Public Health

The CU AMSA Public Health Committee will meet Wednesdays at 9PM in 413 Hamilton Hall (Fall 2013)

Contact: (Sophie Jo and Nathan Yueh, Public Health Co-Chairs 2013-2014)

The CU AMSA Public Health Committee is committed to promoting public health through education and volunteer activities on campus and in the community. Our two main goals are: outreach (providing better access to healthcare, information and treatment, through volunteer activities) and policy (educating ourselves and others about public healthcare policy, debates and theories.) Our activities include:

Weekly Meeting – At weekly meetings, we discuss a current public health-related article, as well as plan future committee events. Weekly meetings are also time for committee members to bond and get premed advice from upperclassmen. Also, free food!

Stop AIDS in its Tracks – a monthly trip on the 1 train to pass out free condoms and information pamphlets on how to prevent HIV and receive free testing.

Policy Talks – professors, practitioners and healthcare professionals are invited to give talks on health insurance, policy and public health models.

Midterm Mental Health – This is a fun event in which we provide an outlet for the Columbia community to relieve midterm stress through various entertaining activities. This year we are planning to provide fun games and music, as well as other stress-relieving activities. Other resources such as CU Psychological Services are also distributed during this event.

Past articles:

“When Surgeons Leave Objects Behind” (

“In a Drug linked to a Deadly Meningitis Outbreak, a Question of Oversight” (

“The End of the Autism/Vaccine Debate?” (

Please check back at this page for more upcoming events! If you are interested in joining the committee or pursuing a collaboration, please contact: (Sophie Jo and Nathan Yueh, Public Health Co-Chairs 2013-2014). Hope to see you at our meetings!

Upcoming events

Stay tuned!

Past Events

Spring 2012 Midterm Mental Health Break collaboration with CNS Mental Health Week- See below for pictures!

Habitat for Humanity and CU AMSA Public Health are having a wonderful speaker event tomorrow night. More information below:
1 billion people live in urban slums.
1.6 billion people live in inadequate shelter.
80% of people can’t prove their property rights, and by 2030, 2 billion people will live in slums.
Come learn about how to address the
Challenge of Shelter in a Rapidly Urbanizing World 
a lecture event with Professor Elliott D. Sclar.

Professor of Urban Planning at SIPA,
director of the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia’s Earth Institute,
and coordinator of Taskforce on Improving the Lives of Slum Dwellers for the UN Millennium Project.

By the middle of the century, 3 of every 4 people living anywhere on the planet will be living in cities.  The pace of urban population growth is running far ahead of the need infrastructure and shelter to service and house this growing population. Prof. Sclar will explore the dimensions of this problem and discuss some of the solutions in his lecture.

Wednesday, February 15th 

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Broadway Room, 2nd floor Lerner Hall

Q&A to follow.
Refreshments will be served.
Hope to see you there!

Panel Discussion: The Economics of Health Technology 
Healthcare and innovation are two words that are not often found in the same sentence. However, in a time of evolving healthcare reform plans, escalating costs, increasingly competitive and regulatory markets, data liberation, and coverage gaps, innovation is needed more than ever in the healthcare field.

The collaboration of various agents, companies, and organizations is essential to the field’s growth. It is one feat to develop ground-breaking medical technology and health information technology, but it is yet another feat to find funding, mitigate risk, and implement that technology in an economically-viable and demographically equitable manner.

In this question-based discussion, Business School Professor Lorraine Marchand (Healthcare and Pharmaceutical), Public Health School Professors Fred Hyde and Tal Gross (both Policy and Management) will be discussing the trends, risks, innovations, and opportunities in the economics of health technology. Coming from diverse areas of specialization, the panelists represent the kind of interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration necessary in this ever changing field.

Come join the Public Health Committee of the CU American Medical Students Association (as well as the many co-collaborating groups) in what promises to be a stimulating conversation about a truly exciting field.

Panel discussion will be followed by a brief networking opportunity

Wednesday, December 7
8:00 – 9:30
209 Havemeyer

Journal of Global Health Collaboration

The Role of Indian Health Service, policy talk collaboration with Native American Council:  presented by Dr. Tom Sequist: Associate Professor of Medicine and Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Director of Research at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, and committee member of Harvard Medical School Admissions. Focusing on disparities in American Indian Health:

Central Harlem Health Revival Fair – a community fair promoting healthy habits and increasing accessibility to healthcare in the community

Contagion, a movie based on Mailman School of Public Health Professor Ian Lipkin’s expertise to accurately portray disease spread and disease control agencies in existence

Healthcare Reform Act – attended an informative talk on the Healthcare Reform Act implications at Central Harlem Hospital.

Fall 2011 Midterm Mental Health Break – our most successful Midterm Mental Health to date. See below for pictures.

Midterm Mental Health, Fall 2011!

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