Skip to main content


URMC / Center for Community Health / Community Partnerships / URMC Community Advisory Council

URMC Community Advisory Council

The Center for Community Health and University of Rochester Medical Center seek to promote health equity and improve health by combining community expertise and academic knowledge. The community voice is critical to identifying priority health needs and, in collaboration with academic partners, developing successful strategies that address these needs and reduce health inequalitites.

The Community Advisory Council (CAC) was created in 2006 to represent the voice of the community and guide and support the four missions of the University of Rochester Medical Center - Education, Research, Patient Care, and Community Health.

Wade NorwoodScott Benjamin

            Wade Norwood                                                                                         Scott Benjamin            

Wade Norwood, Chief Strategy Officer at the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, serves as Chair of the CAC, and Scott Benjamin, President and CEO of the Charles Settlement House serves as Vice-Chair.

CAC Membership focuses on those organizations and institutions that represent or serve traditionally underserved segments of the population. The CAC has representation from health and social services agencies, the faith community, local government, the city school district, and media. In addition, key leaders within the Medical Center serve on the Community Advisory Council.

The CAC serves in an advisory capacity to the: University of Rochester Medical Center, Center for Community Health, and URMC Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

The functions of the CAC are to:

  • Act as a resource to URMC to strengthen community partnerships with an aim to reduce disparities and improve access to health care and services
  • Contribute to the assessment and identification of community health-related priorities
  • Promote constituent engagement in community health improvement initiatives
  • Review community-engaged projects and research, as requested

Since its inception, the CAC has contributed to building an infrastructure for the URMC’s community engagement activities, and produced the following documents, which serve as a resource to researchers conducting community-based research:


Presentations and highlights from past meetings:


In addition, the Center works with many other organizations throughout the community on its various programs and initiatives.