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2008 Summer in the City Series Schedule

The Summer in the City Series, a joint program of the Center for Community Health and the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine, has released its schedule for 2008.  The series consists of lunch-hour discussion on a variety of public health topics.

Unless noted, the discussions are from 12:00 to 1:00 PM and are held in Room K-307 in the Medical Center and include a light lunch.  The schedule is as follows:

July 8: Health-e-Access: Using Technology to Increase Care for Children

Ken McConnochie, M.D., MPH, director, Health-e-Access Telemedicine Network and professor of Pediatrics (Please note that this session only is scheduled 12:15 to 1:15 pm)

July 15:  Nourishing our Neighborhoods

Chris Hartman, co-manager, South Wedge Farmers’ Market

Eleanor Coleman, Southwest Area Neighborhood Association

Katrina Korfmacher, Ph.D., community outreach coordinator; research assistant professor, Environmental Health Sciences Center

July 22: Creating Urban Villages in the Rochester Children’s Zone (RCZ)

Ellen Lewis, interim team leader, RCZ

Rev. Glenn Alexander, pastor, Holy City International Church of God in Christ; board member, RCZ; Sector 10 Co-Chair, North East Neighborhood Alliance

July 29: Teen Smart Driving: What Parents Should Know

Anne Brayer, M.D., associate professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics

Lynn Babcock-Cimpello, M.D., associate professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, co-directors, Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Rochester

For more information: or 276-3056


July 1, 2008 at 1:39 pm 1 comment

Seminar on Mental Health Program for At-Risk Children

The Summer in the City Series launches its 2008 season with presentation and discussion entitled “Fostering Recovery: Mental Health, Child Welfare and Recovery Working Together for Families.”

The topic is a new joint program involving the University’s Department of Psychiatry, the Mount Hope Family Center, the Monroe County Department of Human Services, and the Monroe County Family Court that provides children and parents in welfare and foster care programs with the mental health care they need to thrive and stay together as a family.   The program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health.

You can read a news release about the launching of the program here.

The series, which is sponsored by the Center for Community Health, will take place on Tuesday, June 3 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM in K-307 in the Medical Center.  Speakers include: Wendy Nilsen, Ph.D., the principal investigator of the project, and Cynthia Lewis, LMSW, ACSW, director of Child and Family Services with the Monroe County Department of Human Services.

A light lunch will be served.  For more information, contact or 276-3056.

May 22, 2008 at 3:52 pm Leave a comment

The Hazards of Pharmaceuticals in the Home and the Environment

Several stories have recently appeared in the news about the effects of pharmaceuticals in the water supply. The reported negative impacts include hormone disruption in fish, raising questions about potential impacts on human health. There are concerns about the effects of long term human consumption of these and other chemicals. Household pharmaceuticals can get into the water supply because conventional waste and drinking water treatment does not effectively eliminate most of the pharmaceutical compounds such as endocrine disruptor compounds found in oral contraceptives. Some of these chemicals enter the wastewater system when they are excreted by people who take these drugs. In other cases, chemicals may get into the wastewater when people flush old or unwanted medicine down the toilet. Flushing has been recommended in the past as a way to safely dispose of pharmaceuticals. However, because treated wastewater is released into surface water bodies, chemicals remaining in the effluent may affect wildlife or if the water eventually enters drinking water systems, humans may be affected. Below are two recent examples of how EHSC researchers and community outreach agencies are focusing on studying and eliminating pharmaceuticals in our environment.

It is important to safely dispose of unwanted pharmaceuticals to avoid accidental poisonings by children or others. Flushing them down the toilet is no longer a recommended method of disposal. People are discouraged from simply throwing unwanted medicines in the trash since children might pull them out of the trash, or once in a landfill, these chemicals may eventually seep out in drainage water. The only guidance issued to date by a federal agency regarding the disposal of medications (by consumers and other end users) is the guidance issued in February of 2007 by the White House Office of National Drug Center Policy. However several states and localities have developed their own approaches to this issue. In Washington State, a coalition of local and state governments, and non-profit organizations, developed a pilot program in which pharmacies took back unwanted medicine, ( Legislation that would have implemented this program on a statewide basis was introduced in 2007 but has not been passed. The New York State Legislature is also considering a bill (A. 840) that would regulate the collection and disposal of both prescription and over-the-counter drugs by manufacturers of such drugs. Until such a program is instituted, community collection days may be the safest option (See ‘What Can I Do?’).

