URMC Community Advisory Council

The Community Advisory Council (CAC) was created in 2006 to represent the voice of the community and guide and support the four missions of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC):

  • Education
  • Research
  • Patient Care
  • Community Health

Wade Norwood, Director of Community Engagement at the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, serves as Chair of the CAC, and Scott Benjamin, President and CEO of the Charles Settlement House serves as Vice-Chair of the CAC.

Thirty-two community and academic members comprise the CAC, and eighteen community-based organizations, including health and social service agencies, the faith community, local government, the city school district, and media are represented.

The functions of the CAC are to:

  • Act as a resource to URMC to strengthen community partnerships with an aim to reduce disparities and improve access to health care and services
  • Contribute to the assessment and identification of community health-related priorities
  • Promote constituent engagement in community health improvement initiatives
  • Review community-engaged projects and research, as requested

The CAC serves in an advisory capacity to the:

  • University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Center for Community Health
  • URMC Clinical and Translational Science Institute
  • Monroe County effort on the National Children’s Study
  • Committee providing input for URMC educational programs in public health

In the past six years, the CAC has contributed to building an infrastructure for the URMC’s community engagement activities, and produced the following documents, which serve as a resource to researchers conducting community-based research:

On May 7, 2010 Dr. Doniger and Wade Norwood presented at a Public Health Grand Rounds:

Public Health Grand Round - Power Point Presentation - May 7, 2010

Advisory Council Members Include:

NAME TITLE AGENCY
Steven L. Barnett, M.D. Associate Professor, Departments of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences; Director of teh Rochester Prevention Research Center (RPRC); National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR) University of Rochester Medical Center
Scott C. Benjamin - Vice Chair of URMC CAC President & CEO Charles Settlement House
Nancy M. Bennett, M.D., M.S. Director, Center for Community Health University of Rochester Medical Center
Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D. Sr. Vice President for Health Sciences CEO, URMC University of Rochester Medical Center
Patricia Brantingham Executive Director Perinatal Network of Monroe County
Linda Burke Director of Clinical Services Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Service Office
Wendy Carrier Research Associate Urban League of Rochester
Ann Marie Cook President & CEO Lifespan
Elisa DeJesus Director, Family Services Division Ibero American Action League
Andrea L. DeMeo, M.B.A. Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Center for Community Health University of Rochester Medical Center
Constantino Fernandez, M.D. Latino Health Coalition University of Rochester Medical Center
Erin Graupman, R.N., B.S.N., M.B.A. District Coordinator of Student Health Services Rochester City School District
Theresa Green, Ph.D, M.B.A., M.S.

Director, Community Health Policy and Education, Center for Community Health

University of Rochester Medical Center
Rev. Lawrence Hargrave Pastor of Outreach Ministries Asbury First United Methodist Church
Bryan D. Hetherington Chief Counsel Empire Justice Center
Wallace E. Johnson, M.D. Director, Center for Primary Care University of Rochester Medical Center
Byron S. Kennedy, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. Director Monroe County Department of Public Health
Karen Kremer Project Director, Community-Wide Physician Quality Collaborative Monroe County Medical Society
Alicia Lane-Outlaw Vice Chair, The Deaf Health Community Committee National Center for Deaf Health Research
Candice Lucas, M.B.A. Director, Community Health Services, Center for Community Health; Chair, African-Americal Health Coalition University of Rochester Medical Center
Raymond Mayewski, M.D. Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, URMC University of Rochester Medical Center
Gail L. Newton Director, Community Health Partnerships, Center for Community Health University of Rochester Medical Center
Wade Norwood, Chair of URMC CAC Director of Community Engagement Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency
Elissa Orlando Vice President,. Television WXXI Public Broadcasting
Kathleen Parrinello Chief Operating Officer University of Rochester Medical Center
Sally Farrell Partner Director of Program Development Catholic Family Center
Christine Peck, L.M.S.W. Assistant Director, Clinical Services Eldersource Program of Lifespan & Catholic Family Center
Len Redon Deputy Mayor City of Rochester
Kathy Rideout, Ed.D., P.N.P.-B.C., F.N.A.P. Dean, University of Rochester School of Nursing University of Rochester School of Nursing
Peter G. Robinson Vice President & COO
Executive Director of Government Relations
University of Rochester Medical Center
Susan Searles Director of Early Childhood Programs Rochester School for the Deaf
Helena Temkin-Greener., Ph.D., M.S. Chair (Interim), Department of Public Health Sciences University of Rochester Medical Center
Steven Turner Community Development Department Director Action for a Better Community
Christine Wagner, S.S.J., Ph.D. Executive Director St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center
Patricia Woods President and CEO Mental Health Association of Rochester and Monroe County

In addition, the Center works with many other organizations throughout the community on its various programs and initiatives.