This podcast is brought to you by the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy in New York City. Each episode focuses on an aspect of health and social justice that affects our daily lives. Learn from expert faculty, researchers, alumni and students on how public health policy, advocacy and practices can benefit our ever-evolving community, and our world.
You don't have to work in healthcare or have a PhD to understand these topics. We break them down for you and give you practical tips to make a difference, big or small.
Unlocking opportunities to fund your public health degree and kickstart your career (Episode 22)
Unlocking opportunities to fund your public health degree and kickstart your career, with Andrea Isabel Lopez, MPH ‘20
Are you looking to pursue a career that supports a cause close to your heart but don’t know where to start?
In the latest episode of the Making Public Health Personal podcast, host Laura Meoli-Ferrigon speaks with Andrea Isabel Lopez about her inspiring journey to success after graduating with an MPH in community health from CUNY SPH. Andrea is currently project manager for the Latinx Arts Consortium of New York and Rita Allen Civic Science Fellow with Ciencia Puerto Rico.
Listen in for valuable advice on building a lucrative career in public health, incorporating personal passion into your work, and unlocking opportunities for scholarships and fellowships to maximize your graduate school investment. Don't miss this inspiring episode that explores the intersection of personal commitment and professional achievement.
Find Andrea and Connect on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreaisabellopez/
Ciencia Puerto Rico: https://www.cienciapr.org/
Civic Science Fellows: https://civicsciencefellows.org/
Download a transcript of this episode for accessibility: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/jhytyx7ea5mhw7i7kx1vv/Episode-22-Transcript.docx?rlkey=guw3nz6lte0jn5n44jxuoza5b&dl=0
Embracing Future Tech and AI for Better Health with Dr. Bruce Y. Lee (Episode 21)
Embracing Future Tech and AI for Better Health with Dr. Bruce Y. Lee
Have you ever wondered who has access to your data when you let your devices track your steps, food intake and heart rate (among other things)? Should we be afraid of artificial intelligence (AI) chat bots replacing doctors? On this episode of the Making Public Health Personal Podcast, host Laura Meoli-Ferrigon speaks with Bruce Y. Lee, MD, MBA, about the benefits and disadvantages of advanced technology and AI, and how to embrace technology for a better future. Dr. Lee provides invaluable insights for how to make sure you’re getting the most relevant and personalized diet and exercise recommendations from your apps. We discuss current trends and new innovations in advanced technology and communications, including precision nutrition, public health communications, AI in education, Virtual/Augmented Reality (VR/AR) and much more. Listen in as we embrace the transformative potential of technology in improving health outcomes and making a tangible impact on communities worldwide.
Bruce Y. Lee, MD, MBA Dr. Lee is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at CUNY SPH where he is the Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Technology and Communication in Health (CATCH) and the Artificial Intelligence, Modeling, and Informatics for Nutrition Guidance and Systems (AIMINGS) Center which is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and serves as the AI Center for the NIH’s Nutrition for Precision Health (NPH) Consortium. He is a systems modeler, professor, writer, journalist, an expert in computational and digital health and artificial intelligence who has authored over 255 scientific publications focused on developing and using new systems, computational, and AI/modeling methods. Dr. Lee writes extensively for the general media including the NY Times, HuffPost, Time and The Guardian, among many others. He is a senior contributor for Forbes, has a blog for Psychology today and his work and expertise has been featured on television, radio and other forms of media.
