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Brittney VincentMPH Student, Ms. Brittney Vincent, Publishes Op-Ed, “Strategic Management Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic” in NOW Grenada

May 2021

Read the full article in NOW Grenada >

The Op-Ed is part of an assignment for PUBH 5201. Read more about the course and access other MPH students' Op-Eds > 


Beatrice HyppoliteMPH Student, Ms. Beatrice Hyppolite, Publishes Op-Ed, “America’s Historical Failure to Prepare for National Emergencies Perpetuate Inequalities” in Blavity

April 2021

Read the full article in Blavity >

The Op-Ed is part of an assignment for PUBH 5201. Read more about the course and access other MPH students' Op-Eds > 


COVID Vaccine in IsraelDr. Aimee Afable Comments on Israel COVID Vaccine Rollout, Citing the Need for a More Centralized Medical Data Collection and Greater Efforts to Bring Healthcare to People to Help Fight COVID in the U.S.

April 2021

Read the full article "In Israel, Life Gets Closer to 'Normal'" in MedPage Today >


NYC Hospital CenterDean Dr. Kitaw Demissie Suggests Household Crowding May Have Contributed to Differing COVID Infection Rates

April 2021

Read the full article "Antibody Rates among Black and Hispanic New Yorkers are Double Those of Others, New Estimates Show." in The New York Times > 



Research Pulse April 2021 Issue CoverSPH Faculty Highlighted in Quarterly Newsletter from the Office of the Senior Vice President of Research

April 2021

Read the April 2021 Edition of Rsearch Pulse > 





Russell DowlingDrPH Student, Russell Dowling, Co-authored a Study on Air Pollution and Stunting

April 2021

Read Russell Dowling's full article "Ambient and Household Air Pollution on Early-Life Determinants of Stunting—A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis" in SpringerLink > 




Distinguished Academy LogoDrPH Student, Ayanna Besson, Serves as Student Panelist at SUNY Distinguished Academy Inaugural Webinar

April 2021

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The Accidental Safety Pro Podcast LogoDrPH Student, Eric Persaud, Interviews with The Accidental Safety Pro Podcast to Share Experience and Research on Opioids and COVID-19 in the Workplace

April 2021

Listen to Mr. Eric Persaud's Interview > 


COVID-19 ImageDean Dr. Kitaw Demissie Shares Thoughts with New York Amsterdam News on Recent COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Cases

April 2021

Read the full article in New York Amsterdam News > 




Main Street PatrolDrPH Student, Bianca Rivera, Helps Launch and Becomes Chief Operations Officer of Main Street Patrol—Organization to Fight Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

April 2021

Read full article in SUNY Downstate President's Bulletin >

Visit Main Street Patrol website to learn more > 

Check out Main Street Patrol's Instagram to find latest updates >

Read recent coverage in New York Daily News > 

Read recent coverage in AP News > 


Bioterrorism Report Cover PageSPH Alumnus, Dr. Donell Harvin, Co-authored and Presented at International Conference the report of the Counter Terrorism Preparedness Network (CTPN), "Bioterrorism: Applying the Lens of COVID-19”

April 2021

Read the full CTPN report > 

Read Dr. Harvin's Alumni Spotlight interview >

See latest updates from CTPN > 


Dr. Kitaw DemissieDean Dr. Kitaw Demissie and Two New York State Senators Publish Op-Ed in Bklyner to Discuss The Racial Cost of NYC’s COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout

April 2021

Read the full article in Bklyner > 




Dr. Janet RosenbaumDr. Janet Rosenbaum Featured in SUNY Downstate President’s Bulletin for Groundbreaking Study on HIV Prevention for Alcohol-Using Young Black Women

April 2021

Read article in SUNY Downstate President's Bulletin > 

Read Dr. Rosenbaum's study in American Journal of Preventive Medicine >

Read NYU Press Release > 



Global HealthNew Program at SPH: Advanced Certificate in Climate Change and Planetary Health

April 2021

Read Program Description >

Read SUNY Downstate Press Release > 

Applications will be accepted via SOPHAS Express for enrollment in the Fall 2021 semester.

For more information, please contact Dr. Laura Geer, Program Director at


Nicole M. GolbariMPH Student, Nicole Golabri, Publishes Op-Ed in The Jerusalem Post - 'Lessons from Israel's Vaccination Strategy'

April 2021

Read Nicole Golabri's article >

The Op-Ed is part of an assignment for PUBH 5201. Read more about the course and access other MPH students' Op-Eds > 



Dr. Michael SzarekDr. Michael Szarek Represents SUNY Downstate at the ASCO Genitourinary Cancers Symposium and Interviews with CancerNetwork on the Impact of Tivozanib (Fotvida) 

March 2021

Watch Dr. Szarek's interview on the Outcomes of a Q-TWiST Analysis From the Phase 3 TIVO-3 Study >

Watch Dr. Szarek's interview on Research Areas of Focus for Tivozanib in RCC >


Dr. Simone ReynoldsDr. Simone Reynolds Honored with Dr. Dale Blackstock Excellence in Mentoring Award in Celebration of National Women's Histroy Month for Contribution in Promoting Diversity and Inclusion 

March 2021

Read more about Dr. Reynolds >



Mr. Eric PersaudDrPH Student, Eric Persaud, Publishes Peer-Review Commentary Article in NEW SOLUTIONS: A Journal of Environmental and Occupation Health Policy

March 2021

Read the full article "Needlestick Injuries Among Healthcare Workers Administering COVID-19 Vaccinations in the United States" in the Journal of New Solutions >




Ms. Briana EpiscopiaMPH Student, Briana Episcopia, BS, RN, CIC, First-Authored Article Published in ScienceDirect American Journal of Infection Control

March 2021

Read the full article "Trends in Healthcare Facility-Onset Clostridioides difficile Infection and the Impact of Testing Schemes in an Acute Care Hospital System in New York City, 2016-2019" in ScienceDirect >

Dr. Marlene Camacho-RiveraDr. Marlene Camacho-Rivera Selected as One of the Recipients of the "40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health" Award for 2021 

March 2021

Read the National Minority Quality Forum press release >

Read the full announcement in President's Bulletin > 




Dr. Sergios-Orestis KolokotronisDr. Sergios-Orestis Kolokotronis Discusses Coronavirus, Variants, Mutation and Evolution in One-Year Follow-Up Panel Interview with North Carolina State University

March 2021

Read the full interview in NCSU Applied Ecology News > 

Read last year's NCSU panel interview featuring conversations with Dr. Kolokotronis and other scientists on coronavirus >



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