Community Outreach

The CFAR 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 CAB 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.

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.

Recent Events

2013 World AIDS Day

In honor of World AIDS Day the CFAR hosted a scientific symposium featuring talks from prestigious experts in the AIDS community and research posters from students and post doctoral associates training at the UR.

Congratulations to this year's poster award recipients!
*David Griffith, Departments of Internal Medicine/Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine
*Meera Singh, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
*John DiMaio, Department of Chemistry
*Katherine Thomas, Department of Psychiatry
*Christopher Nishimura, Department of Microbiology and Immunology