The Monthly Log-in 2 Learn Webinar series features presenters from public health research and practice. The presenters discuss topics related to Health Disparities, Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health.

“School to Prison” to “School Again”: Preparing a New Workforce to Address Health Disparities

Presenter: Robert Fullilove, EdD Professor of Sociomedical Sciences Associate Dean, Community and Minority Affairs Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Date: January 5th, 2016 Description: Mass incarceration is one of the leading contributors of health disparities, with a disproportionately large percentage of African American and Latino men experiencing incarceration during their lifetime.  Having ever…

A Commitment to Advancing Health Equity

Presenter: Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH   Associate Commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Director, Center for Health Equity Date: August 4th, 2015 Description: Dr. Aletha Maybank discusses the Center for Health Equity’s revitalization of a de-centralized, multi-level, “inside-outside” approach to addressing health inequities in New York City. She suggests that collaboration between city…

A Few Thoughts on Spatio-Temporal Epidemiology

Employing techniques of spatial statistical analysis can provide important insights in research studies. In this webinar, Dr. Jaymie Meliker provides a historical perspective on GIS, spatial software tools, and spatial data; describes the importance of space-time data and software; argues why spatial statistical analysis is important; and explains examples of cluster analyses of early and late stage breast cancer, cancer clusters in case-control residential histories, and space-time exposure reconstruction over the life-course.

A Health Policy Agenda Beyond the ACA

Presenter: Dr. Drew Altman CEO and President Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Description: Many Americans feel that commercial, political and ideological interests control the information that they consume. The Kaiser Family Foundation serves as an independent and non-partisan source of research, analysis and journalism for policymakers, the media and the general public. Kaiser aims to…

Achieving Health Equity through Community Control of Budgets

Presenter: Jennifer Godzeno, MSUP, MPH, AICP Deputy Director, Participatory Budgeting Project Culture of Health Leader, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Description: Participatory budgeting involves community members in deciding what to do with a given budget.  It is a powerful tool used globally to increase community engagement and shift from “indirect” to “direct” democracy. Its impacts include…

Adapting Evidence-Based Interventions for New Populations and Settings

 Presenter: Rachel C. Shelton, ScD, MPH Assistant Professor, Sociomedical Sciences   Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Date: July 7th, 2015 Description: Dissemination and implementation sciences are defined as the systematic study of how a specific set of activities and designated strategies are used to successfully adopt and integrate an evidence-based public health intervention (EBI)…

Adventures in Microbe Hunting

W. Ian Lipkin, MD delivered an exciting lecture entitled “Adventures in Microbe Hunting” at Columbia University on October 10, 2012. Drawing on personal experiences in pathogen discovery, surveillance and outbreak response, Dr. Lipkin impressed the audience with his lecture on the science and methodology of identifying new pathogens, one of the fastest evolving areas in public health.

Ahmedabad Heat Action Plan: Improving City Resilience Against Extreme Heatwave

Presenter: Parthasarathi (Partho) Ganguly, MBBS, MD, MPhil Additional Professor Indian institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar Date: April 19, 2016 Description: This Webinar outlines the Ahmadebad Heat Action Plan developed to combat heat-related illness and mortality in the face of increasing temperatures and frequent heat waves in India.  Based on an analysis of local temperature data and…

An Overview of E-cigarette Use, Product Perceptions, Communication and Policy

Title:   An Overview of E-cigarette Use, Product Perceptions, Communication and Policy Issues”    Date: March 16, 2016 Presenter:  Olivia A. Wackowski, PhD, MPH Center for Tobacco Studies Rutgers School of Public Health This seminar will provide attendees with a broad overview on what we know about e-cigarettes, including their different types, their safety, trends in…

And In Flew Enza

The world has experienced a number of pandemics throughout the centuries. Dr. Peter Wenger provides an historic overview of influenza ad the cause of three pandemics, and their global impact. Dr. Wenger also highlights the many common influenza strains, the manufacturing process of vaccines and the challenges it presents, and the current recommendations for influenza…

