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Columbia: Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion Receives Philanthropic Gift

The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health’s Department of Sociomedical Sciences was awarded a gift of $1M to further enhance the scholarship of the Lerner Center and continue its work to create a platform for the larger Columbia University community to drive discoveries in health promotion and communication, and facilitate these discoveries into policy and practice around the world.

By addressing health inequalities through communication science, research, knowledge translation, community engagement, and advocacy, the Center fosters interdisciplinary collaborations among public health professionals. It also serves as a training resource for scientists and educators to improve their capacity to communicate to external audiences including media and policymakers.

“We are overjoyed with the donor’s philanthropic gift and their compassion to the Lerner Center’s mission,” said Dr. Gina Wingood, Sidney and Helaine Lerner Professor of Public Health Promotion.

Among its several affiliations with key partner organizations is The Monday Campaigns — the non-profit public health initiative that dedicates the first day of every week to healthy behaviors that prevent chronic disease. By providing research, creative materials, and case studies, the Monday Campaigns help partner organizations incorporate ready-to-scale health campaigns into their own health promotion programs. The organization also supports individuals through consumer websites and social media with weekly recipes, tips and resources that can help them live healthier week after week.

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