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[July 28, 2010]

SUNY Downstate Honored for Community Health Improvement by Healthcare Association of New York State

SUNY Downstate Medical Center received an Honorable Mention for the 2010 Community Health Improvement Award presented by the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) at its Annual Membership Conference awards dinner. Maria Yomtov, MS, RN, director of the Center for Community Health Promotion and Wellness at SUNY Downstate, accepted a plaque on behalf of the medical center. The Center was one of only three programs spotlighted by HANYS for the award.

The prestigious Community Health Improvement Award is HANYS’ highest honor recognizing outstanding initiatives that improve community health and well-being. Established in 1997, the award is presented to facilities and programs that target specific community health issues and achieve quantifiable results.

Downstate's Center for Community Health Promotion and Wellness participates in numerous community health promotion outreach activities, partnering with community based organizations, senior citizen centers, faith groups, public officials, local school districts, and business entities. This includes lectures, workshops, health screenings for all ages, immunizations, prenatal and expectant family education classes, chronic conditions clubs, and smoking cessation programs, in addition to patient care. The goal is to meet growing community demand and provide a comprehensive health education, awareness, and prevention program to an inner-city community.  

HANYS’ President Daniel Sisto said, “This year’s awardees were selected from a field of hundreds of similar proactive community health initiatives from across the state, which collectively represent health care providers’ tireless commitment to improving the health and well being of their communities.”

The awards were announced Wednesday, June 23, at HANYS’ 42nd Annual Membership Conference. The top award was presented to Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. An honorable mention was also given to the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Photos of the awards presentation are available at

To learn more about programs offered by SUNY Downstate's Center for Community Health Promotion and Wellness, please visit or call 718-270-2020.


SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.

SUNY Downstate ranks eighth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools.  More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.

HANYS, the only statewide hospital and continuing care association in New York State, represents more than 550 non-profit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies, and other health care organizations.