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College of Health Related Professions


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Message to All College of Health Related Professions Alumni


The College of Health Related Professions (CHRP) has a long tradition of excellence in educating health care professionals dating back to 1966, and CHRP alumni have been instrumental in creating that 50-year legacy. The CHRP continues to need your assistance. Your help in communicating with fellow alumni will go a long way toward strengthening the connection to our large alumni network. Having alumni involvement in the CHRP is critically important because you have a valuable perspective on the quality of our product (i.e., the education you received here), as you use it to advance your own career in the real world. We are striving to have as much alumni engagement as possible as mentors, preceptors, to augment network building for our currently matriculating students, and as a way to ensure meaningful engagement in the many professional and geographic communities we serve in the CHRP.

It is our hope to develop a viable CHRP Alumni Association to provide a mechanism through which alumni can partner with our college to help promote programs to prospective students, as well as contribute time, talent, and financial support for the enhancement of CHRP programs. We will soon be embarking on the next phase of the CHRP's strategic planning process for 2016-2020 and we would like your involvement in the effort. Additionally, we are in the process of establishing an open line of communication with all alumni. One way we plan to accomplish this is by beginning a quarterly Alumni Chat with the Dean session. Such sessions will be a great way for CHRP alumni who live and work proximally to Downstate to have an ongoing conversation with the college about your ideas.

We also will soon begin production of a quarterly CHRP newsletter that will have a section dedicated to alumni news and updates. In the near future, we will begin honoring CHRP alumni in the newsletter who make unique and meaningful contributions to their profession and community via an alumni spotlight. The bottom-line is that we want to begin to establish a genuine partnership with our alumni that will over time lead to more meaningful relationships and collaborations. Please contact me directly if you have ideas that we need to hear (

Finally, this year is the CHRP's 50th anniversary and we have several events planned. We would love to have you involved. Please contact the Assistant Dean of the CHRP, Mr. Phillip Bones (, for more information.

We need your help. Let's get started!

Allen Lewis, PhD, CRC, Dean
College of Health Related Professions