Projects & Initiatives

One of the primary goals of the Lerner Center is to serve as a neutral convener and facilitator on pressing community health issues and emerging opportunities. The work of the Center is done in collaboration with various stakeholders, with an emphasis on aligned goals and sustainability.

Our Work

The Lerner Center received a two-year grant to fund the Near Westside Healthy Neighborhood initiative, a partnership of community agencies led by the Lerner Center and the Near Westside Initiative at Syracuse University, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center and Nojaim Brothers Supermarket.

“The future of healthcare” is taking shape in a Syracuse neighborhood long plagued by poverty and high rates of chronic disease. Read about a partnership between the Center, a grocery store, a placemaking organization and a hospital that incentivizes healthy eating while providing rich data to doctors and health promotion researchers.

In 2014-2015, the Lerner Center facilitated a community wide demonstration project to address Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in Onondaga County.

The Affordable Care Act requires hospitals to engage the public as part of a comprehensive assessment of a community’s health needs. In Onondaga County, the Lerner Center took the lead in running these engagement sessions and crafting the report.

Our first project is also probably our best known and is certainly grown into the largest. Healthy Monday Syracuse runs programs that focus on getting people to make small changes to their lifestyles — eat healthier, exercise more, quit smoking — that will reduce their changes of developing chronic disease.