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Community & Advocacy

Focus on families and the first 1,000 days of a child’s life to increase the next generation’s quality of life.


The Big Picture

Rochester is developing a First 1,000 Days initiative to address specific, local needs of our children.

Why It’s Important. And How We Will Do It

Ensuring our next generation is healthy and well is not only the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do. Focusing on people’s health in the younger, formative years will positively impact their personal development and societal contributions. In Rochester, our community pediatric clinicians and community based organizations are organizing resources to focus on best outcomes for infants and toddlers.

Our Objectives in Brief

  • Through community and state collaborations, implement Rochester’s First 1,000 Days Initiative
    There are many health, education, and other stakeholders in Rochester focused on improving children’s lives. The First 1,000 Days initiative seeks to organize these efforts to maximize early childhood health outcomes. Starting with enhancing prenatal and postnatal care for women and support for caregivers to comprehensive screenings and high-quality early education, we are collectively providing kids with a better start in life.
  • Grow Partnerships between Golisano Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Health Care Providers, and the Community
    We are strengthening ties with our community so that we can better work together toward a common goal. This includes increasing our involvement in community initiatives and appointing leaders from the community to our faculty.

For further information on the Community and Advocacy goal, please contact Jeffrey Kaczorowski, M.D., Shaun Nelms, Ed.D., and Dirk Hightower, Ph.D.