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5% and Falling
Explore the public health crises that are threatening our families, our communities and our collective future… and the people who have devoted their careers to analyzing, uncovering and inventing new solutions.
I AM GPH
The I AM GPH podcast brings you community conversations from the New York University College of Global Public Health. From student internships to cutting edge faculty research, from alumni insights to the insider scoop on campus life… it's all right here on the I AM GPH podcast.
Episode 7: Activation
This is the final episode of Season 1 of the 5% and Falling podcast. In this episode, we investigate how empathy, knowledge and evidence come together to enable change, to reduce suffering and improve lives. Throughout this season, we brought you stories of public health in action, from the small town of Kabwe in Zambia to the bustling avenues of New York City. And the stories presented here are just the beginning. As you listen to this episode, maybe while you’re driving to work, cooking dinner, or riding the bus, we encourage you to take a moment and think about what causes motivate you. How can you make an impact in your community? Whose champion will YOU be? Thank you to our guests for this episode, Julie Avina, Julia Cartwright and Melody Goodman.
Episode 6: Domino
What happens when small events accumulate, build momentum and create an, unstoppable force? How can we put the lid back on pandora’s box? In this episode, we bring you stories about people who study the world’s most dangerous infectious diseases and how a group of brilliant minds in both government and academia are devoting their careers to tracking and preventing the next epidemic. Thank you to our guests for this episode, David Abramson, Natalie DeGraaf and Christiana Coyle.
Episode 5: Hypnosis
How do we make free choices in a world full of suggestion? What we choose to eat, drink and breathe directly affects how we nourish the cells within our bodies. In this episode we investigate the power of suggestion and the power of information (or misinformation), from nutrition labels to soda taxes, and tobacco addiction to obesity awareness. Thank you to our guests for this episode, Marie Bragg, Cheryl Healton, Alysa Miller and Marion Nestle.
Episode 4: Collision
What can happen when good forces collide? Who is helped? Who is left behind? In this episode, we discover what happens when multiple forces try to do good, share information and learnings from the field, and bring their expertise and resources to help the most vulnerable populations around the world. But despite our best intentions, how can we be sure those most in need don't get left behind? Thank you to our guests for this episode, Peter Navario and Tara Shirazian.
Episode 3: Blind Spots
How can we know what we don’t know? How do we measure what we cannot see? In this episode we bring you stories about how we research the hidden forces that affect our world. From social stigma across cultures to injustices in clinical drug trials, we shed light on the invisible subjects that lie at the root of our most urgent public health vulnerabilities. Thank you to our guests for this episode, Bernadette Boden-Albala, Melody Goodman and Lawrence Yang.
Episode 2: Dependencies
How do we exercise empathy? How can we better understand addiction and begin the healing process? In this episode we investigate the many shifting forms of addiction, and why the most vulnerable populations have the most to lose. Thank you to our guests for this episode, Cheryl Healton and Danielle Ompad.
Episode 1: Resilience
When faced with loss, how do we rebuild and heal? And when facing a tipping point and disaster is imminent, what do we do? In this episode, we bring you stories about people who have experienced disasters and held on, no matter what, to survive. From Hurricane Katrina to polluted drinking water to children inhaling lead particles, we ask: How do we bounce back from disaster? Thank you to our guests for this episode, David Abramson, Jack Caravanos, Bret Ericson, and Alexis Merdjanoff.
EP19 The Emp(a)t(h)y App with Natasha Puri
In this episode, we speak with Natasha Puri, an alumni of the NYU GPH undergraduate program. She talks about her experience at GPH, where she had the opportunity to create an app called Emp(a)t(h)y which connects college students experiencing anxiety, depression and other life and academic challenges with each other. The app serves as a virtual support group for students on college campuses. She also shares her experiences presenting this app at the United Nations with other innovators from NYU.
