Health services encompasses a broad area, from grassroots initiatives to large healthcare institutions. The ultimate goal is to understand, manage, and improve how we attempt to keep people healthy and how we treat them when they're not. It involves knowledge and skills in many areas, including biology, anthropology, sociology, public health, psychology, epidemiology, finance, business, management, pharmacology and law.
My current research focuses on community health workers and their impact on community and school health. Community health workers are people who are “of and from the community” and create bridges between the community and systems (healthcare, school, social services, etc.). I serve as the board co-chair of the Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo where I assist with training, technical assistance, and evaluation of community health worker core competencies as well as topics like cultural/structural competency and health literacy.
Along with teaching at D'Youville, I'm also director of the Center for Research on Physical Activity, Sport & Health (CRPASH), an interdisciplinary research center on campus. We offer opportunities for students at all levels to assist with research in community and school-based programs that are funded through grants and contracts.
Every semester I meet interesting students who have promise to become conscientious and responsive health services managers and administrators, health analysts, and public health workers. I really enjoy connecting these students to opportunities in the community. I'm pleased when I see our students internalize the importance of grassroots organizations and incorporate their experiences into their future work.
Renee Cadzow, PhD
Dept. of Health Services Administration