CUNY SPH Student Events

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MCRSH Information Session

Wednesday, March 22
5pm – 6pm
CUNY SPH, 55 W. 125th Street, Room 539

Please join us for a Maternal Child Reproductive and Sexual Health (MCRSH) information session. Faculty members will be describing various research projects pertaining to MCRSH. This will be a great opportunity to receive information and ask questions.

This info session is for all MCRSH students and those interested in the specialization.

Evaluating Community Food Programs: What do we know? What do we still need to learn?

Thursday, March 23
9am – 10:30am
CUNY SPH, 55 W. 125th Street, 7th Floor Auditorium

Part of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Forum series.

Evaluation:  Funders demand it, policy makers use it, agency directors want it, front-line staff sometimes resent it, and too often community residents gain nothing from it.  Many of the community food programs implemented in New York City in recent years have been evaluated but it’s sometimes been a challenge to translate findings into more effective practice. In this session, panelists engaged at various levels in the evaluation of community food programs will discuss these questions:

  1. What have we learned from evaluations of community food programs in New York City in the last five years?
  2. How useful have these evaluation studies been to making decisions and how could we make them more useful?
  3. How can community food programs, policy makers, funders and evaluators work together to build a solid evidence base for decision-making?

Our goal is to inform current and future evaluations of community food programs so that five years from now, we can be confident that our programs are more effective and more efficient.

Can’t make it? Watch the livestream 

Financial Aid Information Session

Wednesday, March 29
4:30pm – 5pm
CUNY SPH, 55 W. 125th Street, Room 708

This Information Session will focus on:
·         What to expect for Next year in Financial Aid
·         Financial Aid Debt
·         Deferment and forbearance
·         Cancellation
·         Repayment options

Academia in Action: Serving the Harlem Community

Tuesday, April 4
1pm – 3pm
CUNY SPH, 55 W. 125th Street, 7th Floor Auditorium

Please join us for a dialogue with our neighborhood community-based organizations to explore opportunities for collaboration. Please RSVP for this event by emailing Meredith Manze by March 28.

Grand Rounds Lecture: Strengthening Implementation Science to Advance Child Health Around the Globe

Wednesday, April 5
4pm – 5:30pm
CUNY SPH, 55 W. 125th Street, 7th Floor Auditorium

Dr. Stefan Peterson is currently Chief of Health Section for UNICEF globally, based in New York. He’s a Professor of Global Health at Uppsala University and, prior to that, at the Global Health Division of Karolinska Institute. He has also been visiting professor at Makerere University in Uganda. As a health systems researcher and medical doctor, he has done extensive field work in Tanzania and Uganda, and has worked with different ministries of health, organizations such as WHO, and implemented projects supported by Sida, the Gates Foundation, and the European Union. He was also a co-founder of Medecins Sans Frontieres Sweden and the CCM Task Force Operations Research Group.

Stefan is a Swedish national, a medical doctor with degrees in medicine, Public Health and a PHD in International Pediatrics.

Mental Health Methods Series: Advancing Research Methodologies in Global Mental Health

Monday, April 24
4:30pm – 6pm
CUNY SPH, 55 W. 125th Street, Room 708

The imbalance between the burden of mental disorders and the investments made to addressing it is indicated by the “10/90” gap: where 10% of global spending on research is directed towards the problems that affect the poorest 90% of the world’s population (Saxena et al., 2006). This research gap disproportionately affects low-and middle-income countries that high-income countries because prevent and treatment for mental disorders rely on cultural norms. The dearth of research is problematic for the design of policies and organization of practice globally. Addressing this gap, this talk starts with an overview of research methodologies in vogue within the global mental health epistemic community. I draw on my own publications, as well as those of my colleagues. I conclude by discussing promising avenues of research. Presented by Gordon Shen, PhD, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at CUNY GSPHHP.

Sponsored by the Center for Innovation in Mental Health at CUNY SPH.

Mental Health Methods Series: Planning, Preparing, and Submitting a Successful Grant Proposal

Monday, May 15
3pm – 6pm
CUNY SPH, 55 W. 125th Street, Room 708

Did you miss the fall 2016 seminar on writing grant proposals? Join the Center for Innovation in Mental Health and learn how to plan for external funding, prepare your grant proposal, and submit it. Understand the skills and support you need to find appropriate funding mechanisms, interpret funding announcements and complete proposal requirements, successfully package the proposal, and work with your SPH proposal team. Presented by Jennifer Wisdom, PhD MPH, Professor of of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Center for Innovation in Mental Health at CUNY GSPHHP.

