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Making Rochester a Healthier Community

Our mission: To join forces with the community to eliminate health inequalities and improve health through research, education, and service.

The Center for Community Health & Prevention was established by the University of Rochester Medical Center to develop and expand academic-community health partnerships dedicated to improving the health of our community. It represents a new model of institutional commitment to community health that focuses on prevention. View our 2016-2017 Report to the Community.

Are you a UR employee? Learn about our UR Lifestyle Management Programs.


Dr. SatcherNOMINATIONS NOW OPEN for the 2018 Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards. The awards will be held on Wednesday, April 25, and the keynote speaker will be Dr. David Satcher, MD, PhD. To learn more about the nomination process, see our Satcher Awards webpage.

Upcoming Events


PUBLIC HEALTH GRAND ROUNDS: Join us on March 2, 2018 in the CASE METHOD ROOM, 1-9576, for Dr. Timothy Dye, discussing "Critical medical ecological perspectives on Diabetes in the Pacific Islands: Colonialism, power, & balance in human-environment interaction over time."

Healthy Living Webster Program: Get healthy. Prevent cancer. For free. Program begins Feb. 21, 2018. For more information call Sarah Merritt at (585) 224-3510 or email

Professional Development & Training Information Session: For Strong Staffers, TAR employees and other entry level UR staff who are interested in learning about opportunities for healthcare career growth within the UR system. Monday, Feb. 26, two sessions, 2-3pm or 3:15-4:15pm.

GOT HEALTH? TALK Please join us on March 22, 2018, from 12:10-12:50 pm at the Central Library for: "Healthy Eating When You're Gluten Free"

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Training Program Learn about a new seven-week program that aims to train community members and University of Rochester researchers in community-engaged research using CBPR principles. The course offers an introduction to CBPR principles from the foundations, to communication, funding, and sustainability. The training is offered at no cost in February and March 2018 and co-facilitated by community partners and University of Rochester researchers. Program participants are eligible to apply for pilot funding. See flyer for details and to RSVP.