MINEOLA, NEW YORK, December 11, 2019- Long Island nonprofit FCA (Family & Children’s Association) has named Dr. Donna Bacon to its Board of Trustees.
Dr. Donna Bacon is a tenured Professor at Nassau Community College in the Health Education department where she serves as the Director of the Health Studies program, she also teaches the courses “Human Sexuality” and “Death Education”. In addition to her department responsibilities, she serves as the Director of Violence Prevention Programs, where she creates and initiates prevention education programs on the NCC campus to reduce the occurrence of intimate partner violence, sexual assault and stalking.
Dr. Bacon is also the founding Executive Director of Mid-Nassau Lend a Helping Hand, which is an organization she founded to provide emergency financial services to women undergoing recent breast cancer surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment. Dr. Bacon’s dedication to communities extends internationally with her mission work in Pretoria and Soweto South Africa, where she volunteers, working directly with women that are pregnant and HIV+ as well as training outreach workers in various communities and treatment facilities.
Dr. Donna Bacon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Thanatologist (CT). She earned a Master of Social Work from Adelphi University; thereafter, she also earned Master of Science and Doctor of Education degrees in Health and Human Behavior Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Bacon is a graduate of the Energeia Partnership Leadership Academy, which is dedicated to identifying and addressing the serious, complex and multi-dimensional issues challenging the Long Island region.
Dr. Bacon has been awarded with a Nassau County Citation for her work with women and minorities on Long Island as well as a Heath Care Hero: Health Care Professional award from Long Island Business News and North Fork Bank. She was also the first recipient of the Columbia University Teachers College Lorna Macintyre award. In 2015, she also was awarded the Distinguished Research Group on Disparities in Health Alumni Service Award for her national and international excellence in practice, service delivery, community outreach, research and advocacy on behalf of the most vulnerable populations to foster equity in health for all.
Dr. Bacon has worked with underserved populations for over 20 years. She has dedicated her life and work to the education, empowerment and health promotion of underserved individuals and communities.
Drew Crowley, Board Chair, FCA, said of the recent appointment, “The FCA Board enthusiastically welcomes the addition of Dr. Donna Bacon to our team. Dr. Bacon’s years of experience as an educator on Long Island and lifelong commitment to empowerment and health promotion of individuals and communities in need will add great value and guidance in support of the many programs administered by FCA”.
Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, President/CEO, FCA commented, “Donna’s life experience, academic credentials, boundless energy and compassion will help shape FCA in the years to come and we are lucky to have her on our team. As we re-double our efforts to advance health, educational success and economic security among Long Island’s young people, Donna’s lifelong commitment to community action and education will serve us well”.
“I’m delighted to join this talented team. It’s an ideal opportunity for me to continue supporting the best interests of Long Island Youth and families. I hope it’s evident from the expanse of my career that for me, there’s nothing more meaningful”, said Dr. Donna Bacon.
FCA is a nonprofit agency helping more than 30,000 Long Islanders each year. For the last 135 years, the organization has worked to protect and strengthen vulnerable children, seniors, families and communities on Long Island.
FCA believes in the potential of Long Island - a place where no child, senior, family or community is left to struggle alone with barriers to health care, education, employment or economic prosperity. Long Island continues to be one of the greatest place in the world to live and raise a family for many; FCA exists to ensure that be the case for all.
For more information about FCA, please visit www.fcali.org.