Sponsored by the Center for Innovation in Mental Health at CUNY SPH.

The Hudson: A river at risk

Friday, May 5
5pm – 7pm
CUNY SPH, 55 W. 125th Street, Room 717
Details and RSVP

Please join us for a screening of several dynamic short films on the history and clean up of the Hudson River

A lively discussion will follow:

Lynn Roberts – Professor of Community Health and Social Sciences

Jon Bowermaster – Director
Elizabeth Geltman – Professor of Health Policy
Gil Hawkins – Vice President, Hudson River Fisherman’s Association

This event will be live-streamed and a call-in number will be available


In recognition of the various interests of our students, CUNY SPH curates a list of events on numerous topics.  If you would like to add an event to this list, please email Tamar Pacht.

The LGBT Refugee Crisis

Friday, March 24th
12:20pm – 1:50pm
Kupferberg Holocaust Center, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, NY 11364

Through personal stories of LGBTQ refugees and those who advocate for them, this program led by Councilman Dromm, examines the challenges facing LGBTQ populations as they flee from brutality and oppression, and navigate the complicated world of exile.

Immigrant Health Care Rights

Tuesday, March 28
6:30pm – 8pm
NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem, Room 3101, 506 Lenox Ave.

Please join NYC Health + Hospitals, in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, CM Bill Perkins, New York Immigration Coalition, and New York Legal Assistance Group for a townhall meeting on immigrants and their healthcare rights.

You will learn about:
· Your legal rights as an immigrant
· Ways you as an immigrant can access healthcare
· Immigrants’ right to privacy
· Programs and services available to you, regardless of immigration status
· Tools for protecting immigrants’ access to healthcare

Translation will be available in French and Spanish.  Legal experts will be on site. Get signed up for insurance.

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Our Art is Our Weapon: Pharma Greed Kills Activist Exchange

Wednesday, April 5
6pm – 8pm
NYU Building, 726 Broadway, 7th floor, New York, NY 10003
RSVP Required

This interactive panel discussion will reflect on the creative and empowering community responses to extortionate drug pricing and monopolistic practices by Big Pharma that threaten people’s access to medicines, particularly those which treat HIV and hepatitis C. Participants from organizations focused on access to medicines, including ACT UP NY, Treatment Action Group (TAG)Health GAPStudent Global AIDS Campaign, and Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) will discuss their past campaigns and respond to questions on how they see this work going forward in the current hostile political climate.

– Reflect on the achievements, foundational principles of Pharma Greed Kills campaigns, and tactics of this access to medicines social movement to gauge where we can make effective, radical change given the new hostile political environment;
– Discuss ways to expand the international and US-based coalitions and ensure intersectionality with other social movements;
– Educate and engage student chapters about the Pharma Greed Kills network and related campaigns.

10th Annual Graduate Student Symposium

Thursday, April 6th
5pm – 8pm
City College of New York

The Graduate Student Council at the City College of New York invites you to participate in the 10th Annual Graduate Student Symposium. At the symposium, CUNY graduate students are given the opportunity to showcase their hard work and talents. The symposium call for papers is open. All majors are welcome and all types of projects are accepted. The deadline to submit an application is March 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST.

2017 Cugh Global Health Conference – Healthy People, Healthy Ecosystems: Implementation, Leadership, and Sustainability in Global Health

April 6-9, 2017
Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Join more than 1,700 other global health faculty, students, implementers, and leaders from over 50 countries to explore the latest in global health, planetary health, and the role universities play in addressing global health challenges.

The Impact of New York City’s School Gardens

Thursday, April 27th
8:30am – 10:15am
Hunter College, Silberman School of Social Work, 2180 Third Ave., 2nd Floor Auditorium

The Impact of New York City’s School Gardens


  • Gale Brewer – Manhattan Borough President
  • Kate Brashares – Executive Director at Edible Schoolyard NYC
  • Jessie Kerr-Vanderslice – Director at Grow to Learn, GrowNYC
  • Katherine Soll – CEO/Director at Teens for Food Justice
  • Toby Adams – Director of the Edible Academy at the New York Botanical Garden

Moderator Charles Platkin, PhD, JD, MPH, the executive director of the NYC Food Policy Center at Hunter College, will discuss how school gardens impact the food system by teaching children about healthy nutrition, urban agriculture, and the importance of local food at a young age.

Healthy Breakfast Will Be Served @ 8:30am. Talk begins at 9am.