Asian Health Disparities and Hepatitis B in the Era of Elimination

Presenter: Su Wang, MD, MPH Medical Director Center for Asian Health Saint Barnabas Medical Center Date: April 4, 2017 Description: More than half of the people infected with hepatitis B in America are Asian, despite this population having above average education and income.  This leads to their increased incidence of and mortality from liver cancer.…

Beyond Reform and Rebound: Frontiers for Rethinking and Redirecting Health Systems Performance

Bobby Milstein, PhD, MPH delivered a lecture entitled “Beyond Reform and Rebound: Frontiers for Rethinking and Redirecting Health Systems Performance” at Columbia University on October 9, 2013 as part of the 2013-2014 Grand Rounds lecture series. Dr. Milstein discussed his work on engaging in health systems challenges and re-thinking what can be accomplished through collaboration.…

Breast Cancer Screening and other Health Behaviors among Latinas

Presenter: Dr. Ana Abriado-Lanza Associate Professor Sociomedical Sciences Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Description: In this webinar, Dr. Ana Abriado-Lanza gives an overview of the break down of the Latino population living in the United States, linking these statistics to breast cancer screening disparities between Latinas and non-Hispanic whites.  Through description of relevant…

Caring for Vulnerable Populations in School Health

Presenter: Natalie Mathurin, MD, MPH Medical Director at Student Health Services, School District of Philadelphia & Cheryl Lawrence, MD Medical Director at the Office of School Health-Family & Child Health, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Description: Dr. Mathurin and Dr. Lawrence describe the purpose and goals of programs developed to aid children that…

Climate Change, Extreme Weather, Natural Disaster, and Human Health & Integrating Climate and Public Health Data into the Hazard Vulnerability Analysis Process

Part I: Climate Change, Extreme Weather, Natural Disaster, and Human Health Presenter: Shao Lin, MD, PhD, MPH Professor Research Director of Global Health Program University of Albany, New York School of Public Health Description: The first half of this webinar focuses on the specific health risks associated with extreme weather conditions.  High temperatures and humidity…

Collaborating with Churches to Conduct and Disseminate Evidence-based Health Promotion

Presenter: Gina Wingood, ScD Sid and Helaine Lerner Professor of Public Health Promotion Sociomedical Sciences Columbua University Mailman School of Public Health Date: February 2, 2016 Recommended Pre-Webinar Reading: Comparative Effectiveness of a Faith-Based HIV Intervention for African American Women: Importance of Enhancing Religious Social Capital Reflection Questions: Why may faith-based HIV prevention programs in…

Communicating Public Health: Message Design Strategies to Promote Awareness and Action to Address the Social Determinants of Health

Presenter: Jeff Niederdeppe, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Cornell University Date: October 28th, 2014 Description: Dr. Niederdeppe discusses discuss public health advocates can use message framing, narratives and visual imagery to shape public opinion and debate on the social conditions that shape the health and well-being of populations   Click on the appropriate button to begin. I do…

Critical Consciousness-based Health Promotion Interventions for Racial and Sexual Minority Populations

Presenter: Patrick Wilson, PhD Associate Professor Sociomedical Sciences Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Description: Critical Consciousness involves becoming aware of the broader social, political, and cultural forces that perpetuate oppression and inequality. Helping to raise individuals’ awareness and recognition of such forces in their daily lives can fuel empowerment, self-esteem, and other precursors…

Energy Insecurity: Understanding its Dimensions and Implications for Public Health

 Presenter: Diana Hernandez, PhD, Assistant Professor, Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, JPB Environmental Health Fellow, Harvard School of Public Health Date: June 2nd, 2015 Description: Housing, food, and household energy are basic needs; however, energy is often neglected in the scheme of insecurities. In this webinar, Dr. Diana Hernandez describes the three key components of…

Engaging Across Sectors and Disciplines to Build Community and Capacity for Health Equity

Presenter: Renata Schiavo, PhD, MA, CCL Founding President and Board of Director Member, Health Equity Initiative Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Description: Disparities in health and healthcare are connected to population health and affect the delivery, access and quality of care, especially for vulnerable populations. There are…

