Cancer Center Wins CPiA Grant to Promote Sun Safety |


the Stony Brook University Cancer Center received a Cancer Prevention in Action (CPiA) grant to help promote sun protection measures aimed at preventing skin cancer on Long Island.

Stony Brook is the first and only institution on Long Island to receive this competitive award. Cancer Prevention in Action is a program of the New York State Department of Health and Health Research that supports local cancer prevention and risk reduction interventions using a change approach. policies, systems and environment (PES). This project is supported by funds from Health Research, Inc. and New York State.

This grant will allow outreach and community engagement staff at Stony Brook University Cancer Center to partner with community organizations and businesses in Nassau and Suffolk counties to implement sun protection measures, which is in line with to the mission of the Cancer Center. By adopting sun protection policies, these community groups will help reduce the risk of skin cancer for their employees and visitors. There will also be educational opportunities on the dangers of UV tanning and the importance of HPV vaccination for community partners and leaders to mobilize change that will prevent cancer.

“We are excited to share our expertise with the community and help community partners adopt policies that promote solar safety on Long Island and that can help prevent skin and HPV-related cancers,” says Linda Mermelstein, MD, MPH, Associate Director of Community Outreach and Engagement at Stony Brook Cancer Center.

Stony Brook University Cancer Center is the leader in Suffolk County cancer care and a leader in education and research, with more than 20,000 inpatients and 70,000 outpatient visits per year. To learn more, visit

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