2021

Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education Expands Competencies

Jan. 08, 2021

The expanded competencies include added information on racial and ethnic disparities in health and social and environmental determinants of health that make individuals and communities more vulnerable to climate-related health threats, as well as the importance of environmental justice and building resilience at individual, local, and global scales. 

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Early Warning System Fills Gaps in Infectious Disease Surveillance

Jan. 11, 2021

The new system optimizes the selection of surveillance sites then applies a computer model to data from these sites in order to forecast the geographic spread of influenza, including to rural areas lacking surveillance. 

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Confronting Inequities in the COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-Out

Jan. 23 2021

Professor Micaela Martinez participated in a webinar that discussed what measures can be taken during the vaccine roll-out to avoid perpetuating inequities already worsened by the pandemic, in the U.S. and globally

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Distancing Measures Must Continue During Vaccine Roll-Out: Study

Jan. 25, 2021

A new study found that millions more Americans will be infected and become ill if policies to enforce physical distancing are lifted prematurely

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With Vaccine Supply Limited, Older New Yorkers Should Get Priority: Study

Jan. 26, 2021

Giving older adults priority access to vaccines would reduce more hospitalizations and deaths, and delaying second doses to stretch the supply would provide potentially larger benefits

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Historically Redlined Neighborhoods Are More Likely to Lack Greenspace Today: Study

jan. 27, 2021

A study demonstrates the lasting effects of redlining, a racist mortgage appraisal practice of the 1930s that established and exacerbated racial residential segregation in the United States

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Art and Science Combine in Creation of COVID-19 Video Piece

Jan. 28, 2021

Professor Jeffrey Shaman is co-creator of a multimedia video, titled “Transmission,” that combines scientific insights on the pandemic with music that expresses the weighty emotions of living through a massive public health crisis

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Allergy Seasons Are Worsening and Climate Change Is Playing a Significant Role

Feb. 08, 2021

Human-caused climate change played a significant role in pollen season lengthening and a partial role in increasing the pollen amount

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Active COVID Cases May Be Ten Times Official Count: Study

Feb. 09, 2021

A computer model estimates that the number of active COVID-19 cases in the US is roughly ten times higher than the number of confirmed cases on any given day

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Tropical Cyclone Exposure Linked to Rise in Older Adult Hospitalizations

Mar. 09, 2021

Hurricane-force winds doubled respiratory disease hospitalizations the day after exposure

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Increasing Pollen Rates Affect COVID Infection Rates

Mar. 15, 2021

High risk groups can protect themselves by watching pollen forecasts and wearing masks

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The Looming Threat of Fracking to Public Health

APR. 26, 2021

An opinion piece on fracking and public health published in STAT First Opinion argues that the fracking industry has evaded many federal regulations for too long and that regulation exemptions must be eliminated in order to improve public health and the environment. 

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Heat, Humidity, UV Rays Linked to COVID-19 Spread

Jun. 16, 2021

New research links meteorological variables such as temperature, humidity, and ultraviolet (UV) radiation to the transmission of SARS-CoV-2

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Allocating COVID-19 Vaccines Based on Health and Socioeconomic Factors Could Reduce Mortality

Jul. 13, 2021

An estimated 43 percent of the variability in U.S. COVID-19 mortality is linked with county-level socioeconomic indicators and health vulnerabilities, with the strongest association seen in the proportions of people living with chronic kidney disease and living in nursing homes

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Delta Variant Is 60 Percent More Contagious Than Original Virus and Evades Immunity

Aug. 17, 2021

Modeling studies of coronavirus variants have shown that the delta variant is more contagious than the original SARS-COV-2 and better able to escape prior immunity

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The Climate Crisis Is a Health Crisis. We Need Your Help.

Aug. 19, 2021

The Columbia Mailman School's new leader in climate and health education is on a mission to make you consider how the warming climate changes everything

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One in Three Americans Already Had COVID-19 by the End of 2020

Aug. 26, 2021

Undocumented infections accounted for an estimated three-quarters of infections last year

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Welcome New Faculty!

Sep. 02, 2021

Sen Pei, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, and Cecilia Sorensen, Director of the Global Consortium for Climate and Health Education and Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences have joined as full-time members

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Computer Model May Offer Way to Limit the Spread of MRSA in Hospitals

Sep. 07, 2021

A new study introduces a method that more accurately predicts the likelihood individuals in hospital settings are colonized with MRSA than existing approaches

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Is a Bad Flu Season Coming? Study Projects Sharp Rebound Following Relaxation of COVID Distancing Measures.

Oct. 08, 2021

Columbia researchers expect a large-scale influenza outbreak followed by worsened seasonal flu outbreaks for several years

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What Does the Changing Climate Mean for Food Security?

Oct. 19, 2021

A conversation about the threat of climate change on global food security with Drs. Lew Ziska and Bill McKibben

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Lancet Policy Brief: Urgent Action Needed to Address Climate Crisis

Oct. 25, 2021

Columbia Mailman researchers contribute to a review of research on the extensive health harms of the warming planet

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Climate in Crisis

Dec. 01, 2021

Public health challenges posed by climate change are already threatening populations worldwide. The School's programs are training the next generation of leaders to fight back 

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City Department of Health Honors Columbia Mailman for COVID Modeling

Dec. 06, 2021

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene  honored researchers at Columbia Mailman School for their disease modeling and epidemiology work on COVID-19 that helped inform city policy

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Study Shows Success of New York City's Clean Heat Program

Dec. 08, 2021

Ban of heating oil #6 effective in reducing air pollution

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