As Hurricane Sandy stormed up the East Coast on Monday, October 29th, students, faculty and alumni of the City University of New York School of Public Health at Hunter College faced the same challenges as other New Yorkers: finding a safe place to stay and protecting their families and property. But as Sandy moved north, some took on a new role: taking action to help others recover from the storm and protect their health. To profile these activities, the School of Public Health’s Distinguished Professor Nicholas Freudenberg recently asked four individuals –of the many more who were active in Sandy relief—to describe what they did and what they learned.
Dr. Franklin Mirer was a member of the working group for IARC Monographs Volume 101, just posted in full. The monograph, which classified 18 chemicals as carcinogens, was authored by the members of the working group. Dr. Mirer had substantial input into the assessments of DEHP (a plasticizer and suspected environmental estrogen widespread in the [...]
Alen Agaronov: Then things got interesting. Hurricane Sandy was not expected to have the effect that it did. Manhattan Beach, Gerritsen Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach, and Downtown Manhattan (including the South Street Seaport) were hit the hardest. Decks and patios from Breezy point landed on Manhattan Beach. A FULL BAR FROM BREEZY POINT LANDED [...]
The survey provides the calorie information of snacks and on-board menu choices, “best bets” and gives each airline a “Health Rating.” This year Virgin America wins the top spot with the “healthiest” choices in the sky, with Air Canada a close second and Alaska Air not too far behind. American and JetBlue are improving, United and Delta still not up to par. Frontier and Allegiant received the lowest scores, were the least cooperative and received low health rating.
Hunter College is seeking nominations for the third annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize. This award was created to recognize one individual and one nonprofit organization in the New York metropolitan area for outstanding accomplishment in the field of urban public health
Last week the Environmental, Occupational Health and Safety (EOHS) faculty at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College united with the Metropolitan American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and the Occupational Health and Safety Association (OSHA) to begin a collection drive for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
A study published in today’s [Monday, Oct. 29] Archives of Internal Medicine finds that per capita Medicare spending on the elderly has grown nearly three times faster in the United States than in Canada since 1980. (Canada’s program, which covers all Canadians, not just the elderly, is also called Medicare.) Cost grew more slowly in Canada despite a 1984 law banning co-payments and deductibles.
Congratulations to May May Leung and our graduate Nutrition Student Club for a terrific job coordinating the various activities on the 2nd Annual Food Day. We visited several classes at the Global Technology Preparatory Middle School in our neighborhood and had ~200children join in the crunch. Our students also handed out ~125 apples to community [...]
Mental health needs fly under the radar, with fewer than one-half of persons with diagnosable conditions receiving the treatment they need. While 21st century approaches to public health have increasingly focused on healthy living with diet, exercise, smoking cessation, and access to preventive health care, there is a growing evidence base to incorporate mental health into our nation’s public health agenda.