Mpox: What's Next?

A Town Hall by Columbia Research Unit, Ryan Health and Harlem Pride

October 18, 2023
Photo of Dr. Jacob McLean at a podium in front of a seated audience, presenting at an mpox town hall event.

Dr. Jacob McLean describes CRU's research at the town hall event in Harlem on Sept. 28, 2023.

On Thursday, Sept. 28, Columbia Research Unit partnered with Ryan Health and Harlem Pride to organize a town hall about mpox, including its impact on the NYC population, treatment options, community resources, and ongoing research.

Titled “Mpox: What’s Next?”, the event was held at the Dwyer Cultural Center in Harlem. Despite pouring rain outside, about two dozen people filed in for two hours of informational speeches and mingling over wine, cheese and charcuterie.

Dr. George Dawson of Ryan Health spoke on the history of mpox, its impact on different community demographics, and on NYC prevention and treatment resources, including vaccines.

Dr. Jacob McLean of Columbia Research Unit outlined recent mpox research, including CRU’s STOMP (Study of Tecovirimat for Mpox), which is a treatment study, and LAMP (Life After Mpox), which is a survey-based study on how mpox has affected people.

Photo of charcuterie, cheese and crackers

CRU provided charcuterie, cheese and crackers for the event.

After each presentation, audience members had the opportunity to ask questions and engage in dialogue with the presenters and one another. Between speakers, the room took a break to unwind with wine, cheese and charcuterie provided by CRU. Finally, the event drew to a close with a raffle and the distribution of DoorDash gift cards to several lucky attendees.

Following the Vaccine-O-Licious 18 Mini Tour event at the 4West Lounge in August, this was CRU’s second successful mpox-themed outreach collaboration with Ryan Health and Harlem Pride.

Keep your eyes on CRU’s on social media (Instagram, Facebook, X/Twitter) for more information on upcoming events!