Published May 11, 2016
Mr. Robert Furlani, training director and research assistant professor at the University at Buffalo’s School of Public Health and Health Professions, was recently voted as a new member of the New York State Public Health Association’s board of directors.
Mr. Furlani will represent the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions and the greater Western New York area on a board that includes members from various geographic locations in the state and diverse areas of expertise including school-based health; oral and rural health; maternal and child health; epidemiology and bio-statistics; healthy eating and physical activity; community public health education; tobacco-free living; policy and regional health planning. Priorities for the NYSPHA include; maintaining funding for public health programs, increased funding for the Bureau of Tobacco Control, maintenance of local health department infrastructure, require all SUNY campuses to be tobacco free, replenishment of the Healthy Food/Healthy Communities Fund, and addition of E-Cigarettes to the Clean Indoor Air Law.
“This is the first time the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions has engaged at this level with the New York State Public Health Association,” said Furlani. “It is an extremely great honor to be voted as a new member of the board representing the state chapter of APHA.”
The New York State Public Health Association (NYSPHA) is an affiliate of the American Public Health Association and serves as a statewide organization for members from all disciplines in the public health spectrum including state and county health departments, health care; policy and advocacy organizations; community based health and human service programs and workers; academia and research.
Mr. 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, Mr. 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, Mr. Furlani also holds a voluntary appointment in the department of epidemiology and environmental health as an assistant professor, providing guest lectures for various public health courses. Mr. Furlani also serves as a board member of the Western New York Public Health Alliance.