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While social work has historically played an important role in medical health care, dentistry has for the most part, not included a social work model of care as part of its operation. Except a few, like Eastman Dental, whose social workers for the last 15 years have been quietly making significant contributions to patient care, resident/faculty education and program development. Read more about Social Work at Eastman Dental »

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Meet Our Social Workers

Lenora Colaruotolo, LMSW

Lenora A. Colaruotolo is a Licensed Master Social Worker who has provided social work services at Eastman Institute for Oral Health since 2004.  She is committed to providing faculty, residents and staff with resources and its patients with support services designed to reduce barriers, enhance adherence to treatment, and improve health outcomes. Her years of social work experience include delivering an array of preventive, clinical, and supportive services to enhance patient care and safety. Lenora is dedicated to the integration of social work within dentistry, which has positively impacted resident education, clinical care, research, and program development. Some of her contributions include resident/faculty education on critical psychosocial issues such as child maltreatment and intimate partner violence, development and implementation of grant-funded projects that utilize trained paraprofessionals to address oral health disparities, interdisciplinary collaboration with dental residents and faculty on research activities, patient advocacy, oral health promotion within the community, and the creation of three separate patient assistance funds to meet uncovered care-related expenses. Lenora received her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science from the University of Rochester and her Master of Social Work degree from the Greater Rochester Collaborative. She joined the Cleft & Craniofacial Team at Golisano Children’s Hospital in January 2007 and has taught undergraduate and graduate level social work courses since 2014.

Jill DelVecchioJill DelVecchio, LMSW, joined the Eastman Institute for Oral Health family in September 2017. Since 2003 she has been providing support to children and families within this community and surrounding counties. Jill received her Bachelor of Science degree in Child Psychology at Utica College and her Master of Social Work degree from the Greater Rochester Collaborative. She has a breadth of experience in the field of Social Work including early education, developmental disabilities, behavioral interventions and advocacy. She has participated on numerous community committees to improve laws, regulations and policies affecting children with disabilities and families of low socioeconomic status. She comes with a strong background in working with multidisciplinary teams and educating other professionals on family engagement practices. Jill is dedicated to enhancing positive outcomes for our patients and their families as well as assessing their needs to ensure access to quality services and supports.

Read How EIOH Social Work Has Impacted Our Patients and Community

Dentistry Participates In Annual Safe Crib Distribution

Eastman Helps Refugee Children

Eastman Dental Makes Science Fun for Kids

Social Work and Pediatric Dentistry: A Research Partnership

Pediatric Dentist Learned to Address Barriers, Advocate for Patients at EIOH

Abused Teen Finds Help at Eastman Dental

Health Ministry Provides Oral Health Screenings

Social Work and Pediatric Dentistry: Partnering to Serve the Whole Patient

Lenora Colaruotolo, LMSW, Wins URMC Excellence Award

Local Teen Makes a Difference by Helping Eastman Dental

Eastman Institute Social Work and Dentistry Make Learning Fun for High Risk Kids

EIOH Social Work and Dentistry Network with 300 Monroe County Providers

Dentistry Participates in Safe Crib Giveaway

When Abuse is Suspected

What Patients & Colleagues Say About Social Work

  • Ms. Lenora was exceptionally helpful on my first visit. She helped me to get approved for my dental appointment through Medicaid by personally meeting the concerned department for my procedure. She was so exceptional that I do not have words to thank her! - Patient
  • Lenora excelled as the CPS consultant; she responded timely and answered questions effectively. Lenora made sure she answered all my areas of concern and provided great feed-back. Lenora assisted in making sure best practice was being done with our pediatric cases. Thank You Lenora for your amazing support, very much appreciated!  --Coworker
  • Lenora epitomizes professionalism and compassion for our patients. She is a steadfast advocate for their health and well being. She also is quick to present opportunities they didn’t know existed. She’s also incredibly helpful and delightful as a co-worker.

Contact Social Work Services

Eastman Institute for Oral Health
625 Elmwood Avenue, Box 683
Rochester, NY 14620
(585) 275-6820; (585) 273-3485 fax

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