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The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion Announces Grant Winners

The Lerner Center is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Faculty Fellows Grant Program. The purpose of the Fellows Grant Program is to fund population health or health promotion research at SU that focuses on impacting health behaviors, institutions, systems, or policies to reduce risk for and/or consequences of chronic disease and/or premature mortality at the individual, community, or societal levels. Projects must include one or more of the Lerner Center’s key strategic priority areas of diet and nutrition, physical activity, tobacco use, substance misuse, stress reduction, and mental health. This year’s winners are:

“Nudging Physical Activity in Early Adolescents with ADHD”

  • Kevin Antshel, Dept. of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Andrew London, Dept. of Sociology, Maxwell School
  • Scott Landes, Dept. of Sociology, Maxwell School
  • Joseph Boskovski, Maxwell X Lab, Maxwell School

“Impact of Gardening on Refugee Mental Health, Community Building, and Economic Well-being in Central New York”

  • Rashmi Gangamma, Dept. of Marriage and Family Therapy, Falk College
  • Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern, Dept. of Public Health, Food Studies, and Nutrition, Falk College
  • Bhavneet Walia, Dept. of Public Health, Food Studies, and Nutrition, Falk College

The Lerner Center was established in 2011 with a generous endowment from Sid and Helaine Lerner. The mission of the Center is to improve population health through applied research and evaluation, education, engaged service, and advocating for evidence-based policy and practice change. The Center partners with local residents, students, researchers, and public health professionals to identify health needs, develop programming and deploy collaborative initiatives.

 

Northside Walk Audit

On September 28, 2018, a walk audit was conducted along three busy corridors in Syracuse’s Northside neighborhood along Oak, Butternut and Park Streets. The audit was planned by representatives from Interfaith Works, Northside UP, the local American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) chapter, Northside Learning Center, Hopeprint, Northeast Community Center and the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Syracuse University.  Continue Reading

Faculty Fellows Program Announced

The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University is proud to announce its inaugural Lerner Center Faculty Fellows Grant Program. The Faculty Fellows Grant Program will fund at least two research/evaluation awards in the areas of population health and health promotion. Awards up to a maximum of $25,000 will last up to 24 months. At least one of the awards will be granted to a project that incorporates the Lerner Center’s Healthy Monday campaign principles, messaging, and/or programming.

A letter of intent is requested by September 15, 2018. Full proposals are due by October 12, 2018.

For more information about this initiative, please visit the Faculty Fellows Program page.

Better Spaces, Safer Places: Wyoming Street Neighborhood Audit

Community members completing the audit toolImproving neighborhood safety is a team effort. The Lerner Center and its community partners recognized a need for improvements to safety and upkeep in certain areas of the Near Westside. In November 2017, an expert in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED: pronounced “cep-ted”) came to the neighborhood to speak about ways that the built environment can influence perceptions of safety, enhance community, and even deter crime. This event, part of the Visioning Voices Series hosted by SUNY ESF, provided the template and tools for the Lerner Center’s audit of the Wyoming Street corridor in the Near Westside.

 

 

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Throwback Post: Halloween Costume Carnival!

Lerner Fellow Eunice with three middle schoolers dressed up in costume

Here at the Lerner Center, we love a good costume carnival. So when we were invited by our friends at Take Back the Streets to host activities and games at the Blodgett Middle School Halloween event, we suited up in our best cat onesies and headed to the Near Westside. Continue Reading

Making Recreation Inclusive, One Mile at a Time

Monday Mile sign along the track in DeRuyter, NYThe Lerner Center’s mission is to improve the health of the community through service, research, education, advocacy and policy. To bring this mission to life, Lerner Center staff and graduate fellows took part in a 10-hour online inclusivity training. The InclusionU training and certification program offered through the Inclusive Recreation Resource Center at SUNY Cortland focuses on evaluation metrics anyone can use to assess the inclusivity of particular recreational spaces. An online database collects information about the accessibility of everything from trails and parks to bowling alleys. People of all abilities can check out the database before heading to a place of recreation to ensure they will be able to access and participate in the activities. The ultimate goal of these assessments is to help all people, regardless of ability, to play wherever they choose. Continue Reading

Mobile Pantry Brings Fresh Food To Near Westside Residents

Amy Wilson, Community Nutrition Manager at the Food Bank of CNY, shows produce items packed in a box.
Amy Wilson, Community Nutrition Manager at the Food Bank of CNY, shows produce items packed in a box.

The need for healthy, fresh food is urgent on the Near Westside.

To help meet this need, the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion has teamed up with the Near Westside Peacemaking Project and the Food Bank of Central New York to bring the Mobile Food Pantry to Syracuse residents who are most in need.

Last week, residents received approximately 150 food boxes filled with milk, eggs, yogurt, fruit, vegetables and bread via the Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry. The distribution on a Friday afternoon was the third Mobile Food Pantry distribution that has been organized since the closing of the neighborhood’s anchor grocery store, Nojaim Brothers Supermarket, last September.

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25th Monday Mile Launch

Monday Mile sign at Onondaga Creek Parkway

On Monday, June 12, 2017 the Lerner Center unveiled its 25th Monday Mile at Kirk Park in Syracuse, NY.

The Monday Mile is a part of the Center’s Healthy Monday Campaign, an initiative aimed at offering weekly prompts and programs to support people and participating organizations in starting and sustaining healthy behaviors. The Center has implemented Monday Miles throughout Syracuse and Onondaga County, Madison County, and in Manos, Nicaragua.

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Take Back the Streets Campaign

Kitchen Table Talk in the Near West Side of SyracuseIn the spring of 2015, the Lerner Center , in collaboration with the Near Westside Initiative and other community partners, led a series of community meetings to better understand the community’s perspectives on health. These meetings took place during the months of February to May 2015, and included neighborhood residents as well as staff of organizations working in the community (“colleagues”).

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Meet Summer at Skiddy Staff

Summer at Skiddy Staff collageIt was a positive summer at Skiddy Park for many families and children. Learn more about the Summer at Skiddy Staff from 2016, who made it a summer to remember.

 

 

 

 

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