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The New Columbia MPH

Unveiling in 2012, the new Columbia MPH ensures that our graduates will have the essential knowledge, tools and critical thinking skills needed in the decades ahead as the landscape of public health continues to change. The foundation of the curriculum is a cross-departmental, first-semester core program followed by focused discipline-based study in the second semester.

Interdisciplinary small group classes integrate the theory and science of public health with real-world practice using a case-study model, with leadership training across all departments that is at the forefront among schools of public health. Please visit our Prospective Students Website for more information.

APHA Alumni and Friends Reception

As part of the annual American Public Health Association (APHA) Meeting and Exposition, the Mailman School of Public Health hosted an Alumni and Friends Reception at the Newseum in Washington, DC. Over 200 alumni, students, faculty and friends gathered to network and celebrate this year's major accomplishments in the field of public health.

2011 Frank A. Calderone Prize Lecture and Inaugural Gala
The Mailman School of Public Health’s Inaugural Gala was held on October 18th at The Pierre Hotel in New York. With 300 attendees and just under $1 million raised, the night was a great success. Check out coverage of this event in The New York Times and New York Social Diary.

At the Gala, Dean Linda P. Fried and Ms. Francesca Calderone-Steichen presented the Frank A. Calderone Prize to Dr. Harvey V. Fineberg, president of the Institute of Medicine.  As part of the prestigious Calderone Lecture series, Dr. Fineberg delivered an original address entitled "Public Health in a Time of Government Austerity" on October 19th at the Paley Center for Media in New York City. The Frank A. Calderone Prize was established in 1986 by Ms. Calderone-Steichen in honor of her father to acknowledge outstanding contributions to and leadership in the field of public health.

Click here to view Dr. Fineberg’s lecture.

Third Annual Scholarship and Fellowship Luncheon

On October 3rd, scholarship recipients, donors, and Mailman School faculty gathered for the third annual Scholarship and Fellowship luncheon at Columbia University Faculty House. The afternoon served as an occasion for scholarship recipients and benefactors to meet, share ideas and provide updates on current projects. The luncheon program included remarks by Dean Linda Fried, George B. Irish, Vice President and Eastern Director of the Hearst Foundation, Inc. and current Mailman School student scholars.


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Public Health Association of New York City 2011 Annual Awards Ceremony
Please join the Public Health Association of New York City (PHANYC) on Monday, November 7th for their annual awards ceremony where they honor individuals and organizations for their achievements in the field of public health. Notable honorees include Sidney Lerner, a Mailman School of Public Health Board of Overseer member, who is being acknowledged for his foundation, Monday Campaigns, Inc. which focuses on public nutrition and disease prevention. In addition, the Allan Rosenfield Award for Public Health and Social Justice will be given to Alwyn T. Cohall, the director of the Harlem Health Promotion Center. For more information on this event and to register, please click here.

Film and New Media Series at the Hunter College Center for Health Media and Policy
Mailman School of Public Health alumna and Alumni Association Board member, Hannah Rosenzweig, MPH '05, is curator for a film series at the Hunter College Center for Health Media and Policy and invites you to be a part of this semester's program. Their next film, The Waiting Room, is screening on Thursday, November 17th at the CUNY School of Public Health at 6pm. The Waiting Room is a unique blend of traditional documentary film, locative media and social media chronicling a hospital waiting room. Following several storylines, this work reveals a community disconnected from technology, the conversation about health care reform and equal access to care. For more information, please visit the film's website.









CAA Family Day at Lincoln Center and Big Apple Circus
Sunday, November 6, 2:30 pm– 6:30 pm
Walking Tour: Lincoln Center Plaza
Reception and circus performance: The Big Apple Circus tent at Damrosch Park in Lincoln Center

The Columbia Alumni Association invites all alumni, families and guests to Family Day at Lincoln Center. Activities will include a walking tour of Lincoln Center, a performance of Dream Big!, the Big Apple Circus' brand new show as well as a complimentary reception at the Big Apple Circus lounge.

Click here to register and for more information.

