Welcome to Lisa Metsch!
The Mailman School of Public Health is delighted to welcome public health scholar and medical sociologist, Dr. Lisa Metsch, as the new Chair of the Sociomedical Sciences Department (SMS) and the first Stephen Smith Professor of Sociomedical Sciences. Dr. Metsch is an internationally recognized leader in the field of HIV prevention, particularly among vulnerable populations. Throughout her distinguished career, Dr. Metsch has applied a sociological lens to the HIV/AIDS epidemic which includes tackling the problem from a cultural, economic, and political context.
In addition to leading the Sociomecial Sciences Department, Dr. Metsch is also collaborating on several innovative research projects. Currently, she is being funded by the National Institute on Dental and Craniofacial Research to explore the possibility of providing HIV testing in dental care facilities. Similarly, she is teaming up with the SMS Department's Center for the Psychosocial Study of Illness to launch a qualitative study on HIV-positive patients who have been out of care for at least six months.
Dr. Metsch received her undergraduate degree in sociology from Columbia University. She earned her PhD in medical sociology from the University of Florida.
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Fourth Annual Alumni Summit for Public Health Leadership
Mailman School alumni and friends gathered for the 4th Annual Alumni Summit on June 7. The program began with a compelling panel discussion, titled Obesity: A Complex Systems Problem, which analyzed the obesity epidemic from a wide range of perspectives in order to make recommendations for effective solutions to this global threat. The panel was comprised of Mailman School faculty Andrew Rundle, DrPH, MPH, Heather Greenlee, PhD, MPH, Claire Wang, ScD, MD, Tiffany L. Gary Webb, PhD, MS, and alumna Mariana Cotlear, MPH. The discussion was moderated by Florence Irving Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Columbia University School of Physicians and Surgeons, Judith Korner, MD, PhD.
The evening culminated in the presentation of the Allan Rosenfield Alumni Award for Excellence to Dr. David Michaels, MPH '81, PhD '87. Dr. Michaels was honored for his work as Assistant Secretary of Labor, at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In this role, Dr. Michaels oversees the workplace health and safety of over 130 million Americans. Prior to this, Dr. Michaels served as the Department of Energy's Assistant Secretary for Environment, Safety and Health, where he collaborated on workplace safety mandates and key policy legislation. For over 30 years, Dr. Michaels has been a renowned public health figure, professor, and author.
2012 Graduating Students Reception
On May 14, Dean Linda P. Fried, family, and friends attended the annual Graduating Students Reception in Bard Hall Lounge. The occasion served as a celebration of the completion of their graduate studies as part of the Mailman School of Public Health's commencement festivities. In addition to Dean Fried's remarks, Alumni Association member Kavita Bali, MPH '01 expressed her warm wishes in welcoming the newest members into the Mailman School Alumni.
World Economic Forum Global Fellows Receive One-Day Course on Public Health
As part of an intense three- year educational curriculum, Master's students in the prestigious Global Fellows program, received a one day course introduction to public health led by Dean Fried and Mailman School faculty including John Rowe, MD, Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, and Thomas Farley, MD, MPH. For the first time since 2010, the Mailman School joined the Earth Institute and the School of the Arts in supplementing the Global Fellows business-oriented curriculum.
The day's program included specialized sessions on pertinent public health issues such as societal myths on aging, ethical issues related to global economic disparities, and obesity prevention. As Dean Fried stated, "The complex problems of the 21st century that affect the health of all-and especially the most vulnerable among us-will only be solved through sustained and committed leadership across all sectors."
To read more about this, visit the Mailman School website.