  • In March 2008, 3rd year Toxicology graduate student Fanny Casado presented a talk called “Endocrine Disruptors with estrogenic activity: Promises and Challenges.” The presentation discussed the current widespread use of estrogen-based hormonal therapies that has opened opportunities to do epidemiological studies of the risks and benefits. Endocrine disruptor compounds (EDCs) are defined as chemicals, such as those found in oral contraceptives, that can alter the physiology of endocrine or hormone systems in wild-life and humans. When these chemicals were first introduced, disruptive effects were not fully appreciated. Several different lines of research have elucidated some of the mechanisms of action of these compounds, specifically the ones with estrogenic activity, giving rise to guidelines and restrictions on their use. Despite numerous investigations using in vivo models that provide information about exposure, the relationship between human diseases of the endocrine system and exposure to environmental EDCs is poorly understood.
  • Action for a Better Community (ABC), an EHSC Community Advisory Board member, teamed up with the Ruth A. Lawrence Poison Control Center, the City of Rochester, Monroe County Department of Environmental Services, and the Center for Environmental Information to take part in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Earth Day Challenge on April 19th. This event provided opportunities for people to safely dispose of unwanted medicines as well as electronic waste. Over 55,000 doses of unwanted medicine were collected from 66 people at this event. On June 7th, there will be a free Unwanted Pharmaceuticals Collection from 8:00am-1:00pm at the City of Rochester Water Bureau, 10 Felix Street. For more information about this collection, contact Ted Murray at ABC, 325-5116.


May 15, 2008 at 8:23 pm Leave a comment

Regional Cancer and Environment Forum

On Thursday, May 29, 2008 from 10am-3 pm, the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester will host a forum that will feature:

Prevention of Weight Gain as a Strategy to Decrease Breast Cancer Risk, Dr. Barbour Warren, Research Associate, BCERF

The Estrogen Connection: Estrogenic Chemicals in Plastics, Personal Care Products and Electronics, Dr. Suzanne Snedeker, Associate Director for Translational Research, BCERF

Phthalates, Obesity and Insulin Resistance: First Looks, Dr. Richard Stahlhut, Environmental Health Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Rochester

The Rochester Healthy Home: A Model for Integrated Toxics Education, Dr. Katrina Korfmacher, Assistant Professor of Environmental Medicine, University of Rochester

RSVP to Carmi Orenstein at 607-255-1185 or

May 5, 2008 at 8:50 pm 2 comments

Public Health Grand Rounds: Breaking the Cycle of Violence

The next installment of the Public Health Grand Rounds (Act Locally/Act Globally, Partnering for Healthier Communities) this Friday will focus on violence.  The forums are jointly sponsored by the Center for Community Health and the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine.

The topic of this week’s discussion is “Breaking the Cycle of Violence: A Hospital and Community Program for Victims of Violence.”

Large and small communities across the United States continue to struggle with the epidemic of violence. The experience in Rochester is no different. In fact, Rochester has had one of the highest per capita murder rates in NY State during the past decade. There is an increasing realization of the need for communities to respond to the violence in a coordinated manner. Hospitals can and should play a vital role in this response by establishing crucial community linkages to address the needs of injured victims of violence. Strong Memorial Hospital has partnered with local community service providers in an effort help stop the violence.

The event is Friday, May 2, 2008 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM in the Upper Adolph Auditorium (Room 3-7619).  All are invited to attend!  Light lunch will be provided

Presenters include Mark Gestring, M.D., director of Adult Trauma at Strong Memorial Hospital, Jeff Rideout, LMSW, Social Work, Golisano Children’s Hospital, Paula Jarquin, Child Protective Services,  Monroe County Department of Human and Health Services, James McCauley, PAVE, Camp Good Days and Special Times, Mike Brooks, Pathways to Peace, City of Rochester, Office of the Mayor, and Michael Scharff, M.D., Children and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Rochester

This seminar series is funded in part by Cooperative Agreement which is shared by the American Association for Medical Colleges and the Centers for Disease Control.

April 30, 2008 at 9:49 am 2 comments

Healthy Neighborhoods: A Revitalization Strategy

The Rochester Regional Community Design Center is hosting David Boehlke, a founding member of the Healthy Neighborhoods Group, on Thursday, April 24 from 7 to 9PM at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 111 N. Chestnut Street.   He will speak on “Healthy Neighborhoods: a Revitalization Strategy”.  Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 in advance.  For more information call 586-6650.

David Boehlke is a nationally recognized expert in neighborhood revitalization and the country’s leading authority on Healthy Neighborhoods. David has worked in more than 125 communities over his 30-year career. He has served in numerous capacities as consultant and executive director of several nonprofit organizations. He holds degrees in geography and architecture from Johns Hopkins and Harvard. David has spearheaded Healthy Neighborhoods work throughout the United States, has written seminal works on the topic, and has trained many of the nation’s leading practitioners of neighborhood revitalization.

You can read more about David and his work here.

April 29, 2008 at 3:49 pm Leave a comment

“Summer in the City” Series Looking for Participants

The Partnership Committee of the Center for Community Health Faculty Group is planning the 2008 “Summer in the City” series.  The series consists of lunch hour discussions on topics related to community health improvement efforts. The committee would like to invite those of you who are involved with community-academic partnerships to consider organizing a presentation with your community partners.

If you are interested in presenting and would like more information about the process before making a final decision, I would be happy to send you our guidelines for organizers.

To submit proposals or for more information, contact Noelle Andrus, Ph.D., Director of Education for the Center for Community Health (275-5627).

April 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm Leave a comment


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