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Columbia to Hold Alumni Summit for Public Health Leadership

The Mailman School of Public Health is holding the Eighth Annual Alumni Summit for Public Health Leadership for alumni and faculty and their guests on Thursday, June 9th. The event kicks off with a series of panels on Topical Discussions in Public Health: Access to Care & Population Health; Climate and Health; and Social Inequalities in Health. Following the discussions, there will be a cocktail reception and dinner.

  • Access to Care & Population Health: Healthcare options for the uninsured and the delivery of mainstream population health in the future. Speaker: Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Climate and Health: The impact of climate change nationally and globally. Speakers: Darby Jack, PhD, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Jeffrey Shaman, PhD, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences
  • Social Inequalities in Health: The social environment’s effects on the health of communities in the U.S. Speakers: Robert E. Fullilove, EdD, Associate Dean for Community and Minority Affairs and Dana March, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

The Alumni Summit culminates with the presentation of the Allan Rosenfield Alumni Award for Excellence, which recognizes the achievements of outstanding alumni and their leadership in the field of public health. This year’s recipient is John A. MacPhee, MBA, MPH ’12.  After a 20-year successful business career, MacPhee dedicated his professional life to supporting emerging adults as they grow into thriving adults. His career change began with a return to school at the Mailman School of Public Health where he graduated from the Health Policy and Management Department’s Executive Program. He currently servers as the Executive Director/CEO of The Jed Foundation (JED), a national nonprofit that exists to protect the emotional health of high school and college students and reduce the risks of substance abuse and suicide. JED’s programs and resources are used by thousands of schools and reach tens of millions of young people.  He remains involved with the Health Policy and Management Department by serving on its Alumni Advisory Board, participating as a judge in Columbia University’s Healthcare Case Competition, and by providing career advice to current students. MacPhee earned his BA from Columbia College and his MBA from New York University.

Dean Fried will also present Carlos A. Cuevas, MPA ’12, MPH ’12 with the inaugural Outstanding Recent Alumni Award, selected for his exceptional contributions in the field of public health and service to the Mailman School as Chair of the Alumni Board Development Committee where he leads efforts to raise funds for student scholarships. Cuevas graduated from the Health Policy and Management Department in 2012 and now serves as the Senior Policy Advisor to the New York State Medicaid Director. He oversees the planning and financing of various health care initiatives pertaining to New York State’s $59 billion Medicaid Program. Most recently, Cuevas was selected as a member of the New York State Healthcare SWAT team enacted by Governor Cuomo to assist the island of Puerto Rico to develop a proposal to transform its Medicaid Program. This past Fall, he was recognized by the University’s Trustees for his efforts and received the Richard E. Witten Award for Volunteer Leadership. Cuevas earned his BA from Columbia College and his MPA from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.

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