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Engage in Equitable Health CareENGAGE in equitable health care

Golisano Children's Hospitals' community and population health initiatives are designed to address the disparities that drive systemic racism, and to deliver equitable healthcare. These initiatives aim to reform the health infrastructure – from combatting lead and asthma exposure to providing free screenings at city schools – to ensure that Rochester’s children get the developmental and educational support they need to thrive. In addition to health-care based collaborations, the educational inequities seen throughout the COVID-19 pandemic now require that we advocate and partner with school districts to ensure adequate access to critical educational services for all of the children in our communities. Through our alliances with community organizations and health providers that primarily serve communities of color, we are providing comprehensive early childhood and maternal health services including: comprehensive screenings, universal coaching for families, preventive service offerings in Women’s Health Practices, access to contraception, and home visitation for low-income and at-risk families.


Community Initiatives

  • Comprehensive early childhood and maternal health screenings
  • Universal coaching for families
  • Collaboration with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the First 1,000 Days Initiative
  • Improved access to evidence based contraceptive practices
  • Home visitation for low-income and at-risk families

Health Equity QI/QA  

  • Creation of an equitable care Quality Improvement/Quality Assurance process
  • Review of tele-health practices and policies to ensure equity of access during the COVID pandemic and beyond

Population Health

  • Continue to partner with ROC the Future to improve population health outcomes and school readiness for young children
  • Continue policies centered on vaccination and tele-health that have been effective at enhancing equitable care during the COVID-19 pandemic

Research Work 

  • Reorganize and rebrand the GCH Research Enterprise to include explicit focus on diversity, inclusion, and health equity

Educational Work

  • Use ACE-15 with interdisciplinary teams to assess and respond to diversity, inclusion, and equity needs
  • Prioritize the use of minority and women owned businesses as vendors, including advocating for greater inclusion of these businesses on the University of Rochester's approved vendor’s list