Joining Forces To Combat Bullying

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Cohen Children’s Medical Center partners with Long Island Coalition Against 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. Long Island Coalition Against Bullying (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.”

—Submitted by Northwell Health

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