From the crowded sidewalks of Times Square to the horse stables of Van Corlandt Park where he occasionally rides, Dr. Andrew Goodman has witnessed the disparities that exist within and between NYC communities. As a population health expert, he works every day to close the gap between what we know and what we do to prevent disease and promote health.
After working at the New York City Health Department for more than 30 years, Andy joined the faculty of the College of Global Public Health as a Clinical Professor. He is currently working to develop a Center for Population Health Innovation, which will promote the widespread implementation of effective but vastly underutilized policies, practices, and programs.
"Over years I've learned that people underestimate what it takes to design, implement and evaluate evidence-based interventions in specific community settings. Our hands-on approach to implementation support will help organizations reach their prevention and population health goals, such as preventing chronic disease, and reducing health inequities."
Andy's core team of population health experts and affiliated network of experienced practitioners will offer technical assistance and implementation support to a wide array of organizations, provide training for students, policymakers and others, and conduct research. "This is an opportune time to launch a Center to efficiently serve the growing number of organizations in New York and around the nation, which are interested in developing population health interventions, but have limited staff and expertise to design, implement, and evaluate them" said Andy. "It is anticipated that the proposed Center will play an important role in helping these organizations reach their population health goals and accelerate progress towards both economic and health equity."
Currently, Andy is working with three organizations: the NYC Office of Labor Relations to design a workplace health program for 350,000 city employees, the 1199SEIU Labor Management Project to design and launch a new workplace and community health program to serve 1199SEIU healthcare workers; and the NYC Health Department's Bronx District Public Health Office to augment their community health activities.
Andy is also active in training the next generation of Population Health experts. As co-faculty of the CGPH Internship Program directed by Dr. Cheryl Merzel, Andy is also helping students find exciting internships and gain valuable insight into their experiences. In collaboration with Dr. Merzel, he has also launched an Applied Population Health Lab this past fall for MPH students. His small but enthusiastic team is assisting him in reviewing hospital community benefit plans in the Bronx. The purpose of this evaluation is two-fold: to determine whether the community benefit plans might align with the Health Department initiatives; and to see how the community benefit plans can be improved to have a greater impact on population health.
He was formerly the Deputy Commissioner for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In that capacity he oversaw the District Public Health Offices (DPHOs), the Office of School Health, the Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, Tobacco Control and Maternal Infant and Reproductive Health programs. He has served on numerous local, state and national expert advisory committees, including those addressing childhood lead poisoning and asthma.
He attended Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and completed a pediatric residency at the Residency Program for Social Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York. He also holds a Master in Public Health from Columbia University School of Public Health.
Dr. Goodman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.