Lourdes Center for Public Health
Recognizing the important role that public health and population-based methodologies can play in effective health promotion and disease prevention, the Lourdes Center for Public Health was established in 2006 under the leadership of Doctor Stanton Miller to engage students in public health studies and activities in the communities served by Lourdes Health System's hospitals in Camden and Burlington counties as well as other Catholic Health East hospitals in New Jersey.
The Lourdes Center for Public Health works collaboratively with academic and community partners to:
- identify critical public health challenges
- design and implement research
- develop intervention strategies for urban and vulnerable populations.
CHE hospitals strive to "be a transforming, healing presence within the diverse communities in which we live and serve." By engaging stakeholders in community-based participatory research, the Center helps the hospitals and the communities they serve address critical public health challenges. In addition to building our communities' capacity to be healthy, the campus-community partnerships generated by the Center's work will provide a model for other hospitals and communities.
The Center partners with community organizations and with regional academic institutions in projects of applied public health practice. By engaging the academic community, and specifically, undergraduate and graduate-level public health students in research, the Center addresses also encourages and equips future generations to become involved in finding achievable and effective solutions to today's public health concerns.
Additionally, the Center sponsors the Sister Helen Owens Public Health Lectureship series named in honor of Sister Helen Owens, OSF, Vice President of Mission of the Lourdes Health System in recognition of her continued leadership and contributions towards public health for the community and beyond. This lectureship series was designed to promote increased awareness of issues in public health among Lourdes Associates and the community-at-large.