CHI Rapid Response

We explore emerging public health issues from many angles.

The Rapid Response Initiative supports our mission as a thought leader for emerging and urgent public health issues. This Initiative brings together content experts and key stakeholders to explore the economic, political, social, environmental and cultural aspects of emerging public health issues from a transdisciplinary perspective.

Past Topics of Exploration

Community Approaches to Treating Concussions (2015)

An estimated 300,000 sports-related traumatic brain injuries (predominantly concussions) occur annually in the United States, affecting otherwise healthy young men and women. To address this concern, on March 30, 2015, CHI and Adelphi hosted a symposium co-sponsored by Winthrop University Hospital on concussions.

Featured speakers included:

  • Dr. Michael Kennedy (’09), Board-Certified Sports and Emergency Medicine physician with expertise in treating a wide range of athletic injuries.
  • Dr. Kevin Curley, an attending physician at Winthrop University Hospital, Board-Certified in Internal Medicine and Sports Medicine, and a Primary Care Sports Physician for Adelphi University.
  • Dr. Mark Grossman, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and currently the Team Physician for Adelphi University’s Athletic Program, as well as the Team Physician for several area high schools, moderated a panel of experts, including Pat LaFontaine, retired NHL player, inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in Minnesota, founder and current President of Companions in Courage.
  • Don Gronachan, Vice President of Physical Medicine Sales, Biodex Inc.
  • Dr. Ann Cornell-Bell, Director, Chembio Diagnostic Systems, Inc.
  • Dr. Rupi Johal, Winthrop Orthopaedic Associates. Primary care sports medicine physician.

In additional to local physicians and coaches, National Hockey League Hall of Fame awardee Pat LaFontaine spoke eloquently about his personal experience. His career was prematurely ended due to concussions, and he used his personal story to illustrate the need for community engagement around this critical issue.

Community members participated in exercise and balancing activities and evaluation.

The Organizing Committee represented area hospitals and medical professionals, as well as Adelphi’s Athletic Department (Daniel McCabe and Michael Gavagan) and the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education (Dr. Emilia Zarco, Dr. Robert Otto, John Wygand and Dr. John Petrizzo).


Responding to the Ebola Epidemic (2014)

On November 6, 2014, CHI and Adelphi hosted a panel discussion and exploration of the Ebola epidemic. Dr. Samuel Stanley, Jr., President of Stony Brook University, keynoted the event. He is a Harvard graduate, a world-renowned researcher in virology, an Ebola expert, and the top infectious disease investigator funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Stanley is the founding director of the Midwest Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Disease Research.