Community Engagement

 CENTS: Community Engagement Network for Translational Science

Mission: We aim to promote health equity and improve health outcomes for Long Islanders, and ultimately national populations, through partnerships with Long Island communities through our Community Ambassadors and Community Advisory Board.  

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Community Ambassadors 

Community Ambassadors will provide linkages to the specific communities they represent and know intimately, and are empowered as messengers of community trends, needs and concerns to LINCATS leadership and researchers. They will promote awareness of activities related to CTS with the goal of increased engagement between URGs and LINCATS.

Community Advisory Board

Our Community Advisory Board members represent systems that serve the communities of Long Island. View the Community Resources our CAB represents.

Christopher Brancato, MS, RNChristopher Brancato, MS, RN

Marvin Colson, MSMarvin Colson, MS

Mary Ellen Dyer, MDMary Ellen Dyer, MD

Omar Gould, MEOmar Gould, ME

Marth MaffeiMarth Maffei

Brooke OliveriBrooke Oliveri

Jedan Phillips, MDJedan Phillips, MD

Gregson Pigott, MDGregson Pigott, MD

Kelly Ramsey, MDKelly Ramsey, MD

Aiyana Smith, LICSWAiyana Smith, LICSW

Veronica Treadwell, LMSWVeronica Treadwell, LMSW

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Module Lead


George Leibowitz, Ph.D
Professor & Doctoral Chair, School of Social Welfare

Phone: 631-444-6369

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