University of Rochester
Community Service Activities 2003-2004


Alpha Phi Omega

This service fraternity conducts volunteer projects at Al Sigl Center, Hillside Children's Center, Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong's Geriatric Floor, and with the Special Olympics.
Wilson Commons Information Desk

Alzheimer's Disease Center

The Alzheimer's Disease Center's educational/outreach component works closely with the Rochester Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. The Center has an urban satellite clinic, for outreach efforts to inner city areas, and a rural satellite clinic targeted to the rural communities surrounding Rochester.
Web/contact: 273-1506
Brenda Kavanaugh

Asthma Education

The Respiratory Care staff at Strong Memorial Hospital have volunteered to meet with school nurses and administrators and provide in-service education.
Web/contact: 275-8959
Jennifer Carlson

Chronic Illness/Disability Group (Department of Psychiatry - Ambulatory Services)

Open-ended weekly therapy group for adults of any age. Focus is on learning to live with chronic medical illness/disability and attaining an improved quality of life.
Web/contact: 275-3535
Department of Psychiatry — Ambulatory Services

Community Education and Technical Assistance (CETAD) Program, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong

CETAD/SCDD plans and implements community education programs, provides technical assistance and disseminates information regarding best practices to meet the needs of persons with developmental disabilities and their families.
Web/contact: 275-7006
Jenny C. Overeynder, A.C.S.W.

Finger Lakes Regional Poison and Drug Information Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center

The Poison and Drug Information Center provides emergency management of accidental and intentional poison ingestions as well as drug and lactation information services to over 28,000 callers from the Finger Lakes region each year. The Center also provides poison prevention literature, resources, and facilitator training for child care providers, parents, grandparents, educators, community leaders, and health professionals who work with pre-school children. The Center, which serves a 12-county area, offers an Occupational and Environmental Toxicology Clinic available by primary care physician referral. TTY and translation services are available. Speakers for professional organizations or agencies are also available. The poison center has recently been awarded a grant to address special needs of some populations which allows for presentations specifically regarding deaf and migrant worker populations.
John Benitez, M.D., M.P.H., Managing Director/Assoc. Medical Director, Ruth A. Lawrence, M.D., Medical Director

Gilda's Club and Cancer Action

Cancer Center faculty and staff volunteers at this community service organization in various areas including teaching in-service programs for health care providers, support groups for people with cancer, community cancer education programs, Camp Open Arms (a summer day camp for children with cancer), Camp Connect (a camp for adults with cancer), other programs like social activities, support groups, and educational programs, and in fundraising and public relations efforts.
J. E. Giarrizzo

Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong

Students visit children in Strong to play games, sing songs and bring get-well gifts and cards.
Hillel Foundation

Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong Child Life Program

Faculty, staff and students volunteer to clean as a Wilson Day community serv- ice project.
Community Service Network

Office of Greek Affairs

The fraternity and sorority community on average raises about $18,000 for various philanthropies that include, but are not limited to, Aid to the Blind and Sight Conservation, St. Jude Children's Hospital, National Kidney Foundation, various domestic violence agencies, American Heart Association, Hillside Children's Center, and Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong. Some of the specific philanthropic projects that some sororities coordinate include the Lucky Rubber Ducky Race, Throw-A-Pie, Rock-A-Thon, Shamrock Project, and Anchor Splash. The Greeks generally give about 3,000 hours of direct, hands on community service to various local agencies with local offices in the Rochester community including, but not limited to, Rochester Boys and Girls Club, Puerto Rican Youth Development Center, Hillside Children's Center, Al Sigl Center, Foodlink, MS Walk, and tutoring in local schools.
Web/contact: 275-3167
Monica Miranda, Office of Greek Affairs

Group Therapy Service, Strong Behavioral Health

The service runs more than 20 different kinds of treatment groups for a variety of conditions. Groups include those for anxiety, anger, and depression management, obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, older adults, and crisis intervention, among others.
Web/contact: 275-8575
Sherrie Smith

Hematology/Oncology Education Liaison Program (H.E.L.P.)

