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Service & Community

Service & Community

The SUNY Academic Medical Centers provide more than just direct patient care to their respective communities.

University of Buffalo

Students and faculty at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo participate in a wide variety of community outreach efforts that foster lifelong learning and promote healthy lifestyles. Areas of outreach include:

Downstate Medical Center

Downstate has a long history of commitment to service and the community it serves. Within University Hospital of Brooklyn, screening and health outreach programs are coordinated through the Center for Community Health Promotion and Wellness, in collaboration with senior centers, churches/faith groups, community-based organizations, public officials, local school districts, and business entities, reaching over 11,000 residents throughout Brooklyn annually.

In the colleges, community events are coordinated through the Community Service Program, which matches students from all colleges with local community organizations. Major service/community-focused programs include the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center and the student-run Brooklyn Free Clinic, which provides care to the uninsured. Downstate maintains a close collaboration with the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, with which it sponsors the Health Science Academy for local high school students – just one of numerous pipeline programs for local students aspiring to careers in the health professions.

College of Optometry

The SUNY College of Optometry provides a variety of community outreach, including education, screenings, support groups, and homebound care touching 7,650 lives through The Bowery Mission, The Door, and partnerships with hospitals affiliated with NYC Health + Hospitals and other medical centers.

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) is "Committed to improving access to healthcare and promoting a healthier community." By collaborating with community-based organizations, SBUH strives to improve the health status of the community. Through health information and health promotion/disease prevention lectures, workshops and screenings we enable people to live healthier lives. In addition to frequent community health promotion programs and screenings on a variety of current topics, SBUH offers support groups, corporate wellness education and special events such as women’s health day.

Upstate Medical University

As the largest employer in Central New York, Upstate gives back to the communities it serves through education, biomedical research, health care and community service. Upstate brings young people on site to support and cultivate their interest in health care. Dozens of Upstate employees host and mentor students at their work sites. Many of these opportunities (e.g. Mercy Works Inc. SYNERGY program; Project SEARCH, a 30-week internship program at Upstate for students with developmental disabilities) support access to underserved or underrepresented students.  

Whether collecting coats for refugees or mentoring local elementary school students in science, Upstate staff and students are involved in dozens of community service activities aimed at creating better lives. Upstate is one of the area’s most generous employers when it comes to community support. Upstate employees demonstrate leadership by donating generously to hundreds of health and human services agencies through the Community Giving Campaign. In addition, Upstate’s dedicated team of volunteers – known as "Team Upstate" – spearheads the university’s participation in numerous charity events such as Interfaith Works, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the Corporate Volunteer Council Dictionary Project, Mary Nelson’s Youth Day BBQ/Backpack drive, Christmas Bureau, Baldwin Run For Their Life, and more.

Academic Health and Hospital Affairs