Health Equity: Shaping Just Societies

Fri, Mar 23    1pm

Health Equity: Shaping Just Societies presents efforts from the global to the local focused on addressing health inequities. Panelists highlight the ways in which institutions, policies, programs, and practices at multiple scales are working to achieve health equity through urban planning and public health practices.

Keynote lecture by Jason Corburn, Professor of City & Regional Planning, UC Berkeley, followed by panel discussion.

Nupur Chaudhury ‘11 MPH, Program Officer, New York State Health Foundation
Malo Hutson, Associate Professor in Urban Planning, Columbia GSAPP
Mandu Sen, Program Manager, Regional Plan Association

Moderated by Justin Garrett Moore '04 MSAUD, Executive Director, New York City Public Design Commission, and Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia GSAPP

Free and open to the public.
Online registration is now closed. Seating is first come, first served.

Nupur Chaudhury '11 MPH is a bridge builder and translator in the fields of urban planning and public health. For more than ten years, she has developed and implemented strategies to support residents, communities, and neighborhoods challenge power structures to build just, strong and equitable cities. She has led coalition building efforts after Superstorm Sandy, redeveloped power structures in villages in India, and developed a citizen planning institute for public housing residents in Brownsville, Brooklyn. At the New York State Health Foundation, she serves as the Program Officer for the Foundation’s Building Healthy Communities priority area, focusing on a multi-year place based initiative in 6 communities across the state. She holds degrees from Columbia University (MPH), New York University (MUP), and Bryn Mawr College (BA in Growth and Structure of Cities).

Jason Corburn is a Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning and School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. Corburn co-leads a participatory planning team working to improve the lives of residents in the informal settlements of Nairobi, Kenya. He also works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with the State University of Rio de Janeiro, Institute of Social Medicine, the Center for Health Promotion (CEDAPS), and FioCruz, on evaluating the health impacts of policies and programs focused on improving conditions in favelas. Corburn is a 2007 recipient of an Investigator Award in Health Policy Research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. His book, Street Science: Community Knowledge and Environmental Health Justice (The MIT Press, 2005), won the 2007 Paul Davidoff best book award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP). Corburn has held academic appointments at Columbia University and Hunter College, was a fellow at Harvard Law School, and worked as a senior planner with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

Malo Hutson is an Associate Professor in Urban Planning and Director of the Urban Community and Health Equity Lab at Columbia GSAPP. His specific focus is on community development and urban equity, racial and ethnic inequalities and urban policy, as well as the built environment and health. His most recent book, The Urban Struggle for Economic, Environmental, and Social Justice: Deepening Their Roots (Routledge, 2016), explores the efforts by coalitions of residents, community leaders, unions, and others to resist displacement as a result of neighborhood change and gentrification. Hutson is also co-founder of The NIAM Group, which develops policy recommendations for local government and leads community engagement for local development projects. He received his Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and earned both his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Master of City Planning degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.

Justin Garrett Moore '04 MSAUD is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture in Columbia GSAPP’s urban design and urban planning programs. He is an urban designer and the Executive Director of the New York City Public Design Commission. Moore is a former Senior Urban Designer for the NYC Department of City Planning where, for over a decade, he was responsible for conducting complex urban design plans and studies of the physical design and utilization of sites including infrastructure, public spaces, land use patterns and neighborhood character. He is the co-founder of Urban Patch, a social enterprise based in Indianapolis that focuses on community revitalization and design in American inner cities. His professional affiliations include the American Institute of Certified Planners, the Urban Design Forum, and Next City’s Vanguard. He also serves as a board member for, Mary Miss—City as Living Laboratory, and Made in Brownsville.

Mandu Sen is a program manager at Regional Plan Association, working primarily on the Fourth Regional Plan. She focuses on how long term planning can improve health and equity and works to translate the impact of digital technologies into policies around infrastructure and governance. Prior to joining RPA, she worked as a planning consultant for the Chinatown Working Group, focusing on demographic analysis, economic development and banking. Mandu has an undergraduate degree from Yale and a graduate degree in urban planning from the Pratt Institute, where she received the 2013 AICP Outstanding Student Award. She also was a founding member of the Collective for Community, Culture & Environment and co-organized the Brooklyn Food Conference. Before becoming an urban planner, she was a vice president at J. P. Morgan Chase in the investment bank legal and compliance department.

Organized by Columbia GSAPP.