ICAP at Columbia University and the Dalio Center for Health Justice at NewYork-Presbyterian Launch New Fellowship to Train Health Professionals to Respond to Epidemics and Other Health Emergencies

Nov 9, 2020

New York, NY

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ICAP at Columbia University and the Dalio Center for Health Justice at NewYork-Presbyterian announce the launch of the REACH (Responding to Epidemics and Crises in Health) Fellowship. This innovative, one-year program will provide a select group of NewYork-Presbyterian staff across a variety of health disciplines an opportunity to learn how to predict, manage, and lead robust responses to complex health emergencies, including emerging infectious diseases and other health crises.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into a sharp focus the need to train a new generation of health professionals fully equipped to manage the complexities of sudden health crises, especially those involving emerging new infectious diseases,” said Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA, founder and global director of ICAP, the global health center at Mailman School of Public Health. “The REACH fellowship will leverage the expertise of NewYork-Presbyterian and ICAP to provide comprehensive training to enable health workers to react and respond quickly and confidently to a wide range of health emergencies.”

“I am keenly aware of the commitment, hard work and sacrifice our staff has made and continues to make to address COVID-19,” said Dr. Steven J. Corwin, President and Chief Executive Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian. “The REACH Fellowship will allow us to distill the lessons learned during this pandemic and to work towards creating institutions and a workforce that is ready and prepared to address the challenges of tomorrow.”

The REACH fellowship will offer a range of approaches to bring the fullest level of education and training to the fellows. This will include tailored coursework, lectures and case studies around topics such as global health, epidemiology, social determinants of health, epidemic preparedness and response, and health communication, as well as skill-building seminars. Fellows will be paired with expert mentors and peers as they work on capstone projects relevant to their specific discipline and interest.

Candidates will be nominated by their senior vice presidents at NewYork-Presbyterian and will be drawn from a highly competitive pool of early and mid-career professionals from across the NewYork-Presbyterian enterprise. Nominees will be welcomed from a wide array of disciplines including, but not limited to, nursing, medicine, social work, laboratory services, infection prevention and control, facilities, logistics and supply chain, surveillance, workforce health and safety, and public relations/communications.

Nominations will be accepted in November 2020, for a start date in late January 2021.

About ICAP

A global health leader since 2003, ICAP was founded at Columbia University with one overarching goal: to improve the health of families and communities. Together with its partners—ministries of health, large multilaterals, health care providers, and patients—ICAP strives for a world where health is available to all. To date, ICAP has addressed major public health challenges and the needs of local health systems across more than 30 countries.

About the Dalio Center for Health Justice

The Dalio Center for Health Justice at NewYork-Presbyterian is dedicated to understanding and improving health equity, addressing health justice, and driving action that results in measurable improvements in health outcomes for all. The center aims to reduce health disparities that disproportionately affect communities of color. A convener, collaborator and grantor, the Dalio Center for Health Justice brings together renowned experts in diverse fields to fuel change and support health justice among NewYork-Presbyterian team members, our patients and communities, and ultimately local and national policy.
The Dalio Center for Health Justice was established with support from Dalio Philanthropies, whose founder, Ray Dalio, is a NewYork-Presbyterian Trustee and an important thought partner behind the Center.


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