Category: Community Dimensions of Practice

Primary Competency Area

Social Movements in Public Health
Group of People in Protest

Course Objective

  • Describe the interrelationship between social movements and public health.
  • Compare past and present social movements that have/ have had public health implications.
  • Identify how public health practice can partner with social movement actors to promote health.

Date: August 25, 2016

James Colgrove PhD, MPH
Professor of Sociomedical Sciences
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Merlin Chowkwunyun PhD
Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Peggy Shepard
Executive Director
WE ACT For Environmental Justice

Social movements throughout US history have brought about positive changes in economic conditions, environmental protections, and human rights that have directly or indirectly affected population health. It is important for public health professionals to understand the relationship between social movements and public health and how that relationship can be harnessed to improve health outcomes. This training provides examples of the wide range of social movement strategies and approaches that have been used in US history and discuss the challenges that these movements have faced. Last, this training details how WE ACT For Environmental Justice of West Harlem has successfully approached deteriorating environmental conditions and health inequalities.

The Physical and Mental Health Problems of the Prison Population
Light Shining in Dark Prison Cell

Course Objective

  • Identify national data on the incidence and prevalence of chronic disease among the incarcerated population
  • Recognize the limited resources available to support inmate reentry into the community

Date: April 7, 2016

Arthur M. Brewer, MD, CCHP
Statewide Medical Director
Rutgers University – University Correctional Health Care

This seminar reviews the health status of the incarcerated persons, including local jails and prison inmates. Dr. Brewer will discuss mortality rates, chronic disease prevalence, mental health prevalence and substance abuse/dependency data from a national perspective. He will discuss some challenging issues around substance abuse treatment and perceptions about mental health within prisons and local jails. Dr. Brewer will also discuss limited resources particularly as it relates to treatment of hepatitis C virus infection. It concludes with a review of challenges and efforts with inmate reentry into the community.

Energy Insecurity: Understanding Its Dimensions and Implications for Public Health
House Cut-out With Heart in the Middle

Course Objective

  • Explain the primary dimensions of energy insecurity
  • Describe how energy insecurity is related to other forms of insecurity (i.e. food and housing)
  • Discuss the public health implications of energy insecurity

Date: June 2, 2015

Reviewed June 30, 2020

Diana Hernandez, PhD
Assistant Professor, Sociomedical Sciences
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
JPB Environmental Health Fellow, Harvard School of Public Health

In this webinar, Dr. Hernandez provides an overview of energy insecurity, its relationship with health outcomes, and solutions to prevent and treat energy insecurity.

Syndemics and HIV among Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) in the U.S.: Understanding Risk in Context
Two Hands Wrapped Together by and Holding Red Ribbon

Course Objective

  • Define a syndemic
  • List key components of the syndemic affecting Black and Latino MSM in the US
  • Describe how the concept of syndemics increase our ability to intervene upon the disparities in HIV/AIDS affecting MSM of color in the US

Date: May 5, 2015

Reviewed June 30, 2020

Patrick Wilson, PhD, MA
Associate Professor, Sociomedical Sciences
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Syndemics offer a useful framework through which we can potentially explain enhanced HIV risk among MSM in that it describe “clustering” of different physiological and sociological epidemics by person, place, or time. Dr. Patrick Wilson discusses the problem of HIV in our own country – where the prevalence of HIV in black and Latino communities is high and where the HIV epidemic tends to be increasing in MSM in the US. This webinar takes a look at how looking at, and targeting the behavioral, social, and structural factors that influence disparities in HIV epidemic in black and white MSM may help to address said disparities in comprehensive, “de-silo’ed” ways.

Region 2 Public Health Training Center