JUSTICE
THROUGH HEALTH

A commitment to eliminating healthcare disparities across Long Island

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WELFARE

Healthcare costs continue to mount unsustainably for individuals using Medicaid or lacking health insurance entirely, often due to avoidable and costly ER and hospital visits. Stony Brook is a lynchpin in the regional success of DSRIP (Delivery System Reform Initiative Payment), the federally-mandated plan to reform healthcare delivery to Medicaid and uninsured Americans. We have identified 11 disease conditions in Suffolk County where high-risk patients typically incur high costs, with a plan to empower these individuals to practice self-care through the support of this county-wide effort.

For the plan to work, it means giving 16,000 healthcare providers in the region (40% of the total primary physician service workforce) an interdisciplinary education around proactive, prevention-oriented care. In addition to offering programs toward this end, Stony Brook Medicine will take on a lead role in gathering data and coordinating care for 250 other health organizations in Suffolk County, examining the determinants of diagnosis to outcomes.

UNIT GOAL

$1.19 million

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ABOUT THE SCHOOL

The school’s emphasis on social justice is infused throughout our curriculum, helping students to understand social determinants from the level of individual experience to the global society.  As a part of the university’s health sciences, we work with other disciplines to improve health outcomes and access for the most vulnerable populations.  

 

Jacqueline Mondros, DSW, Dean

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UNIT INITIATIVES

TRAINING THE DELIVERY SYSTEM REFORM INITIATIVE PAYMENT (DSRIP) GENERATION

Training the Delivery System Reform Initiative Payment (DSRIP) Generation

  • Offer healthcare and population-focused academic degree programs which provide wellness-oriented education and training for future healthcare providers

RESEARCH EXCELLENCE

Research Excellence

  • Fundraise and seek grant support for the school’s centers of excellence in the areas of research and aging

FACULTY EXCELLENCE

Faculty Excellence

  • Support for research efforts through seed grants and proposal development
  • Support faculty mentoring of trainees and early-career faculty

STUDENT EXCELLENCE

Student Excellence

  • Support undergraduate need-based and merit-based scholarship as well as graduate student merit-based fellowships

INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL COLLABORATIONS

International and National Collaborations

  • Strengthen relations and develop new ones with China, Africa, Mississippi, and other sites that will provide internships and projects
  • Offer and receive consultation to agencies with similar missions

STONY BROOK STORIES

School of Social Welfare Wins $1.8 Million Grant to Aid the Underserved

School of Social Welfare Wins $1.8 Million Grant to Aid the Underserved

The School of Social Welfare, in collaboration with the School of Nursing, has received a $1.8 million four-year grant that integrates the education and training of social work and nursing graduate students, training them to work in integrated/intra-professional behavioral healthcare settings. The grant is designed to expand the delivery of behavioral health screening, brief intervention, and referral to underserved populations within Suffolk County.

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Agent of Change: Danielle Meyers ’16 Embraces Social Work

Before enrolling at Stony Brook, Danielle Meyers ’16 had already acquired a real-world education growing up on the streets of Harlem. She missed the guidance many children get. Her mother suffered from depression and bipolar disorder and her father had been incarcerated, so she and her two older brothers and two younger sisters learned to fend for themselves.

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Agent of Change: Danielle Meyers ’16 Embraces Social Work