Feed on

When I called up Stefania few days ago, I couldn’t believe my ears when she disclosed her plan of  looking beyond Children Aid Society!  She is one of the sources of inspiration for me who motivates  me to work for community whenever I think of food, whenever I am on the dinning table, whenever I pour food into the plate, and whenever I grab apple or any of fruits or vegetables.  She came as panelist  to our school, and since then we were super connected; she happens to be the MPH advisory board member. It was her last day with Children Aid Society today , after offering CAS eight years productive service.  SP aka chef, I don’t know, I am not sure, whether I will see Childrens Aid  Society  through the same specs , specially when you are not there.

Thanks for inspiring me, helping me, advising me…. thanks for being around!

Firstly,  I would like to thanks  Hon Dean, all panelists and specially Danielle Bottalico for illuminating this event. In light of career, this event was important for public health students.I am glad Danielle got wonderful guidance of Dr.Johnson, Dr.Maroko and Dr.Juliana Maantay. In our case( community health track) , unfortunately, we had to complain against then capstone instructor for many times ( the same scenario when instructor instructed  another course).  I wish present administration urge Dr.Tsui to teach capstone course for community track.

Dr.Maroko well justified the title during his turn as speaker. Event was moderated by Dr.Mary Huynh. There were many known panelists.

The event attraction , of course, was Dinielle Bottalico, medical student and the most importantly , the first graduate of GIS . To me, she was the best student of MPH program, and I wish I had honor of sharing class with her.

GIS is innovative software to visualize data, and it has uses in many areas, from health, business to criminology. While explaining uses of GIS, Hon.Dean Dr.ElMohandes illustrated how geography determines disease if someone is contracted hepatitis C from Egypt. He simplified how epidemiology and GIS are interrelated. When we turn over history pages , of course,John Snow features in the association between geography and disease and , I was delighted when Dean mentioned his name.

Let’s come back to Danielle, who travelled all the way to New Orleans to present her research work what she did at both Lehman College and Albert Eintein College of Medicine. I hope she is sponsored again to travel New Orleans to represent Lehman college and specially GIS department. There are very few MPH programs in the United States which specialize students in GIS.

Thanks very much to enthusiastic dean, all guests , faculty and studentS. I would like to express my special thanks to Donna for her truly hard work in managing event singlehandedly

First and foremost, we would like to express our ton of thanks to Hon. Dean Dr.Mohandes, especially for sharing some good news of CUNY SPH:   engagement with department of health (faculty will get contracts for programs); and CUNY’s acceptance for prevention research center.

Secondly, thanks very much to Dr.Alice Welch and Dr.Lucretia Jones for not just attending the meeting, but also adding valuable suggestions. It was nice to see Dr.Welch again, as  just two weeks ago I attended her oral presentation and then poster presentation at Mount Sinai Epidemiology conference. I wish both of them gets invitation as  guest lecture to share their research work (at NYCDOH) for CUNY SPH students . Also Thanks to doctoral student Allan Uribe for taking exclusive interest in board activities.

I still have to go through the constitution distributed by Kate. Fund raising and wide participation from all CUNY SPH schools highlighted the discussion.

We need to make our alumni association strong as par with other schools such as NYU, and  Columbia University. Number speaks the volume, So we can make our presence felt strong in Public Health arena.   As alumnus, I hope Lehman comes up at same level with Hunter college, especially when Dr.Huynh and Dr.Tsui have taken the leading role, and I am optimist.

Finally thanks to everyone who made whatever possible contribution to the event.




It was my second annual breakfast at PHANYC.  As usual, I was among the early birds at the venue.

Panelists included Dr. Mary Bassett, New Health Commissioner of New York City ; Dr. Howard Zuker, ; The First Deputy Commissioner of Health New York State;  Lois Uttley, Director of Raising Women’s voices; Jeffery LeFrancois,  Chief of staff to council member Corey ohnson; and Richard Gottfield  , Assembly member.

In her 10 minutes talk, Dr.Bassett appreciated  the role of PHANYC in public health advocacy. She also mentioned the proposed budget cut for the Department of health  “Under article 6, state department is considering to reduce the budget to the health department.  Department may lose 5 million dollars. “ She also added to work on the  Nurse Practitioner’s regulation.  Responding to the question from Garcia,  she applauded the role of district public health offices . she says,” I am the fan of policy intervention in the support of  making healthy choices easier.” Addressing disparities in New York city.  She  stressed on engaging communities. Dr. Zucker stressed on the support for the NYS Prevention Agenda 2013-17.

It was great time engaging event. Lets see what is stored for us when new brains have already taken  driving seat in setting up and implementing policies. Hope for the BEST!

