The Population Health Symposium was a one day mini conference on Friday, November 2nd, 2018.

This event aimed to build interdisciplinary relationships between population health scholars on the hill to flyer for Population Health Symposiumgenerate proposals for external funding. The day consisted of lightning round research talks by faculty members from SU, SUNY Upstate, and SUNY ESF, and highlighted the resources and focus of research centers at the institutions. Participants had the opportunity to brainstorm ideas for specific funding proposals during break out sessions centered around major themes: Child & Maternal Health, Environmental Health, Addiction & Mental Health, Veterans, Trauma, & Violence; Disability; and Health-Related Policy.

Check below the photos to see the slides presented in the lightning talks and Center Directors Panel.

The Population Health Symposium was a CUSE Grant project convened by: The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, Aging Studies Institute, Falk College, SUNY Upstate, and SUNY ESF.




Presenters and powerpoints:

Click on the hyperlinks to view presenters’ websites or presentation slides.

Center Resources Panel

Len Lopoo: Director, Center for Policy Research & Maxwell X-Lab, Maxwell School, SU (slides here)

Janet Wilmoth: Director, Aging Studies Institute, Maxwell School and Falk College, SU

Meera Adya: Senior Director of Research and Evaluation, Burton Blatt Institute, College of Law, SU

Christopher Morley: Chair, Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, SUNY Upstate (slides here)

Margaret Bryant: Director, Center for the Urban Environment, SUNY ESF

Moderator Shannon Monnat: Director, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, Maxwell School, SU (slides here)


Community Partners Panel

Jeanette O’Connor: Director, ACR Health

Alexandra Punch: Former Director of Drug User Health, ACR Health

Mary Pagan: PhD Candidate in SociologyMaxwell School, Adjunct Faculty in Exercise Science, School of Education, Better Life Missions

Rachel Murphy: Director of Food and Nutrition Services, Syracuse City School District

Laurie Black: Director, Early Childhood Alliance Onondaga


Research Lightning Talks (AM session)

  • Arthur Owora: Assistant Professor of Public Health, Falk College, SU
    • “Modeling Developmental Origins of Health and Disease” (0:56)
  • Andrew London: Associate Dean and Professor of Sociology, Maxwell School, SU
    • “Childhood Cancer and Adult Health: A Life Course Perspective” (6:10)
  • Brooks Gump: Professor of Public Health, Food Studies & Nutrition, Falk College, SU
    • “Environmental Exposures and Child Health Outcomes” (12:00)
  • Mary Collins: Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, SUNY ESF
    • “Linking Industrial Emissions to Cancer” (17:20)
  • Tina Lupone: Instructor of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, SUNY Upstate
  • Rachel Fabi: Assistant Professor of Bioethics & Humanities and Public Health & Preventative Medicine, SUNY Upstate
    • “Sanctuary: Promoting Safety in the Clinical Setting for Undocumented Patients” (26:48)
  • Amy Caruso Brown: Assistant Professor of Bioethics & Humanities and Pediatrics, SUNY Upstate
    • “Health Disparities in the Care of Children with Cancer: Does Bias Lead to Delays in Diagnosis?” (31:45)
  • Louis Columna: Associate Professor of Exercise Science/Physical Education, School of Educ., SU


Research Lightning Talks (PM session)


Population Health Symposium Organizers:

  • Shannon Monnat, SU
  • Janet Wilmoth, SU
  • Dessa Bergen-Cico, SU
  • Mary Collins, SUNY ESF
  • Travis Hobart, SUNY Upstate
  • Leah Moser, SU
  • Jordana Gilman, SU/SUNY Upstate


We thank the Syracuse University Office of Research for supporting this symposium through a 2018 CUSE Grant. The purpose of the intramural CUSE (Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence) Grant Program is to enhance interdisciplinary collaborations, to grow the research enterprise and enhance scholarship at Syracuse University to increase extramural funding and high-quality scholarly output. The program is designed to support faculty in becoming competitive in securing external funding and sponsorship.