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Hofstra's MPH program is partnering with Hofstra's National Center for Suburban Studies and the Disability Opportunity Fund (an organization that provides technical and financial services to individuals and organizations serving the disability market) to uncover gaps and identify creative solutions for housing and related services for people with disabilities and their families living on Long Island. In an effort to explore both the gaps, as well as potential solutions, the Wait No More Long Island Project, involves speaking with a range of stakeholders in a series of focus groups, and conducting a population-based survey to assess need and demand, and to give all consumers an opportunity to have their voice heard. Our goal is to use the data from the Wait No More Survey (which can be found at www.thedof.org) to spark creative collaborations among policymakers, providers, developers and funders to find a range of safe, affordable, accessible, preferable and sustainable housing options for this underserved, at-risk population. In an effort to promote the survey, several MPH students (as well as other students from the Public Relations and Health Sciences programs at Hofstra) attended the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged at Mitchel Field on May 31 and June 1st. Mingling with parents to discuss the survey and cheer on the athletes was a productive and inspiring experience!
Congratulations to MSCH candidate, Sharisse Carter, who has been accepted to present at a national conference!
April 29, 2013: Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit at Emory University & The Institute for the Study of Disadvantage and Disability present “Break the Cycle of Environmental Health Disparities 8”
“Hidden in Plain Sight: Community Attitudes, Knowledge and Action Plans to Remediate Roosevelt’s Brownfields” by Sharisse Carter
Breaking the Cycle of Environmental Health Disparities is a grant program, sponsored in conjunction with Emory University, which awards qualified recipients with the opportunity to research and bring awareness to environmental health concerns in their communities. Hidden in Plain Sight is my approach to bringing awareness to the Roosevelt community regarding several properties that have been exposed to toxic chemicals and could be hazardous to our community. What we hope to accomplish with your feedback is to gain invaluable insight to what our community residents knows about these contaminated sites, how they feel about the existence of contaminated properties in our neighborhood, what approaches our community leaders should take in helping to make our environment healthier, and what kinds of action plans can be developed to ensure our community is healthier for generations to come.