The topic was breakfast which was really appealing title (18th Feb). I was the third person to reach the venue, just after Dr.Poppendick and Paulett Johnson.  Before starting of the program, I had brief conversation with Johnson over what type of breakfast they serve for inmates. It’s rare occasion to see Dr. Freudenberg in audiences. Either he moderates panel or part of panel.

Panelist included Paulette Johnson, Director of Department of Correction; Lynn Loffin, Chef at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House; Emma Tsui, Professor at Graduate center CUNY;  Jessica  Wurwarg, staff with NYC department of housing preservation and  development  and Brian Goldblatt, staff with GrowNYC.

Paulette Johnson provided good attention grabbing statistics. Department of Correction provide meal to 62,000 inmates, that means 62,000 households are somehow stakeholders of their food policy. Department of correction provides religious and cultural food( Vegan, Halal etc). In 2013,  Department of Education served one hundred and seventy million meals. Brian Goldbelt said that their organization run more than 50 green markets in this city. Since Dr.Poppendick was moderating the event, she added on her own domain of school meals. She said thet the quality of school meals has improved in last few years. When there was point to include spinach in meals, Lynn Loffin was reluctant because of paucity of infrastructure and space. Dr.Tsui and Jessica shared their research work at NYC food policy center.


Because of time constraint I had to leave the venue skipping my hobby of  connecting with researchers. However, I met MT (student from Columbia university) with whom I share common friend (doctorate student) Click


Valentine’s Day Tips

Whether you plan to celebrate on your own or with someone special, use these tips to give a gift of health to you or someone you love on Valentine’s Day and all year long.

Send a Health-e-Card to your valentine!

Be heart-healthy.

Make A Date With Your Heart! February is American Heart Month, and Valentine’s Day is a great time to start taking steps to be heart-healthy.

  • Prevent and control high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
  • Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke.
  • Limit alcohol use.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Be active.
  • Eat healthy.

February is American Heart Month

Heart Disease Prevention: What You Can Do

Quit Smoking Today

Million Hearts™

Be food-conscious.

Consider making a healthy meal for Valentine’s Day. Serve food lower in salt and fat content, provide more fruits and vegetables, and make less sugary sweets for an overall healthy Valentine’s Day.

Consume Less Sodium

Healthy Recipes

Healthy Eating for a Healthy Weight

Nutrition for Everyone

Beyond Chocolate: Love Your Health on Valentine’s Day

Spread love, not germs.

Protect yourself from the cold and flu.

  • Wash hands often.
  • Avoid close contact when you or someone you know is sick.
  • Get your flu vaccine.

Prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancies.

  • Abstain from sex.
  • If you choose to have sex, use latex condoms which can lower the risk for some STIs and unintended pregnancy.
  • Having a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner may help lower your risk.

Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives

Take 3 Actions to Fight the Flu

Birth Control Guide

HIV/AIDS Fact Sheets

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Unintended Pregnancy

Be prepared for travel.

If you are going on a romantic getaway, be prepared.

  • Are vaccinations required?
  • Are there special items such as sunscreen or insect repellent that you will need?
  • If you take medications, do you have enough for the trip?
  • If you’re going on a cruise, learn the sanitation inspection scores for specific ships. Know what’s happening en route or at your travel destination.

Go easy on the bubbly.

If you drink alcohol, do so only in moderation. Excessive alcohol use has immediate effects that increase the risk of many harmful health conditions. It is also the third leading cause of preventable death. Don’t drink and drive or let others drink and drive. Women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should not drink any alcohol.

Alcohol: Frequently Asked Questions

Binge Drinking

Drinking and Driving: A Threat to Everyone

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)

Be safe.

Gear up. Are you considering a new, potentially risky, or unsafe activity? Be sure to use appropriate safety gear, including seat belts, life vests, and helmets to help prevent injury.

Watch the sparks. If you decide to cook a romantic dinner, light some candles, or have a cozy fire, don’t leave them unattended.

Be aware. Women are more likely to be victims of sexual violence, including intimate partner violence, than men. Risk factors such as drinking alcohol and using drugs are associated with a greater likelihood of violence.

Injury and Violence

Fire Deaths and Injuries

Intimate Partner Violence Prevention

Sexual Violence Prevention

Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter Weather

Be sensitive.

Consider that your valentine may have allergies, asthma, diabetes, or other health conditions. You can be sensitive to your valentine by finding out if certain foods, flowers, pets, stuffed animals, or anything else might affect his or her health.

Asthma and Allergies

Take Charge of Your Diabetes

Healthy Pets, Healthy People



Science is advancing, and every disease is experiencing  new mode of management, thanks to clinical investigators! First and foremost achievement is minimal invasive surgeries for early stage of RCC. Two decades ago, surgeons were insisting on  total nephratomy which was followed by partial nephrectomy. But now, nephrons can be saved and with minimal invasive surgeries, carcinoma can be treated. Another important achievement is availability of multiscpecility care in RCC management. Thanks to radio-imaging modalities. there is early diagnosis of RCC, which of course, helped in improved survival rates! 

