The Lerner Center and our affiliates are engaged in numerous outreach activities involving the dissemination of research findings, providing community education, and working with community partners to conduct research and implement collaborative initiatives to address pressing population health challenges, including the U.S. drug overdose crisis and COVID-19.
Our Population Health Research Brief Series disseminates findings from research conducted by our Center affiliates and other colleagues and presents expert perspectives on pressing population health issues affecting us locally, regionally, and nationally. The series focuses on social, spatial, and structural determinants of physical, mental, and behavioral health. Sign up to receive the Population Health Research Briefs here.
The Lerner Center rapidly responded when COVID-19 struck the U.S. in early-2020 by conducting research on the impacts of COVID-19 on health and well-being among different demographic and social groups and by providing community education and outreach on where to access reliable information and how to stay safe. Visit our COVID-19 page to see our COVID-19 tracker for New York State counties and to find regularly-updated COVID-19 information and research. In addition to our COVID-19 academic research, which you can read more about on our current projects page, the Center also produced several issue briefs that aimed to inform the public about various impacts of COVID-19 on groups and institutions and advocate for policy and practice change. Some representative briefs are:
- Health and Profits in Student Housing during the COVID-19 Pandemic
- The Collapse of Health Care: The Effects of COVID-19 on U.S. Community Health Centers
- “Right to Work” and Life or Death for Georgia’s Teachers
- Digital Disinformation is a Threat to Public Health
- Homelessness During COVID-19: Understanding and Preventing Risk of Virus Spread in this Vulnerable Population
- Black Lives Matter: Police Brutality in the Era of COVID-19
- Grandmothers at Work during Coronavirus
- Risky Business: Recognizing the Flaws of Employer-Based Health Insurance during COVID-19
- The Gig is Up: Supporting Non-Standard Workers Now and After Coronavirus
- As Schools Close due to the Coronavirus, Mental Health Care for Children Must be Protected
The Center also produced a series of briefs that provided tips for staying healthy and safe during COVID-19.
- The Public Good, Bad Policies, and Tough Times: When Profit and Public Interests Collide
- Protecting your Mental Health during COVID-19
- Breaking Isolation: Self Care for When Coronavirus Quarantine Ends
- Why Monitoring your Media Consumption during COVID-19 is Important
- A Public Health Side Effect of the Coronavirus Pandemic: Screen Time-Related Eye Strain and Eye Fatigue
- Making Meaning During Coronavirus
- How to Help Children Develop Emotional Resilience during Coronavirus
- Tips for Communicating with Older Adults about COVID-19
- New York State’s Older Adults in Assisted Living Facilities Need All of Us to Help Them Avoid the Coronavirus
- Staying Safe and Healthy during Coronavirus Response: A Guide for Older Adults
- COVID-19: Playing the Long Game for Your Mental Health
The project, funded by the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, aims to provide health care providers with education about Plans of Safe Care (POSC) for mothers with addiction and babies who were exposed to opioids prior to birth and increase the use of POSC within health care and community health settings. Visit our Plans of Safe Care page for more information and resources, including a video of our provider workshop.
The Lerner Center regularly collaborates with community partners to develop and implement programs to improve individual and community health in the Central New York area. Read more about current or recent projects with our community partners and read about our past initiatives.
Community Health Presentations
The Lerner Center has a portfolio of community health presentations that cover Healthy Monday initiatives and best practices for public health program implementation. Examples of these community health presentations include:
- Monday Mile & Creating Accessible Recreation Spaces
- Healthy Monday Program Overview and Implementation
- Health Communication Across the Life Course
- DeStress for Success: Improving College Student Mental Health with a New Healthy Monday Program
If you are interested in Lerner Center staff presenting at your organization or university, please email Program Coordinator Mary Kate Schutt.