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Highlights & Past Events

Dyson Day Save The Date!

Come join us for the 19th Annual Anne E. Dyson Memorial Grand Rounds and Child Advocacy Forum on Wednesday March 6th, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.

Rosetta Stone at Literacy Volunteers of Rochester

The Hoekelman Center was proud to represent Dr. Olga Varechtchouk at the ribbon cutting ceremony unveiling a new tutor room at Literacy Volunteers of Rochester in partnership with a learning grant from Spectrum. The room, equipped with new work stations and laptops as well as smart technology for instruction, was enhanced by a donation from Dr. Varechtchouk of four laptops installed with Rosetta Stone to strengthen the learner's ability to read and speak English. 

Hoekelman Center - Literacy statioin

New laptops installed with Rosetta Stone Software

Senator Joseph Robach with Kelly McDermott Community Liaison, Hoekelman

Senator Joseph Robach with Kelly McDermott Community Liaison from the Hoekelman Center

Rosa Wims' Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Rosa Wims

The Hoekelman Center was happy to participate in the 33rd annual Mama Rosa's Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner event on Veterans Day. The team accompanied by Dr. Wib Beachy, served over 100 meals donated by Foodlink in the Montgomery Neighborhood Center.

Stay True To You

Stay True to You

"Stay True to You" is a community impact media campaign focused on reducing unintended pregnancy supported by a grant from the Wilson Foundation. For nearly two years, the Hoekelman Center has worked with Causewave Community Partners and a dozen other community partners to inform, design, and test this initiative with the dedicated help of professional advertising experts. For more information visit

Pediatric Links with the Community Award

Boys and Girls Club

Director of Pediatric Links with the Community Dr. Marc Lavender with Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester Dwayne Mahoney

The Hoekelman Center was pleased to present the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester with the 2018 Pediatric Links with the Community Advocacy Award for outstanding teaching and excellence in caring for the children of Rochester. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester provide youth development programs that enable young people to acquire the skills and qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders. Thank you for all you do for the community!

Letter to the Editor

Dr. Varechtchouk

Resident Dr. Olga Varechtchouk

CARE Track Resident Dr. Olga Varechtchouk was published in the Democrat and Chronicle on Saturday August 25th. This essay is a personal story illustrating the flaws surrounding "Public Charge" which makes it more difficult for legal immigrants to obtain green cards or citizenship if they require or have ever required public benefits. Read the full article here!

Advocating for Advocacy

Drs. Caroline Kirby, Catherine Glatz, Margaret Connolly and Michelle Cook organized a lecture series to engage more students and residents in advocacy.

  • December 14th, 12:00 p.m. Stan Schaffer on the topic of Lead
Crisis Nursery

Crisis Nursery of Greater Rochester with Dr. Catie Glatz, Dr. Michelle Cook and Dr. Caroline Kirby presenting at noon conference.

CARE Resident Presents at the North American Refugee Health Conference

CARE Track resident Dr. Sarah Ventre presented her project at the North American Refugee Health Conference in Portland, Oregon this year. The goal of her project is to increase access to high quality early childhood education among refugee children in Rochester through development of a partnership between local Head Start organizations and refugee resettlement agencies using a national model for this effort from the organization PEACE, Inc. in Syracuse, New York. If you would like to learn more about her project click here!

Dr. Sarah Ventre presenting at The North American Refugee Health Conference

Dr. Sarah Ventre presenting at The North American Refugee Health Conference

Mirror Lake in Portland, Oregon

Mirror Lake in Portland, Oregon

Good News! Verwey to receive a resident national grant award

Dr. Adriana Verwey has been selected to receive a resident national grant award. Her CARE project aligns very well with the goals of the program, which is called: Inclusive Health Grants: Supporting Healthy Weight for Children with Intellectual Disabilities sponsored by the AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight with support from Special Olympics. This is a great win for Dr. Verwey who will be promoting community health by developing an inclusive physical fitness resource map to share with the community and doctors who may be referring patients and families to these resources. Congratulations Dr. Verwey!

Dr. Verwey at poster presentation

Dr. Adriana Verwey

CARE Projects Featured at Local Event

CARE Resident Francis Coyne, M.D. and CARE alumna Megan Lasaponara, M.D. (Director of Kids Thrive 585) presented at Social Determinants of Health: Linking Healthcare to the Community Synergy. They joined speakers from NYC and around Rochester discussing their experiences working to screen patients for non-medical factors that affect health, such as homelessness, unemployment, etc. Understanding how to identify these social determinants of health and how to connect people with effective community resources to help them is of increasing interest for moving toward population health.

Dr. Lasaponara presenting

Megan Lasaponara, M.D., Director of Kids Thrive 585, presenting at local event.

Walkout Organized by CARE Resident

Congratulations to CARE Resident Dr. Alexi Bulloch in organizing the #walkout for the University of Rochester’s students and staff. About 150 people turned out in front of the Golisano Children’s Hospital at URMC despite the wind and snow. They took part in seventeen minutes of silence to honor the victims of the Parkland shooting and support the students across the nation in their efforts. Dr. Bulloch was quoted at length in the Democrat and Chronicle two days in a row! Her main point was that gun violence is a public health issue.

2018 Walkout for Gun Safety - CARE

Walkout for Gun Safety - CARE. 2018 Photo courtesy of Dr. Stephen R. Cook

Congratulations to Jeff Kaczorowski

Congratulations to Jeff Kaczorowski, co-founder of Pediatric Links with the Community (PLC), who will serve as vice-chair of a new state initiative that focuses on improving health and educational outcomes in the first three years of a child's life.

Congratulations Steven Schulz!

WXXI’s Connections with Evan Dawson recently did a show on Geneva 2020, a community-wide initiative aimed at increasing educational success for all of the city’s students. CARE Track alumnus Steven Schulz is mentioned by name at minute 32 with regards to his early child development and literacy-promotion efforts. Success is implementing the PACE screen for Kindergartners as a part of the Geneva 2020 coalition. Congratulations Steven!

Past Events