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Selected Alumni CARE Projects

Advocating for Advocacy

Drs. Caroline Kirby, Catherine Glatz, Margaret Connolly and Michelle Cook organized a lecture series to engage more students and residents in advocacy. This series has continued allowing other residents to learn more about the CARE track and the community projects happening within as well as other community organizations outside of the hospital working to help make Rochester a healthier place to live.

Group photo, advocating for advocacy.

Monica Thomas from Crisis Nursery of Greater Rochester with Dr. Catie Glatz, Dr. Michelle Cook and Dr. Caroline Kirby presenting at noon conference.

Addie Resource ToolRecreation and Leisure for All

With the help of an AAP grant "Inclusive Health Grants: Supporting Healthy Weight for Children with Intellectual Disabilities sponsored by the AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight with support from Special Olympics," former CARE resident Dr. Adriana Verwey has finished an inclusive recreational resource tool to promote community health. This tool will help families to identify fun recreation programs that function for all members of their family and strengthen a community-wide attitude of acceptance of people of all abilities.

Read the tool here: A Guide to Recreation and Leisure for All in Greater Rochester

I need help brochureThe Crisis Nursery of Greater Rochester

Katrina Stewart, M.D.
Dr. Katrina Stewart partnered with The Crisis Nursery of Greater Rochester to help enhance its capacity to connect clients with needed resources. Check out the resource sheet she created which is still being used today!

KidsThrive585.orgDr. Megan Lasaponara speaking at a conference on addressing social determinants of health.

Megan Lasaponara, M.D. and Catherine Agricola, M.D.
The CARE project of Drs. Megan Lasaponara and Catherine Agricola continued as Kids Thrive 585, a nonprofit that empowers all those who advocate for children to connect with passionate and committed community-based organizations in the greater Rochester area. This is one part of developing community resources to address social determinants of health.

Summer Slide PresentationSummer Slide

Erin Kelly, MD
In collaboration with Dr. Carol St. George at the Warner School of Education, Dr. Kelly is conducted an intervention, modeled after a successful study, providing elementary school students at Rochester School #36 with individual collections of self-selected new books at the start of the summer to promote summer reading. Using assessments currently conducted on students’ reading proficiency, she evaluated this intervention. Her pilot last year was successful and she replicated it on a larger scale this year with grant support from M&T Bank and the Brighter Days Foundation.

Dr. Kelly's abstract “Stories to Stop the Summer Slide: Books to Prevent Summer Learning Loss Among Low-Income Students” was presented at the 2015 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting. She also wrote an essay,"Why we should let kids choose their own summer reading books" about her project that was published by the Washington Post.

Diana Miller, M.D.Telemedicine for Teens with Type I Diabetes

Diana Miller, M.D.
Dr. Miller is interested in helping Rochester youth struggling with IDDM to achieve optimal control of blood sugar. She is collaborating with RCSD school based health centers and the UR Pediatric Diabetes Clinic. She is providing individualized health coaching via Telemedicine. Her pilot project succeeded in lowering hemoglobin A1c.

Emily Nebzydoski 2016LARC (Long-Acting Reversible Contraception) Training

Emily Nebzydoski, M.D.
Dr. Nebzydoski wants to help prevent teen pregnancy by training pediatrics residents in LARC insertion. She has implemented system changes that will result in all of the pediatric residents getting trained in contraceptive implant insertion. To the best of our knowledge, we are the first pediatrics residency program to do this.

Teen Empowerment Teen Empowerment

Teja Dyamenhalli, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Dyamenhalli worked with Teen Empowerment to inspire young people, and the adults who work with them, to think deeply about the most difficult social problems in their communities. She created “digital diaries” with the teens. These were exhibited at ROCO 6x6 and at the Joy Gallery. Some are now on display at the Hoekelman Center.

Hilary and Ann

Evidence Based Contraception

Hilary Yehling, MD and Anne Huber, M.D.
Drs. Yehling and Huber did academic detailing in primary care clinics to encourage use of evidence-based contraception in patients and thus decrease teen pregnancy rates in Rochester. Their abstract Evidence-Based Contraception Prescribing Behavior among Pediatric Providers” was accepted for presentation at the 2013 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting.

Tania and Galina

Health Literacy

Tania Caballero, M.D. and Galina Radunsky, M.D.
Drs. Caballero and Radunsky are partnering with 292-BABY, providing health information for parents using a hotline, a website, and videos. The goal is to recruit 50-100 families who will receive the book “What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick”. The goal is to teach parents when and how to utilize their medical home, avoid the emergency room, and advocate for their child’s health. Watch a video about this project.

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Palliative Care Teaching for Peds Interns

Elizabeth Cherella, M.D.
Dr. Cherella had her abstract Evaluation of an Innovative Palliative Care Teaching Module for Residents accepted for a poster presentation at the 2013 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting.

Geoff Collins


Geoffrey Collins, M.D.
Dr. Collins is at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, where he has expanded the Cyclopedia bicycle program to reach children in East Harlem. Additionally, he has been collaborating with CARE-alumni colleagues in Rochester and Albany to develop the New York State Pediatric Advocacy Coalition (NYSPAC). Dr. Marc Lavender and partners from the Boys and Girls Club are continuing to lead Cyclopedia Rochester. Dr. Collins recently started a course called Advocacy in Action in Mt. Sinai's Public Health program.

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Coping Power

Sara Horstmann, M.D.
Dr. Horstmann started Rochester “Coping Power” with these fellow residents. It has grown to be in 17 schools in the Rochester City School District. It is an evidence-based positive behaviors program. She replicated PLC/CARE in Albany and has recently moved to North Carolina.

CAREing in Court

Abby Kroening, M.D.
Dr. Kroening's program for referring kids at the Family Court daycare to community resources is still going, 6 years and thousands of referrals later.