The Center for AIDS Research aims to stimulate and support communication and engagement across the full range of communities that we serve including the local Rochester-area community.
Community Advisory Board
The URMC Community Advisory Board consists of 15 core members and 12 additional community members; most representing not-for-profit agencies providing services to people living with AIDS in the Rochester area. The CAB serves as a channel for ongoing education, communication, advocacy, and problem solving among representatives of the community and those involved in HIV/AIDS treatment and research. The CFAR provides monthly updates to CAB members on ongoing research activities as well as educational seminars by its faculty (at least 2x/year), and in turn transmits community input back to URMC faculty.
The board is also a member of the National CFAR CAB Coalition (NCCC), which began in 2011. There are now over 40 members that represent 15 CFARs across the nation.
Rochester Faith Community (RFC) Outreach
The RFC is comprised of approximately 20 pastors from predominately Black Churches and 10 members from community-based AIDS service organizations. The CFAR supports ongoing education and communication with this leadership group, with the goal of providing local African-American clergy with the understanding needed to lead discussions on HIV-related issues with their congregations and support active HIV/AIDS ministries.
World AIDS Day Events
Annually the CFAR hosts a WAD scientific symposium which includes keystone speakers, a major poster session, and educational activities to raise community awareness of HIV/AIDS throughout UR and within the broader Rochester community. The WAD event includes a community benefit concert, during which the CFAR hosts a reception/open house to promote education and awareness around HIV/AIDS research.
Student Led Outreach
The CFAR supports “Grassroot Soccer Rochester,” a newly formed URMC student-run organization modeled upon the program operating in sub-Saharan Africa, which uses soccer, and its spirit of community, to provide HIV/AIDS education to at-risk and underserved urban youth.