Health Messaging for Justice 2024: Student Competition 

The Lerner Center is hosting its annual health messaging competition, and all Mailman students are invited to enter! The competition will showcase the work of our students while highlighting how health communications can be used as a powerful tool to enhance social justice.

Students (1-4 students per submission) will be asked to develop a health communication product (e.g. video, data visualizations, social media posts, podcast, poster, etc) designed to reduce stigma, enhance social justice, and/or counteract racism. Students will also create eight pre-formatted slides that answer specific questions about their project. Finalists will be chosen using the following criteria: effective messaging, creativity/innovation, design/aesthetics, public health impact and relevance, the potential for dissemination, adherence to the project guidelines, and potential ability to inform stigma reduction, social justice, or anti-racism efforts.

Watch our virtual Q&A session to learn more.

Submissions are due on March 20th 2024 by 5pm. First and second place prizes will be awarded.

1st place team: $1000; 2nd place team: $500

Registration is recommended. Please register by emailing your name(s) and department(s) to Azure Nowara at before 1/17/24.

Read more about competition requirments here

Turning the Tide: Combatting Misinformation in Public Health 

On April 28th, the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion hosted its third national conference, Turning the Tide: Combatting Misinformation in Public Health. Conference speakers examined public health misinformation regarding climate change, abortion, and global vaccinations, and discussed strategies to combat misinformation.

The conference hosted 100 people including students, faculty and staff from Columbia University and other academic institutions such as Yale University, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and more. Attendees also represented public and private health and communication organizations such as the NYC DOHMH, National Cancer Institute, Fund for Public Health NYC, Westat and McCann Health.

By bringing together leading public health and science communication researchers from across the country, we hope to contribute to the important research and discussion surrounding the science and practice of tackling public health misinformation. Watch our conference highlight video!

2023 Conference Evaluation Graph





Featured Speakers:

Wen-Ying Sylvia Chou, PhD, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Leticia Bode, PhD, Program in Communication, Culture and Technology, Georgetown University

Ami Zota, ScD, Department of Environmental Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

John Cook, PhD, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University

Nat Gyenes, MPH, Digital Health Lab at Meedan, Berkman Klein Center, Harvard University

A special workshop, Op-Ed Writing for Professionals, was led by journalist Renee Loth, an opinion columnist for The Boston Globe and judge for the Pulitzer prizes in journalism.



Turning the Tide: Combatting Misinformation in Public Health

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