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Health Professions Dean at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus Is Re-elected to the Board of ASAHP, a National Organization Focusing on Health Professions in Higher Education

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Helen Saffran,Associate Director of Public Relations
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Long Island University
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Brooklyn, N.Y. — Barry Eckert, dean of the School of Health Professions at Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus, has been re-elected to the board of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) for a second consecutive three-year term. Eckert has been active in ASAHP for 15 years, working on committees and helping to organize important conferences.

ASAHP is a prestigious national organization that covers many aspects of four-year undergraduate and graduate study in the health professions. Its agenda includes faculty, research, legislation, workforce, education and accreditation issues. The association is involved in advocacy for the health professions at the state and federal levels, and focuses on legislation that provides funding for the health care workforce.

"As dean of the Brooklyn Campus School of Health Professions, I am preparing students for the health care workforce; that is the motivation for the growth of the School," says Eckert, referring to the increased enrollment at the School of Health Professions since he took the helm in 2007. "As a board member of ASAHP, I'm in the forefront of change in all aspects of the health professions, which helps me as dean."

Eckert is also on the board of the Commission for Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), where he is involved in the accreditation process of many health professions programs.

Since becoming dean in 2007, Eckert has provided leadership for establishing the Master of Public Health and the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree programs; changing the physician assistant bachelor's degree program to a master's degree program; and moving the undergraduate and graduate social work program from the College of Arts and Sciences to the School of Health Professions.

Eckert lives in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn with his wife Liz. They have two adult children, Liza and John, who are also Brooklynites.

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dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Posted 09/27/2011

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