Published March 11, 2016
Mr. Robert Furlani, BS, training director and research assistant professor at the University at Buffalo’s School of Public Health and Health Professions, was recently voted on to the Western New York Public Health Alliance (WNYPHA) board.
As a voting board member, Furlani is responsible for the oversight of the organization and also serves on the Strategic Planning Committee. Furlani says that he also helps to move the alliance forward to increase its scope, reach, influence, and leadership surrounding key public health issues in an effort to improve the health and well-being of residents of the region and state.
“It is an honor and privilege to be elected to the WNYPHA, an organization dedicated to addressing public health issues at a local and regional level,” says Furlani. “I look forward to working with the board and alliance members to help the organization realize its vision.”
The WNYPHA is dedicated to improving the health, safety and wellness of the Western New York region through outreach and education. Founded in 2004, the Public Health Alliance grew from The Western New York Public Health Coalition, which formed in 1992 as an informal coalition where the Commissioners and Public Health Directors of the eight counties met on an ad hoc basis to discuss local public health issues and to provide a venue to explore ways to address public health issues on a regional basis. The current makeup represents eight Western New York counties including Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming.
Furlani joined the School of Public Health and Health Professions as training director for the Master of Public Health (MPH) program in 2015. In this role, Furlani coordinates MPH field placement activities, identifies new field sites, strengthens relationships with existing sites, matches students to sites, and helps prepare students for field training. In addition to his role as training director, Furlani also holds a voluntary appointment in the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health as an assistant professor, providing gust lectures for various public health courses.