Engaging Communities in the Research Process to Enhance Outcomes and Sustainability: Practical Strategies for Researchers and Public Health Practitioners

Presenter: Carly Hutchinson, MA, PhD Lecturer, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Director of Communications & Community Relations, Harlem Health Promotion Center Description: Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is a research method that equitably involves all community and academic partners in every step of designing and conducting research. CBPR allows community members to research a…

From Theory to Practice: School Health Programming as a Public Health Framework for Vulnerable Urban Communities

Presenter: Dr. Caroline Volel, MD, MPH Field Physician, Office of School Health City Medical Specialist 1, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Assistant Professor, Population and Family Health, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Description: In this webinar, Dr. Volel describes the historical and political context of school health practices and discusses…

Health Disparity in the Transgender Community

Title:   Health Disparity within The Transgender Community Date: January 21, 2016 Presenter:  Beck Gee-Cohen, MA LADC Individuals who identify as transgender are at greater risk of health disparity. Understanding that gender is not binary is vital to helping clients receive appropriate services. Helping those who do not subscribe to the gender binary and those who…

Health Literacy: What is it? Why does it matter to health disparities? What can you do about it to advance health equity?

Gretchen Van Wye, PhD, MA, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Assistant Commissioner of the Bureau of Vital Statistics, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Housing as an Intermediary Determinant of Health and Points of Intervention to Reduce Disparities

Housing is where our economic, social, and personal lives come together. In this webinar, Dr. Angela Aidala and Dr. Robert Fullilove discuss housing as an intermediary social determinant of health and health equity. Fundamental determinants of health are macro-level cultural and economic policies, practices and dynamics that affect the socioeconomic position of individuals, groups and…

Immigration and Health Disparities: Beyond Acculturation

Lisa M. Bates, ScD, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Integration of Breast Density in Breast Cancer Screening and Risk Assessment

Presenter: Parisa Tehranifar, DrPH, MPH Assistant Professor Department of Epidemiology Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Date: March 7, 2017 Description:  Breast density is the comparison of fatty tissue to fibrous tissue on a mammogram. Among women with dense breasts, it may be more difficult to detect breast tumors with a mammogram alone. Additionally,…

Investigation of Causes of Higher Mortality among African American Breast Cancer Patients

Presenter: Kitaw Demissie, MD, PhD Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology Director, Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities Rutgers School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences Reflection Questions: How do the temporal trends in breast cancer incidence and mortality compare between African Americans and European Americans in the past 30 years? What are…

Moderating a Focus Group

A focus group is a type of qualitative research technique used to gain information about a specific issue from a group of individuals who have some common interest or characteristic. Focus groups are commonly used in the field of public health and are especially appropriate in pursuing “how” and “why” questions. This webinar taught specific skills, strategies, and techniques a moderator should use to plan for and conduct a focus group.

Moving Beyond ‘Socioeconomic Status’ to Social Class Processes in Public Health

Presenter: Seth Prins, PhD, MPH Postdoctoral Research Fellow Department of Sociomedical Sciences and Department of Social Work, Columbia University Description: It is well known that there is a “social gradient of health,” or an inverse relationship between socioeconomic status and physical and mental health. However, most public health professionals conceptualize socioeconomic status using a stratificationist…

Moving Public Health Practice Upstream to Reduce Health Inequities

Presenter: Nicholas Freudenberg, DrPH  Distinguished Professor of Public Health Faculty Director, New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College City University of New York School of Public Health and Hunter College Date: September 1st, 2015 Recommended pre-webinar reading: Freudenberg, N., Franzosa, E, Chisholm, J., Libman, K. (2015). New approaches for moving upstream: How state and local…

National Accreditation and New York State Departments of Health

This presentation discusses Livingston County’s experience becoming the first accredited Health Department New York State, and highlights the process, steps, strategies and tools used for determining agency readiness, preparation and submission of the application through hosting the Accreditation Team Site Visit, through the site visit report and PHAB Accreditation Committee decision.

