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About: "The Politics of Health Care"Michael S. Sparer/Columbia InteractiveIn this short video, Michael S. Sparer talks about his e-seminar series The Politics of Health Care. Although many Americans express concern and often anger about the state of the nation's health-care system, far too few of us understand why and how the system functions. In his six-part e-seminar series, Prof. Sparer demystifies health care in the United States.
Epiville: Epidemiology Training EnvironmentMailman School of Public Health and the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and LearningStudents play the role of epidemiologists, gathering facts and deciding actions to curb an outbreak that has struck the fictitious town of "Epiville". The simulation uses digital video newscasts and interviews and municipal Web sites to provide information about commerce and diseases in an attempt to mirror real-life situations. Three different simulations map onto three different types of epidemiology study designs -- case control, ecological, and cohort studies. Interactive quizes enhance this resource.
Gateway to Cancer Alley
David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz/Columbia InteractiveThis photographic essay depicts a series of plants lined up along the Mississippi River in a region that became known as "Cancer Alley."
Global Health Online Directory
Earth Institute at Columbia UniversityEasily searchable by location, subject, project leader, program type, and funding source, this directory lists worldwide public-health projects and programs involving Columbia University.
Go Ask Alice!Alice! Columbia University's Health Education ProgramGo Ask Alice! is Columbia's health question and answer Internet service, which works to increase access to, and use of, health information by providing factual, in-depth, straight-forward, and nonjudgmental information to assist readers' decision-making about their physical, sexual, and emotional health. Topics include relationships, fitness and nutrition, alcohol, nicotine, and drugs.
Guide to Breast Care
Columbia University College of Physicians and SurgeonsThis animation, part of The Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Guide to Breast Care, illustrates the three phases of breast self-examination. Karen Karen Schmitt, director of Columbia's Breast Screening Health Partnership, explains each phase in detail
HIV Prevention and Treatment Research
CUMC's HIV Prevention and Treatment Research unit conducts vaccine studies and sets new standards of care for HIV patients.
International Programs Directory
Columbia UniversityThe International Programs Directory is a searchable index of ongoing international programs involving Columbia University faculty, staff, and students.
Investing in Science and Technology: Strategies for Successful Sustainable Development
Earth InstituteAt the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002, Columbia University researchers presented scientific advances in critical areas where immediate investment is required to relieve extreme poverty and get ahead of global climate change risks.
Letter from Dr. Rex Wilson Regarding AcroosteolysisDavid Rosner and Gerald Markowitz/Columbia InteractiveLetter from B. F. Goodrich physician Rex Wilson to a colleague, regarding acroosteolysis in factory workers (November 12, 1964).
Letter from Mrs. Emmers to President Franklin RooseveltDavid Rosner and Gerald Markowitz/Columbia InteractiveIn her letter to President Franklin Roosevelt, Mrs. Emmers (pseudonym) describes how lead poisoning ruined the health of her daughter and her husband (1933).
Plastics in the KitchenDavid Rosner and Gerald Markowitz/Columbia InteractiveThe wonders of household plastics are revealed in this DuPont industrial film set in "Plasticstown" (1950s).
Public Health and BioterrorismGerald Fischbach, Nita Lowey, Ezra Susser, Stephen Morse, W. Ian Lipkin, Bradley PerkinsAt a conference on April 2, 2002, politicians, physicians, and mental health professionals came together at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health to reflect on what they've learned from the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and how to move forward. They conveyed the important role played by the public health system–a system that has been accused of being underfunded and neglected–and argued the need for improved funding and preparedness training.
Research Forum on Children, Families, and the New FederalismSchool of Public HealthAccess a large database containing detailed information about over 200 research projects related to welfare reform, poverty and other social issues, as well as many free publications.
The Dutch Boy Conquers Old Man Gloom: A Paint Book for Boys and GirlsDavid Rosner and Gerald Markowitz/Columbia InteractiveAs part of its "cater to the children" campaign, the National Lead Company produced coloring books with stories about the adventures of the Dutch Boy. In this 1929 booklet, narrated by Gerald Markowitz, the Dutch Boy takes on Old Man Gloom.
The Manufacture of PVCDavid Rosner and Gerald Markowitz/Columbia InteractiveThis Flash animation shows how basic elements such as oil, salt, and water undergo a series of transformations and recombinations to become PVC.
Timeline: PVC, Industry, and Health
David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz/Columbia InteractiveThis timeline tracks the key events in the relationship between the development of PVC and industry promotion of plastics at the expense of public health.

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