8 episodes

Where people live and work, what they eat, how much they exercise (or don't), these factors all contribute enormously to the health of populations. So does policy, access to healthcare, and much more. Columbia Public Health Now asks Columbia faculty to weigh in on the public health challenges of today and consider their implications for the health and well-being of populations around the world.

This spring, we are exploring the novel coronavirus. COVID-19's global spread is without historical precedent, touching on all aspects of society. Join us as we attempt to unravel some of the mystery

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Where people live and work, what they eat, how much they exercise (or don't), these factors all contribute enormously to the health of populations. So does policy, access to healthcare, and much more. Columbia Public Health Now asks Columbia faculty to weigh in on the public health challenges of today and consider their implications for the health and well-being of populations around the world.

This spring, we are exploring the novel coronavirus. COVID-19's global spread is without historical precedent, touching on all aspects of society. Join us as we attempt to unravel some of the mystery

    COVID-19: Underestimating Mother Nature

    COVID-19: Underestimating Mother Nature

    Plant physiologist, Dr. Lewis Ziska, explains the intersection of climate change, food systems, and public health - and their relationship to COVID-19.

    • 19 min
    COVID-19: The Consequences of Piecemeal Responses

    COVID-19: The Consequences of Piecemeal Responses

    Dr. Jeffrey Shaman discusses his team's projections on the impact of social distancing and other strategies in limiting the spread of coronavirus infections. The models offer insights that are informing policy decisions and could point the way to a sound - and safe - COVID-19 exit-strategy.

    • 26 min
    COVID-19: US vs. Them: The Danger of Blame

    COVID-19: US vs. Them: The Danger of Blame

    Dr. Robert Fullilove explores the historical intersection of stigma, blame and pandemics and the public health import of staying rationally engaged, even during this period of information overload.

    • 14 min
    COVID-19: The Invisible Toll of the Pandemic

    COVID-19: The Invisible Toll of the Pandemic

    Dr. Diana Hernandez, a keen observer of the burden of health inequity on the poor and working class, explores how those communities are particularly impacted by the pandemic.

    • 20 min
    COVID-19: Health Systems (Dys)Function

    COVID-19: Health Systems (Dys)Function

    Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, a veteran of the HIV, tuberculosis and Ebola epidemics of the past decades, provides some perspective on the lessons learned from previous outbreaks and how knowledge is our greatest defense.

    • 19 min
    COVID-19: Next Moves, According to Science

    COVID-19: Next Moves, According to Science

    Famed “virus hunter” W. Ian Lipkin answers your questions about what a virus is, where did COVID-19 come from, and what’s on the horizon for potential treatments.

    • 14 min

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