Non-cigarette Tobacco Products: Patterns of Use and Community-Level Prevention Strategies

Presenter: Daniel P. Giovenco, PhD, MPH Assistant Professor Department of Sociomedical Sciences Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Date: February 7, 2017 Description: Although cigarettes are still used by 15% of Americans and contribute significantly to premature morbidity and mortality in the United States, new non-cigarette tobacco products are becoming increasingly popular among youth…

Public Health and Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Health Webinar Series, Part I: Public Health Approaches to Mental Health Literacy

Date: April 20, 2016 Presenter: John Richter, MPA Public Policy Director Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. Description: Mental illness, including emotional and behavioral disorders, presents us with an enormous challenge in our present day. In particular, the impact of untreated mental illness can have deleterious effects on those individuals, their families, and…

Public Health and Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Health Webinar Series, Part II: Family Engagement Tools to Help Support Individuals with Behavioral Health Needs

Presenter: Deborah Faust Director of Family Wellness & Suicide Prevention Co-Director of Building Connections Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. Description: Family engagement is a family-centered and strengths-based approach to partnering with families in making decisions, setting goals, and achieving desired outcomes. This webinar discusses family engagement during mental health challenges in order…

Public Health and Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Health Webinar Series, Part III: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Research and Implications, an Interview

Presenters: Deborah Faust Director of Family Wellness & Suicide Prevention Co-Director of Building Connections Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. Heather Larkin, PhD Associate Professor School of Social Welfare University of Albany (SUNY) Description: Adverse childhood experiences (ACE) are experiences while growing up that deeply impact a young person and profoundly affect emotional…

Public Health and Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Health Webinar Series, Part IV: Transformation of New York Mental Health System to A Medicaid Managed Care Model

Presenter: Glenn Liebman, CEO Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. Description: In this webinar, Glenn Liebman of the Mental Health Association in New York State discusses the transformation of the New York State mental health system into a Medicaid managed care model. Mr. Liebman provides a historical context for the reform, describes the…

Sex Differences in the Relation Between Social Stressors and Obesity

Presenter: Shakira F. Suglia, ScD, MS Associate Professor Epidemiology Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Date: April 5th, 2016 Description: In this webinar, Dr. Suglia provides an overview of the physiological responses to stressors and their relationship to obesity.  Stressors have a significant impact on mental and physical health, with high levels of stress associated with…

Social Conditions as Fundamental Causes of Health Inequalities: Theory and Evidence

Bruce G. Link, PhD, Co-director, Center for Social Inequalities and Health
Director, Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Socio-structural factors, health disparities, and the uptake of biomedical HIV prevention for Black Men who have Sex with Men (MSM)

Presenter: Morgan Philbin, PhD, MHS Assistant Professor, Department of Sociomedical Sciences Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Description: Black men who have sex with men (MSM) are at significantly higher risk of HIV. This is due to a complex interplay between socio-structural factors and their own intersectional identities. In this webinar, Dr Philbin describes…

Strategic information for ending HIV epidemics: Comparative effectiveness of evidence-based HIV interventions at scale

Presenter: Denis Nash, PhD Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics CUNY School of Public Health Date: December 1st, 2015 Description: In this webinar, Dr. Denis Nash describes the challenges of designing and implementing impact evaluations of large-scale public health programs/ initiatives to scale in “real-world” settings. Despite demonstrated effectiveness in research settings, program implementers often encounter…

Structural Factors and Sexual Orientation Health Disparities in Adolescent Substance Use: A Multi-level Analysis

Presenter: M. Somjen Frazer In this webinar, Ms. Frazer discusses the substance use disparities among sexual minority youth, specifically in the realms of tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana and other drugs. She discusses why these disparities exist, and explores what the structural determinants of these disparities are, including structural stigma and policy environments. Following the webinar,…

Structural Stigma and the Health of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Populations

Mark L. Hatzenbueler, PhD
Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Social Inequalities and Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health

Succession Planning for Local Health Departments: An example of how to do it (Part 3 of 3)

Succession planning in local health departments (LHDs) is the proactive attempt to ensure that leadership in LHDs will be continuous by identifying how these positions will be filled as both planned and unplanned departures occur. For many reasons, succession planning does not commonly take place in the LHD setting. In this third presentation of a…

