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Public Health Grand Rounds Archive

Below you can find available videos and slides from past presentations. Closed Captioning as noted (CC).

4/21/23: 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

3/31/23: 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

3/17/23: 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

3/3/23: 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

2/17/23: 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

2/3/23: David Figlio, PhD, University of Rochester provost; How population-level matched birth-school administrative records can address public health and education policy questions

12/9/22: Lisa Harris, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, University of Michigan Medical School; From Politics Towards Care: Talking about Abortion as a Health and Public Health Issue

11/18/22: Garen Wintemute, M.D., M.P.H., Susan P. Baker-Stephen P. Teret chair in Violence Prevention at UC Davis, director, Violence Prevention Research Program; Public Health Grand Rounds & 11th annual Bernard Guyer Lecture on gun violence and preventionAdditional Q&A Report

11/4/22: URMC Equity and Anti-Racism Action Plan - Panel; URMC Equity and Anti-Racism Action PlanAdditional Q&A Report

10/21/22: Abigail McHugh-Grifa, Ph.D., Executive Director of Climate Solutions Accelerator; Climate Impacts and Solutions for the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region

10/7/22: Stefanie Hollenbach, M.D., M.S., Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, URMC; Modern Echoes of Historic Institutionalized Racism: Associations Between Previously “Redlined” Districts and Current Obstetric Outcomes

9/16/22: Michael Mendoza, M.D., M.P.H., Commissioner of Public Health, Monroe County Health Department and Professor of Clinical Family Medicine, Public Health Sciences and Nursing, URMC; Public Health in Monroe County: Past, Present and Future


  • Jessica Watington, Chief of Children’s Priority ServicesMonroe County Office of Mental Health
  • Meghan Jenner, LCSW, Community Mental Health Services Manager, Monroe County Office of Mental Health
  • Jason Teller, BA, CASAC, Manager of Addiction & Prevention Services, Monroe County Office of Mental Health

    Changing Times: Behavioral Health In Monroe County

4/1/22: Michael Waller, PhD, director of Sustainability, Rochester Regional Health; Sustainability in Healthcare

3/18/22: Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha, MD, Tufts University School of Medicine; Black Women and Maternal Health Disparities: Addressing the Role of Racism 

3/4/22: Heather Reyes, MD, URMC; Social and Emotional Learning Tool via Moxie the Robot 

  • Wendy Parisi, MS, director, Health Equity Program Support Office at URMC
  • Amy Woods, MPH, project manager, Health Equity Program Support Office
  • Mitch Gruber, PhD, Foodlink's chief strategy officer and City coordinator
  • Laura Ballou, MSW, assistant dean, Student Life operations and director at The Campus Center, UR
  • Eugene Vogler, food pantry and reservation coordinator, UR

    A Tale of Two Pantries: Partnering with the Community to Address Local Food Insecurity

2/4/22: Daniel G Petereit, MD, radiation oncologist and principal investigator Walking Forward, Cancer Care Institute at Monument Health in Rapid City, South Dakota; Walking Forward: Collaborating at the Community Level to Advance Cancer Control in the Northern Plains American Indians

1/20/22: Jonathan Jackson, PhD, executive director of the Community Access, Recruitment, and Engagement (CARE) Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Special Session Supplement: "Towards a Quantifiable Science of Research Equity"

1/7/22: Edith M. Williams, PhD, MS, associate professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Rheumatology; department of Medicine/Center for Health Disparities, Medical University of South Carolina; Special Session Supplement: "Joy in the Journey: Triumphs in lessons learned along the way"

12/3/21: 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

12/2/21: 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

11/19/21: Jeff Wyatt, DVM, MPH, DACLAM, Professor & Chair, Comparative Medicine, URMC, One Health Initiative in Borneo: Transforming Community Health & Saving Endangered Orangutans

11/5/21: 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

10/15/21: 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

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

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

4/16/21: Girmay Berhie, PhD, Dean of the College of Health Sciences, Jackson State University, Managing Epidemics with Consumer Wearables

4/2/21: 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


3/19/21: Stephanie Townsend, PhD, Director of Research & Analytics, ROC the Future; Member, Commission on Racial and Structural Equity, Our City. Our County. United for Change.

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 

2/19/21: 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

2/5/21: 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

12/4/20: Medical students, Medical student community health improvement projects

11/20/20: Pebbles Fagan, PhD, MPH, "Tobacco Use and Vulnerable Populations"

11/6/20: Ann M. Dozier, RN, PhD and Irena Pesis-Katz, PhD, "COVID-19 Modeling: Navigating Towards a Moving Target"

10/16/20: Gipsy Escobar, PhD, and Sema Tehari, PhD, MA, "Measures for Justice"

10/2/20: Panelists include:

  • Shani Wilson, PA-C - Internal Medicine Board-certified Physician Assistant (NCCPA); Chair of the Rochester Police Accountability Board
  • Adrienne Morgan, PhD - Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion SMD; Associate Vice President in the University’s Office of Equity and Inclusion
  • Kevin Spencer Beckford – 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"

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

3/6/20: Rep. Joseph D. Morelle, U.S. Congressman, Wade Norwood, CEO of Common Ground Health, and Laura Gustin, MPH, 

"Monroe County Systems Integration Project: Building a multi-sector, person-centered system of service delivery"*

*Rep. Morelle’s likeness is not to be used for monetary gain in any way, now or in the future.

2/21/20: Michael Mendoza, MD, MPH, MS, "Vaping and E-Cigarettes: Fighting the Battle, Losing the War?"

2/7/20: R. Cameron Schauf, Director, University of Rochester Campus Dining Services and Auxiliary Operations, "Local, Sustainable and Delicious"

9/21/18: Stanley O. Foster, MD, PhD, MPN, OBN, Strengthening Community Ownership of Health and Well-Being

10/12/18: Joyce Duckles and ENGOAL, Project ENGOAL: Engaging Older Adult Learners as Health Researchers

10/19/18: Addisu Mesfin,‚Äč Management of Metastatic and Primary Spine Tumors: Do Health Care Disparities Exist?

11/2/18: Adam Simning, MD, PhD, An interdisciplinary approach to understanding and optimizing the SNF to home transition

11/16/18: Monica Sharma, MD, Radical Transformational Leadership - Dr. Sharma has 20 years working at the United Nations and has written a book, "Radical Transformational Leadership

12/7/18: Robert Block, MD, MPH, Geof Williams, MD, PhD, & Katherine Manou, clinical pharmacist, The Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease

5/11/18: Dr. Supriya Mohile, Improving Cancer Care Delivery for Older Patients with Cancer and Their Caregivers: Updates from GAP/COACH Trials and Next Steps

5/4/18: Jennifer R. Mammen, PhD NP-C, Smartphone-Based Telemedicine for Primary Care of Asthma: Development of a Technology-Enabled Asthma Management System (TEAMS)

4/6/18: Dr. Timothy Dye, Critical Medical Ecological Perspectives on Diabetes in the Pacific Islands: Colonialism, Power, & Balance in Human-Environment Interaction Over Time

2/16/18: Caroline P. Thirukumaran, Natural Language Processing for the Identification of Surgical Site Infections

2/2/18: Mitch Gruber, PhD, Chief Programs Officer, Foodlink, The history of healthy food retail/access in Rochester