Community Spotlight

The Community Spotlight page is a collection of interviews recognizing and celebrating our faculty, students, and staff who dedicate their work to understanding and eliminating social inequalities and attendant disparities in health of the public.

Mark Nathanson

Dr. Mark Nathanson is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Fellowship Training Program in Geriatric Psychiatry here at the Columbia University medical center, as well as a 6-year volunteer at the Columbia Student Medical Outreach (CoSMO) clinic. ODCI sat down with him to learn more about the work done at the student-run CoSMO clinic to serve the community, as well as how Mailman students can get involved. 

 

BeWell Program in New York City Public Libraries

Dr. Alwyn Cohall is a Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Population and Family Health, and Pediatrics here at the Columbia University Medical Center, as well as the co-creator of BeWell, a health and wellness program for underserved youth that he established with his wife Renee. ODCI sat down with him to learn more about his work with the BeWell program in New York City Public Libraries and how students can get involved.

 

Food Policy and Obesity Prevention (FPOP)

The Food Policy and Obesity Prevention (FPOP) provides advocacy opportunities for the Mailman community around food access, justice, and policy. ODCI sat down with Kylie Repasy, President, and Abigail Gendler, VP of Student Engagement, to discuss what led them to food justice, current FPOP initiatives, and how Mailman students can learn from and contribute to food justice initiatives in our broader community.

 

Initiative for Minority Student Development

Recently, Mailman’s grant funding for the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD), which aims to increase the number of doctoral students from underrepresented groups in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, was renewed. ODCI sat down with Professor Ana Abraido-Lanza, who directs the program along with Professor DuBois Bowman, to learn more about how IMSD supports a diverse public health workforce. 

 

Coach Dave Crenshaw

Coach Dave Crenshaw is a youth sports coach and community organizer in Washington Heights. ODCI sat down with him to learn more about his work, discuss sports as an avenue to individual opportunity and community improvement, and identify how Mailman student can contribute to their  Washington Heights community.

 

Angela Han and Chelsea Wynn

Early on during their first year as MPH students, Angela Han and Chelsea Wynn built great partnerships with Coach Dave Crenshaw and other community organizers in our local Washing Heights neighborhood. ODCI sat down with them individually to learn more about their work with the Dreamers, and their program "Heights Teach In - Uptown Unites for Justice."  

 

Patrick WilsonDr. Patrick Wilson

Dr. Patrick Wilson is an Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Mailman. ODCI sat down with him to learn more about his work on incarceration and health and identify ways Mailman students can get involved. 

 

 

Queer Health Task Force

The Queer Health Task Force is a student organization dedicated to promoting the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex people. ODCI sat down with a few members of the executive board to learn more about QHTF’s mission and recent accomplishments, and identify ways Mailman students can get involved in the broader community.