Center for Community Engagement and Leadership Development
Many communities on Long Island experience deficits in important areas, including health care access, advocacy, and social participation. As Stony Brook University increases its focus on research, a significant opportunity and need has arisen to direct attention to these underserved communities to assist in strengthening their social capital and to help address some of their challenges. The Center for Community Engagement and Leadership Development in the School of Health Professions is a multidisciplinary effort that applies the leadership and social change expertise of Stony Brook University faculty and students for the purpose of bridging the gaps in healthcare and social resource disparities that have persisted in many of Long Island’s underserved communities. Through such service to the community, the Center also enriches the academic experience for faculty and students.
The mission of CCE is to develop partnerships between community members and the Stony Brook University faculty to address areas of social disparity. The CCE uses a social justice framework and leadership development strategies to help isolate, research, provide services for, and initiate advocacy measures to change challenges experienced by communities across Long Island and beyond. Specifically, we will focus on the following key areas:
- Health and health care disparities, including disproportionate burden of disease and access
- Education and achievement disparities
- Advocacy and leadership development
The development of a greater Long Island community that is free from disparity and injustice.
The initial focus of the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) is to enhance the academic experience of future leaders in community health disciplines and will collaborate with local community members to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex world. CCE also creates the opportunity for partnerships between Stony Brook University faculty with national and/or international communities and scholars to further enhance the mission of the Center. The goals of the CCE are as follows:
- Strengthen Stony Brook University’s relationship with local communities
- Enhance research and service opportunities for students and faculty
- Assist communities in becoming agents of social change
Center for Public Health Education
The Center for Public Health Education (CPHE) is a Local Performance Site (LPS) of the Northeast/Caribbean AIDS Education & Training Center Program located at Stony Brook University. This grant’s mission is to provide training opportunities and clinical consultations to health care clinicians working with people living with HIV in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens counties. This program is able to provide a whole host of specialized trainings. Please call the Center at 631-444-3209 if you have any questions, need a consultation with one of our Infectious Disease Specialists or would like a training.
The Center's mission is to provide relevant and critical information on HIV/AIDS that will: support health and human service professionals caring for people infected with HIV/AIDS; promote quality care and target resources needed to meet the needs of underserved communities; promote HIV prevention education and harm reduction; influence public policy and facilitate research relevant to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
The Center is currently celebrating over 25 years of excellence in education. During this time our skilled and diverse educators and consultants have provided critical trainings to over 30,000 health and human services providers including Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Registered Nurses, Oral Health Professionals, Pharmacists, Social Workers, Mental Health/Substance Use Professionals and Case Managers.
- The CPHE is a division within the School of Health Professions. The Center maintains strong links with the Adult and Pediatric HIV/AIDS Treatment Centers at University Medical Center at Stony Brook. These Medical Directors function as consultants to the Center and are available for trainings, preceptorships and clinical consultations.
- The CPHE is responsible for providing HIV education to providers in Nassau, Suffolk and New York City.
- The CPHE is a HIV/STI/Hep Regional Training Center for the Long Island and New York City region for the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute. The Center provides a diverse menu of more than 30 curricula on various topics and how they affect and/or are related to HIV/AIDS.
Health Careers Academic Readiness and Excellence
The School of Health Professions received a Project Award from the Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in 2009 under the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP). The program's goals were to create a more diverse and competitive applicant pool of under-represented individuals in grades 7 through 12, as well as adults, to pursue careers in the allied health professions. HCOP accomplished this by offering exciting and interesting programs for social, academic and career oriented students in grades 7 through 12, parents and community members.
We are now currently working to sustain the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) under a new name, Health Careers Academic Readiness and Excellence (HCARE), in order to more fully achieve Stony Brook University's goals around diversity, community engagement and local economic development.
The goal of HCARE is to maintain and deliver many of the same activities offered under the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) in the school district communities of Amityville, Brentwood, Riverhead, William Floyd and Wyandanch. HCARE will serve as a role model program which could serve as a direct pipeline for the Long Island community to Stony Brook University's five schools of medicine: School of Dentistry, School of Health Professions, School of Nursing, School of Medicine, and School of Social Welfare.
The Rehabilitation Research and Movement Performance (RRAMP) Laboratory and its facilities (from the School of Health Professions) are located in the Research and Support Services Building in Research and Development Park. The facilities consist of four research laboratories, nine faculty offices and an administrative office, computer room for students, storage closet, and an IRB storage room within a secure area of the building. Within the building, but outside the secure suite, are a conference room, staff/student lounge, restroom and shower for participants with disabilities, and a laundry facility.
The four labs, which are approximately 7,000-square-feet, are dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities, assessing athletic performance and aiding recovery after disease or injury through the use of a motion analysis system. This system is coupled with four in-ground force plates, electromyography and an eye tracking system. Faculty from SHTM and collaborators (outside of SHTM) explore ways to improve the lives of individuals with spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, Huntington’s disease and multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, amputations, orthopedic disorders, cerebral palsy, geriatric disorders, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. The RRAMP lab also includes a locomotor training center, a motor control/motor learning lab to probe motor recovery, a musculoskeletal lab currently using ultrasound diagnostic equipment to assess and train muscle control of the spine and pelvic floor, prosthetic and orthotic lab, a transcranial magnetic stimulation and a body composition lab to explore physical changes of muscle, fat, and bone.