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Attend a Screening and Discussion of ‘Public Health and Politics: Examining the Surgeon General’ on October 25

Former Florida Surgeon General Ana M. Viamonte Ros joins University of Miami President Julio Frenk and de Beaumont Foundation President and CEO Edward L. Hunter for a documentary screening and panel discussion.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 20, 2016) – The University of Miami will join leaders from the de Beaumont Foundation for a screening and discussion of the documentary short, PUBLIC HEALTH AND POLITICS: EXAMINING THE SURGEON GENERAL, which explores the at-times fraught relationship between politics and public health, on Tuesday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center.

The panel discussion will feature:

  • Julio Frenk, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., President of the University of Miami
  • Edward L. Hunter, M.A., President and CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation
  • Ana M. Viamonte Ros, M.D., M.P.H., first State Surgeon General, State of Florida

Michele Gillen, chief investigative reporter for CBS 4, will moderate the discussion.

The event will mark the kick-off of a new certificate program for public health professionals, Building Expertise in Administration and Management (BEAM), which was developed in conjunction with the de Beaumont Foundation, the University of Miami’s School of Business Administration, and Miller School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences.

RSVP to Kaitlin Grosgebauer at kng45@med.miami.edu.


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Kids Can #TackleCancer at Fall Family Fest

Kids and their families are invited to the 2nd Annual Fall Family Fest for family-friendly activities that are fun and help support cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Register to participate at one of two Family Fest Halloween-themed events—on the Coral Gables campus and at Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale—on Saturday, October 29, for a day of fun to support the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC). Proceeds go to the DCC, which has raised more than $16 million to advance lifesaving cancer research at Sylvester.

The festivals begin at 10 a.m. at both locations and include a kids’ bicycle ride, where children ages 3 to 16 can pedal through a car-free loop to raise awareness about fighting cancer. The kids’ zone also features bounce houses, face painting, an animal exhibit, Dolphins Youth Programs, and a Boo-tacular pumpkin decorating booth and Halloween costume competition at the Sylvester tent.

Food trucks also will be on hand with plenty of culinary offerings. Registration is $15 per child. To register, visit the Fall Family Fest.


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UM and Community Partners Join MetroLab Network

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UM and Community Partners Join MetroLab Network

The partnership between local governments and universities allows members to research, develop and deploy solutions to address challenges faced by urban areas.

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UM, FIU< and Miami Dade College are joining Miami-Dade County and the Beaches in the new MetroLab Network consortium.

UM, FIU, and Miami Dade College are joining Miami-Dade County and the Beaches in the new MetroLab Network.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 30, 2016) – As Zika and other climate change-related diseases continue to be the focus of local departments of health, researchers and academics at the University of Miami maintain their focus on efforts to work collaboratively with local institutions as one of the newest members of the MetroLab Network.

As part of the Greater Miami and the Beaches Consortium, UM will partner with Miami-Dade County and the cities of Miami and Miami Beach, along with university partners Florida International University and Miami Dade College.

“The MetroLab Network partnership will provide the University with a stronger relationship to face the challenges affecting our cities,” said Jean-Pierre Bardet, dean of the UM College of Engineering. “This is the value of the interaction between cities and universities, to solve the challenging new issues of the 21st century.”

The consortium’s projects will focus on adaption to sea-level rise and coastal flooding, response to climate-related diseases, including Zika, and access to transportation and affordable housing.

“The MetroLab Network partnership is a great opportunity for us to establish robust collaborations that will ensure that the best available science is informing important community decisions in how we adapt to environmental challenges associated with climate change,” said Ben Kirtman, professor of atmospheric sciences at the Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science and director of the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies.

In a statement to the community, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Giménez stressed that the county will focus on three priorities, one of which is to develop specific programs and protocols to eliminate and address the impact of climate change-related diseases such as Zika.

“Miami-Dade County, Miami, and Miami Beach already have existing relationships and ongoing projects with our local universities, but through our participation in MetroLab Network, we will benefit from increased coordination between the three members of Greater Miami and the Beaches, the three local universities, and the members of MetroLab Network,” said Giménez.

Mario Stevenson, professor of medicine, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, and director of the Institute of AIDS and Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Miller School of Medicine, will meet with the consortium’s city partners in early October to discuss the Zika project.

“Research universities have the physical and human resources to undertake the research and development of innovative projects at a lower cost. A partnership through the MetroLab Network allows us, as the University, to outline the purpose and process of collaborative research and provide solutions to the problems faced by our community,” he said.

The consortium also will work to identify technology-enabled solutions to another challenge of urbanization: affordable housing and transportation.

