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Columbia: Presentations, Events, and Honors at APHA 2019

Once again, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health had a strong presence at the annual American Public Health Association (APHA) meeting in Philadelphia (November 2-6).

More than 50 faculty and staff from all departments at Columbia Mailman School presented at APHA Expo 2019. Topics covered a range of issues including pancreatic cancer risk, adolescent food insecurity, psychosocial stressors and poor sleep quality among New York City adolescents, structural stigma and sexual orientation-related health disparities, racial/ethnic and gender differences in sexual minority adults’ nicotine dependence, and opportunities and challenges for safe abortion care in humanitarian settings.

View the list of Mailman School presenters.

On Monday evening, November 4, APHA attendees were invited to join Dean Linda Fried and members of the Office of Alumni Relations at the Mailman School Alumni and Friends reception held at the Convention Center.

On November 4, Dr. Denise Kandel, professor of sociomedical sciences, was honored by APHA with the 2019 Rema Lapouse Award for Achievement in Epidemiology, Mental Health and Applied Public Health Statistics. Each year, this award is given to one individual who looks beyond current explanations to understand and improve public mental health.  Dr. Kandel pioneered charting the developmental phases of drug use and identified the specific risk factors for adolescent initiation into each major stage, which provided the basis for the Gateway Hypothesis, a novel area of research, focused on the molecular bases of epidemiological paradigms.s

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