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April 17, 2013

Satcher Award recipients honored

Yeates Conwell, professor and vice chair in the Department of Psychiatry, and C. Andrew Aligne, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, were honored March 18 as recipients of the fourth annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards.

The awards are named in honor of the 16th Surgeon General of the United States, who completed his medical residency at the Medical Center in 1972 and received an honorary degree from the University in 1995. Satcher went on to become a leading voice in the field of public health and has dedicated his career to improving public health policy.

The awards honor individuals who have made significant contributions to community health in the greater Rochester region through research, education, clinical services, and outreach efforts.

Conwell, who has been with the Department of Psychiatry since 1985, has devoted his career to addressing the challenges associated with aging and old age. For more than 12 years, he has worked in close partnership with Lifespan and the Catholic Family Center to serve the region’s elderly. Another partner in the work is Eldersource, a collaboration between Lifespan and the Catholic Family Center that serves as the single point of entry into the region’s aging services network. Known as the Senior Health and Research Alliance, the partnership has helped transform how mental health care and services for the elderly are delivered in the Greater Rochester area.

Conwell has also been a dedicated mentor to early career faculty, working closely with and encouraging them to engage in work with the community.

Aligne, director of the Community-health and Advocacy Resident Education (CARE) Track, is an expert in community health education and serves as the editor of the “Pediatrics in the Community” section of Pediatrics in Review, the educational journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Aligne developed and has directed the CARE curriculum since it started in 2001 and has served as a mentor to the majority of the 100 residents who have completed CARE longitudinal community-based experiences. He has developed long-term relationships with multiple community agencies, including neighborhood associations, regional coalitions, schools, and agencies such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and Family Resource Centers. Projects have addressed such topics as teen pregnancy, obesity prevention, high school dropout prevention, improving health literacy and more.

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