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ASPPH Presents Webinar: Pathways to Public Health for Community College Students

This webinar will bring together leaders in the field to discuss strategies to improve student transfer from community colleges to four-year colleges and universities, and strategies to attract, retain, and support students of all backgrounds, especially students of color, LGBTQIA+ students, and students living in poverty, to succeed in their educational pathways in public health.

This webinar is cohosted by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, Society for Public Health Education, and The League for Innovation in the Community College.

  • Moderator

    Laura Magaña, PhD, MS

    President and CEO, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health

  • Featured Speakers
    Richard Riegelman

    Richard Riegelman, MD, PhD, MPH

    Richard Riegelman is Founding Dean and Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, with a joint appointment in the School of Medicine. Dr. Riegelman received his MD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MPH and PhD in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Riegelman has dedicated his career to the practice of medicine, enhancing medical and public health training, promoting critical evaluation of health research literature, and championing public health curricula at the undergraduate and associate’s levels.

    Dr. Riegelman has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles and seven books for students and practitioners of medicine and public health. These include Studying a Study and Testing a Test: Reading the Evidence-based Health Research, 6th Edition, which is widely used to teach critical reading of health research and has been translated into Spanish and Japanese; and Public Health 101: Improving Community Health, 3rd Edition, which uses a population health approach to teach public health to undergraduate students. In 2018 Dr. Riegelman received the Welch-Rose award, the highest individual award from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health for his extraordinary contributions to the academic public health community.

    Cynthia Wilson, EdD, MEd

    Cynthia Wilson is Vice President for Learning and Chief Impact Officer at the League for Innovation in the Community College. She leads the League’s Learning Initiative and has directed major projects focused on a variety of issues related to teaching and learning. Most recently, she led Faculty Voices, an initiative to engage community college faculty in the national completion conversation, and Community Colleges and Public Health, which is focused on the emerging role of community colleges in public health education. She has directed projects focused on the Learning College, learning outcomes, faculty professional development, open educational resources, secondary-postsecondary curriculum alignment, and the use of social media to build community at the two-year college.

    Dr. Wilson has authored or co-authored numerous articles, monographs, and books, and serves on the editorial board and as section editor (Exchange) for Community College Journal of Research & Practice. In 2012, she was awarded the ETS Terry O’Banion Prize for Significant Contributions to Improving Teaching and Learning. Dr. Wilson holds a MEd in history from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University), and a doctorate in educational administration with a concentration in community college leadership from The University of Texas at Austin.

    Andrea Salis, PhD, MA, CHES

    Andrea Salis is Chairperson and Associate Professor in the Health, Physical Education and Dance Department at Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Education and the Director of the Public Health associate degree program. Her research interests are primarily in the fields of behavioral health, cognition and exercise, as well as learning, motivation, and self-regulation. Dr. Salis earned an MA in Health Education and Promotion from CUNY Lehman College, and a PhD in Educational Psychology with a Specialization in Learning, Development, and Instruction from the CUNY Graduate Center. She has authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and given multiple presentations at national conferences. In 2017, Dr. Salis received The League for Innovation in the Community College’s Riegelman Award for Excellence in Public Health and Health Navigation Education in Community Colleges for her contributions to the field.

    Anuradha Srivastava, PhD

    Anuradha Srivastava serves as the Director and Co-Founder of the Public Health Program at Queensborough Community College (QCC) of the City University of New York (CUNY). Dr. Srivastava is also Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Geology. Her role has been instrumental in developing the program with a focus on the biological basis of public health. Under her co-leadership, the program was awarded the prestigious “2017 Riegelman Award for Excellence in Public Health Education and Health Navigation in Community Colleges” by the League of Innovations in Community Colleges Foundation, supported by the  Society for Public Health Education. Prior to joining QCC, Dr. Srivastava served as Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health, College of Public Health at University of South Florida. She has made impressive contributions in the field of global health, especially in the area of neglected tropical diseases and malaria while collaborating with scientists of international repute. Dr. Srivastava has made valuable contributions in the fields of biology and public health through her research in drug discovery, lead optimization, preclinical evaluations and clinical trials of antiparasitic drugs. Her current research focuses on effects of intra-uterine smoking on fetal brain development. She earned her MS in Biology from University of Rajasthan, India and PhD in Endocrinology from Central Drug Research Institute, India. Dr. Srivastava also gained valuable training in public health-related research as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Mississippi, and University of South Florida. She has been awarded several pedagogical and research grants. Through her projects, Dr. Srivastava engages her students in high-impact practices like collaborative assignment projects, service learning, global diversity learning, and undergraduate research. Her pedagogical and research endeavors have led to important publications in the field.

    Ayman El-Mohandes, MD, MBBCh, MSc, MPH, FAAP

    Ayman El-Mohandes is Dean of the City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH), a pediatrician, epidemiologist, and academician with a deep commitment to public service. He most recently served as the Dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Public Health. He is an established researcher in the field of infant mortality reduction in minority populations. Dr. El-Mohandes’ research focuses on population-based interventions in underserved communities both locally and globally. His publication record includes innovative approaches toward improving perinatal and neonatal outcomes in high-risk populations.

    Dr. El-Mohandes has served as a senior consultant on multiple global health services and public health interventions funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Asia Development Bank and the Government of South Africa. These projects included the “Healthy Mother Healthy Child” program in Egypt to upgrade obstetric and neonatal services in the districts with the highest infant mortality, a “Health Services Program” in Indonesia, and establishing the first school of public health for Black students in South Africa. He earned his MBBCh and both his MSc and MD in pediatrics from Cairo University, and his MPH in Epidemiology/Biostatistics from The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health . In 2015, he was elected to the Board of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, and in 2017, presented with the APHA Executive Director Citation Award. He is an elected member of the American Pediatric Society and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  • Learning Outcomes

    At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

    • Describe strategies for introducing and connecting community college students with four-year colleges and universities.
    • Describe strategies to help students transferring from community colleges succeed in four-year colleges and universities.
    • Describe strategies to recruit, retain, and support students of all backgrounds, especially students of color, LGBTQ students, and students living in poverty, to succeed in their educational pathways in public health.

Contact Information

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health 202-296-1099

info@aspph.org