Dr. Lyndon Haviland to receive Dean’s Champion of Public Health Award from CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy

Nielsen resignation doesn’t change fact that sexual abuse at the border is a real emergency

An excerpt from my recent op-ed in the USA Today:

The abrupt resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen reignited the debate over President Donald Trump’s border policies and his pledge to build a wall. But what continues to be lost in the national conversation on illegal immigration is the crisis involving the abuse of children while in U.S. “care” at the Mexico boundary.

Migrant Health Doctoral Fellowship Established by Lyndon Haviland at CUNY SPH

Dr. Haviland recently awarded the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) “its first named and endowed doctoral fellowship.”  The Lyndon Haviland Fellowship “will provide one incoming doctoral student the opportunity to develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills in addressing migrant health issues through public health policies and strategies, while learning from and collaborating with Dr. Haviland, an internationally recognized global public health expert and a passionate advocate for refugees, immigrants, and young people. … ” See link below for the full text of the CUNY SPH announcement. 

Our health depends on the passage of an achievable Green New Deal

By Dr. Lyndon Haviland


The Green New Deal is all the rage in Congress, capturing our imaginations about new jobs, new industries and a cleaner energy future for the nation.

But the only way any deal will get done is if lawmakers don’t lose sight of the serious human health consequences of inaction. They must work together, show leadership and pass a realistic plan that may not please everyone, but will put our nation on a constructive path toward addressing the increasing health threat posed by climate change.

Dr. Haviland Honored by APHA Student Assembly

Lyndon Haviland was recently honored by The American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Student Assembly as the first recipient of the organization’s Millennium Award.  The award recognizes Dr. Haviland’s “extraordinary dedication, leadership, mentorship and support.”  From APHA’s Student Assembly: The APHA Student Assembly Millennium Award recognizes an individual’s extraordinary dedication, leadership, mentorship and support of the Student Assembly of the American Public Health Association. The Student Assembly created this award in 2018 and recognized Dr. Haviland as its first recipient. Among Dr. Haviland’s many notable contributions to the APHA Student Assembly, in 2011, Dr. Haviland established the APHA Annual Meeting Student Scholarship Fund that has since helped send nearly 270 public health students to the APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition. In addition, in 2008, Dr. Haviland created the Student Assembly Mentoring Award, renamed the Lyndon Haviland Public Health Mentoring Award in 2018, that recognizes the essential role of mentoring in public health and leadership development and is awarded annually to a senior public health practitioner or academician who takes an active role in mentoring students and young professionals through regular contact, professional development, research support or joint publications. For more than a decade, Dr. Haviland has been instrumental in helping transform today’s public health students into tomorrow’s public health leaders. The APHA Student Assembly is forever grateful to Dr. Haviland for her unwavering support. Photo credit: EZ Event Photography

States Must Do More to Prevent School-Based Child Sexual Abuse

This fall, child predators will slip through the cracks of well-intentioned security background checks and be employed at schools around the country, where they will have daily access to future victims. Yet states are neglecting to fund critical initiatives designed to protect children where they learn and play, allowing abusers like Larry Nassar to lurk within America’s school systems and perpetuate their crimes.  And it cannot continue.

Congress must confront sexual abuse of military children

Below is an excerpt from an op-ed that appeared in by Lyndon Haviland:

“A bipartisan bill by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) seeks to prevent child abuse and address domestic violence within military families. That’s a worthwhile mission that demands our full attention but the legislation is a missed opportunity to confront one of the most important challenges facing the sons and daughters of our service members. And until members of Congress have the courage to step forward and call it by its name — child sexual abuse — we will continue to fail thousands of at-risk military children and families who deserve better.”

A Movie Everyone Needs to See

Jennifer Fox’s movie, “The Tale,” is an emotionally wrenching and challenging journey into the difficult world of child sexual abuse. It is a brave movie of resilience but it provides no easy answers. I had the privilege of participating in a panel last night with Jennifer to discuss the movie in a session hosted by HBO, the Internet and Television Association, RAINN and Darkness to Light in Washington, DC.

Solving the Peruvian Food Paradox

I just returned from a second trip to Peru as part of a visionary gastronomy project called Cumari, a project of Forest Trends and Canopy Bridge that is engaging chefs and entrepreneurs in an unexpected dialogue about environmental protection, fisheries management and Amazonian food and food traditions. Cumari is calling attention to the cornucopia of Amazonian fruits, foods and preparations that offer an opportunity to experience the Amazon in new ways. And it demonstrates how environmentalists, chefs and public health professionals can and should work together to improve the health and well being of the Amazon and the people who live in and along the river.