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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Employee Assistance Program

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a comprehensive worksite-based program to assist employees in the prevention, early intervention, and resolution of problems, which may impact on job performance. These problems may include (but are not limited to) family, marital, stress, financial, grief, alcohol/drugs, domestic violence, and emotional or legal issues.

The goals of the Downstate Employee Assistance Program are:

  • To improve the health and well being of our employees
  • To reduce the impact of personal and job-related problems on employee productivity
  • To offer supervisory and administrative staff training and information on assisting employees with problems
  • To support Downstate policies for maintaining a safe and healthy workplace
  • To work closely with the EAP Advisory Committee, and the New York State Employee Assistance Program to serve our employees and maintain good relations with labor and management.

The EAP is a voluntary program, designed to offer a highly professional, confidential source of information and referrals for people with personal problems or concerns.


EAP Coordinator

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Magda Alliancin, EdD
Coordinator, Employee Assistance Program

Magda Alliancin, EdD - Coordinator for the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Dr. Alliancin is an advocate for Women's Health with emphasis on Minority Health Education and Disease Prevention. From 2006 to 2017, Dr. Alliancin worked in the Office of Diversity Education and Research (formerly known as Minority Affairs) as the Program Coordinator for the Early Medical Education (EME) Program. A program designed to increase the academic competitiveness of undergraduate pre-medical students, early in their college career. Dr. Alliancin has assisted in getting underrepresented students from CUNY and SUNY schools into SUNY Downstate College of Medicine.

Prior to SUNY Downstate, Dr. Alliancin was the Program Director for NYC Health + Hospital Corporation Ryan White Mental Health Program. As the Program Director, she conducted intakes, developed policies and procedures to ensure program compliance, participated in Quality Improvement Review Committee and Co-chaired the Consumer Advisory Board.

Dr. Alliancin is a current member of Kappa Delta Pi, International Education Honors Society. She has participated in SUNY Downstate Middle States Committee, Chancellors Award for Excellence Professional Service Sub Committee, Domestic Violence Committee and past election chair for the National Association for Medical Minority Educators (NAMME) Organization. Currently, she is a grant reviewer for Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and serves as a judge for Annual Research Day.

Dr. Alliancin received her undergraduate and graduate education from Long Island University and went on to complete her second Master's and Doctoral degree from Teachers College Columbia University in Health Education and Behavior Studies.