Cheryl Healton

Cheryl Healton
Cheryl Healton

Dean of School of Global Public Health

Professor of Public Health Policy and Management

Professional overview

Dr. Cheryl Healton is responsible for building the School of Global Public Health’s academic, service, and research programs, which focus on domestic and international health with an emphasis on prevention, systems intervention, and innovation in public health practice.

Previously, as the founding President and CEO of Legacy – a leading organization dedicated to tobacco control – Dr. Healton worked to further the foundation’s mission: to build a world where young people reject tobacco and anyone can quit. During her time with Legacy, she guided the national youth tobacco prevention counter-marketing campaign, truth®, which has been credited with reducing youth smoking prevalence to near record lows. Legacy launched a national smoking cessation campaign, public education campaigns, technical assistance, and a broad program of grant making. Additionally, Legacy established the Steven A. Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Studies.

Prior to Legacy, Dr. Healton held numerous roles at Columbia University, worked to expand the scope of public health programs, and undertook innovative educational initiatives to advance public health practice.  

Through her research, she has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and special reports on public health related topics including HIV/AIDS, public health education, health policy, substance abuse, and tobacco. She was the founding chair of the Public Health Practice Council of the Association of Schools of Public Health and is an active member of the public health community, serving on the National Board of Public Health Examiners, the Betty Ford Institute, and Lung Cancer Alliance. She also serves on the Board of Directors at the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, and the Board of Directors at HealthRight International.

Dr. Healton has given presentations around the world and is a frequent commentator on national and local broadcasts and print news coverage of tobacco control issues.

Education

MPA, Health Policy and Planning, New York University, New York, NY
DrPH, Sociomedical Sciences (with distinction), Columbia University, New York, NY

Areas of research and study

Public Health Law
Public Health Policy
Tobacco Control

Publications

Publications

Barriers to Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment in the Dominican Republic: Perspectives of Focus Group Participants in the Santo Domingo Area

Liebermann, E. J., Van Devanter, N., Shirazian, T., Frías Gúzman, N., Niles, M., Healton, C., & Ompad, D.

Publication year

2019

Journal title

Journal of Transcultural Nursing
Abstract
Introduction: Cervical cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the Dominican Republic, and high rates persist despite existing Pap smear screening programs. The purpose of this study was to explore Dominican women’s knowledge and attitudes regarding human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer, cervical cancer screening practices, and perceived barriers and facilitators to early detection of cervical cancer. Method: Six focus groups (N = 64) were conducted in Spanish in urban, suburban, and rural locations, in private and public school settings, community and workplace settings, in or near Santo Domingo, as part of a larger study on barriers and facilitators to HPV vaccine implementation. Audio recordings were transcribed verbatim and translated from Spanish to English. Qualitative data analysis used inductive and deductive approaches. Results: Knowledge regarding HPV and cervical cancer varied across groups, but all agreed there was significant stigma and fear regarding HPV. Most women reported having Pap screening at least yearly. Follow-up of abnormal Pap testing was less consistent, with cost and uncertainty about provider recommendations identified as barriers. Discussion: Broader examination of provider-level and health system barriers and facilitators to cervical cancer prevention in the Dominican Republic is essential, in order to inform interventions to improve the effectiveness of cervical cancer screening and treatment programs and reduce preventable deaths.

Pedagogical Scholarship in Public Health: A Call for Cultivating Learning Communities to Support Evidence-Based Education

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Robbing Peter to Pay Paul with our Lives, Huffington

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To be ready for Ebola, hospitals need proper equipment, training and a plan

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Tobacco control since the 1964 Surgeon General's Report: Reflecting back and looking forward

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What would it really take to halt Ebola and prevent future epidemics?

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Public attitudes regarding banning of cigarettes and regulation of nicotine

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Who will deliver on the promise?

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Butt really? The environmental impact of cigarettes

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Depictions of tobacco use in 2007 broadcast television programming popular among US youth

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The Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium: a foundation-university partnership to reduce tobacco use.

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Tobacco and NIH: More than addiction

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Tobacco: An equal-opportunity killer?

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US attitudes about banning menthol in cigarettes: Results from a nationally representative survey

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Camel No. 9 cigarette-marketing campaign targeted young teenage girls

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Home and workplace smoking bans in Italy, Ireland, Sweden, France and the Czech Republic

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Menthol Cigarettes are Harmful

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Misinformation about tobacco

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Prohibiting menthol in tobacco products: A policy whose time has come

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The truth® Campaign: Using Countermarketing to Reduce Youth Smoking

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Why we should make menthol cigarettes history

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Cost-Utility Analysis of the National truth® Campaign to Prevent Youth Smoking

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Increasing youths' exposure to a tobacco prevention media campaign in rural and low-population-density communities

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Issues, priorities, and political implications for cancer: An organization's perspective

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The Strategic Dialogue on Tobacco Harm Reduction: a vision and blueprint for action in the US

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Contact

ch119@nyu.edu +1 (212) 992-2017 665 Broadway New York, NY 10012