Columbia Public Health Magazine 2020-2021

Pandemic

Preparing • Responding • Moving Forward

Letter from the Dean

Coming Together in a Pandemic

"As ever, it is our mission as public health professionals to ensure every person’s right to health, dignity, safety, and wellbeing."

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Features

Prepared for a Pandemic

Decades of focus on infectious diseases from every corner of the campus meant Columbia Mailman School was poised to take a leadership role in the fight against COVID-19.

BY JIM MORRISON

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Frontiers in Food

The School’s food curriculum is plentiful and varied, and comes at the topic from every angle. Students are eating it up.

BY SHARON TREGASKIS

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Learning to Lead

Seven alumni share the lessons they learned that ensured they were ready to take on a trailblazing role in public health.

BY NANCY AVERETT

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The Cannabis Comeback

Use of the substance is on the rise and the School’s experts are exploring what this means for public health.

BY ALLA KATSNELSON

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Public Health in Prison

The pandemic has brought the importance of caring for people in the carceral system and the larger carceral community into the spotlight.

BY ALEXANDER GELFAND

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Let the Data Do the Talking

Three faculty members working at the intersection of public health and big data talk about statistics and science.

INTERVIEW BY TIM PAUL

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Becoming an Anti-Racist Institution

The School announces a new initiative to transform Columbia Mailman into an antiracist, multicultural, and fully inclusive institution.

Departments

MOMENTUM

Learning during the pandemic • Students publish op-eds • The School commits to antiracism • Reproductive health at the fore • Honors, awards, and more

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IMPACT

A time for syndemics • Studying schizophrenia’s origins • COVID-19 and obesity • New bullying insights • Opioid overdose solution • Folate missing in Mexico, and more

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FACULTY, STUDENT & ALUMNI NEWS

Graduates • Scholars • Alumni on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Fight

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DEAN

Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH

CHIEF COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Vanita Gowda, MPA


EDITOR IN CHIEF

Dana Points

ART DIRECTOR

Diana Gazzia

ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Tim Paul

COPY EDITOR

Emmalee C. Torisk

 

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