NYAM Talks Health and Economic Benefits of Locally Grown Food

 

Iago Galdston Lecture

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A pioneer in the health care investment field, Dr. Mitchell Blutt serves as chief executive officer of Consonance Capital in New York City. With more than three decades of experience in the field, he oversees the company’s private and public equity investment divisions. Outside of his work, Dr. Mitchell Blutt maintains membership in the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM).

According to a recent report by NYAM, allocating more money to purchasing fresh food grown in New York State could not only be an economic boon for the state’s farmers, but also provides an opportunity to improve the health of residents in a number of public settings. Childcare facilities, adult care centers, food pantries, and other public-facing entities often rely on tax dollars to help fund a portion of their operations. By spending that money on fresh, New York-grown food, the agencies could help the people who depend on their services realize a decreased risk of developing chronic diseases.

The state spends nearly $1 billion each year on food for these institutions. Only 10 percent of that amount, however, goes to purchasing foods that are locally grown in New York. In the report, NYAM recommends that figure be upped to 25 percent, which not only will bring more fresh-grown food to New Yorkers, but will also help spur the state’s farming industries through local investment.

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NYAM Names 2017 Lewis Rudin Glaucoma Prize Winner

 

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Mitchell Blutt, MD, is a pioneer in the private healthcare sector, the first doctor to successfully transition from practicing clinical medicine to a role as a professional healthcare investor. Now serving as CEO of Consonance Capital in New York City, Mitchell Blutt, MD is involved in a number of health-related organizations, including the New York Academy of Medicine.

For 22 years, the New York Academy of Medicine has awarded the Rudin Glaucoma Prize to physicians and researchers who demonstrate excellence in studying glaucoma as evidenced by their high-level contributions to peer-reviewed scientific journals. For the 2017 calendar year, the academy chose Mary Kelly, PhD, of Oregon Health & Science University as its winner, recognizing her paper titled, “Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Restore Function in a Human Cell Loss Model of Open-Angle Glaucoma.”

The groundbreaking research discussed in this article is the first to show that stem cells can be used to deal with the baseline biological causes of glaucoma. Standard treatment manages the symptoms, but the use of stem cells could potentially give doctors a way to reverse the condition instead.

Urban Health Research at the New York Academy of Medicine

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A health care executive based in New York City, Dr. Mitchell Blutt serves as the chief executive officer of Consonance Capital. Dr. Mitchell Blutt is also a member of the New York Academy of Medicine, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the overall health of people living in urban settings.

The New York Academy of Medicine hosts the Institute for Urban Health, a policy organization designed to create innovative solutions to health issues in cities. The Institute for Urban Health takes a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to improving urban health. In particular, the Institute focuses on matters such as increasing preventive care and healthy aging and eliminating health disparities.

To accomplish its mission, the Institute for Urban Health conducts a variety of studies using quantitative and qualitative research. The organization partners chiefly with health care systems and health departments across New York City, as well as local universities and community organizations. The Institute for Urban Health performs its research through units such as the Center for Health Innovation, which focuses on the most important determinants of health on a broad scale.

The New York Academy of Medicine Library Appoints Artist in Residence

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A physician and business leader focused on healthcare investment, Dr. Mitchell Blutt serves as CEO of Consonance Capital, a New York City-based firm he founded in 2005. Additionally, he has taught as a professor at Weill Cornell Medical College for nearly three decades. Over the course of his career, Dr. Mitchell Blutt has maintained memberships in organizations such as The New York Academy of Medicine.

In addition to pursuing various research, policy, and program initiatives, The New York Academy of Medicine oversees a library that features a world-renowned collection of texts and other materials on medicine and public health. Recently, the Academy announced that Kriota Willberg will serve as the library’s first-ever Artist in Residence.

Willberg, a visual artist who teaches musculoskeletal anatomy to other artists as well as dancers and massage therapists, has collaborated with the academy in the past on anatomy drawing workshops and demonstrations. As the library’s Artist in Residence, she will explore the intersections between art and the body sciences and will hold workshops and classes for peers and students.

More information about Kriota Willberg and her appointment as the Artist in Residence at the New York Academy of Medicine’s library can be found at www.nyam.org/news.