From the Desk of the Executive Director – Fund for Public Health

From the Desk of the Executive Director


Sounding the Alarm on America’s Alcohol Problem

April 25, 2018

Sara Gardner, MPH
Executive Director

At this point in time, no matter where you live in this country, you are probably aware that we are in the throes of a major opioid epidemic. You may know that drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50. You may know that in 2016, more than 42,000 people … Continue reading “Sounding the Alarm on America’s Alcohol Problem”

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Turning the Tide on Maternal Deaths Among Black Women—One Case at a Time

March 21, 2018

Sara Gardner, MPH
Executive Director

In Public Health the focus is population-wide efforts to prevent sickness and premature death. We are often so focused on population-level statistics we forget that behind every single number there is a human being. We forget that it is a collection of individual stories that make up the whole. Sometimes in public health, to find a way forward, we have to look beyond the numbers and hear the individual stories to uncover the truth.

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Taking Care of New York City: A Blueprint to Improve the Health of all New Yorkers

February 21, 2018

Sara Gardner, MPH
Executive Director

Overall, New York City residents are living longer, healthier lives. Though the city’s health is improving, marked disparities in key health indicators persist. Thirteen years ago the NYC Health Department established a comprehensive blueprint to improve the health of all New Yorkers and has tracked progress over time.

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Big Tobacco: A History of Death, Destruction and Deception

January 19, 2018

Sara Gardner, MPH
Executive Director

In the summer of 1974, I landed my first real job working in the tobacco fields of Bristol, Connecticut for $1.25 an hour. For the first part of the summer we worked in fields under white tents tying the plants so they would grow straight. The second half of the summer the women were in the sheds sewing the tobacco leaves together and hanging them, so they would dry for processing. The days were long, hot and grueling and the work was monotonous. Nonetheless, I was thrilled to be earning a paycheck and my parents were happy to have me out of the house and gainfully employed.

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Think Local and Give Thanks

November 20, 2017

Sara Gardner, MPH
Executive Director

November is the month of Thanksgiving, a time of year when Americans pause and give thanks. In this current political environment, and considering the events of the last few months—hurricanes, mass shootings, and the recent terrorist attack in New York City—I am having a hard time finding something good. Typically, I am a glass-half-full kind of person, though as we move closer to this Thanksgiving season, I have found it hard to shake this malaise.

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