Adrienne Abbate is an ardent advocate of public health and social justice issues, with over 20 years of experience that span the private, public, and the government sectors. Adrienne is the founding executive director of the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness (SIPCW), a nonprofit working to create a healthier Staten Island through cross-sectoral partnerships that address emerging health needs. Under Ms. Abbate’s leadership, SIPCW transitioned from a small membership organization to a dynamic public health entity addressing the Island’s critical issues such as chronic disease prevention, mental health, substance misuse, and health inequities. SIPCW currently oversees several collaborative initiatives including the Child Wellness Initiative and Tackling Youth Substance Abuse (TYSA), a coalition that has affected systems-level change and has been heralded as a model for communities around the country.
Ms. Abbate has been appointed to several advisory committees at the local, city, and state levels for Staten Island Borough President James Oddo, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Governor Andrew Cuomo. She also serves on the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) Health and Mental Hygiene Advisory Council, the NYC Population Health Improvement Program Steering Committee, and the Test and Trace Community Advisory Board. In addition, she is currently the Board Chair of the Staten Island Not for Profit Association.
Her interest in systems-level work and passion for education and public health have allowed Ms. Abbate to combine her professional and personal interests. Since 2018, she has served as a member of the Curtis High School Community School Advisory Board and is a founding member of the Equity Alliance of Staten Island, a Pre K-12 initiative established to address educational disparities for Black and Brown students in the borough. Adrienne holds a Master of Public Administration degree in Health Policy from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service and is a doctoral candidate in the inaugural Community Based Leadership EdD program at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. She lives, works, and loves in Tompkinsville, and is a proud mother of two NYC DOE students.