EP18 The Cross-Continental MPH Experience with Rory Curtin
In this episode, we speak with Rory Curtin, a Cross-Continental Master of Public Health student in the global health concentration at NYU GPH. She explains what the Cross-Continental MPH program is and her experience working with NGOs while in Ghana. She shares the differences in food, culture and workplace environment and how that might differ from a place like New York. She also goes into detail about how the Cross-Continental MPH experience differs from the two-year MPH program.
EP17 NGO Work with Alex Bragg
In this episode we speak with Alex Bragg, a 2017 MPH alumni of NYU GPH. She talks about her experience working at HealthRight International, which is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) affiliated with NYU. As a program officer at HealthRight she discusses her current work, her role within the organzation and sheds light on what the experience is like for interns at the HealthRight.
EP16 Individual Capstone Project with Anne Mattson
In this episode we speak with a second year Global Health MPH student who completed an individual capstone project in Prague. She speaks in detail about migrant women’s reproductive health. More importantly, she highlights the pros and cons of completing a capstone project alone and the amount of time, work and effort involved.
EP15 Human Rights Clinic with Lauren Pesso
In this episode, we speak with Lauren Pesso, LMSW, MPA, the former Director of the Health and Human Rights Clinic at HealthRight International. She talks about her work with asylum seekers and victims of torture, and provides resources for students who would like to get involved with health and human rights organizations around New York City.
EP14 Ending the Epidemic by 2020 with Charlie Ferrusi
In this episode and we talk to an NYU GPH Master of Public Health alum, Charlie Ferrusi. Charlie graduated in 2017 and currently works as a program manager at the New York State Department of Health, AIDS Institute. Charlie discusses his work on the campaign ending the epidemic. He shares his experiences about life after graduation and numerous opportunities available to students. Finally, Charlie talks about his experience being interviewed by CNN’s Sanjay Gupta about PrEP.
EP13 MapMob Project by the NYU mHealth Lab Research Group
In this episode, we feature the MapMob project by the NYU mHealth Lab Research Group headed by Dr. Thomas Kirchner, clinical-health psychologist and Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Science. He is joined by Research Scientist Avigal Vantu and Associate Research Scientist Hong Gao. MapMob is a participatory project that concerns neighborhoods and health and is partly funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NYU mHealth is now inviting students and residents to participate in this community engagement and research project by visiting mapmob.com, where they can discover this paid project details and consider joining.The project is designed to provide neighborhood residents with a new tool to learn about their day-to-day activities, and to study the way different neighborhood conditions affect the health and well-being of their residents.
EP12 Study Abroad with PhD Student Sasha Guttentag
In this episode we talk to Sasha Guttentag, a second year PhD student studying Epidemiology. Her public health interests are in health tech, behavior change and social Epidemiology. As a doctoral student she works in the mHealth Lab, is a member Doctoral Advisory Committee and founder of NYU chapter of YouthMappers.
EP11 Mehreen Arif, NYU Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights Recipient
In this episode we talk to Gallatin Award recipient Mehreen Arif, who is a Master of Public Health student in the Global health concentration at NYU GPH. She shares powerful stories of her summer research experience working with Tibetan refugees in Kathmandu, Nepal. Mehreen also gives advice on how to apply to the Gallatin fellowship award, and shares what she learned and had to unlearn from doing research she had never done before.
EP10 The Tobacco Research Lab with Dr. David Abrams, Dr. Raymond Niaura and Mahathi Vojjala
In this episode, we speak with faculty facilitators Dr. David Abrams and Dr. Raymond Niaura and Research Lab Manager Mahathi Vojjala from the Tobacco Research lab. They describe their work in the lab, the impact tobacco has had on various populations and how their research can inform policy tobacco laws. In the lab, students engage in a variety of projects and study multiple aspects of tobacco use, including epidemiology, interventions, and marketing, as well as learn crucial research skills, such as grant writing, literature reviews, and analysis strategies.
