Led by Wafaa El-Sadr (University Professor and Director of ICAP and the Global Health Initiative (GHI) at the Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH)) and Arthur Rubenstein (Professor and former Dean of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania), the GHI-CGPI Seminar Series on the Intersection between Communicable (CDs) and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) seeks to examine widely discussed views of CD and NCD topics, reflect on them through the contexts of global public health and public policy, and identify common experiences and shared lessons that might inform approaches to improve health outcomes globally. This project was affiliated with the Columbia Global Policy Initiative in 2013.
In 2014-2015, three seminars were organized that engaged a number of relevant speakers and co-sponsors from across Columbia University. There were 14 presenters and/or panelists, from various Columbia schools, departments and centers, as well as other organizations such as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Vitality Institute.
For the 2015-2016 academic year, project staff continues to plan seminars on potential topics, such as injuries, urban health, building upon the lessons of HIV treatment, and more. The project continues to develop a compendium of all the seminar discussions, which incorporates new information and learnings from each seminar. The compendium aims to extend the impact of the seminars’ rich discussions beyond the project timeline.