Graduating a Healthy High School Class of 2035

Working toward improving the health of the next generation.

The national goal of achieving significantly higher levels of health and well-being for the next generation has gained powerful momentum since this past July, when CHI first identified it as a priority. Subsequently, the White House under President Obama, the American Public Health Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Institute of Medicine and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement have all identified the early years as a priority for funding and research, and announced grant opportunities and collaborative agreements focused on the issues of early childhood.

Related Initiatives and Events at Adelphi University

Creating Compassionate Communities (CCC)

Founded in 2015 in collaboration with CHI by Jessie Klein, PhD, MSW, MEd, Associate Professor of Sociology, Creating Compassionate Communities contributes to the health of Adelphi students, other school communities and the Long Island area through interdisciplinary programming and direct practice. The CCC program works with educators, social workers, criminal justice professionals, local businesses, nurses and others interested in building strong social bonds by increasing capacity for empathy. Dr. Klein completed the initial training of two schools in this initiative: Central Harlem’s Central Park East 2 Elementary School and downtown Manhattan’s PS 534 Harvest Collegiate High School. Both schools serve a diverse population and are in under-resourced areas.

Sport for Development Collaborative

In August 2014, Meredith Whitley, PhD, and Kevin Mercier, EdD, (Ammon School of Education) developed the New York City Sport for Development Collaborative in partnership with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA. This Collaborative has brought together organizations, business leaders, and funders in the sport-based youth development field. The work has led to grant-funded evaluation opportunities, site visits and guest lectures for our courses, and connections to internships and jobs for our students. Additional sport-based youth development updates include the Sport-Based Youth Development Fellowship, where students earn tuition-free master’s degrees while working in the sport-based youth development field through Adelphi’s partnerships with local organizations.

Our Children, Our Future: Innovative Approaches to Perinatal Health

On October 15, 2015, a half-day action-oriented symposium was held to explore the effect of the social determinants on the mental and physical health outcomes in birth and early childhood. The event featured a keynote address by Dr. Fleda Mask Jackson, founder and director of Save 100 Babies, as well as a panel of experts in the field in perinatal care moderated by Jacqueline Brandwein, Professor in the Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health.

Young Adult Health Conference

Scheduled for March 2016, co-chaired by Dr. Dana Boccio (Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology) and Professor Deseriee Kennedy (Family Law, Touro Law Center) and facilitated by Dr. Francine Conway (Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology) and Dr. Lorie Smith Goshin (Professor of Nursing at CUNY Hunter), this half-day action-oriented symposium will focus on the health of our young adult population in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Adelphi’s Autism and Health Network

Recent statistics released by the CDC identified that one in 68 children is on the autism spectrum. Adelphi has had a long-standing commitment and collaboration with those working in the autism field and has been working for years to raise awareness of and inspire discussion on autism-related issues on Long Island.


The HealthNets mission is to facilitate a network in which health education and promotion professionals share ideas to enhance the health of youth in schools and communities. An initiative of the Health Studies program of Adelphi’s Ammon School of Education, founded in 1997 by Professor Emeritus Monica Homer, EdD, and Instructor Mary Barrese, the program hosts an annual conference to promote the exchange of research and best practices among professionals in health education and related disciplines from Long Island and neighboring communities. Learn more

Nassau County School Wellness Coalition

The Nassau County School Wellness Coalition was formed to support school districts in reevaluating or forming local wellness policies. School districts in the coalition receive assistance in accessing resources, identifying program grants, and performing school assessments. Founding institutional members of the coalition include Adelphi University, the Nassau County Health Department, Nassau Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), Nassau Region PTA, the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents, North Shore-LIJ Health System, and Healthy Schools New York.

Camp Abilities Long Island

Camp Abilities Long Island also provides an excellent opportunity for experiential learning for students from Adelphi and other universities to teach sports and recreational activities to children with sensory impairments. This four-day developmental sports camp, offered for children who are visually impaired, blind or deaf, is held at the Garden City campus of Adelphi University every July. Founded by Adelphi alum Lisa Innella (’08, MA ’11), with Associate Professor Ellen Kowalski, PhD, of the Ammon School of Education, it serves to empower children with sensory impairments to be physically active and productive.

The Institute for Parenting

Adelphi’s Institute for Parenting was established to help ensure the health and well-being of young children by supporting and enhancing parental capacity to provide nurturing, healthy, and developmentally appropriate environments. The Institute provides parents, educators, multidisciplinary service providers, and students with training, service, and research within a culturally sensitive framework.