Our Approach

The Center for Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research uses a comprehensive public health approach to support the well-being of our students. We collaborate with Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Services, and partners across the University and in the community to bring quality services and programs to our campus community.

How Does the Public Health Approach Work?

When we implement a public health approach, we provide services on a number of levels – for the entire campus community, for students who may be at risk for concerns that may potentially compromise their well-being and academic success, and for students who are facing behavioral health challenges and may need referrals and other support. The overall goal of a public health approach is to enhance the health of the entire campus community, one person at a time. Through our work, we can potentially enhance the well-being of thousands of people.

The diagram below illustrates a public health model and links some of the programs we deliver with the support of our partnering organizations to this comprehensive behavioral health framework. The shaded areas of the diagram represent the numbers of people in the campus population that are serve through each effort.

Figure demonstrating the Spectrum of Intervention.  The figure is a triangle that starts out wide on the left side, indicating the goals of Optimizing Health and Wellbeing, narrowing to reclaiming health and preventing problems, until coming to a point on the right side indicating the goal of treating problems.  From left to right, interventions are listed in order of severity of concerns: Behavioral Health Promotion, then Early Intervention, then Specialized Interventions.

 

For additional information on our public health approach, or if you have ideas for potential partnerships with us that support the well-being of our campus, please contact Dr. M. Dolores Cimini, Director of the Center for behavioral Health Promotion and Applied research, at dcimini@albany.edu.