Elana Premack Sandler, L.C.S.W., M.P.H., approaches health issues from a social perspective, viewing elements of the social environment as crucial factors in promoting individual health and well-being. Elana worked with the national Suicide Prevention Resource Center, providing consultation to organizations on using evidence-based interventions and best practices for developing suicide prevention programs. She currently works at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as the project leader for patient and family engagement. Elana earned a Master of Social Work and a Master of Public Health at Boston University and is a licensed social worker in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Written from both personal and professional perspectives, Promoting Hope, Preventing Suicide explores suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. Often using current events as starting points, this blog poses questions about what could be done better or differently, what contributions research can make to practice, and challenges and opportunities inherent in new technologies. This blog is a forum for new looks at old ideas and encourages challenging dogma.