WESTCHESTER, N.Y. -- Larchmont clinical psychologist Dr. Elissa Brown and teacher Marty White of Elmsford have been selected as two of six finalists in Johnson & Johnson’s U.S. Champions of Care program with the grand prize winner to attend the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil final match in Rio de Janeiro on July 13.
Johnson & Johnson Champions Care program to shine a spotlight on people who go above and beyond to do extraordinary things in caring for others. The Champions of Care program invited individuals across the country to celebrate the most caring people in their lives and share their inspirational stories.
As a clinical psychologist from Larchmont specializing in the prevention and treatment of childhood trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Brown saw the need for free access to therapy in her community. In 2001, she established the Child HELP Partnership, a program that provides free therapy services to under served children in New York City area and Queens dealing with trauma or grief.
Brown began her work in the field as a 19-year-old college student whose family had supported her through some rough times with illness. She sees the Johnson&Johnson program as a beacon in the world-wide effort to prevent and treat while educating.
"It's a thrill to be recognized by the J&J program because it us an international effort that can help change so may lives," Brown said. "The idea that when we help one child, one family, and help change the inter-generational culture on mental health care worldwide is so satisfying."
A teacher for 25 years and an Elmsford native, White is dedicated to instilling values in his Isaac Young Middle School-New Rochelle students that resonate beyond the classroom. The faculty adviser to the Student Council teaches his students the importance of volunteerism with senior citizens at local nursing homes. White's work has impacted thousands and has inspired more than two generations to dedicate time to care for others in their community.
"I so pleased to be a part of the Johnson & Johnson project and was a bit surprised when a colleague nominated me," White said. "This has provided an opportunity for me to publicize the Isaac Young students who do so much positive work in the community."
White said he knows firsthand that a generation of young people are willing to five time and attention to helping others.
"I think the media may focus on negative news about our young people with not enough said about the majority of great kids," White said. "I see it every day. I schedule the visits and make phone calls, but once the kids are with the seniors, they take over and do so much good."