Healthy Living with Hearing Loss (HL2)

The Healthy Living with Hearing Loss (formally called the Exploratory Task Force) is a community committee that partners with RPRC:NCDHR. The purpose of this group is to identify strengths/resources of people with hearing loss, as well as prioritize topics for health research. Members of the HL2 include leaders form the Rochester community of people with hearing loss, the health and healthcare community, researchers, and other interested community organizations. The HL2 will also identify and invite any groups they feel may be missing from the group. They meet monthly at the Saunders Research Building. For more information regarding the HL2, please contact Jamie Marsden (

News and Updates

April 4, 2014

HL2 has recently completed their Governance Guidelines. To view the HL2 Governance Guidelines, click here.



The HL2 completed a report from a survey that was administered amongst members of the HL2 regarding determining health priorities of people with hearing loss. To see the completed document, click here.

The primary members that contributed to this document are Mary Chizuk, Elise DePapp, Don Bataille, and Bess Herbert.

Don Bataille Mary Chizuk Elise DePapp Bess Herbert

Don Bataille

Mary Chizuk

Elise DePapp

Bess Herbert


Deaf Strong Hospital 2015

Actors needed!


Seeking Deaf persons age 18 and up interested in participating in Deaf Strong Hospital, an all-day activity for first-year medical students at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry that will teach them what it feels like to be Deaf in a hearing hospital.

DSH 2014 group pic

This is a role-reversal exercise, which means all of the doctors, receptionists, and pharmacists are Deaf and only communicate in ASL. The medical students will become patients and will have to learn how to communicate with Deaf doctors and nurses to get the health care they need. This fun and exciting event will take place at the University of Rochester Medical Center on August 28, 2015 from 8:30 to 3:30pm.

You will be paid about $50 for your participation. Free lunch and a t-shirt will also be provided to all participants.

Interested? Contact

Ian Deandrea-Lazarus