Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards
We're looking forward to the 15th annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards 2024!
Learn more about the history of the event and former awardees below.
This event is jointly organized by the Center for Community Health & Prevention and the UR Clinical & Translational Science Institute's Office of Health Equity Research
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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 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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Presented as a hybrid event, the 14th annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards took place on May 2. The event honored URMC faculty and staff for their contributions to advancing community health and health equity in our region.
The keynote address, titled “Revisiting the Highs and Lows of Public Health Practice,” was presented by David Satcher, Ph.D., M.D.
Dr. Satcher is the founding director and senior advisor at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the 16th Surgeon General of the United States and former Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services.
The 2023 award recipients were:
Senior Faculty Awardee
Michael D. Mendoza, M.D., M.P.H.
9th Commissioner of Public Health for Monroe County, NY; professor in the Department of Family Medicine
Junior Faculty Awardees (Joint)
Andrew Cohen, Ph.D.; Allison Stiles, Ph.D.; Corey Nichols-Hadeed, J.D. (Left to Right)
Co-directors for “EACH Youth in the RCSD;” faculty in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry
Staff Awardees (Joint)
Wendy Hou, D.N.P., R.N.; Christine Maness, M.S., R.N. (Left to Right)
Coordinators of “Little Shots, Big Protection: A Team Providing COVID-19 Vaccine for Our Community’s Children;” assistant directors of Pediatric Nursing at Golisano Children’s Hospital
Watch the keynote address and award ceremony
See a full list of former Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement awardees.
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.