URMC Center for Community Health Honors Satcher Award Recipients


From left: Nancy Bennett, M.D., director of the Center for Community Health; award winners Anne F. Brayer, M.D., Lisa M. DeLucia, D.D.S., and Caroline Nestro, R.N., M.S.

The fifth annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards were presented Monday by the University of Rochester Medical Center in the Class of ’62 Auditorium.

The awards are named in honor of the 16th Surgeon General of the United States, who completed his medical residency at URMC 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 public health policy.

The annual grand rounds address was delivered by Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH, MA, CPH, professor, director of Public Health Practice and Leadership, University of South Florida. His talk, titled “Health Equity and Social Justice – Not Just a Walk in the Park,” preceded the awards ceremony.

The community health improvement awards distinguish individuals who have made significant contributions to community health in the greater Rochester region through research, education, clinical services and outreach efforts. The awards reflect Medical Center’s mission to continue to develop and expand university-community partnerships that support participatory research and interventions that reduce health inequalities and improve the community’s health.

The Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards recipients for 2014:

Anne F. Brayer, M.D., professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics and the director of both the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Rochester and the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship, has had a long-term interest in pediatric injury prevention. She was one of the founders of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Rochester in 2003 because unintentional injury was the leading cause of death in children less than 18 years of age in Monroe County. Under Brayer’s leadership, several programs have been implemented to prevent injuries in children to address topics such as child passenger safety, bike safety, healthy and safe homes, teen driving, safe play space, and safe sleep.

Lisa M. DeLucia, D.D.S., assistant professor and pediatric dentist at Eastman Institute for Oral Health, has worked in partnership with Special Olympics Special Smiles, a dental screening program that addresses oral health disparities among those in the community with disabilities. She has been involved with this program since 2004 as a volunteer and was trained in 2006 to serve as a clinical director, all while in dental school. She has recruited and educated dental professionals, students, and residents in caring for patients with special needs, and is working to address gaps in care for this population. Since 2006, she has organized three to four events annually, providing oral health screenings to upwards of 200 athletes with the help of more than 30 volunteers at each event.

Caroline Nestro, R.N., M.S., associate director of the Office of Mental Health Promotion in the Department of Psychiatry, has been committed to advancing mental health through active community engagement in her current role and previously as senior clinical nurse specialist in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at Strong Memorial Hospital. She is leading her department’s diversity and inclusion, cultural competence and patient-centered activities, while being an active participant in institution-wide and community diversity initiatives. She has worked on several projects that utilize film, literature and the arts to open discussions and raise awareness about stigma, health inequities and Rochester’s history.

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