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Linda Veit named director of community relations

SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- Linda Veit, MPH, special projects manager for the Upstate Cancer Center who has led the successful community outreach program She Matters Breast Cancer Screening with Pioneer Homes, has been named director of community relations for Upstate Medical University. The appointment, effective immediately, was announced by President Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP.

Additionally, Veit will continue her work for the Upstate Cancer Center, which focuses on developing and implementing public health outreach and community relations for the center.

As Upstate’s director for community relations, Veit will lead efforts to enhance and strengthen the university’s outreach by working closely with community leaders and developing effective partnerships with key constituencies throughout Central New York.  She will serve on the University Hill Corporation (UHC) and work closely with other UHC representatives to ensure Upstate input on University Hill issues.

She will work closely with other university leaders to develop Upstate’s advocacy agenda and build a strong network of university advocates across the region.

As she has done successfully for the Upstate Cancer Center, Veit will seek out grant support for Upstate community initiatives that highlight the university’s mission of enhancing the health care of the local community.

Veit played a leading role in developing and implanting the Upstate Cancer Center’s She Matters Breast Cancer Screening Program with Pioneer Homes, which launched in 2014. Funded since its first year by the Susan G. Komen CNY Affiliate, the program has increased mammography rates among women living in several Syracuse Housing Authority properties.

Another success of the program is the Upstate-trained Resident Health Advocates, Pioneer Home residents who serve as community resources on health-related issues. They lead discussion groups and offer support for women during mammogram screenings.

Veit joined Upstate in 1985 and has served in a variety of positions, including as lead clinical research professional for the Department of Surgery and as administrator for a national clinical trials group funded by the National Cancer Institute.  She is an instructor in both the Surgery and Public Health and Preventive Medicine departments.

Veit has been recognized for her work, most recently with the Chancellor’s Award for Professional Service (2016). She also has been a member of the Upstate Leadership Academy.

She holds an MPH from Upstate and Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from Le Moyne College.