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Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards

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David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.
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The Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards recognizes University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) faculty and staff for significant contributions to the health of the community 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 the community's health. Awards are made based on work done in the greater Rochester area and Finger Lakes region.

The Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards are typically held in person with a keynote speaker, but this year, due to the pandemic, awardees are being recognized and sharing their commitment to community health improvement virtually.

2021 Call for Nominations

Nominate a URMC faculty or staff for the 12th annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards. 

Nomination Deadline: Noon on Thursday, February 25

Award Criteria and Nomination Form

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Past Events

The 11th annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards were held virtually in 2020.The annual event, usually held in the spring and celebrated with a major speaker, often Dr. Satcher, was not held due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the awardees’ work, in partnership with their community partners, was recognized in local media, videos of the awardees describing their work and more. 

The 2020 award recipients were:

  • Senior Faculty Awardee: Susan Hetherington, Ph.D., retired; associate professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Education; Director, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities; University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
  • Senior Faculty Awardee: Steven L. Barnett, M.D.,associate professor, Departments of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences; Director, Rochester Prevention Research Center: National Center for Deaf Health Research; University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
  • Junior Faculty Awardee: M. Mahala Schlagman, M.D., assistant professor of Medicine, General Medicine Department; Director, Internal Medicine Health Equity Curriculum; Director, Medical Legal Partnership; University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
  • Staff Awardee: Amali Epa-Llop, Ph.D., Sr. Human Subject Research Coordinator; Women’s Initiative Supporting Health (WISH); University of Rochester

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.