About

The Community Health VOICE (Volunteer, Organize, Innovate, Collaborate, Empower) Blog was created to serve as a forum for faculty, staff, students, residents and fellows at the University of Rochester Medical Center and our partners in the Rochester area and beyond who are engaged or have an interest in community-based health services, education, research, and advocacy.

“The Rules”

Open and frank discussions of the topics raised here are encouraged and welcome, however, we ask that individuals who participate in these discussions are respectful and do not abuse this forum.

In that spirit, we reserve the right to remove any material that:

  • Harasses, degrades, intimidates, is hateful, abusive, obscene, defamatory or constitutes a personal attack
  • Is spam, junk mail or any other form of advertising or solicitation
  • Is off topic (if you have an issue that you would like to be raised on this blog, please contact one of our bloggers)

In other words, please play nice and think before you click the “send” button. If you encounter any material on this blog that you find offensive or believe violates any of the guidelines above, please contact us.

Our Bloggers

Andy Aligne, M.D. – Andy is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. He is director of the Child Advocacy Resident Education program and co-director of Pediatric Links to the Community, two innovative partnerships between the University of Rochester Department of Pediatrics and Rochester community-based agencies that serve children and their families.

Holly Barone –Holly is operations administrator of Community Dentistry & Oral Disease Prevention in the Eastman Dental Center. Holly oversees many of the Center’s innovative community dentistry initiatives, including the SMILEmobile program (a fleet of mobile dental clinics) and a system of satellite clinics that provide oral health services to underserved and uninsured populations.

Stephen Cook, M.D., M.P.H.Stephen is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. He is a member of Strong Children’s Research Center and his research focuses on childhood and adolescent obesity from the perspective of epidemiologic research on cardiovascular risk factors to clinical studies on approaches to prevention and intervention.

Ann Dozier, RN, Ph.D.Ann is associate professor and director of the Research Services Group in the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine. Her current research and fieldwork focus on maternal child health outcomes. Ann is spearheading an initiative through the URMC’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute to improve recruitment and retention into clinical research and has also been involved in several international projects dealing with smoking cessation, cardiovascular health, and other health topics.

William J. Hall, M.D. — Bill is a 30-year member of the University of Rochester Medical Center’s faculty and is currently the Paul Fine Professor of Medicine, Oncology and Pediatrics, and director of the Center for Healthy Aging based at Highland Hospital. He is recognized nationally and internationally for his work in geriatrics, is a frequent speaker on the topic locally and across the country, and is strongly committed to preventive health and successful aging.

Mike Keefer, M.D. – Mike is professor of medicine and director of the University’s HIV Vaccine Trials Unit. Keefer also serves as associate director of scientific administration for the international HIV Vaccine Trial Network. Rochester is one of the top cities in the world for participation in the search for a vaccine against HIV and is one of only two sites worldwide that have been working on a vaccine since the first units were created in 1988.

Kate Kuholski – Kate is a program manager in the Environmental Health Sciences Center and is involved in the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning. She was also project manager for the Healthy Home, a model residence created to help property owners and residents improve the environmental health of their homes. The home is a joint project of URMC and several community organizations.

Kathy Lewis – Kathy is director of Community Health Partnerships in the URMC Center for Community Health.

Scott McIntosh, Ph.D. – Scott is an associate professor in the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine and the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center. He is director of the Greater Rochester Tobacco Research Center, and Associate Director of the Smoking Research Program. Scott is involved in several smoking cessation and workplace obesity prevention programs and is course director for the medical school’s Community Health Improvement Clerkship.

Mark Michaud – Mark is associate director of Public Relations and Communications for URMC and covers, among other things, community health.

Todd Theirer, DDS, MPH – Todd is Medical Director of the University of Rochester Eastman Dental Center and director of Ambulatory Dental Services at Strong Memorial Hospital. His research interests include treatment of medically compromised and special care patients, dentist-patient communication, and barriers to obtaining oral health care.

Ralph Spezio – Ralph is a senior associate in the University of Rochester Department of Community and Preventive Medicine. He is the former principal of Enrico Fermi School No. 17 in Rochester and was one of the individuals instrumental in bringing parents, teachers, the community, and the University together to address children’s health issues.

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  • 1. rubi  |  November 20, 2009 at 5:20 am

    This blog was created to serve as a forum for faculty, staff, students, residents and fellows at the University of Rochester Medical Center and our partners in the Rochester area and beyond who are engaged or have an interest in community-based health services, education, research, and advocacy…
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