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School & Program Updates

School & Program Updates

Columbia Commemorates National Public Health Week

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health student groups and administrative offices are commemorating National Public Health Week with a multitude of activities; a sample listing follows. Students are also creating a video collage on what public health means, how it affects their daily lives, and why they chose it as an area of study.

Columbia Community Takes the SNAP Challenge

Could you eat 3 nutritious meals a day with only $4.16? Student groups Food Policy and Obesity Prevention, Greater Community Reach, Association for Justice and Health, and Students for a National Health Plan, are hosting a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Challenge, which invites students, faculty, and administrators to live a week on the SNAP budget to raise awareness of the many stressors associated with poverty and having to rely on public assistance. To kick-off the SNAP Challenge Week, Mailman School student groups are screening the documentary, “Living on One Dollar.” A culminating reception will offer participants the opportunity to self-reflect and discuss their week on the SNAP budget. The reception will begin with a ten minute showing of a Ted-Talk titled “How Economic Inequality Harms Societies.”

Food Security in Africa

Society of African Health Initiatives are hosting a lunchtime lecture with Ms. Diana Caley, NYU PhD candidate in the Food Studies program, who will draw on her extensive qualitative and survey research to discuss the nature and measurement of hunger in rapidly urbanizing low-income countries. Using Kampala, Uganda as a case study, Ms. Caley will examine the cognitive validity of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s food insecurity experience scale and assess how various food security indicators perform for targeting, monitoring, and evaluation of policy and program interventions in urban environments.

Lunch & Learn: Johnson & Johnson Innovations in Global Public

Mailman School alumna, Ms. Sara Gorman, will present her work with Janssen’s new Global Public Health division of Johnson & Johnson, highlighting the private sector’s engagement in public health through innovative financing and technology, novel partnerships, and policy and advocacy. Ms. Gorman works on global mental health, increasing the quality of evidence in the global health field, and alternative funding models for global health. The session is sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, Institutional Advancement, and Future Healthcare Leaders.

Race, Justice, and Solidarity: A Conversation on Peter Liang and Akai Gurley

A community conversation about race relations and solidarity in the context of Mr. Peter Liang’s recent conviction in Akai Gurley’s fatal shooting, led by student groups Advocates for Asian American Health, Black and Latino Student Caucus, and Association for Justice and Health, will connect Mr. Liang and Mr. Gurley to race relations between Asian Americans and Black Americans through U.S. history. A discussion, moderated by Sociomedical Sciences professor Dr. Merlin Chowkwanyun on the significance of race, justice, and solidarity will follow.

OSA’s Day of Service

Office of Student Affairs leads volunteers in a day of service at City Meals on Wheels, Community Kitchen and Pantry-Prep & Serve, JFK High School Community Garden Food Bank- Shop & Stock, and other organizations.

Harlem Grown Volunteer Day

There’s an afternoon of volunteering at Harlem Grown, a community garden that provides fresh vegetables and produce to local residents and restaurants in a food swamp in Harlem as well as mentoring to neighborhood children. Students for Environmental Action, Greater Community Reach, and Food Policy and Obesity Prevention are hosting.

SEA of Thoughts – Flint, Michigan and Environmental Justice Issue of Lead Exposure in the United States and Abroad

A “SEA of Thoughts” conversation features Dr. Joseph Graziano and Dr. David Rosner, professors in the Departments of Environmental Health Sciences and the Sociomedical Sciences, respectively. They will discuss the Flint, Michigan lead crisis and the broader issue of lead exposure and the environmental justice implications. SEA of Thoughts is SEA’s signature event bringing together two professors from different disciplines to discuss an environmental health issue. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A.

Young Professionals World Health Day Summit

The Young Professionals Healthcare Network in partnership with the Columbia’s Graduate Student Association and the United Nations Association for Young Professionals present their annual conference “Young Professionals World Health Day Summit- Taking Action Today for a Healthier Tomorrow”. The event is an opportunity to engage the public in support of the United Nations’ mission to develop sustainable healthcare systems through the launch of its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Topics and speakers include:

Gender Empowerment: Bridging the Gap to Build Sustainable Healthcare Systems  

Mr. Jason Tenzer, Executive Director at the American College for Healthcare Executives

Mr. Adebukunola Telufusi- CEO- Xcene Research

Ms. Mariama Keita- Public Engagement and Outreach Strategist at USAID

Gestational Diabetes: Raising Awareness   

Dr. Yoko Nomura- Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine Mount Sinai

A networking reception follows.

Dinner with the Deans: Diversity in Public Health Education & Practice

Sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, students will join Dr. Julie Kornfeld, associate dean for Education, and Dr. Robert Fullilove, professor and associate dean, Community and Minority Affairs, for a candid conversation on diversity in public health education & practice and how the intersections of race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, class and religion impact our personal lives, academic experiences, and careers.