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Community Relations and Engagement

Community Relations and Engagement
Weiskotten Hall
Rm. 1166
766 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210
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Phone: 315 464-4832
Fax: 315 464-4519
Name: Linda Veit
Email: veitl@rassow.net
Community Outreach Activities

As the region's only Academic Medical University, Upstate provides exceptional care to patients, searches for new cures and treatments for diseases and conditions, and educates the healthcare leaders of the future—all while partnering with our communities.

Community Relations helps to build relationships and facilitate programs to promote prevention, help manage conditions, address health issues while being a resource to connect people and organizations to health, education, and discovery at Upstate. We foster communication between Upstate and the surrounding communities.

The External Relations team's Community Relations officer is responsible for leading and coordinating Upstate's outreach, collaboration, activities and partnerships with organizations at the local, regional and national levels. The purpose is to help ensure an effective and robust community relations program focused on the needs of Upstate and the people they serve.

Our office can:

  • Facilitate communication with outside organizations, companies, and coalitions
  • Connect community members and organizations to experts at Upstate, as well as connecting Upstate experts to community organizations for maximum impact
  • Provide advice on strategic community program development as it relates to Upstate's priorities.
  • Support employee corporate and civic responsibility and engagement in the community through Team Upstate

Please contact the Assistant Vice President of Community Relations prior to planning or assisting with activities and events involving outside organizations.

Engaged in the Community

Through the New York State Mentoring Program, Upstate Medical Students serve as mentors to children throughout the Syracuse City School District.

Medical Students from Upstate serve as mentors to children throughout the Syracuse City School District.

She Matters®

She Matters was established in 2014. This partnership between Upstate Cancer Center and Syracuse Housing Authority uses Upstate trained peer-to-peer Community Health Workers (CHW) to educate and assist in the scheduling and completion of mammograms. Upstate trained CHWs are leaders in their community and trusted by their peers. She Matters understands the importance of not only learning from the residents to maintain a culturally competent program, but also empowering these residents to lead by example. 30% of women navigated to mammography in this program have incorporated the behavior into their own health maintenance regimen, scheduling their next annual mammogram without peer-to-peer Community Health Worker (CHW) reminders.