NEW HYDE PARK, NY —
Cohen Children's Medical Center has partnered with The Long Island Coalition Against Bullying (LICAB) to provide resources for adolescents affected by bullying.
The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that one in four students has been bullied and that one third of those bullied are often afraid to go to school. LICAB founder and executive director Joseph Salamone knows first-hand about bullying having endured it from sixth to eleventh grade.
Through the partnership, victims of bullying who are treated at Cohen Children's or any Northwell Health facility will have access to such resources as subsidized therapy and counseling, along with personal development programs like martial arts classes to build self-esteem.
"LICAB is honored to partner with one of Long Island's premiere organizations and institutions in the Cohen Children's Medical Center and Northwell Health group," said Salamone.
Cohen Children's commitment to care includes pediatric medical, surgical, psychiatric and dental services for the sickest of children. The staff's mission also focuses on the safety and well-being of all children, which makes the LICAB program a strong addition. In addition, the partnership will work together to increase awareness of bullying through outreach events in schools and communities throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.
"I am excited about this partnership and joining LICAB in combating bullying across Long Island," said Mark Welles, MD, a pediatrician at Cohen Children's who will serve on the board of directors at LICAB. "As a physician dedicated to this cause for many years it's great to see our community efforts aligning themselves with the needs of our communities."
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About the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York
Founded in 1983, Cohen Children's Medical Center is a 202-bed hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children. The specialists in the hospital's national and international programs cover an entire range of specialties. State-of-the-art care for children's medical, surgical, and dental needs are provided in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The facility is the largest provider of pediatric health services in New York State, serving 1.8 million children in Brooklyn, Queens, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties. For the 11th consecutive year in 2017, Cohen's was ranked among the nation's best children's hospitals in U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 "America's Best Children's Hospitals" survey, achieving top-50 rankings in nine of 10 pediatric specialties.