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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.   

We look forward to providing Public Health Grand Rounds both virtually and in person on Fridays, from noon – 1 p.m. Details will be provided for each event in the box below.

Join us for lively discussions with some of Rochester’s community health champions, both URMC faculty and staff, as well as expert community leaders. Recordings for most sessions can be found below.

You can earn continuing education credits at PHGR! This activity is certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM​ and 1.0 nursing contact hours. Some sessions may also be approved for 1.0 Social Work continuing education hour(s). Accreditation certifications can be found on each flyer. 

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 financial support is provided by gifts to the Department of Public Health Sciences and an endowment to the Center for Community Health & Prevention by Brewster C. Doust, M.D. All support is greatly appreciated.

Join us for Public Health Grand Rounds at noon Friday, September 29. This will be a virtual event.

Martin Shapiro, MD, PhD, MPH, professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, will present "The Present Illness: American Health Care and Its Afflictions." 

Pre-registration is required.

The problems of high costs, poor access, and bad outcomes in American health care are well-recognized, but efforts to address them through policy interventions have had limited success. Three phenomena - commodification of health care, education and science, consciousness (values, attitudes, expectations, perceived needs), and problematic communication - create an environment in which all of the groups of actors in health care inhibit needed changes because they feel that they have too much at stake in the current system. Achieving needed changes requires that we confront these phenomena to be able to create the health system we need.  

Zoom webinar link provided upon registration.

Register today!

Fall 2023 Public Health Grand Rounds 

We look forward to providing some of these events in a hybrid format. The format of each event and how to register will be shared with other event details in the box above.

Date Presenter Topic

Michael Mendoza, MD, MPH, commissioner Monroe County Public Health Department

Public Health in Monroe County: Learning from the Past and Preparing for the Future

Martin Shapiro, MD, PhD, MPH, professor; Faculty lead, HRSA Health Equity Fellow, Weill Cornell Medicine

The Present Illness: American Health Care and Its Afflictions

Interested in learning more about this topic? The Present Illness: American Health Care and Its Afflictions by Dr. Shapiro can be purchased here (enter HTWN to receive a 30% discount). 


Irshad Altheimer, PhD, director, Center for Public Safety Initiatives; professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Rochester Institute of Technology

Center for Public Safety Initiatives - Local Action & Violence Prevention

Naomi Lee, PhD, CPH, assistant professor; director of the Cultural and Academic Research Experience, CARE Chemistry and Biochemistry, Northern Arizona University

HPV and Cervical Cancer in Native American Women

Alisha Moreland-Capuia, MD, MACPsych, founder and director, Institute for Trauma Informed Systems Change (ITISC), McLean/Harvard Medical School. assistant professor, Harvard Medical School, affiliate faculty, Center for Law, Brain and Behavior, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and clinical associate professor, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU)

Trauma-Informed Care
12/1/23 Maureen R. Benjamins, PhD, 

Senior Research Fellow, Sinai Urban Health Institute, Chicago

Unequal Cities, Structural Racism, and the Death Gap in America's Largest Cities

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

Spring 2023 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
2/3/2023 David Figlio, PhD, University of Rochester provost

How population-level matched birth-school administrative records can address public health and education policy questions

2/17/2023 Edith Williams, PhD, founding director of the Office of Health Equity Research, UR CTSI and Theresea Green, PhD, MBA, director of Health Equity Education, UR CTSI 

Progress Report: URMC Equity and Anti-Racism Action Plan


UR School of Medicine and Dentistry Candidates for Distinction in Community Health: Mariah Erlick ’23, Kiersten Flodman ’23, Shane Fuentes ’23, Nilsa Ricci ’23, and Valentina Sedlacek ‘23

Medical Students and Community Engagement: Partnerships for Health

3/17/2023 Mahala Schlagman, MD, physician, Strong Internal Medicine and assistant professor, Department of Medicine, General Medicine (SMD); Rebecca Russo, supervising attorney Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.

Medical Legal Partnership – A Tool for Community Advocacy


Holly Russell, MD, founder and director of the Addiction Medicine program at Highland Family Medicine and medical director of Clinical and Community Programs at the Center for Community Health & Prevention; Jade Malcho, MD, senior instructor of Clinical Emergency Medicine - Department of Emergency Medicine (SMD) and assistant director, URMC Opioid Safety Office

Opioid Safety at UR Medicine

4/21/2023 Andrea Garroway, PhD, clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine at URMC & Tziporah Rosenberg, PhD, LMFT, associate professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at URMC, the Institute for the Family, and the Division of Collaborative Care within the Department of Psychiatry Strategies for Effective Partnership and Communication in Healthcare

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.

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)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Rochester Center for Nursing Professional Development is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This offering provides 1.0 nursing contact hours. An evaluation must be completed within 30 days and attendance is required for at least 90% of the activity.

Some sessions may also be approved for 1.0 Social Work continuing education hour(s). Please check each session flyer for more information.