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RPRC:NCDHR is a Prevention Research Center (PRC) focused on Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). CBPR is a collaborative process of research that involves researchers and community partners in all phases of research. RPRC:NCDHR partners with the communities listed below and a number of other organizations. RPRC:NCDHR gives the communities an unprecedented opportunity to express their concerns, issues, and priorities.

Deaf Community Partners »

The Rochester Prevention Research Center (RPRC) has a strong commitment to community based participatory research (CBPR). CBPR is a way to involve community partners in all stages of RPRC research. After discussion with many stakeholders we decided on a new approach for RPRC collaboration with the Deaf Community. We are forming several small community committees, one for each RPRC project. To read more about the communtiy committees being formed, please click here.

Healthy Living with Hearing Loss (HL2) »

The HL2 is a community committee of people with hearing loss. This group works with RPRC:NCDHR providing the community perspective of people with hearing loss. Click on the links below for more information about the HL2.

External Advisory Committee (EAC)

Meets with the RPRC:NCDHR once a year and helps provide a national perspective on RPRC:NCDHR's strategies and goals.

Local Partner Advisory Board (LPAB)

The LPAB is a community partner of RPRC:NCDHR consisting of representatives from the Deaf Community, people with hearing loss, public agencies, providers, educational institutions, DHCC and HL2 representatives, and other organizations.


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