I went NYU two years ago for global health event, it was talk by young scientist  who did extensive research in Ghana. I didn’t have the knowledge of the person who was supposed to give the lecture. I found the topic of  event interesting.

Dr.Karen Grepin, PhD in policy from Harvard School of Public Health, did global health research in Ghana. I started following her on Twitter sometime I guess three months ago. But a week ago only, I searched her  in PUBMED. ‘HIV donor funding has both boosted and curbed the delivery of different non-HIV health services in sub-Saharan Africa.“. Here both ‘boosted and curbed wonderful mixing of two opposite words fetched my attention . I exchanged tweets with Dr.Grepin.


My brief commentary on the article..

“There is common feeling among researchers and even African leaders that HIV received more attention then other problems like Malaria and infectious diseases. There are still more deaths are reported from Malaria than HIV. So why  there is attention on HIV only? Funding for HIV is strikingly high. It jumped from 10 billion in 2000 to 27 billion in 2010. Compared to other diseases and burden, HIV gets relatively more attention in light of media coverage and funding. Estimated 6.6 million HIV people were receiving ART by 2010. Dr.Grepin really touched the untouched idea in her article. Her research could be guidance in formulation policy. O the other hand it makes sense, because HIV has brought down average expected life in certain countries from 55 to 38( I think Bostwana).

Author in this article discussed the positive and negative effect of HIV funding on non-HIV services. It positively affected prenatal blood sampling of pregnant mothers. However, it negatively affected immunization services.

I think author would have included the effect on  services provided for malaria and other infectious diseases.  I hope she has ideas in mind to include those  services in her future research. Inclusion of maternal health services was well justified. Half of deliveries were done by unskilled people, which further raise eyebrows and warrant further allocation of funding from HIV to non-HIV resources. . Perhaps paucity of data restricted author to include those things.

Since Author considered WHO data for immunization services, I think data for malaria and other infectious diseases are also available.

Overall, this article is very interesting , specially it touched HIV funding through NEW ANGLE, which kept my interest intact from the  abstract to conclusion.



Cancer and LGBT

I attended one day conference in Sloan Kettering Hospital yesterday(18th Jan),  the topic was “cancer in LGBT”.  During one of important lectures, Shane Snowden, Director of health and aging program, spoke on the barriers to care for LGBT people. PhD doctor Dr.Kamen,  shed light on cancer in  LGBT living iwht HIV. I thought he would speak on the clinical aspect, it was more centered on the psychological aspect though. Since I didnt have proper sleep on the Friday night, I was not able to concentrate during few  lectures.

Mount Sinai hospital has special few credit hours(do not remember) for medical students on  the LGBT health. I think it would be good idea to make it part of curriculum for all medical graduates so that there won’t be any unknown discrimination against LGBT people. It is even more important  when foreign medical graduates apply for further education in USA. Just imagine health care providers coming from the countries with rigid values. I think, keeping this reality in mind, foreign medical graduates should be  educated about it in initial stage of their training program.

I, myself , hail form a country which recently took back step in the cause for LGBT, the Supreme Court of India recently justified the punishment. In my starting days of the stay in the USA, honestly, I was carrying the views what Indian majority holds, but deep insight inti it opened my mind so much  to think that sexual majority or minority both are human being, so why there should be discrimination against sexual minority?

Being part of public health community, I am committed to the work for social justice. Hence, though belong to the SEXUAL MAJORITY,though belong to the country which do not have positive approach to the cause, I have deep concerns for LGBT community.

I am glad I attended this conference and opened my MIND.

Today is MLK day and I am just doing brief research on Dr.Martin Luthor King(MLK)’s  contribution to the social uplift-ment/social justice.  We already know that poverty is very important component of socioeconomic status, and it is the root of health inquality, MLK spent his final years in abolition of poverty in all sections.

If we search poverty AND socioeconomic status, we get 6854 results in PUBMED. Similarly, if we search poverty AND health inequality. we get 24696 results. Beckle et al vividly describe the relation of socioeconomic status and health outcome (PUBMED ID 24264484).

As public health professionals, we should be grateful to the work  and efforts of MLK for the cause of social justice. SInce I am busy in my present research and my knowledge in this area (social change in USA) is very little, social scientists might shed more light on it.

What this is to do with social epidemiology? I would say “web of causation”.


“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” MLK, 1966.(Sandro Galea MD PhD, Chair Epidemiology,Mailman School of Public Health,on Twitter).





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