Our Work to Address COVID-19

Since the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 was first identified in Wuhan, China in late 2019, Columbia Public Health has been working on multiple fronts to respond to the spread of the virus.

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Stark Inequities in COVID-19 Vaccinations in the Largest U.S. Cities
Stark racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic inequities in COVID-19 vaccination rates exist across neighborhoods.

One in Three Americans Already Had COVID-19 by the End of 2020
It's estimated that 103 million Americans, or 31 percent of the U.S. population, had been infected with SARS-CoV-2 by the end of 2020.

Study Shows Uptick in U.S. Alcohol Beverage Sales During COVID-19 Pandemic
An increase in home drinking during the COVID-19 pandemic could potentially lead to higher alcohol consumption and alcohol-related adverse health outcomes.

Delta Variant Is 60 Percent More Infectious Than Original Virus
The delta variant is more contagious than original SARS-CoV-2 and better able to escape prior immunity, according to modeling studies of coronavirus variants.

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ICAP and Partners Set to Transform How NYC Prepares for Health Emergencies
New York City announced the Pandemic Response Institute will be led by ICAP at Columbia, located within Columbia Mailman School, along with the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy, and multisectoral partners across government, community organizations, industry, and academia.

WHO Leader Discusses the Pandemic and Public Health With Dean Fried
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, and Linda P. Fried, Dean of Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, discussed the importance of cooperation between nations, particularly in response to global health crises like COVID-19.

Is Long COVID Really Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by Another Name?
By some estimates, nearly a third of people with a symptomatic infection still experience debilitating symptoms months later.

Exploring America's Achievable Last Mile Vaccinations Through an African Lens
A Ghanian doctor studying public health at Columbia Mailman considers how the country can successfully vaccinate the ‘final mile’ of hard to reach Americans.

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Public Health: A Critical Foundation for Successful Societies

A conversation with Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,  Director-General of the World Health Organization and Dr. Linda P. Fried, Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health.

COVID-19 Prevention and Response: Realities of Operations in Low-Resource Health Settings

Featuring: Amanda McClelland, Senior Vice President of Prevent Epidemics and Resolve to Save Lives at Vital Strategies New York; Martin Howell Friede, Coordinator for the WHO Initiative for Vaccine Research, Geneva; Dr. Marcela Allheimen, Director, Medical Unit, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Brazil.

Moderator: Dr. Rachel T. Moresky, Director, sidHARTe - Strengthening Emergency Systems & Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship Programs, Columbia University Population and Family Health & Emergency Medicine Departments

COVID-19 Lessons for Population Mental Health

Featuring: Gary S. Belkin, MD, PhD, MPH, Founder, Billion Minds Institute, Former NYC Deputy Health Commissioner 2020-2021, McSilver Fellow-in-Residence McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University; Kathleen J. Sikkema, PhD, Chair and Stephen Smith Professor Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health.

Moderator: Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH Dean, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, DeLamar Professor of Public Health Practice Professor, Epidemiology and Medicine, Senior Vice President, Columbia University Medical Center.

COVID-19 Vaccines: Your Questions Answered

Featuring: Kellie Bryant, DNP, WHNP, CHSE, Columbia School of Nursing; Gary Miller, PhD, Vice Dean for Research Strategy and Innovation and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

COVID-19 Vaccination and Incarcerated Populations

Featuring: Chelsea Clinton, DPhil, MPH Vice Chair, The Clinton Foundation, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; Robert Fullilove, EdD Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University Irving Medical Center Associate Dean, Community and Minority Affairs; Grace Lee, MD, MPH Associate Chief Medical Officer for Practice Innovation, Stanford Children’s Health Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine Vice Chair and Member, U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP); Bruce Western, PhD Chair and Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology Co-Director, Columbia Justice Lab, Columbia University; Patricia Yang, DrPH Senior Vice President for Correctional Health Services, NYC Health + Hospitals; Terry McGovern, JD Professor and Chair of the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Columbia Public Health Now Podcast

Columbia Public Health Now explores today’s most pressing public health issues and their implications for the health and well-being of populations around the world.

Last spring, we focused on COVID-19, whose global spread is without historical precedent. Join us as we attempt to unravel some of the mystery around this virus and its many impacts on individuals and communities, both local and global.

Roll Up Your Sleeves

The “Roll Up Your Sleeves” public education campaign, featuring community leaders and Columbia University Irving Medical Center employees, encourages all eligible people to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their communities from COVID-19.

Control the Contagion

The team that brought you the film CONTAGION, including director Steven Soderbergh, writer Scott Z. Burns, along with key members of the ensemble cast, have partnered with scientists from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health to share evidence-based information about COVID-19 through public service announcements (PSAs).