Succession Planning for Local Health Departments: How do we do it? (Part 2 of 3)

Succession planning in local health departments (LDHs) is the proactive attempt to ensure that leadership in LHDs will be continuous by identifying how these positions will be filled as both planned and unplanned departures occur. For many reasons, succession planning does not commonly take place in the LHD setting. In this second presentation of a…

Succession Planning for Local Health Departments: What it is and What should we do? (Part 1 of 3)

Succession planning in local health departments (LDHs) is the proactive attempt to ensure that leadership in LHDs will be continuous by identifying how these positions will be filled as both planned and unplanned departures occur. For many reasons, succession planning does not commonly take place in the LHD setting. In this first in a series…

Sustaining Grassroots Coalitions: Examples from the Field

Effective coalition building is an increasingly important activity in the field of public health, where working with community partners is critical to achieving improved health outcomes. Drawing on her extensive experiences with building community coalitions, Pamela Valera, PhD, MSW, a faculty member at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, discussed basic information and best…

Syndemics and HIV among Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) in the U.S.: Understanding Risk in Context

Presenter: Patrick Wilson, PhD, MA, Associate Professor, Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Date: May 5th, 2015 Description:  Syndemics offer a useful framework through which we can potentially explain enhanced HIV risk among MSM in that it describe “clustering” of diff physiological and sociological epidemics by person, place, or time. Dr. Patrick…

The National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Healthcare Review

Presenter: Carolyn Daniels, D.H.Sc, M.Ed. Executive Director Office of Minority and Multicultural Health New Jersey Department of Health Date: June 7, 2016 Description: This webinar covers a brief history of the Cultural and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards, the overview and importance of implementing CLAS, CLAS Standards, implementation strategies, the Title VI Civil Rights Act, and…

The New York State Department of Health Climate and Health Profile

Presenter: Asante Shipp-Hilts, MPH Program Coordinator, Office of Public Health Practice New York State Department of Health Date: March 30, 2016 Description: This webinar outlines the New York Climate and Health Profile Report, compiled as part of the BRACE (Building Resistance Against Climate Effects) initiative.  It describes the climate trends being observed in New York State and their…

The U.S. Health Disadvantage: What is the Next Step for Public Health?

Dr. Steven Woolf, kicked off the Mailman School’s 2013-2014 Grand Rounds on the Future of Public Health with an in-depth presentation on the National Academy of Sciences Report, U.S. in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health, which clearly depicts the declining U.S. health standing among 17 peer nations. Dr. Woolf followed the presentation of results…

The Use and Usefulness of the 3-Step Prioritization Sequence in Creating a Workforce Development Plan

The Public Health Foundation (PHF) developed a quality improvement tool called the “3-Step Prioritization Matrix”, which can be used to determine the Council on Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals most important to supporting an organization’s mission. PHF President Ron Bialek presented essential background and context on the PHF, the Council on Linkages Core…

Understanding and Combating Resistance to Online Learning

Presenter: John Vivolo Director of Online and Virtual Learning NYU-ePoly/Enterprise Learning Date: October 6th, 2015 Recommended pre-webinar reading: Online Learning Consortium Survey Reports  Online Learning Consortium Infographic Reflection Questions: Why do learners and faculty still resist online learning? What are the important proactive steps an organization can take to combat resistance before the start of an online learning…

Understanding Depression Differences through a Dynamic Framework of Gender

P Presenter: Jonathan Platt, MPH, MPhil Psychiatric Epidemiology Fellow Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Description: Currently, the literature indicates that women are much more likely than men to be diagnosed with depression. While there have been some who try to attribute this difference to various research flaws, there is good…

Using Geographic Information Science to Advance Health Equity and Environmental Justice

Presenter: Andrew Maroko, PhD Associate Director Lehman College Urban GISc Lab CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy Date: May 2, 2017 Description: Environmental factors have an important impact on the health of communities.  Public health professionals may use geographic information sciences (GIS) to assess the health of communities by analyzing exposure, or…