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Graduates of Upstate resident health program advocate for community health

Ten residents of Pioneer Homes in Syracuse have graduated as advocates of the Resident Health Advocates program, a Healthy Neighbors Partnership between Upstate Medical University and the Syracuse Housing Authority.

“This partnership helps create community leaders,” said Mozart Guerrier, community engagement specialist at Upstate. “The collaboration with Upstate and the Syracuse Housing Authority gives the chance to further drive Upstate’s mission to give back to the communities we serve.”

The advocates completed eight-weeks of health education training from experts at Upstate and at other community organizations. The program taught the students different strategies on how to improve health care, particularly through prevention.

The advocates are then tasked with fostering relationships in their communities through educational classes and collaborations with the YMCA and the Onondaga County Health Department. Their mission is to raise awareness, increase access to accurate health care information and evoke discussion about health disparities and prevention practices.

“This program taught me about patience, tolerance and compassion,” said Yvette Noble, Resident Health Advocate. “You can’t go out and advocate to other people if you don’t have those qualities.”

The class of Residents Health Advocates are:

Lisa Bigelow

Paige Brooks

Martha Chavis

Lawrence Diamond-Walls

Tyrmaine Dugger

Dominque Felder

Tyrone Hunter

Mary Harris

Yvette Noble

Alice Umurisa

Caption: Mozart Guerrier, left, community engagement specialist at Upstate, speaks with Resident Health Advocate graduate Tyrone Hunter.

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