EP09 Exploring Bottleneck Analysis with Pratik Sourav
In this episode we talk to Master of Public Health student Pratik Sourav about Bottleneck Analysis. We learn what it is, how it's conducted and the important role bottleneck analysis plays in impacting the health of entire populations. Pratik highlights his experience working side by side with officials from the World Food Programme in Professor Chris Dickey's course "Systems Approach To Food Access", and how he leveraged his experience in the course to boost career opportunities at NYU.
EP08 International Student Life at NYU with Shalom Igwe & Ayushi Bhargava
In celebration of the 2017 International Education Week (
#iew2017) we talk with two international students, Shalom Igwe and Ayushi Bhargava who are both second year Master of Public Health students at NYU GPH. They shared insights into their experiences as NYU students, and how they adjusted to a new environment and built up their social networks both inside and outside the classroom.
EP07 Adefunke Ajenikoko, Ellen Gstalder Memorial Scholarship Winner
In this episode, we talk to the recent Ellen Gstalder Memorial Scholarship Winner Adefunke Ajenikoko, a second year Master of Public Health Nutrition student. She describes her current research in nutrition and highlights the many ways good (or poor) nutrition impacts all aspects of public health.
EP06 The Applied Global Public Health Initiative Lab with Kiera Bloch & Pratik Sourav
In this episode we spoke with Kiera Bloch and Pratik Sourav, who are two Master of Public Health students at the Applied Global Public Health Initiative Lab, which is led by Faculty Facilitator Dr. Chris Dickey. We discussed their experience working in the Lab and the currently trending public health topics they are researching. They gave us a glimpse into the day-to-day activities in the student-run Lab, and what qualities they look for in prospective members of the Lab.
EP05 The Future of Gene Editing with Siddhartha Mukherjee and S. Matthew Liao
In this episode we're featuring an excerpt from a recent lecture given by Pulitzer prize-winner Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee. Dr. Mukherjee is best known for his 2010 book "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" and his 2016 book called "The Gene: An Intimate History". On October 10, 2017 Dr. Mukherjee visited New York University to give the Inaugural William C. Stubing Memorial Lecture called “Are We Ready to Edit Our Genomes?” where he presented a snapshot of the past, present and possible future of gene editing, and raised many scientific, humanistic and ethical questions about this rapidly evolving field. Also joining us on this podcast is S. Matthew Liao, the Director of the Center for Bioethics here at NYU GPH and also the Arthur Zitrin Professor of Bioethics. Stay tuned after listening to Dr. Mukherjee's lecture, as Professor Liao will be joining us in the second part of the episode with some thoughts and reflections about this complex and exciting field of work.
EP04 Interning at the NYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene with Amila Samarabandu
In this episode we spoke with Master of Public Health student Amila Samarabandu about his experience interning at the NYC Deptartment of Health and Mental Hygiene. We also discuss how science shapes our thinking and the many ways one can engage with science in our social media interconnected world.
EP03 Interning at the UN Medical Services Division with Sonakshee Shree
In this episode, we talk to Sonakshee Shree, a second year Master of Public Health student at New York University. She describes her experience as an intern at the United Nations general assembly, how she landed her internship at the UN and how prospective students can best position themselves to be attractive internship candidates. For those interested in interning at the UN, this episode is particularly important as it contains detailed steps of when to apply and what to include in the application process.
EP02 Networking Inside and Outside NYU with Dipali Unadkat
In this episode, we talk to Dipali Unadkat, a seasoned Doctor from Kenya and a second year Master of Public Health student at NYU. We talk about her experience interning at the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) a prestigious organization in Seattle, WA, as well as how she has managed to network within the New York University community and what resources have been invaluable to her success. She also explains how graduate students can maximize their time here at NYU.
EP01 Health and Human Rights at NYU with Mehreen Arif and Lindsey Killett
In this episode, we speak to the Executive Director of the Health and Human Rights association (Lindsey Killett) and a member of Justice Initiative (Mehreen Arif) on their work at NYU. We focus on health as a human right, why advocating for human rights at this time is very important and how students can get involved with these organizations.