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Public Health Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds

Through this series, UR faculty, staff, students and community partners can hear about community-based initiatives to reduce health inequities, improve access to care and tackle some of our toughest health challenges. Public Health Grand Rounds (PHGR) are a collaborative effort between the Center for Community Health & Prevention and the Department of Public Health Sciences, and are intended to highlight the link between research, clinical medicine and community health improvement.   

Public Health Grand Rounds are held on Fridays, from noon – 1 p.m. in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (unless noted otherwise). Join us for lively discussions with some of Rochester’s community health champions, both URMC faculty and staff, as well as expert community leaders. If you cannot attend in person, recordings for most sessions can be found below.

You can earn CME credit at PHGR! This activity is certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM *

This seminar series is funded in part by the University of Rochester Clinical & Translational Science Institute via grant UL1 TR002001 from National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Additional support for recording and closed captioning of Public Health Grand Rounds, as well as for the refreshments, is provided by gifts to the Department of Public Health Sciences. All support is greatly appreciated.

Upcoming Talks:

Join us, virtually, at noon on Friday, April 16 for "Managing Epidemics with Consumer Wearables," a presentation by Girmay Berhie, PhD, MSW, MSIS, dean and professor, Jackson State University.

This presentation will focus on the establishment of a digital tele-medicine lab through a specific research project geared toward managing epidemics using wearable digital devices. The proposed project will occur in three phases:

  • Phase 1 – Formative Research and Community Development
  • Phase 2 – Study Design and Deployment
  • Phase 3 – Study Operations and Digital Medicine Lab Expansion

This project will address the problem of social justice, health equity, access to health care, affordability, and more importantly, it will give an impetus for Medicaid waiver expansion. The results will identify the drivers and barriers to digital health technology and be used to inform the design of the digital health study (Phase 2) and to underpin the long-term strategy of the Digital Tele-Medicine Lab (Phase 3).

Pre-registration is required for this event. Register here.

Spring 2021 Public Health Grand Rounds - Presented on Zoom

*Captions for each linked presentation can be turned on during viewing by clicking ‘Captions’ in the top left corner of the screen.

Date Presenter Topic

Marguerite A. Urban, MD , Medical Director, Center for Community Practice; Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, URMC

Pandemics and Epidemics: Updates on Sexually Transmitted Infections in 2021


Amy JH Kind, MD, PhD, Director, Health Services and Care Research Program; Professor of Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Aligning Towards Action in Social Determinants of Health Research: The Neighborhood Atlas

3/5/21 Nancy M. Bennett, MD, MS, Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, founder and Director of the Center for Community Health & Prevention and Co-Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Feast and Famine: COVID-19 Vaccine Local Efforts

Dr. Bennett Q & A 


Stephanie Townsend, PhD, Director of Research & Analytics, ROC the Future; Member, Commission on Racial and Structural Equity

Our City. Our County. United for Change.

MODERATOR: Katrina Smith Korfmacher, PhD, Director, Community Engagement Core, Environmental Health Sciences Center; Professor of Environmental Medicine, URMC

SPEAKER:  Elijah de la Campa, PhD, Senior Research Associate in Economics and Urban Analytics, Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative


  • Nadine D. Hylton, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Common Ground Health
  • Mark Muoio, Program Director, Housing Unit, Legal Aid Society of Rochester (LASROC)
  • John Oster, ‎Senior Community Housing Planner, City of Rochester
  • Denise Read, Director of Financial Assistance Services, Monroe County Department of Human Services. 

Housing and health in a pandemic: A public health perspective on Rochester’s looming eviction crisis




Girmay Berhie, PhD, Dean of the College of Health Sciences, Jackson State University

Managing Epidemics with Consumer Wearables

Fall 2020 Public Health Grand Rounds - Presented on Zoom

*Captions for each linked presentation can be turned on during viewing by clicking ‘Captions’ in the top left corner of the screen.

Date Presenter Topic
9/18/20 Michael Mendoza, MD, MPH, MS "COVID-19: It Shouldn't Have to Take a Pandemic to Rediscover Public Health"

Panelists include:

  • Adrienne Morgan, PhD - Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion SMD; Associate Vice President in the University’s Office of Equity and Inclusion
  • Shani Wilson, PA-C - Internal Medicine Board-certified Physician Assistant (NCCPA); Chair of the Rochester Police Accountability Board
  • Kevin Spencer Beckford Sr. – University of Rochester HR Director, Staff Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Rochester Anti-Racism Action Coalition (RARAC); Councilman Board Member Pittsford-NY Town Board
  • Yvette Conyers, DNP, MS, RN, FNP-C, CTN-B - Assistant Professor of Nursing, St. John Fisher College; Founding President, Rochester Black Nurses Association
  • Mitch Gruber, PhD - Foodlink's Chief Strategy Officer and City Councilmember
  • Jerome H. Underwood - President & CEO Action for a Better Community; Co-Chair RMAPI Steering Committee
"Racism as a Public Health Crisis"

Gipsy Escobar, PhD, and Sema Tehari, PhD, MA.

"Measures for Justice"

11/6/20 Ann M. Dozier, RN, PhD and Irena Pesis-Katz, PhD

"COVID-19 Modeling: Navigating Towards a Moving Target"

11/20/20 Pebbles Fagan, PhD, MPH "Tobacco Use and Vulnerable Populations"
12/4/20 Medical students Medical student community health improvement projects

Past Public Health Grand Rounds Presentations

*ACCREDITATION: The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

CERTIFICATION: The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.