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




  • The Center will manage select programs that address chronic disease both on and off campus.
  • The Center will collaborate with the wellness initiatives at Syracuse University oriented to students, faculty and staff.
  • The Center will serve as a neutral convener to support community based research to identify effective approaches to address health issues.


  • The Center will engage in research, both on campus and in the community, to identify effective approaches to improve population health. The Center will collaborate with researchers who focus on policy initiatives targeting the financing and delivery of health care to assess the impact on population health.

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  • The Center will contribute to graduate and undergraduate education in the fields of public administration, public policy and public health to equip the next generation of practitioners and policy makers with the tools needed to improve health.

Advocacy and Policy:

  • The Center will advocate for creation of, change in, and adoption of evidence-informed policies that have been shown to be effective in improving health.


The Center is guided by the following principles: community engagement, partnerships and collaboration, aligned goals, and sustainability.

Community Engagement: The Lerner Center embodies The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs’ spirit of active, engaged and respectful citizenship. The Center provides the foundation for respectful community engagement at multiple levels, facilitating dialogue with a wide range of citizens to improve understanding of health concerns, priorities, and strategies.

Partnerships & Collaboration: Based at the Maxwell School, the Center works in partnership with citizens, students, researchers and public health professionals to identify needs, develop programming and deploy collaborative initiatives.

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Aligned Goals:  The Center’s main focus is to improve community health.  It is well documented that good health is only as “good” as the choices and opportunities people have available to them, which reflects the state of the environment in which people live. The intersection of community and health is complex, requiring a range of disciplines including private and public partners to build and sustain an environment that values and promotes health for all residents.

Sustainability: The Maxwell School provides a rich framework for the Lerner Center to address some of society’s most pressing issues while simultaneously encouraging civic-minded discourse and creation of wide ranging policies, such as economic and educational policies, that can improve population health.