Posted on November 2, 2017 at: 4:46 pm
Partnership to mobilize UD’s research, education, public service efforts
University of Delaware President Dennis Assanis launched the UD Partnership for Healthy Communities at the 10th annual Vision Coalition Conference, titled: Strengthening Partnerships in Health and Education: Delaware and the Nation.
About 500 people attended the conference held Oct. 30 in Clayton Hall. Joe Biden, 47th vice president of the United States, a UD alumnus and founding chair of UD’s Biden Institute, was the morning’s keynote speaker, and all three members of Delaware’s Congressional delegation helped to kick off the event.
The new partnership Assanis launched during the luncheon portion of the conference is part of the UD Community Engagement Initiative, which is designed to strengthen the contributions of UD as an engaged research university.
“This partnership will mobilize the University’s extensive research, education and public service efforts to address the complex health challenges facing communities in Delaware and across the nation, especially those marked by economic and social disadvantages,” Assanis said. “By focusing on the social, economic and environmental conditions in our communities, I believe this partnership can promote not only better health policies and systems of care, but true physical, mental and social well-being for our residents.”