Education & Training

RPRC:NCDHR provides training for community members, students, health professionals, and researchers.

Deaf Strong Hospital »

DSH 2011 UR

Deaf Strong Hospital (DSH) is a learning activity created by a group of medical students in September of 1998. First-year medical students are introduced to the Deaf experience by entering into an environment where American Sign Language is the primary language.

Cross-Cultural Competencies »

Cross-Cultural Competencies is required for any RPRC:NCDHR staff member and collaborating investigators who is not already familiar with Deaf Culture. This page provides required articles and other suggested readings for those interested in learning more about Deaf Culture.

Deaf Health Pathway »

Deaf Health Pathways (formerly PAH, MD, Promoting Awareness in Healthcare, Medical and Deaf), is a medical humanities program for University of Rochester medical students interested in Deaf culture, health and American Sign Language. It provides additional courses, electives, activities and projects over the four years of medical school for students.

Human Subjects Research Certification »

Human Subjects Research Certification is a research certification program for understanding the basic principals of research.

Other programs

R25 Bridges to the Doctorate

Deaf Health Talks

K Awards

Steven Barnett

Steven Barnett, MD


  1. Deaf People and Healthcare (CAHPS) K08 (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)
  2. Deaf Sign Language Users, Suicide, and Social Network Characteristics K18 (National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders)

Michael McKee

Michael McKee, MD, MPH

  1. Health Literacy Among Deaf ASL Users and and Cardiovascular Health Risk K01 (National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute)

Scott Smith

Scott Smith, MD, MPH

  1. Adolescent Cardiovascular Risk in Deaf Adolescents who use Sign Language K01 (National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute)

* To learn more about what a K18 and K01 award is, click here.

Research Opportunities

Focus Group Meetings


Seeking Deaf persons age 21-40 interested in participating in a one-time two hour focus group meeting in Rochester!

Focus Group Meeting Flyer

The interviews are limited to Deaf people who are now living in the Rochester (NY) area. The focus group will be conducted in ASL. We need your feedback on developing Deaf Weight Wise (DWW) 2.0. We will be asking about healthy eating and physical activity. The purpose of the group is to continue to develop culturally and linguistically appropriate healthy lifestyle research programs for Deaf people. Each participant will receive $30 dollars cash.

Interested? Contact

Jackie Pransky

(585) 568 6534 VP