Dr. Melody Goodman Recognized by Governor Patterson, Melody S. Goodman, M.S., Ph.D., Director of the Center for Public Health and Health Policy Research and Assistant Director of Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Center, has been named to the New York State Minority Health Council by Governor David Patterson.
The New York State Department of Health, Office of Minority Health, formed a Minority Health Council in1992. Fourteen members are appointed by the governor to a six-year term. The minority health council’s mission is to consider any matter relating to the preservation and improvement of minority health, and it may, from time to time, submit to the commissioner any recommendations relating to the preservation and improvement of minority health.
Dr. Goodman, who received her Ph.D. in Biostatistics from Harvard University in 2006, has taught biostatistics at the Harvard School for Public Health, and worked as a statistical consultant at the Center for Community Based Research, Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She graduated from Stony Brook University with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Statistics/Economics (Summa Cum Laude) in 1999.
One of Dr. Goodman’s objectives has been to uncover the reasons for the health disparities that exist in area communities. She works with community health centers, churches, and other community based organizations within African-American and undeserved communities on Long Island. Her main areas of interest are cancer incidence in minorities, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, asthma and behavioral changes that can reduce the risk of preventable diseases.
“My goal is to bridge the gap between community health needs and public health research by working directly with communities to better understand the health issues, problems or shortcomings they are experiencing, then develop research based on that,” says Dr. Goodman. “Community-based research is a tool that helps us target needed areas of health research for specific populations.”
Dr. Goodman lives in Jamaica, Queens, N.Y. -30-
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