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  • Congratulations, Dr. Ventura-DiPersia!

    January 21, 2020 | Press Releases & Announcements

    On December 17, Christina Ventura-DiPersia, a PhD student on the Epidemiology and Biostatistics track with a specialization in Maternal, Child, Reproductive, and Sexual Health, successfully defended her dissertation, “Examining How Factors Associated with Patients, Physicians, Hospitals, and Surrounding Communities Affect Primary and Repeat Cesarean Delivery through a Social-Ecological Lens.” Drs. Elizabeth Kelvin, Glen Johnson, and Mary […]

  • Discover Magazine: The Year That Measles Returned

    January 21, 2020 | SPH in the NewsYoung boy getting a vaccine

    CUNY SPH Senior Scholar Scott Ratzan spoke to Discover Magazine about disinformation surrounding vaccines in one of the publication’s top science stories of 2019. The Year That Measles Returned By Linda Marsa December 23, 2019 In February, an international traveler carrying the measles virus passed through Boston’s busy South Station bus terminal. Once discovered, the Boston Public […]

  • CUNY SPH launches master of science degree in Health Communication for Social Change

    January 14, 2020 | Press Releases & AnnouncementsPerson using laptop

    Now more than ever, public health requires innovative communication strategies and partnership-building between government, business, and the nonprofit sectors to solve the most pressing local, national, and international issues. Recognizing the demand for an expanded and updated set of communications and marketing skills to meet today’s population health needs, the CUNY Graduate School of Public […]

  • Exploring the social contexts behind family planning

    January 13, 2020 | Press Releases & AnnouncementsCouple looking at ultrasound of their baby

    To understand the circumstances in which pregnancy occurs in the United States, there have been some studies into the decision-making behind family formation, but there is a lack of qualitative research into the contextual influences among individuals across different racial and ethnic groups, income, and education levels. To address this gap, a research team including […]

  • The Hill: We’re failing America’s opioid epidemic

    January 7, 2020 | Press Releases & Announcements, SPH in the NewsLyndon Haviland

    In an op-ed in The Hill, CUNY SPH Distinguished Scholar Lyndon Haviland called for a comprehensive public health approach to the opioid crisis in the United States. We’re failing America’s opioid epidemic By Dr. Lyndon Haviland, opinion contributor Why haven’t we taken any meaningful steps to solve the opioid crisis, one of the greatest public […]

  • Welcome Malini Lall, SPaR research grants manager

    January 7, 2020 | Press Releases & AnnouncementsMalini Lall

    A warm welcome to Ms. Malini Lall, who joins the CUNY SPH Sponsored Programs and Research (SPaR) office as research grants manager. Malini brings a wealth of experience to her new role, having served previously as the grants and contract manager at Hunter College School of Nursing. She also worked at Columbia University for the […]

  • New Yorkers are initiating treatment earlier after HIV infection, study shows

    January 7, 2020 | Press Releases & AnnouncementsPedestrians crossing New York City street

    The most effective way to reduce HIV-related deaths and prevent onward transmission is to diagnose and treat all persons as soon as possible after HIV infection. According to a study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, New Yorkers living with HIV are being treated sooner after infection. The time to treatment initiation was reduced in tandem […]

  • Keeping adolescent girls safe from violence

    January 7, 2020 | Press Releases & AnnouncementsTwo African girls smiling at the camera.

    Violence against women and children is a global epidemic that carries lifelong consequences for individuals, families, and communities. Adolescent girls are particularly at risk because they may not have access to supportive interventions, most of which are aimed at supporting either married adult females or younger children. To address this gap, the International Rescue Committee […]

  • Congratulations, Dr. Sitaji Gurung!

    January 6, 2020 | Press Releases & Announcements, SPH Accolades

    On December 19, Sitaji Gurung, a PhD student in the Community Health and Health Policy track, successfully defended her dissertation, “Leveraging electronic health records to develop cardiovascular risk profiles for primary prevention with youth living with HIV in multidisciplinary adolescent HIV care settings.” Her committee was chaired by Dr. Christian Grov, with Dr. Terry Huang, […]

  • New metrics needed to evaluate and combat HIV epidemics in the U.S.

    December 17, 2019 | Press Releases & Announcements

    A new peer-reviewed commentary published in the January issue of the American Journal of Public Health argues for new metrics to evaluate the public health response to HIV in the United States. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced plans to reduce the number of new HIV infections by 75 percent […]

  • Congratulations, Dr. Dana Watnick!

    December 17, 2019 | Press Releases & Announcements, SPH Accolades

    On December 12, Dana Watnick, a PhD student in the Community Health and Health Policy track, successfully defended her dissertation, “Acceptability of a vaginal ring to prevent HIV and pregnancy: Integrating multiple qualitative methods,” with Dr. Diana Romero, Dr. Heidi Jones, and Dr. Laura Bauman serving as committee members. “It has been an invaluable experience […]

  • Atif Baig presented with CUNY IT Award for Excellence in Service

    December 17, 2019 | Press Releases & Announcements, SPH Accolades

    CUNY SPH IT Computer Systems Administrator Atif Baig was honored with the CUNY IT Award for Excellence in Service in recognition of his outstanding work ethic and commitment to the CUNY SPH IT infrastructure. Baig was presented the award by Vice Chancellor & University Chief Information Officer Brian Cohen at the CUNY IT conference at […]

  • Using the internet for HIV research and prevention

    December 9, 2019 | Press Releases & AnnouncementsCloseup shot of man using cellphone

    In the US, men who have sex with men (MSM) are 44 times more likely to contract HIV than other men, and accounted for 67 percent of new infections in 2016. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that, if current trends continue unabated, one-in-six MSM will acquire HIV in their lifetime. In light […]

  • CUNY SPH student wins Swipe Out Hunger pitch competition

    December 3, 2019 | Press Releases & Announcements, SPH Accolades

    This fall, Healthy CUNY and Swipe Out Hunger partnered for their first ever pitch competition in search of innovative solutions to food insecurity across CUNY campuses to create lasting change in their communities. After a competitive process, the organizations selected two winners including Plentiful, a free, easy-to-use reservation system for food pantries and the people […]

  • General and pediatric “Treat All” policies lead to increased ART initiation among 10- to 14-year-olds in sub-Saharan Africa

    December 3, 2019 | Press Releases & Announcementsguidelines graphic

    A new study published as “Editor’s Choice” in The Journal of Infectious Diseases found that expansion of HIV treatment eligibility to include those under age 15 led to large and significant increases in initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) within 30 days of enrollment in care among 10- to 14-year-olds living with HIV. Led by Olga […]