Find out more and connect with Bruce Y. Lee: https://sph.cuny.edu/about/people/faculty/bruce-y-lee/
Read his articles on Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/?sh=2b62dbbd7068
Follow Dr. Lee on X: https://twitter.com/bruce_y_lee
Download a transcript of this episode for accessibility: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/5wlrpx2y5yh0xwf5dg5ep/Ep21-transcript.docx?rlkey=qrmko3door1kf1rnwedv3tac7&dl=0
The most pressing global health threat you may not have heard about yet (Episode 20)
The most pressing global health threat you may not have heard about yet, with Jeffrey Lazarus (Episode 20)
Join host Laura Meoli-Ferrigon on this episode of the Making Public Health Personal podcast with our esteemed guest Jeffrey Lazarus. He is a professor of global health in the Health Policy and Management Department at CUNY SPH, and a research professor at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) in Spain. His decade-long career as a health systems, HIV and viral hepatitis expert at The World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Europe was followed by three years at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He currently serves as co-chair of the HIV Outcomes Beyond Viral Suppression coalition, a member of the board of directors of the SHARE Global Health Foundation and as a member of the Global NASH Council and the EASL Public Health and Policy Committee, where he leads the global Healthy Livers, Healthy Lives coalition. Professor Jeff is the author of more than 300 publications centered around liver health, viral hepatitis, HIV and COVID-19.
In today’s episode, we’ll discuss the most prevalent liver disease in human history, and why it is largely unknown to the general population. Formerly referred to as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, metabolic dysfunction–associated steatotic liver disease (MASLD) affects an estimated 38% of the global adult population, and around 13% of children and adolescents.
Professor Lazarus sheds light on the significance of assigning a new name and diagnostic criteria to this disease. Discover preventive measures, reversal strategies, and the need for integrative services to transform global liver health. Join us for an eye-opening conversation, and learn how we can combat this silent epidemic.
Learn more and connect with Jeffrey V Lazarus: https://sph.cuny.edu/about/people/faculty/jeffrey-lazarus/
Professor Jeff’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/jvlazarus?lang=en
Professor Jeff’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffrey-v-lazarus-42a86a/
American Liver Foundation Honors Professor Jeffrey V Lazarus, PhD with the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award: https://liverfoundation.org/resource-center/blog/american-liver-foundation-honors-professor-jeffrey-v-lazarus-phd-with-the-distinguished-scientific-achievement-award/
Integrated management of HIV, diabetes, and hypertension in sub-Saharan Africa: a pragmatic cluster-randomized, controlled trial: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(23)01573-8/fulltext
A multisociety Delphi consensus statement on new fatty liver disease nomenclature: https://www.journal-of-hepatology.eu/article/S0168-8278(23)00418-X/fulltext
NAFLD — sounding the alarm on a silent epidemic: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41575-020-0315-7
It is time to expand the fatty liver disease community of practice: https://journals.lww.com/hep/fulltext/2023/11000/it_is_time_to_expand_the_fatty_liver_disease.2.aspx
A global research priority agenda to advance public health responses to fatty liver disease: https://www.journal-of-hepatology.eu/article/S0168-8278(23)00323-9/fulltext
Download a transcript of this episode for accessibility: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/fd3rlkerereywwbhgu6am/Ep20-Transcript.docx?rlkey=f5ml0aoumgrt71piugp182kri&dl=0
Data-driven public health preparedness: The career evolution of Mustafa Ali (Episode 19)
Host Laura Meoli-Ferrigon speaks with Mustafa Ali, MPH, CPH, Director of Risk and Analytics at NYC DOHMH Office of Emergency Preparedness & Response. Mustafa received his BA in environmental justice from the CUNY Baccalaureate program and a master of public health degree from Hunter College, which later became the CUNY School of Public Health.
In this episode, Mustafa Ali shares his insights into the evolution of GIS, mapping and other data analysis technology since graduation, shedding light on how he has managed to stay at the forefront of these changes to advance his career. Mustafa presents a unique perspective on how his job transformed during and after the COVID-19 pandemic and offers invaluable advice for individuals looking to embark on a fulfilling career in public health.
Tune in to explore the dynamic intersection of technology, public health and personal growth with Mustafa Ali, and discover the keys to navigating this ever-evolving field. Subscribe now to Making Public Health Personal for more engaging discussions that bring public health closer to home.
