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Mt. Sinai Foundation Appoints New Program Officer

July 13, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)—The Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation has appointed Adam Nation to the position of program officer.  Mr. Nation will begin his duties on August 3, 2020.

In January 2020, Mt. Sinai Directors approved an expanded strategic approach that looks beyond grantmaking to improve population health. Central to this expanded vision is a recognition that philanthropy can only go so far in driving health improvement and that cross-sector collaboration, public-private partnerships, and policy change—supported by greater human capital as well as financial capital—are pivotal to creating lasting impact.  Program staff expansion is the realization of this enhanced vision.

Mr. Nation holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University. He has over a decade of experience in coalition building, communications, government affairs, and public policy. Among his varied professional experiences, Nation managed the government relations portfolio of a major medical center in Columbus, OH, and helped launch a public-private partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health aimed at primary prevention and early intervention of that city’s most pressing health challenges.

Nation has served in multiple leadership positions in community-based cancer prevention, including with the Illinois Cancer Partnership and Illinois HPV Roundtable. He was a member of the team charged with implementing that state’s comprehensive cancer control plan and led the creation of a nationally-recognized vaccination program in Chicago Public Schools. He also managed business operations for a Chicago-based federally qualified health center (FQHC), overseeing federal reporting, organizational evaluation, and agency-wide patient satisfaction initiatives. Most recently, Nation served as Communications Director for the Cleveland Department of Public Health, leading comprehensive internal and external communications, representing the department publicly, and facilitating the creation and dissemination of the joint Cleveland-Cuyahoga County community health needs assessment and improvement plan.

“We are fortunate to have Adam join our program staff,” said Foundation President Mitchell Balk. “With his appointment, Mt. Sinai is doubling-down on its commitment to pursuing real systems change through convening, advocacy, and strategic grantmaking. Adam’s expertise in both public health and health policy are symbolic of the Foundation’s ongoing evolution from grantmaker to changemaker.” Working with Mt. Sinai Vice President, Strategy, Daniel Cohn, and Program Officer Ali Foti, Nation will support the Foundation’s strategic agenda related to primary prevention, population health, and public policy.


Mt. Sinai Announces 2020 Saltzman Award Recipients

Join us for Channel 3 News at 6 PM, June 23-24, as we salute Cleveland’s Health Heroes and on June 25 when we present them with the 2020 Maurice Saltzman Award as part of the 6 PM news!

The 2020 Maurice Saltzman Award is presented to Cleveland’s Health Heroes who put their lives on the line to care for COVID-19 patients and prevent further spread of the disease. Those honored include not only those working in hospitals, but also those in group homes and long-term care facilities. They include not only doctors, nurses and other caregivers, but sanitation, foodservice and transportation workers, home health workers, public health practitioners and all who have worked tirelessly to keep our communities safe in this time of global crisis.

2020 Maurice Saltzman Award Selection Committee

Enid B. Rosenberg, Chair
Tom Abelson, MD
Nathan A. Berger, MD
Beth Wain Brandon
Pamela B. Davis, MD, PhD
J. David Heller
Jeffrey L. Ponsky, MD
Susan Ratner
Ronn Richard
Fred C. Rothstein, MD
Judge Dan A. Polster, Board Chair
Mitchell Balk, President


Study of ‘downstream’ effects of childhood lead poisoning reveals racial, economic disparities in adulthood

20-year study involving more than 10,000 children tracks consequences of lead exposure from birth through early adulthood

A new study from Case Western Reserve University, funded in part by the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, shows that numerous negative issues associated with lead poisoning follow children well into adulthood—building on evidence linking elevated blood-lead levels with a host of harmful outcomes in education, behavior and health.

These so-called “downstream” consequences include increased involvement in the juvenile justice system, adult incarceration and homelessness, according to the study conducted by researchers at the university’s Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

The findings stem from a research project that—using data over a 20-year period—tracked the life outcomes of more than 10,000 children in Cleveland with elevated blood-lead levels, compared to a control group of students who did not have elevated lead levels. By comparing these carefully matched groups, researchers were able to zero-in on the impact of lead poisoning on both people and public systems.

“The Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition believes that no child should ever be lead-poisoned,” said Blaine Griffin, City of Cleveland Councilman and Coalition Steering Committee Member. “This research from Case Western Reserve University underscores the painful reality that lead poisoning not only affects a child’s developing body and robs them of their potential but has a costly impact on our entire community. It doesn’t matter where you live or work—whether you’re a landlord, caregiver, elected official, or resident—we all have a responsibility to address lead poisoning together.”

The full press release can be accessed here (PDF).

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