Café Science: Doctors, Astronauts and Nuclear Accidents: Ophthalmology, Radiosensitivity, and Public Health (with environmental health scientist Norman Kleiman)
Monday, November 14, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
PicNic Café, 2665 Broadway (between 101st and 102nd)

Join Mailman School Professor Norman Kleiman in a riveting discussion about the long-term public health implications to the general public due to exposure to radiation from diagnostic procedures and nuclear accidents as well as medical personnel and astronauts exposed to ionizing radiation as an occupational hazard. What effects will this have on future research and the development of human radiation exposure guidelines? 

Cafe Science is a series of informal discussions about some of the most pressing scientific questions of our day, led by Columbia University's foremost scientists. $10 cover includes 1 drink, no RSVP necessary.

Click here for more information.

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  Alumni Highlights 

Adewale Troutman, MPH '92 Elected President of American Public Health Association
Congratulations to our alumnus Adewale Troutman, MD, MA, MPH '92, who was recently elected as the next president of the American Public Health Association (APHA). He takes office at the close of the 2012 Annual Meeting. For more than 40 years, Dr. Troutman has committed himself to advancing social justice, human rights, community activism, health equity and global health. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Public Health Leadership and Practice at the University of South Florida College of Public Health. For more information please visit the APHA website.

Dr. Anne C. Beal, MD, MPH '93 Named First Chief Operating Officer of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) recently appointed Dr. Anne C. Beal, MD, MPH '93 as its first chief operating officer. PCORI is an independent, non-profit research organization assembled by Congress to help patients make informed decisions. As chief operating officer, Dr. Beal is responsible for all finance and operations related aspects of PCORI, including grants, compliance, and information technology. She joins PCORI from the philanthropic division of Aetna, Inc. where she served as its foundation's president. During her tenure at Aetna and throughout her career, Dr. Beal has focused on highlighting issues of racial and ethnic disparities in health care and improved access for underserved communities. In addition, she is the author of The Black Parenting Book: Caring for Our Children in the First Five Years.

The Education of Dee Dee Ricks, Directed by Perri Peltz, MPH '84

Check out The Education of Dee Dee Ricks, a new documentary by fellow alumna and current DrPH student Perri Peltz, MPH '84. It premiered on HBO on October 27th and is currently available through their OnDemand service. This compelling film depicts the experience of two New York women—one, a wealthy socialite, the other from low-income circumstances—as they each battle breast cancer and forge an unlikely friendship. Their story highlights disparities in health care, along with the reality of just how grueling and costly treatment can be.

Thank you, Alumni! 

Nine alumni returned to campus on Wednesday, September 21st to talk with over 50 current students about their career paths in public health. Many thanks to: Akiva Zablocki, MPH '09, Heather Carman, MPH '09, Marian Olsen, MPH '83, DrPH '08, Nina Rothschild, MPH '92, DrPH '00, Francisco Ramirez, MPH '09, Monique Hedmann, MPH '09, Sara Sahl, MPH '07, Cymetra Williams, MPH '08, MPA '08, Almaz Falol, MPH '09. 


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In Memoriam: Lynne Loomis-Price, Department of Population and Family Health

The Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health has established the Lynne Loomis-Price Memorial Fund in honor of our beloved Lynne and her invaluable contributions to the Department and the impact she had on the lives of students, faculty, and staff members.  Lynne passed away on August 15 after a courageous battle with cancer. As Associate Director of Academic Programs for the Department from 2005 to 2011, Lynne brought enormous skill, wisdom, and personal heart to her efforts to ensure that our students would have the most fulfilling educational experience possible. This Memorial Fund will directly support students in need of tuition assistance. The Department is also establishing the Lynne Loomis-Price Humanitarian Award in Population and Family Health. From her early days as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone, to the years she spent facilitating students' global opportunities to advance health and human rights, to her own volunteer activities, Lynne was passionate about humanitarian work. Through this annual award, to be given at graduation, we will honor a student who demonstrates the humanitarian ideals and actions that Lynne exemplified during her lifetime. To make a gift to this fund,please click here

The Fund for Public Health Leadership

Each year, your generous donations to the Fund for Public Health Leadership enables us to offer scholarships to a number of diverse and talented students at the Mailman School. Without such financial awards, many of these individuals would not be able to pursue their dream of a public health education. Your support is needed now more than ever to meet the needs of the increasing number of students requesting financial assistance. Please join the leaders of the Alumni Association today by making a gift to support the public health leaders of tomorrow. Click here to make a gift now.
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