Dr. Nicholas Freudenberg Presents Grand Rounds, October 9th          


New York, NY (October 2, 2015) – Nicholas Freudenberg, DrPH will present the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health’s October Grand Rounds. His presentation, entitled “Changing the Behavior of Corporations to Prevent Tobacco, Alcohol and Diet-Related Chronic Diseases: the Role of Physicians” will identify the business and political practices of tobacco, alcohol and food corporations that contribute to the risk of common chronic diseases; describe the roles physicians can play in their capacity as clinicians, health professionals, and citizens in changing corporate practices that contribute to ill health; analyze obstacles to playing these roles and develop strategies to overcome these obstacles.

Dr. Freudenberg is Distinguished Professor of Public Health at the City University of New York School of Public Health and Director of the New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College. He founded and directs Corporations and Health Watch, an international network of activists and researchers that monitors the business practices of the alcohol, automobile, firearms, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and tobacco industries. His most recent book is Lethal but Legal: Corporations, Consumption, and Protecting Public Health (Oxford University Press, 2014). For more than 30 years, Dr. Freudenberg has assisted municipal agencies, nonprofit organizations and others to develop, implement, and evaluate programs and policies to improve the health of New York City and to reduce inequalities in health. His areas of research include the impact of corporate practices on health, child obesity, food policy and health, municipal governance and health, urban health and health inequalities. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

As part of the Mount Sinai Health System’s virtual campus, videoconferencing will be offered with the Beth Israel Medical Center’s Department of Family Medicine and the Mount Sinai-affiliated Mid-Hudson Family Practice Residency in Kingston.

The event will be held from 8-9am on Friday, October 9th in Mount Sinai’s Hatch Auditorium in the Guggenheim Pavilion (1468 Madison Avenue), 2nd Floor. A light breakfast will be served at 7:45am.

Department of Family Medicine and Community Health Grand Rounds are supported with a generous donation from the Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation. Grand Rounds are open to all and occur on the second Friday of every month throughout the year.