Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
The Center’s main focus is to improve the health of the community through service, research, education, advocacy and policy.
Lerner Center Community Health Philosophy
The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at The Maxwell School at Syracuse University was established in 2011.
The mission of the Center is to improve the health of the community through service, research, education, and advocacy and policy. The Lerner Center works in partnership with citizens, students, researchers and public health professionals to identify needs, develop programming and deploy collaborative initiatives.
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.
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.