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Faculty & Staff Honors

Columbia: Robert Fullilove on Panel of Judges for Inaugural List of ‘40 Under 40’ Leaders in Public Health

Dr. Robert Fullilove, professor, sociomedical sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, was on the 2019 panel of judges for the de Beaumont Foundation inaugural 40 Under 40 in Public Health. The 40 honorees were selected for their approaches and solutions to improve community health and contributions to the field of public health. Dr. Fullilove was one of eight judges from the nonprofit, business, and higher education sectors.

The de Beaumont Foundation invests in building healthier communities through advancing policy, building partnerships, and creating communities where people can achieve their best possible health. Dr. Brian Castrucci, president and CEO of de Beaumont Foundation, graduated from Columbia Mailman with a Master’s degree and studied with Dr. Fullilove in his class, Race and Health. “I was honored to have been part of this initiative,” said Dr. Fullilove. “The work de Beaumont is doing highlights Columbia Mailman’s priority to emphasize leadership and leadership skills as part of the training of future public health leaders.”

Dr. Fullilove, who is also Associate Dean for Community and Minority Affairs, is an award-winning educator, civil rights advocate, and international public health leader. His research and practice span substance abuse and addiction, minority health, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), tuberculosis, and the built environment. He has had several committee and board appointments at the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In 2003, he was designated a National Associate of the National Academies of Science. For nearly a decade, Dr. Fullilove has been teaching public health courses in six New York State prisons that are part of the Bard College Prison Initiative (BPI) and serves as senior advisor to BPI’s public health program.