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Community Outreach and Education

As a dedicated steward of community health, Stony Brook is committed to helping individuals and community-based organizations gain access to healthcare services and live healthier lives. This has manifested in a number of ways: partnering with other organizations in the community to provide workshops, lectures, seminars, and screenings; working with school districts to teach students about nutrition, exercise, and the dangers of tobacco; and providing child safety information to parents, educators, and school nurses. Each year the Medical Center reaches thousands of community members with cancer prevention education and cancer screenings.

For example, Stony Brook:

  • Reaches underserved communities by identifying health issues and addressing healthcare disparities and promotes awareness, sensitivity, and knowledge among Stony Brook staff in dealing with diverse patient populations.
  • Partners with the Suffolk County Department of Health's Office on Minority Health to provide free screenings, prevention/education, and health insurance assistance programs.
  • Partners with the American Cancer Society Suffolk County office on a variety of programs that offer support and services to individuals diagnosed with cancer. These include, but are not limited to the "Look Good...Feel Better Program," "Road to Recovery," and "Reach to Recovery." An onsite Volunteer Patient Navigation Program is also available to patients. 
  • Helps mark the conclusion of cancer treatment. Firefighters donated bells from the Bohemia and East Brentwood Fire Departments, displayed in the Cancer Center Lobby, that patients are invited to ring to commemorate the completion of chemotherapy treatment. When a patient rings the bell, it symbolizes reaching a milestone, and moving on with life.

For more information, call HealthConnect® at (631) 444-4000.

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