CUNY SPH Addresses COVID-19

March 18, 2021  |  10am – 1pm  |  Virtual  |  RSVP

March 2021 marks the fifth anniversary of CUNY SPH as a consolidated independent college within CUNY. To mark the milestone, we invite you to join us for a symposium showcasing the rich academic and frontline public health activities of our faculty, students, and alumni.

Please RSVP in advance if you plan to virtually attend this event. The Zoom link will be emailed the day before the event to those who RSVP.

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Symposium Agenda

10am Welcome remarks Dean Ayman El-Mohandes
10:10am Panel 1  
  Population-level COVID-19 research: CHASING COVID Denis Nash
  Utilizing computational simulation modeling to respond to COVID-19 Bruce Y. Lee
  Combating vaccine hesitancy Scott Ratzan
  Moderated Q&A Ayman El-Mohandes
11am Panel 2  
  Addressing food insecurity in a pandemic Nick Freudenberg
  Mental health in NYC – March 2020 through January 2021 Vicky Ngo
  Pregnancy and family planning before and during COVID-19: The New York State CAP study Meredith Manze
  Moderated Q&A Ayman El-Mohandes
11:45am Panel 3  
  The carceral crisis Erinn Bacchus
  A pediatrician addresses COVID-19 in an immigrant community Sharon Joseph
  Maintaining a COVID registry Pavan Lohia
  The South Beach Psychiatric Alternate Care Site Shari Jardine
  Moderated Q&A Lynn Roberts
12:30pm Closing remarks Lynn Roberts

Moderators and Presenters


Dr. Lynn Roberts

Lynn Roberts
Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Alumni Relations


Nick Freudenberg

Nicholas Freudenberg
Distinguished Professor

Bruce Y. Lee

Meredith Manze

Meredith Manze
Assistant Professor

Distinguished Professor Denis Nash

Denis Nash
Distinguished Professor

Victoria Ngo

Victoria Ngo
Associate Professor

Dr. Scott C. Ratzan, MD, MPA

Scott Ratzan
Distinguished Lecturer

Erinn Bacchus
PhD student

Shari Jardine
PhD student

sharon joseph

Sharon Joseph
DPH student

Pavan Lohia

Pavan Lohia
Alumnus, MPH ’20

Student and Alumni Bios

Erinn Bacchus

Erinn Bacchus is currently a second year PhD student in Community Health and Health Policy and previously obtained her MPH in Epidemiology. At the CUNY SPH she works with Dr. Nicholas Freudenberg at Healthy CUNY evaluating programs and policies to promote health within CUNY and across NYC communities. She is interested in generating and analyzing policies that address racial disparities in health and her current research investigates policies affecting low-income housing in NYC, criminal justice reform, and mental health.

Shari Jardine

Shari Jardine is the Assistant Director of the Center for Global Health at Northwell Health. Prior to this, Shari served as the Program Manager of the Community Health and Social Medicine (CHASM) Initiatives at Northwell health where she managed the Screening, Referral and Navigation program and Medical Legal Partnership with Hofstra University. Shari is a Public Health Practitioner, innovative strategist, and leader with a myriad of public health experience in community, city, national and multinational organizations. Prior to joining Northwell Health, Shari served as an ASPPH Allan Rosenfield Program Management Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control in Haiti and an ASPPH Domestic Public Health Fellow in the Education and Training Services branch at CDC Atlanta. Shari received her bachelor’s degree as a double major in Health Science and History from Stony Brook University. She received her master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Community and International Health from New York University and a second master’s in Individualized Study with a concentration in Cultural Competency and Health Education from the Gallatin School at New York University. Shari is currently a doctoral student in the Community Health and Health Policy track at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy.

Sharon Joseph

Sharon Joseph was born and grew up in the Bronx, NY,  and attended the NYC Public School System. She received a B.A. in English Literature from Colgate University, and went on to pursue medical studies at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, (Bronx, NY). After finishing a Social Pediatrics residency at Montefiore Medical Center, she went on to work providing primary medical care to the homeless children of NYC with the New York Children’s Health Project- a program of the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. It was during this time that Dr. Joseph decided to pursue studies in Public Health. She obtained her MPH from Lehman College, and is currently on track to graduate with a DrPH in Epidemiology in May 2021. Dr. Joseph is currently the Associate Medical Director of the Port Chester Open Door Family Medical Center as well as the Director of Pediatrics across all seven Open Door Family Medical Center locations.

Pavan Lohia

Pavan Lohia is a leader on many public health initiatives, clinical research studies, and political advocacy efforts across the United States. His current involvements include: the Covid-19 Registry & World Trade Center Health Program at Mount Sinai NYC, founder of a healthcare company (, and serving in the Executive Office of the President at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Washington, D.C. Pavan graduated from UCI in 2017 with a B.S. in Public Health Sciences and Minor in Business Management and continues to be active in the UC Irvine community as President of the New York City Alumni Chapter. In 2020, Pavan graduated with honors from CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy with a Master of Public Health (MPH), where he served as President of the Graduate Student Government Association & the Epsilon Chi, Delta Omega Public Health Honor’s Chapter.