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Columbia Hosts Interview of Former NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley on Public Radio with Randy Cohen

Former New York Times Magazine editor of “The Ethicist” column Randy Cohen, who is now behind the popular public radio program Person Place Thing, will interview former New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley at the Mailman School o­f Public Health about a person, place, and thing that are meaningful to him. The event, to be held January 28th, is sponsored by the Department of Sociomedical Sciences’ Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, which conducts research, education and service to improve health promotion and health communication practices.

Tom Farley, MD, MPH, is the CEO of the Public Good Projects, a media effort to improve the health of the nation.  From 2009 to 2014, he was the Health Commissioner for New York City.  In those years, he advocated for innovative public health policies in New York City, including making the city’s parks and beaches smoke-free, prohibiting price discounting of cigarettes, raising the legal sales age of tobacco to 21, capping the portion size of sugary drinks sold in restaurants at 16 ounces, and restricting the burning of air-polluting fuels to heat buildings.  Using mass media to deliver powerful messages to promote health, Dr. Farley led the effort for creating the “Pouring On the Pounds” sugary drink ads, introducing the “Two Drinks Ago” campaign to reduce binge alcohol drinking, and developing a series of hard-hitting ads on the health consequences of smoking.

Randy Cohen wrote “The Ethicist” column for The New York Times for 12 years. His public radio interview show is based on the idea that people are particularly engaging when they speak about something they care about. Guests are leaders in the arts, humanities, politics, and science.

Where: Hess Commons – Allan Rosenfield Building, Mailman School of Public Health, 722 West 168th Street. New York, NY 10032