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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. 

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

The Center for Community Health & Prevention and Wilmot Cancer Institute have partnered together for the Promote HEALTH initiative to provide evidence-based health promotion and chronic disease prevention education to community members throughout our region. The initiative, made up of free eight-week, 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. This program is offered both virtually and in person.

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.

Commit to Quit! Group Program

A free six-session program provided over Zoom, the Commit to Quit! group program provides an interactive, encouraging and understanding environment designed to support your journey. The program is based on four pillars – Awareness, Support, Planning and Goals. Each 60-minute session is led by trained lifestyle counselors and cessation experts. Gain valuable information and connect with those with similar goals.

Vape Escape

Another free group program offered over Zoom, Vape Escape provides teens ages 12 to 18 with an interactive and supportive environment where they can talk openly about vaping with our Center doctors and health behavior change experts, as well as other youth with similar goals.

Participants have the opportunity to take part in five weekly online sessions about vaping, the lasting impact it has on our health and how to be successful in cutting back or quitting e-cigarette use. Attend one or attend all of the sessions - the program is flexible. Internet access is required to participate.

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

Finger Lakes Rural Immunization Initiative

The Finger Lakes Rural Immunization Initiative was a CDC initiative to address low vaccination rates in rural areas. The grant-funded program focused 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.

Healthy Living Program/Vida en Salud

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

Tienes Salud

Tienes Salud was a specialty health program tailored to the Hispanic community. The talks, facilitated by Spanish-speaking medical experts, covered 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 was intended for families living in public housing communities with children ages 2 to 16. Educators taught families simple ways to include more fruits and vegetables in their diets, prepare healthy meals and perform physical activities together.

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