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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.

These presentations will be given over Zoom. Internet access and pre-registration are required. 

Upcoming Talks:

Join us for a Special Public Health Grand Rounds at 6 p.m. Thursday, December 2. Dean S. Seneca, MPH, MCURP (Seneca, Beaver Clan), CEO and founder of Seneca Scientific Solutions+ will present "Historical Trauma and the Health Disparities that Perpetuate in American Indian/Alaska Native Communities."  With traditional introduction - Ohen:ton Kariwatehkwen "the Words that Come Before All Else” by Rohsennase Dalton LaBarge (Kanienkehaka, Bear Clan) URSMD '23.

This presentation will cover leading health inequities, causes of death, health workforce and other challenges while working in Tribal communities. We plan to address some cultural norms, unique communication styles and public health challenges, as well as, provide some current demographic population information. In addition, the discussion will include tribal life experiences, cultural issues, barriers and how to successfully build tribal relationships.

Register today!

Then, at noon on Friday, December 3, Michael Mendoza, MD, MPH, MS, commissioner of Public Health, Monroe County Health Department and professor of Clinical Family Medicine, Public Health Sciences and Nursing at URMC, will present "Making the Most of a Global Pandemic."

We have endured two years of a global pandemic, and it's not over yet.  The community has come together in unprecedented ways to combat COVID-19, and all the while the everyday work of public health has continued.  As we look beyond this pandemic, what have we learned so far?  How can we ensure that we remain prepared -- or become better prepared -- for future public health emergencies without sacrificing the important work of "routine" public health?  Where do we go from here?

Register today!

Fall 2021 Public Health Grand Rounds

*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
9/17/21 Heather J Busick, MS, MD, physician; associate chief medical information officer, URMC The HEART of the Matter: Leveraging Our Electronic Health Record to Address Health Inequities
10/1/21 Wade Norwood, CEO of Common Ground Health

"The Color of Health: The Devastating Toll of Racism on Black Lives" webinar

"The Color of Health:The Devastating Toll of Racism on Black Lives" Report


Abigail Zuger, MD, infectious disease expert and retired associate clinical professor of Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Special Public Health Grand Rounds - 10th annual Bernard Guyer Lecture

Public Health at the Bathroom Sink: Home Testing for Contagious Disease 


Jane Hoppin, ScD, deputy director, Center for Human Health and the Environment; professor, Department of Biological Sciences; University Faculty Scholar, NC State

Responding to Community Concerns about Chemical Exposure: The GenX Exposure Study
11/19/21 Jeff Wyatt DVM, MPH, DACLAM, professor & chair, Comparative Medicine, URMC One Health Initiative in Borneo: Transforming Community Health & Saving Endangered Orangutans 

Dean S. Seneca MPH, MCURP, (Seneca, Beaver Clan) CEO and Founder, Seneca Scientific Solutions+ and Rohsennase Dalton LaBarge (Kanienkehaka, Bear Clan) URSMD '23

Historical Trauma and the Health Disparities that Perpetuate in American Indian/Alaska Native Communities

Michael D. Mendoza, MD, MPH, commissioner of public health for Monroe County, NY and associate professor in the Departments of Family Medicine, Public Health Sciences, and Nursing, URMC

Making the Most of a Global Pandemic

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

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.