promotion side of public health doesn’t get the attention it deserves—but it’s key to so many intervention strategies,” says Dr. Rowe, who is also chairman of the School’s Board of Overseers.

“We’re excited to invest in the Lerner Center’s excellent work, and hope that others soon follow suit.”

“I couldn’t be more grateful to have the Rowe Family Foundation as a new partner for the Lerner Center,” says Dr. Gina Wingood, founding director of Columbia’s Lerner Center and Sidney and Helaine Lerner of Public Health Promotion in the department of Sociomedical Sciences. “With this support, we’re well on our way to becoming a national leader in the field at a critical time for the health issues our country faces, like obesity and chronic diseases.”