SJC Faculty Expert Makes Strides for Healthcare

PATCHOGUE, NY – MARCH 17, 2009 – St. Joseph’s College is pleased to announce that John Sardelis, Dr.P.H., associate chair of health administration, has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Affinity Health Plan. In addition, Dr. Sardelis, along with a team of healthcare professionals from the Long Island Center for Health Care Policy, has secured a $550,000 grant from Governor David A. Paterson to improve the health and communities of Long Island.

The Affinity Health Plan is an independent, not-for-profit company dedicated to providing comprehensive, affordable, high-quality healthcare to New Yorkers that receive low to moderate income. In 2008, Dr. Sardelis was also elected to the board of IPRO, a not-for-profit corporation committed to assessing and improving health care services through the use of innovative methods and technologies.

The secured government grant will be dispersed over a period of two years to community healthcare systems, and a detailed assessment of the available care as well as a series of forums to discuss necessary programs and improvements to be carried out within the region will follow.

An assistant professor at St. Joseph’s College since 2003, Dr. Sardelis is founder of the St. Joseph’s College Healthcare Center for Outreach, Research, and Education (CORE), which assists Long Islanders in addressing health disparities, providing up-to-date information on public programs, and providing speakers on topical health issues. Dr. Sardelis received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Hunter College, University of the City of New York, a master’s degree in statistics and operations research from New York University, Stern School of Business and a doctor of public health degree from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, respectively.

About St. Joseph's College

St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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