H.E.L.P. evaluates children (from infants to teenagers) with cancer and blood disorders for cognitive/academic difficulties related to treatment, monitors educational performance and programs, advocates for patients and families within the educational system, and educates patients, parents, and school districts on the neurocognitive/academic effects of cancer therapy, as well as conducting school reentry visits for classmates prior to a student's return after cancer diagnosis.
Kathryn Wissler, Georgia Beyer

Isaiah House

Community outreach home for the dying. Students typically volunteer for two four-hour shifts per month.
Students of Rochester Outreach, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Edward G. Miner Library

The Edward G. Miner Library, located in the Medical Center, provides infor-mation on medical and health-related topics for Strong Health and Strong Memorial Hospital patients, families, and staff to assist them with participating in and making informed decisions about their health care. In addition to a growing collection of print resources, the Library has a "Patient Education & Consumer Health Resources" Web site. The Web site contains health and drug information, as well as links to mailing lists, newsgroups, journals, and patient education books available at Miner Library. The patient education print collection and the Internet resources are intended to provide general information. Individuals are encouraged to discuss the contents with their health care providers.
Susan Andersen

Monroe Developmental Center

Students volunteer time at the center assisting with special events, community outings, and with a tutoring program.
The Newman Community

The Music and Medicine Program

The Eastman School and Highland Hospital have joined to create a program where Eastman students play throughout the year in lobbies and waiting areas of Highland as therapy for the hospital patients.
Adrian Daly


Student-run organization in which medical students in the first two years of medical school spend time with inpatients. While the program was designed with an emphasis on inpatients who appear to lack social and family support, the group is available to any medical inpatient at SMH.
Students of Rochester Outreach, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Program in Aging and Developmental Disabilities (PADD)

PADD promotes inter-institutional alliances between the developmental disabilities agencies and aging networks to advance training and service for elders who are developmentally disabled.
Kathie Bishop, Ph.D.

Project Link

Created by several Rochester community organizations and the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical Center. Case advocates at Project Link provide aggressive outreach to multicultural consumers with serious mental illness who are at risk for, or involved with, the criminal justice system. The project has reduced the number of days in jail and in the hospital for participants.
John Wegman

Prostate Cancer Screening

The Department of Urology conducts a free screening program during late part of the month of September to early October, to coincide with the national Prostate Cancer Awareness Program, held annually here and in conjunction with other universities and screening centers.
Web/contact: 275-0126
Betty Smith

The Rochester Bone Marrow Transplant Support Network

A support group for patients and their spouses/significant others who are post-bone marrow transplant and are looking for an understanding venue. The members of this group have had autologous, allegeneic, and unrelated bone marrow or blood stem cell transplants. The group meets the second Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at C.U.R.E., 200 Westfall Road, Rochester.
Michael Ellis, C.S.W.

Rochester Community Mobile Crisis Team

This mobile team can be accessed through Lifeline and will respond anywhere in Monroe County for all ages who are experiencing mental health crises. This team is composed of trained clinicians experienced in addressing a multitude of mental health issues.
Web/contact: 273-2590
Department of Psychiatry — Crisis Clinic

Ronald McDonald House

As a Wilson Day community service project, University volunteers perform yard work and fall cleaning.
Community Service Network

STD/HIV Program

This program is funded by the Monroe County Health Department and run by the Infectious Diseases Unit at the University of Rochester. The program provides integrated prevention services for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV in clinic, community-based, and criminal justice settings. Clinical services include STD testing and treatment, HIV counseling and testing, Hepatitis A & B vaccine administration, and pap smear screening. Stage-based behavioral counseling adapted from the Stage of Change/Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change Theory is integrated in all clinical and prevention services. Transitional case management of HIV+ clients is also available. The service is free and confidential by law. The program also includes the Center for Health and Behavioral Training, which provides clinical and science-based prevention courses for public health and community-based organizations.
Margaret Christy, Infectious Diseases Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital

Skin Cancer Screening Clinic

The Department of Dermatology conducts a free clinic held one Saturday each May offering physician examination and referral for treatment.
Dr. Marc Brown

Targeting Adolescents

Undergraduate students in the School of Nursing have developed informational pamphlets on health topics aimed at adolescents. Pamphlets were distributed at no charge to local provides of prenatal care and adolescent serv- ices, such as Planned Parenthood, hospitals, and Strong's outpatient clinics.
School of Nursing

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