Healthy Neighborhood Initiative

The Near Westside of Syracuse is one of six communities selected to participate in the New York State Health Foundation’s (NYSHealth) Healthy Neighborhood Funds initiative. Read more

Healthy Shopper Rewards Program

New collaboration creates incentives for healthy eating while providing data to doctors and researchers about the food choices people make. Read more

Community Health Priorities Reports

The results of five community health forums, sponsored by the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, and conducted by students in the CNYMPH program, are now available. Read more

Healthy Monday

Healthy Monday makes healthy choices fun by leveraging the power of cyclical messaging to end chronic, preventable disease. Read more

Community Engagement

Improving individual and population health starts with listening. That's why community engagement is at the heart of what we do at the Lerner Center. Read more

Lerner Fellows

The Lerner Fellows program brings the University's best students to public health promotion. Read more

Student Leadership Institute

The Center is engaging student leaders to foster its mission through a new collaboration. Read more


To improve the health of the community through service, research, education, and advocacy and policy.

The Lerner Center works in partnership with citizens, students, researchers and public health professionals to identify needs, develop programming and deploy collaborative initiatives. The center is based at the Maxwell School.

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In the News

The Right Recipe: Health on the Near Westside

Nojaim Brother's Grocery Store Grand Re-Opening.

St. Joseph's Primary Care Center West Opens.

Onondaga County Health Department releases its Community Health Assessment.

Partner Near West Side Initiative organizes Movement on Main prototype play day.

Sid Lerner wins Arents Award. Read all about it.

Healthy Monday Syracuse launches "Walktober. Read.

Center, grocer team up for health. From The Post-Standard.

Read about the Center's inaugural class of fellows going on to great things.

County exec, mayor declare Sept. 10 Move it Monday! Day

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The Science and Art of Health Promotion

Tom Dennison

The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion was established in 2011 to study and combat America’s deadliest killer: Our lifestyles.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that smoking, lack of exercise, and diet are the three leading causes of death and disability in the United States (CDC 2012).

Since its founding, the Center has launched projects across campus and in the larger Syracuse community to combat these killers and to build models that communities around the globe can replicate.

To learn more about what the Center does and why, Newhouse's  Greg Munno sat down with Center Director Dr. Tom Dennison for a question and answer session.

Munno’s first question: What is public health promotion?

Dennison: The World Health Organization defines Public Health as “all organized measures (whether public or private) to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life among the population as a whole.” At the Lerner Center, we’re focused on the “promote” part of that equation. We conduct and encourage research and initiatives that focus on communicating best health practices to policy makers, organizations and, especially, individuals, whom we want to empower and encourage to make healthy choices.

Read the full Q & A with Dennison here

Sid Lerner Wins Arents Award

In 2013, Sid Lerner won the George Arents Award, Syracuse University's highest alumni honor, presented annually to alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their chosen fields. Watch the video to find out why!