By By Laurie Carbo-Porter, PhD, RN, CNE; and Dorcey L. Applyrs, DrPH, MPH
Dorcey Applyrs is an expert on public health. She and Dr. Carbo-Porter believe distance educators are uniquely positioned to address global challenges.
Leadership at institutions of higher education have historically embraced some level of commitment to the well-being of the communities where they are physically situated. This commitment is typically reflected in the institution’s mission and culture. Having campus-based programs naturally lends itself to this type of stewardship because students, faculty, and administrators live and work together in a relatively defined geographic area. For distance institutions of higher education that embrace community stewardship as part of their mission, the commitment is experienced differently, but with no less vigor.
The national dialog about best approaches to strengthen communities will no doubt heighten and become increasingly passionate as we get closer to electing the next United States president. Clearly, faculty, students and administrators engaging in these types of discussions often wonder about how to become more engaged with the communities they serve not only at individual and professional levels, but also at an institutional level.
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About Dorcey Applyrs, DrPH, MPH
Expertise: Health Care
Dorcey L. Applyrs, DrPH, MPH is currently a Public Health Faculty Program Director at Excelsior College. In her role, she provides oversight to the development of Public Health degree programs within the School of Health Sciences. Prior to returning to school to pursue her doctorate degree, Dorcey was employed in the field of HIV/AIDS as an advocate where she worked to improve the quality of life of communities disproportionately impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Dorcey is actively involved in the Albany community. She is a Common Councilwoman in the City of Albany representing the First Ward.
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