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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Bringing Sports Back to Skiddy

Softball game with young child striking ball with a bat at Skiddy ParkWith Syracuse Housing Authority, Missio Church, Nojaim Brothers Supermarket, and the Near Westside Initiative, the Lerner Center was one of many partners to bring a youth softball league back to Skiddy Park. The month long league culminated in the championship game on Saturday, August 6, 2016. It was a joy filled day for the neighborhood. Read more from on the work being done to ensure kids and families have safe places to play, live, and learn. Continue Reading

Lerner Center Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Lerner Center staff pictured left to right: Leah Moser, Katie Wood, Roberto Martinez, Cynthia Morrow, Tom Dennison and Rebecca Bostwick.

As it marks its fifth anniversary, the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, based in the Maxwell School, is taking stock of its growth and accomplishments—an impressive list that includes collaboration and needs assessment in the local community, specific outreach and information projects related to healthy practices and nutrition, an endowed professorship focused on public health and a staff of professionals and graduate-student fellows operating and promoting the center’s programs. Continue Reading

Summer at Skiddy Park

Skiddy Park soccer court with children watching players on the field separated by a chain link fenceDespite recent challenges, Skiddy Park is thriving with positive activities this summer. Watch the youth employed this summer explain why this is important for their neighborhood.










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The Right Recipe

Paul Nojaim, Maarten Jacobs, Roberto Martinez and Rebecca Bostwick representing the Near Westside Coalition.

From the Summer 2015 Maxwell Perspective Magazine

The Lerner Center is partnering with other local institutions to bring better health options to Syracuse’s Near Westside.

For residents of Syracuse’s Near Westside — one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods — access to and affordability of healthy foods has long been a challenge.

The Maxwell School’s Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion is trying to change that, aided by a recent $250,000 grant from the New York State Health Foundation. The grant supports a program that teams a local grocery store and primary care center to increase residents’ knowledge of, access to, and purchase of healthier foods.

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Healthy Monday Walktober 2015 A Success!

 Syracuse University alumni post after walking the SU campus Monday Mile route Monday, November 9th was the conclusion of another successful Walktober and the Healthy Monday team celebrated with an awards ceremony and luncheon.  Walktober 2015 was sponsored in partnership with Healthy Monday Syracuse, the Syracuse University Wellness Initiative and SU Department of Recreation Services.

We are thrilled to see how Walktober has grown; there were nearly 650 active participants who committed to logging their physical activity for the entire month of October.  Participants from Syracuse University, SUNY Upstate, SUNY ESF and the VA Hospital walked their way to better health, covering 63,953 miles in 31 days.  That is the same distance as circling the globe 2.5 times!

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