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Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards

2023 Call for Nominations

Deadline - Noon on Wednesday, March 1

Nominate a University of Rochester Medical Center staff member, junior faculty and/or senior faculty who exemplifies community health improvement through their work!

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David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.
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Established in 2010, the Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards recognizes University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) faculty and staff for significant contributions to the health of our communities through research, teaching, practice, and/or service programs.

The awards reflect the mission of the Center for Community Health & Prevention and the URMC to develop and expand community-university partnerships that support community-engaged research and interventions that reduce health inequities and improve communities' health. Awards are made based on work done in the greater Rochester area and Finger Lakes region.

Efforts to improve the health of the Rochester community are deeply rooted in the history of the University of Rochester. It started in the 1920s, when the Medical Center’s original benefactor, George Eastman agreed to fund a medical school with the caveat that the school use its skills and talents “to make Rochester one of the healthiest communities in the world.” His vision has shaped an enduring legacy of commitment to improve the health of the Rochester community.

The Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards are typically held in person with a keynote speaker, but for the last couple of years, due to the pandemic, awardees have been recognized and shared their commitment to community health improvement virtually.

The CCHP appreciates the support of our partners in the UR Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Office of Health Equity Research and the Department of Public Health Sciences.

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Past Events

Presented virtually on April 4, 2022 the 13th annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards honored three URMC faculty and staff for their contributions to advancing community health and health equity in our region.

Sidney Hankerson, M.D., M.B.A., associate professor and vice chair for Community Engagement in the Department of Psychiatry and director of Mental Health Equity Research in the Institute for Health Equity Research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, presented the keynote address "Leveraging Community Engagement to Promote Mental Health Equity."

The 2022 award recipients were:

Senior Faculty Awardee

Catherine Cerulli HeadshotCatherine Cerulli, J.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry; Director of the Susan B. Anthony Center; Director of the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization

 

 

Junior Faculty Awardee

Suzie Noronha headshotSuzie Noronha, M.D.

Associate Professor of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology; Director of the pediatric sickle cell program at Golisano Children’s Hospital

Staff Awardee

Kelly McDermott headshotKelly McDermott, M.S.

Community Liaison for The Hoekelman Center at Golisano Children’s Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

Watch the keynote address and award ceremony 

Past Recipients 

See a full list of former Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement awardees.

Questions: If you have any questions, please contact us at SatcherAward@urmc.rochester.edu or call the Center for Community Health & Prevention at (585) 602-0801.