“Affordable housing is one of the most significant challenges facing Miami today, with over half of our households paying more than 30 percent of their income on housing,” said Robin Bachin, UM assistant provost for Civic and Community Engagement. “Already, UM’s Office of Civic and Community Engagement has partnered with FIU’s Metropolitan Center to create the South Florida Housing Studies Consortium, whose goal is to raise awareness about the challenges facing our housing market and craft solutions through policy and practice to overcome them.”

Bachin will continue to work closely with FIU and the Miami-Dade County Department of Public Housing and Community Development to enhance the relationships between the universities and local governments in order to ensure the best solutions for housing affordability in South Florida.

The MetroLab network now includes 40 partnerships between local governments and their university partners, focused on incorporating data, analytics, and innovation into local government programs. Members of the network research, develop, and deploy technologies and policy approaches to address challenges facing the nation’s urban areas. MetroLab Network was launched by 21 founding city-university pairings in September 2015 at the White House as part of the Obama Administration’s Smart Cities Initiative.

In addition to Greater Miami and the Beaches, UM, FIU, and Miami Dade College, new MetroLab Network members announced September 26 are:

City of Los Angeles – California State University, Los Angeles

City of San Francisco – University of California, Berkeley

University of Pittsburgh (joining existing City of Pittsburgh – Carnegie Mellon Partnership)

For more information on MetroLab Network visit www.metrolabnetwork.org.

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Miller School Researcher Finds Peace Teaching Meditation

By Myranda Tarr
Special to UM News

Lunthita Duthely

Lunthita Duthely

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 28, 2016) – Meditation is not just a pastime for Lunthita Duthely, B.A., ’86, B.S., ’86, M.S., ’92, an assistant research professor at the Miller School of Medicine. Though the faculty member spends much of her time guiding medical student research and managing HIV/AIDS research databases within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, her heart also lies with instructing free meditation classes at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center and the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center.

Born in New York City of Haitian descent, Duthely began her undergraduate education at the University of Miami in 1981, studying computer science and chemistry. It was during these formative years when Duthely took her very first meditation class at the U.

“I benefited greatly from UM’s free meditation classes,” explains Duthely. “After that first experience, I knew my life was changed for the better.”

Upon completing her dual undergraduate degrees, Duthely received her first permanent position at the Miller School. The UM alumna brought together her skills in database programming with her interest in medicine and health, specifically HIV/AIDS research, to work as a programmer and analyst.

“The HIV/AIDS epidemic was on the rise in South Florida and I was eager to get involved with that research,” says Duthely, who also holds a doctor of education from the University of Phoenix. “What’s more, the epidemic was also affecting the Haitian community, which hit very close to home.”

Soon after, a perfect opportunity opened up to create and manage databases supporting HIV/AIDS research within the Department of OB/GYN. Duthely delayed her original plans to move to Europe in order to pursue this three-year commitment.

Nearly a decade after her first meditation class, Duthely began meditating on a regular basis and continues to practice with Master Sri Chinmoy. Seeing the incredible effects of meditation in her personal and professional life, Duthely became a meditation instructor in 1994 and has been teaching at the Herbert Wellness Center since 1997.

“I saw how the practice of meditation impacted my life, and so many others I met,” she says. “I was motivated to share the experience with others.”

The Department of Wellness and Recreation believes that achieving optimal health requires finding a balance between physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, occupational and global wellness, the seven dimensions of wellness. Duthely finds that practicing meditation has had a positive impact on all aspects of her life.

“I teach at the Herbert Wellness Center because I truly believe in all dimensions of wellness and try to live by them each and every day,” adds the instructor. “Also, as a meditation facilitator representing Sri Chinmoy Centres International, it is our philosophy to offer classes free of charge.”

Meditation classes at the Herbert Wellness Center and UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center are free and open to the public.

There are three remaining classes at the Herbert Wellness Center taking place on Friday, October 21, Friday, November 18, and Monday, December 5, all from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more information or to register for a class, call 305-284-5433 or click here.

The three remaining classes at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center take place on Fridays, October 21, November 18, and December 16 from 1 to 1:45 p.m. For more information, click here. Duthely also teaches Hatha yoga classes at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Duthely believes everyone should take a few minutes a day to “recharge” their inner battery with a quiet and still mind.

“Meditation is perfect for anyone who inhabits Mother Earth and breathes this precious air,” she says.

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UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary with a Month of Special Activities

uhealthwellnessanniversaryThe UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center on the Miller School of Medicine campus begins a monthlong celebration of its tenth anniversary on Monday, October 3, with an array of fitness workshops, free giveaways, fitness challenges, special exercise classes, and much more.

Visit the the center website  or the front desk for a  list of events open to members and prospective members.


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