URMC selected for national community health initiative

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Source: Rochester Business Journal

The Association of American Medical Colleges has selected the University of Rochester Medical Center to be one of eight U.S. institutions spearheading a national community health initiative. 

The purpose of the Building a Systems Approach to Community Health and Health Equity initiative is to map community health drives already underway at URMC and other prominent U.S. academic medical centers, teaching hospitals and medical schools.

The project has two aims: to help the health care institutions measure their own programs’ effectiveness and to provide pointers to other communities for mounting areawide health-improvement efforts.

The association picked the eight participants in the three-year project after evaluating community health programs at a number of institutions.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us and our academic medical center colleagues, along with our public health and community partners, to share best practices and further develop targeted actions to address issues related to community health, population health and health equity,” said Theresa Green, URMC director of community health education and policy.   

Mark Taubman M.D, URMC CEO and UR School of Medicine and Dentistry dean; Kathy Rideout, UR Nursing School dean; David Lambert M.D., senior associate dean for medical student education; and other URMC officials submitted letters detailing the medical center’s community health efforts to win acceptance to the program.

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