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We are pleased to present the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures’ second Annual Report. The 2016-17 academic year was an exciting and busy one as we hosted the first Cornell Hospitality, Health and Design Symposium—In Search of a Healthy Future, our second Roundtable—Innovating Across Senior Living and Care and numerous panels, seminars, and workshops. We saw our network of collaborators grow to 50 Faculty Fellows, 11 Industry Scholars, 33 Academic Scholars, and two Visiting Scholars. We now have 30 videos accessible through our website. We are pleased to have seen the number of our member organizations grow to 19 and are grateful for the new and continued support. The School of Hotel Administration in the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business and the College of Human Ecology have continued to provide support for this exciting new endeavor.

In addition to serving as the Executive Director of CIHF, Rohit Verma took on a new role as the Dean of External Relations of the newly formed SC Johnson College of Business. Mardelle Shepley accepted the nomination to be Department Chair of the College of Human Ecology’s Department of Design and Environmental Analysis and began serving in this capacity July 1, 2017, in addition to continuing as Associate Director of CIHF. Our new Program Assistant, Pamela Lafayette, is overseeing the development and release of our first monthly newsletter. Through the support of an Engaged Cornell Curriculum Development grant, Hessam Sadatsafavi will serve as Coordinator for CIHF’s proposed minor in Health, Hospitality, and Design, and its related internships. As always, we continue to utilize the creativity and talent of Cornell University students in managing our website, social media, speaker seminar series, video series, and graphic design, and are grateful to our Program Manager, Elizabeth Hays, for keeping us all together.

Going forward, we hope for even further engaged and active collaboration between industry and academia in search of a prosperous and healthy future!


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