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Message from the Director

Nancy Bennett, MD, MS, Center director

We at the Center for Community Health & Prevention are committed to creating environments that support healthy living and advance health equity.

We strive to help people lead healthier lives, from providing one-on-one smoking cessation services to working with area hospitals and community partners to create career pathways for city of Rochester youth.

For more than 15 years, we have connected URMC faculty, students and staff with community partners to address area health concerns, and we continue to grow. For example, our Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Prevention program has grown exponentially, serving as a foundation for research studies while informing public health practice and policy at the local, state and national levels.

This website highlights just a small sample of the significant inroads we have made. We have launched both in-person and virtual initiatives that allow us to reach more people and respond to their diverse needs. Many of our interventions are evidence-based and/or include a community-based research component. Consequently, we can discover and share the most effective ways to help people form healthy lifestyle habits and maintain them where they live, learn, work, worship and play.

Through sustained collaboration, we will continue to highlight the importance of public health, while advocating for the health of all who live in our region.

To your health!

Nancy M. Bennett, MD, MS
Director, Center for Community Health & Prevention
Professor of Medicine and of Public Health Sciences