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Talks at Twelve: Alexander Gravis, Genevieve Meredith, and Amelia Safi, Friday, February 2, 2018

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A New Paradigm for Public Health Training at Cornell
Alexander Gravis, Genevieve Meredith, and Amelia Safi, Cornell University

Friday, February 2, 2018
12:00-1:00 PM
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room

In the fall of 2017, Cornell launched for the first time a Master of Public Health Program, building on a rich tradition of public health research and teaching across its many colleges and schools. Locally and globally we are facing complex and urgent public health needs, due in part to accelerating environmental change and social divides. To prepare public health leaders of the future—leaders who ensure the health of current and future populations—student trainees must be equipped to understand and act upon the inextricable, dynamic links between human health and the environment’s health. The new Master of Public Health training program aligns with recently-transformed national accreditation criteria designed to maximize the public health impact of its graduates. Our program is founded on the planetary health paradigm, with guiding principles of sustainability, equity, engagement, and applied research and practice.

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Climate change and vulnerable populations

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filibertoThe elderly are one of the most vulnerable populations during a natural disaster. They are more likely to be disabled, have fewer resources, and struggle more during harsh weather. The extreme weather brought on by climate change impacts elderly populations to a greater degree.

David Filiberto, who studies aging and the environment in the BCTR, was quoted in a recent article on vulnerable populations and climate change:

David Filiberto, PhD, a research associate at Cornell University’s Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability, whose work focuses on how climate change affects vulnerable populations, said the aging population has doubled globally since 1980 and is projected to reach 2 billion by 2050.

“As you age, prevalence for disability increases,” Filiberto told The Nation’s Health. “Heat-related, cold-related and other weather-related deaths have the potential to show a substantial increase for people age 75 and older as the frequency of these events increases.”

David Filiberto is involved in research focused on aging and the environment, currently implementing and disseminating the Retirees in Service to the Environment (RISE) program in the Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging in the BCTR. He is an evaluator and social scientist with expertise in research methods, particularly the design and administration of survey instruments. David’s research focuses on sustainability and the effects a changing climate has on vulnerable populations.


Vulnerable populations at risk from effects of climate change: Public health working to find solutions - The Nation's Health





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