Connect with Mustafa on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mustafali
Career Opportunities at NYC DOHMH
Pipeline to Preparedness & Community Preparedness Fellowships: https://www.gc.cuny.edu/educational-opportunity-and-diversity/pipeline-program
Community Preparedness Program:
Solomon Fellowship: https://www.nyc.gov/site/em/about/john-d-solomon-fellowship-public-service.page
HRTP: A Public Health Internship Program at the NYC Health Department: https://www.nyc.gov/site/doh/about/employment/hrtp-internship.page
CDC Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Cooperative Program: https://www.cdc.gov/orr/readiness/phep/index.htm
Empowering communities to navigate health equity with alumna Shanaz Hosein-Chery (Episode 18)
Empowering communities to navigate health equity with alumna Shanaz Hosein-Chery | Making Public Health Personal Podcast Ep18
Join host Laura Meoli-Ferrigon on the Making Public Health Personal podcast as she speaks with CUNY SPH alumna Shanaz Hosein-Chery MS, CHES, a certified community health education specialist with nearly a decade of experience in public health. Shanaz's work focuses on health communication, social determinants of health, health disparities, health equity and social justice.
As director of the Health Information Tool for Empowerment, operated by the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), Shanaz and her team ensure equitable access to healthcare resources for communities. She describes the challenges of overcoming healthcare barriers after immigrating to the United States from Trinidad and Tobago at the age of eight, and how the experience influenced her commitment to public health equity.
In this episode, Shanaz also offers expert advice on navigating the accuracy of public health content, empowering listeners to confidently assess information online. Whether you're a seasoned public health professional or aspiring to enter this field, our guests’ wisdom and experiences provide invaluable guidance and inspiration to make a difference.
Learn more about the Health Information Tool for Empowerment: www.HITEsite.org
View Shanaz’s Portfolio: https://hoseinshanaz.wixsite.com/portfolio
Connect with Shanaz on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shanazhosein
Download an episode transcript for accessibility: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/rwlkcftmr55e9h88yusbd/Ep18-transcript.docx?rlkey=bqejfw8zd7aatsnrs7mkeibdn&dl=0
Interested in finding out more about the CUNY SPH? Visit: SPH.cuny.edu
Behind the rat battle: A public health career tale with Christine Gargano, MPH ‘22 (Episode 17)
Welcome to a brand new season of the Making Public Health Personal Podcast, hosted by Laura Meoli-Ferrigon. Today’s guest is Christine Gargano, a Case Manager at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Learn how Christine's dedication and hard work is shaping a healthier future for New York City and beyond.
As a recent recipient of the Neighborhood Rat Reduction Award and the Distinguished Service Award for her pivotal role in the COVID-19 pandemic response and the "Key to NYC" initiative, Christine brings a wealth of experience and passion to the table. She works tirelessly in the Bureau of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, where she confronts one of NYC's most common yet challenging health issues - rodents.
In this episode, Christine shares invaluable advice for anyone seeking to change careers and make a meaningful impact in the field of public health. We'll delve into her transition from a career in finance to her true calling in public health. Discover how being authentic and genuine during her job interview landed her the dream role, and how her previous experience in finance became an unexpected asset in her current position.
Also, she explains how she pursued her Master's in Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences from CUNY SPH while juggling a full-time job. Christine's expertise in identifying and analyzing environmental and occupational health threats, particularly rodents in our bustling city, will give you fascinating insights you never could have imagined.
Connect with Christine: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christine-gargano-714a3b181/
Find out more about career opportunities at NYC DOHMH: https://www.nyc.gov/site/doh/about/employment/job-search.page
Download an episode transcript for accessibility: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/fxhrvkbjthzx62we3a7hk/Episode-17-Transcript.docx?rlkey=x5ac604jwz5ptlh52bkac4yjl&dl=0
Interested in finding out more about the CUNY SPH? Visit: SPH.cuny.edu