June 26, 2002 at 5:12 PM EST - Updated July 3 at 4:15 PM
CLEVELAND (AP) - The city and Case Western Reserve University are uniting to create a center focused on improving public health.
The Center for Science, Health and Society will link health education, outreach and public health research with the city's efforts to make the population healthier, The Plain Dealer reported Wednesday.
It will build on public health initiatives, such as cancer screening, teen outreach and educating people about such issues as diabetes, hypertension and asthma.
Dr. Nathan Berger, dean of the Case Western medical school for the last seven years, will head the program effective Monday.
"We have to find a way to reach out to the community and find out what the real needs of the community are," said Dr. Edward Hundert, incoming Case Western president.
Hundert said the center would allow the community to benefit from the university's public health resources as the city builds a professional health department.
"We're trying to create connections," Mayor Jane Campbell said. "There's a world of resources at this university."
The new program initially will be housed in the university's medical school. But Berger said it could evolve into a community health center at the site of the old Mt. Sinai Medical Center, which the university now owns.
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