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Columbia: Public Radio Host Randy Cohen to Interview ICAP Country Director

Former New York Times Magazine editor of “The Ethicist” column Randy Cohen, who is now host of the popular public radio program Person Place Thing, will interview Blanche Pitt, MSc, South Africa country director for ICAP at Columbia Mailman School o­f Public Health about a person, place, and thing that have influenced her life and career. The event will be held on October 29th and coincides with ICAP’s 15th Anniversary activities.

A South African national with a graduate degree in health education and health promotion, PItt is a public health specialist with over 25 years’ experience in both government and NGO health sectors. She is highly experienced in project design and management and is an expert at building strategic partnerships with key stakeholders and partners as well as national health leaders.

Since 2015, Pitt has served ICAP as the regional project director for the PHIA project – a groundbreaking global effort that undertakes population-based HIV impact assessments in 14 countries. Prior to her current roles, Pitt was ICAP’s country director in Lesotho, where she headed up a highly successful portfolio of projects focused on the scale up of HIV/TB and HIV care and treatment. Earlier, she held country director positions with The African Medical and Research Foundation in both South Africa and Tanzania. From 1998-2001 she served as director of Health Promotion within the National Ministry of Health in South Africa.

Cohen’s 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. Previous interviewees at Columbia Public Health include Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, director of ICAP; Richard Besser, president and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and formerly of ABC News; and Dr. Thomas Farley, former New York City Health Commissioner.

WHEN: October 29, 2018, 6pm ET

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