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26th Annual Minority Health Conference

Mary Northridge, Ph.D. M.P.H.

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Mary Northridge, Ph.D. M.P.H.
(6th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecturer)

A leading public health expert and epidemiologist, Mary E. Northridge, PhD, MPH, is currently Associate Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She is also Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Public Health (Journal)-- the preeminent peer-reviewed public health journal in the world--and the author or co-author of over 80 articles, book chapters, and editorials.

Dr. Northridge is a graduate of Columbia University (PhD - epidemiology), the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Rutgers University (MPH - environmental health), Morristown Memorial Hospital (MT - medical technology), and the University of Virginia (BA - biochemistry). She began her career at the Harlem Health Promotion Center where she has worked for over a decade. She currently serves as a faculty member and dissertation sponsor for the Urban Planning Program (Director – Dr. Elliott Sclar), a member of the Columbia Center for the Health of Urban Minorities (PI – Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo), and a Co-Investigator for the Legacy/Community Voices Management Team (PI - Dr. Marguerite Ro).

Cover of the September 2003 issue of the AJPH devoted to the Built Environment and Health. Click to view table of contents.In 1999, Dr. Northridge was named editor-in-chief of the Journal, and thus became the first woman, the first PhD, and the first active researcher to hold this leadership position. She has enriched and diversified the editorial team, which now includes practitioners and researchers from national and international health agencies, academics from various institutions and disciplines, and committed colleagues who cross color lines and national boundaries. In addition, she has actively recruited guest editors to work with her and the formal editorial team to publish landmark issues on underrepresented topics, including Dr. Ilan Meyer for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health, Mr. Michael Bird for Indigenous Health, and Dr. Richard Jackson for Built Environment and Health. Her vision is expressed in the lead editorial for the January 2004 issue devoted to Peace: “If we are to contribute to social change that eliminates health and other inequalities, we need to continue to enlist committed and devoted public health partners inside and outside the health sector to work with us. The Journal is our forum for advancing this cause.”

At the Mailman School of Public Health, Dr. Northridge is involved in community-based participatory research on environmental and social determinants of health, scholarly and practical applications of joint urban planning and public health frameworks, and advocacy and teaching around environmental and social justice issues. She is presently working with colleagues at Harlem Hospital Center, Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc., and Columbia University on a population-based health intervention entitled, The Harlem Children’s Zone Asthma Initiative. Together with her colleague Dr. Elliott Sclar, Dr. Northridge teaches an interdisciplinary course on Urban Environmental Planning: The Basis in Public Health and chairs a university seminar on Urbanism and Public Health.

diamond.gif (73 bytes) Slides of Dr. Northridge's presentation available for download (slides)

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American Journal of Public Health's September 2003(Volume 93, Issue 9) issue devoted to the built environment and health. (Table of contents)
Features a selection of articles on built environment and health including “Slums, Slum Dwellers, and Health” by Elliott D. Sclar and Mary E. Northridge.

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Journal of Urban Health's December 2003(Volume 80, Issue 4) issue has a special section featuring 5 related articles on built environment and health. (Table of contents)
Features 5 related articles on built environment and health including “Sorting Out the Connections Between the Built Environment and Health: A Conceptual Framework for Navigating Pathways and Planning Healthy Cities” by Mary E. Northridge, Elliott D. Sclar, and Padmini Biswas.

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American Journal of Health Promotion's Sept/Oct 2003 issue - Special issue on Health Promoting Community Design (Table of contents)
“The vast majority of the American public is sedentary, despite two decades of programs to encourage them to exercise. This special issue provides a conceptual, methodological and research base for the emerging field of “health promoting community design,” and “active living by design”... a strategy of designing workplaces and whole communities to engineer activity BACK INTO people's lives.”



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