Division of Preventive Medicine and Community Health

The Division of Preventive Medicine and Community Health’s mission is to prevent chronic and infectious disease and promote healthy lifestyles in the community that the Mount Sinai Health System serves. Our faculty are involved in many service oriented community projects, community coalitions, outreach, and health services research in East Harlem as well as at The Mount Sinai Hospital.

Teaching/Training

The Division houses the General Preventive Medicine Residency Program with a specialized track in cancer prevention funded by the American Cancer Society and a track in Veteran Health funded by the Department of Veteran Affairs GME Enhancement: Educational Innovation Grant at James J. Peters Veterans Administration Medical Center. It is ACGME accredited for six residents. 

The Preventive Medicine faculty participates as small-group leaders in many educational activities at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; including small pre-clinical courses, clerkships for third-year medical students, and as mentors medical student research projects. The Division holds numerous leadership roles in the Graduate Program in Public Health; including Program Director, Track Leader in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, course directors of many courses and lecturers, and mentors of multiple masters’ theses.

Research

The Division is committed to community-based research, both locally and abroad. Ongoing studies include the evaluation of Green LEED-certified affordable housing on health and well-being, the impact of a home-based Maternal Outreach Program on high-risk pregnant women and children, and support services for women with a history of childhood trauma and HIV. Our international projects include implementation and evaluation of prevention programs in malaria, HIV, malnutrition, and teenage pregnancy.

Clinical Services

We are also committed to improving the health and wellness of employees of The Mount Sinai Health System, having partnered with Human Resources to implement on-site tobacco cessation services, and food environment and health promotion programs.

Sustain Mount Sinai

The Division faculty leads the Sustaining Mount Sinai Committee to promote sustainable strategies within the Mount Sinai Health System. Learn more.

Division Faculty

Elizabeth Garland, MD
Director, Division of Preventive Medicine and Community Health
Director, General Preventive Medicine Residency
Associate Professor, Environmental Medicine and Public Health and Pediatrics

Mary Foley, PhD
Associate Professor, Environmental Medicine and Public Health

Nils Hennig, MD
Assistant Professor, Environmental Medicine and Public Health and Pediatrics

Kristin Oliver, MD
Assistant Professor, Environmental Medicine and Public Health and Pediatrics

Henry Sacks, MD
Professor, Environmental Medicine and Public Health

Erin Thanik, MD