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RPRC:NCDHR has launched a new survey called the Deaf Health Survey 2013. Watch the video below to learn more about the survey and a little about the history of RPRC:NCDHR.

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RPRC:NCDHR is currently accepting participants! To sign up for the Deaf Health Survey 2013, email Kelly Matthews or call her (VP) at (585) 512-8519







What is the Deaf Health Survey 2013?

The Deaf Health Survey is RPRC:NCDHR’s new survey. We did the Deaf Health Survey 2008 and would like to compare that information to the data we find this year. The DHS 2013 has general health questions and also specific health-related questions that mirror the Telephone Surveys done by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This survey is separate from surveys used for Deaf Weight Wise or other ongoing projects. We started collecting this survey data in September 2013, and will continue until 300 participants have taken this survey. We have almost 100 so far!

Why should I take the Deaf Health Survey?

The CDC and Monroe County Department of Health have done surveys with the general population through the phone. Deaf people are not included in this data! We need deaf people to participate in this survey to assist RPRC:NCDHR with proposing new projects. The Deaf Health Survey 2008 is why we have our current projects such as Deaf Weight Wise (DWW). In order for us to know what research to do next, we need data to prove it’s needed by the community. The Deaf Health Survey will allow that.

How long does it take?

So far, we have had a range of time from 20 minutes to an hour. This is because the Deaf Health Survey is conducted in American Sign Language (ASL) video with English support. Some participants may decide to watch the signing videos; some may decide to focus on the written questions. Again, it will be your choice as to which one you’d like to use.

Where can I take the survey?

You can take the survey almost anywhere. RPRC:NCDHR will be at several community events, either taking appointment times or hosting the survey. You are more than welcome to come to the RPRC:NCDHR suite at the Saunders Research Building and we will provide a parking pass or free bus tickets. We can also arrange to meet in a public place, or even arrange a home visit if you are unable to travel. Better yet, invite us to give a presentation and host the survey at your club or organization’s next meeting!

How do I sign up?

Contact Kelly Matthews at or by VP (585) 512-8519

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Marsden J, Sutter E, Nelson-Metlay V, Matthews K, DeWindt L . Deaf Health Survey 2013 (Abstract). Presented at the APHA Film Festival, APHA 141th Annual Meeting, Boston, MA; 2013, Nov 5.

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Design of the Logo

DHS 2013 logoVal Nelson-Metlay, Deaf community member, is the creator of the Deaf Health Survey 2013 logo. When asked about her inspiration for this logo, Val stated:

Val Nelson-MetlayAfter following what the research and design team wanted I've tried to make a distinctive logo that will stick in the Deaf community's mind, once they learn what it is for. I like to show diversity in the Deaf community. I also try to find "health" colors. The year "2013" will change to "2016" for the next round of the Deaf Health Survey planned for 2015. I wish I could show signings without cluttering up the logo, but seems best as they (participants) will respond to DHS's computer monitor touch screen (where signing models will ask questions on a programmed computer).

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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.

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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