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Community-Based Programs

Group programs offered across the region that address a variety of health topics aimed at helping prevent chronic disease

The Center works with a variety of community partners to make health education and resources available throughout the region. Interested in adapting a program described below for your organization? Our team is happy to share our experiences and collaborate on projects that enhance the health of our region. Please contact Laura Sugarwala, M.B.A., R.D., director of community health partnerships, with your questions and ideas.   

Our Promote Health. Prevent Cancer. program and Diabetes Prevention Program are now offered virtually for the convenience and safety of our participants during the pandemic. Learn more below. 

Cancer Services Program of the Finger Lakes Region (CSP-FLR)

The Cancer Services Program of the Finger Lakes Region is a comprehensive cancer education and navigation program for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer patients, serving individuals in Monroe, Livingston, Wayne, Seneca, Ontario and Yates Counties. The program covers the cost of breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening and diagnostic tests for eligible men and women who are uninsured or underinsured.

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Promote Health. Prevent Cancer.

The Center for Community Health & Prevention and Wilmot Cancer Institute have partnered together for the Promote Health. Prevent Cancer. initiative to provide evidence-informed health promotion and cancer prevention education to community members throughout our region. The initiative, made up of free eight-week, virtual healthy living classes and individual health talks, provides individuals with the tools to make and maintain healthy lifestyle choices, therefore, lowering the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases while increasing their overall health.

Rochester Diabetes Prevention Program

Facilitators of the Rochester Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) are trained to run the evidence-based Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Diabetes Prevention Program both in community settings and physician practices. Now virtual, the DPP is designed to help people who have been diagnosed with prediabetes, prevent the development of type 2 diabetes.

Finger Lakes Rural Immunization Initiative

The Finger Lakes Rural Immunization Initiative is a one-year CDC initiative to address low vaccination rates in rural areas. The grant-funded program focuses on COVID-19 vaccine awareness, education, and increase in access for the 9-county Finger Lakes Region of Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates.


Funding for the following programs recently ended. Information on each program is still available for community interest.

Healthy Living Program/Vida en Salud

Healthy Living Program/Vida en Salud is a physical activity and health education program aimed at helping prevent chronic disease within the City of Rochester.

Tienes Salud

Tienes Salud is a specialty health program tailored to the Hispanic community. The talks, facilitated by Spanish-speaking medical experts, cover a variety of health and wellness topics focused on improving health through increased physical activity, improved nutrition, health screenings, etc.

Family, Food and Fun

Family, Food and Fun is intended for families living in public housing communities with children ages 2 to 16. Educators teach families simple ways to include more fruits and vegetables in their diets, prepare healthy meals and perform physical activities together.