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Columbia Grand Rounds Features NYC Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, and Leading Developer of Healthy and Environmentally Responsible Communities

Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health will hold a Grand Rounds lecture February 17th_on The Urban Landscape and Public Health. Speakers are Mitchell J. Silver​​, Commissioner, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and Jonathan F.P. Rose​, President, Jonathan Rose Companies. Each month, Dean Linda P. Fried invites distinguished change-makers to discuss society’s role in creating broad population health.

Mr. Rose focuses his company’s work on creating environmentally, socially and economically resilient cities. The firm’s work has won awards from a wide range of notable organizations and touches many aspects of community health; working with cities and not-for-profits to build affordable and mixed-income housing, as well as cultural, health and educational infrastructure. Mr. Rose served as a commissioner on Governor Cuomo’s NYS 2100 Commission, tasked with identifying strategies for the long-term resilience of New York State’s infrastructure post-Hurricane Sandy. His book, The Well Tempered City, will be published by Harper Collins in September 2016.

As Commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Mr. Silver oversees the management, planning and operations of nearly 30,000 acres of parkland, playgrounds, beaches, recreation centers, wilderness areas and other assets. The immediate past president of the American Planning Association, Mr. Silver is an award-winning planner and internationally recognized for his contributions to contemporary planning issues, cutting edge trends, and visionary plans, including the revitalization of neighborhoods in New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington. Mayor Bill de Blasio called him “a visionary,” with a “passion for fairness and equality…He understands that we have to ensure that parks and open spaces are available in every community.”

The lecture is open to the public and held on the Columbia University Medical campus, Alumni Auditorium, 650 West 168 Street, NYC 10032. A reception follows.

Talks are also broadcast live online. Participate using #FuturePublicHealth on Twitter. For more information visit: Grand Rounds 2015-16.