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  • Thursday, September 23, 2021 2:42 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    October 12, 2021, 12:00-1:15PM ET

    American Dairy Association North East and co-sponsor New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and American Academy of Pediatrics Chapter 1, would like to invite your members to attend our upcoming free health professional webinar in honor of National Farmer’s Day titled, “Virtual Dairy Farm Tour for Health Professionals. ” Please see details below.

    • Webinar – Tuesday, October 12th from 12:00-1:15 PM ET (National Farmers Day)

    • Title: “Virtual Dairy Farm Tour for Health Professionals”

    • Farmers: John Dickinson, Owner at Ideal Dairy

    Luke Getty, Owner at Ideal Dairy

    Kyle Getty, Owner at Ideal Dairy

    • Host: Jonathan Valdez, MBA, RDN, CSG, CDN, CCM, CDCES, ACE-CPT

    • Pre-register here for the webinar: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    o CME Credit (pending approval)

    o CPEU Credit (pending approval): 1.0 hour for registered dietitian nutritionists

    o Professional Development Certificate – Available for School Nurses

    • See Promotional Webinar Flyer attached to share with your members.

    • Feel free to share our promotional social media post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well.

    All webinar-related questions. Contact Michelle Barber MA, RDN, CDN, Health & Wellness Specialist/ADANE at mbarber@milk4u.org.


  • Thursday, September 02, 2021 12:11 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Here is the recent upstate on the state of Vaccinations in NYS:

    Vaccines are widely considered among the greatest public health achievements of the last century.1 Diseases that previously killed thousands of children in the United States per year are now unheard of to most families. Over time, New York State has seen important increases in childhood vaccination rates. Yet, New York has also seen outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases in recent years.3 In addition, children of color have historically faced barriers to vaccine access, creating disparities in vaccination coverage4,5,6 It is critical to further increase vaccination rates to prevent the return of diseases we had relegated to the past. An early childhood series of vaccines, as recommend by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), protects against 11 illnesses, including measles, mumps, and chickenpox. This report examines early childhood vaccination coverage in New York State from 2018 to 2020. Vaccination coverage refers to the percentage of children who completed the entire early childhood vaccine series by the age of 24 months. Data on childhood vaccination were made available through the New York State Immunization Information System (see more details on the data in the Methods section). Data on New York City immunizations are maintained by a separate immunization information system and were not made available to the report authors. This report therefore represents trends for about half of the statewide population of children ages 24–35 months.

    For the entire packet, click here.



  • Friday, August 27, 2021 8:45 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)


  • Monday, August 23, 2021 12:07 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Pfizer's COVID Vaccine Gets Full Approval From The FDA

    Click here for the article

  • Tuesday, July 27, 2021 3:28 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    There has been a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in the unvaccinated. To get your vaccine or for more information go to https://flvaccinehub.org/

  • Friday, July 09, 2021 8:39 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    The COVID-19 crisis doesn’t just impact one field or industry, it affects nearly all aspects of our everyday lives. During this time of uncertainty, the staff at Pullano & Farrow are striving to make sure our clients receive guidance and practical solutions, appropriate to fit their needs. 

    The outbreak has created immense and overwhelming difficulty across all professions and with day-to-day operations. P&F’s attorneys and support staff are closely monitoring new developments to provide clients with the most applicable information. Delivering a Different Client Experience has always been the motto at P&F and we take pride in providing quality guidance relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    We will get through this together.

    Click here for COVID-19 Legal Updates.


  • Friday, July 09, 2021 8:37 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    On May 5, 2021, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (“NY HERO Act), which mandates employers to implement extensive workplace health and safety protections from future airborne infectious diseases. The HERO Act applies to all employers with worksites located within New York State, except for government employers and healthcare employers who are covered by the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s Emergency Temporary Standards (discussed in our previous legal briefing).

    On July 7, 2021, the New York Department of Labor issued new Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Standards and a general Model Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan. In addition to the general model plan (applicable to all covered employers), the Department of Labor also issued additional model plans that specifically address the unique health and safety concerns in several industries including agriculture, construction, retail, food services, and others.

    With the release of the model standards and policies, employers now have until August 6, 2021 to establish their airborne infectious disease exposure prevention plans. Employers may adopt the model plan or create their own plan. If employers do choose to create their own plan, they face several requirements – including minimum standards and collaboration with employees and collective bargaining units.

    Within 30 days of adopting a plan, employers must provide a written copy to employees, post it in a conspicuous location in each worksite, and add it to their employee handbook. Moving forward, the plan must be provided to all new employees upon hiring. If in the future, the worksite closes due to an airborne infectious disease, the employer must provide a written copy of the plan to employees within 15 days of reopening.

    At this time, employers only need to adopt and provide written notice of an airborne infectious disease prevention plan. The safety measures in the plan do not need to be implemented until such time that the New York State Commissioner of Health designates an airborne infectious agent or disease as a highly contagious communicable disease that prevents a serious risk of harm to the public health. In other words, employers are not required to implement the plan for each flu season or other endemic infectious disease. Until such time that the Commissioner of Health publicly designates a particular airborne infectious disease as triggering implementation of the plan, employers are not required to perform the plan’s safety measures.

    In the event that the Commissioner of Health makes a future designation, employers will be required to review the plan, update it if necessary to conform with current information and government guidelines, activate the plan at each worksite, and provide written copies to each employee. During the duration of the airborne infectious disease designation, employers must ensure that employees adhere to the plan. Employers will need to assign a non-supervisory employee to enforce the plan’s requirements, monitor and maintain exposure controls, and keep up to date on information and guidance issued from the Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Employers who fail to adopt or comply with an appropriate plan could face significant penalties, including monetary fines of up to $10,000.00. Employers should take immediate action to adopt a plan and ensure compliance with all statutory requirements.


    Our team has extensive experience in counseling businesses on labor and employment matters and regulatory compliance. If you have any questions about this Legal Briefing or whether your airborne infectious disease prevention plan complies with NY HERO Act requirements, please contact any member of the Firm at (585) 730-4773.




    This Legal Briefing is intended for general informational and educational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice or counsel. The substance of this Legal Briefing is not intended to cover all legal issues or developments regarding the matter. Please consult with an attorney to ascertain how these new developments may relate to you or your business. © 2021 Law Offices of Pullano & Farrow PLLC


  • Friday, July 09, 2021 8:27 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    COVID-19 disrupted both in-person learning and routine well-child visits for many children over the last year. As a result, too many children have fallen behind on receiving recommended vaccines1. We all want our kids to be back in school safely, and that means getting caught up on vaccines that were missed over the last year. CDC’s public sector vaccine ordering data show a 14% drop in 2020-2021 compared to 2019, and measles vaccine is down by more than 20%. Kids need to get caught up now so that they are protected as they go back to in-person learning. Catch-up vaccination will require efforts from healthcare systems, health care providers, schools, state and local governments, and families.

    Healthcare systems and healthcare providers should:

    • Identify families whose children have missed doses and contact them to schedule appointments
    • Prompt clinicians when these children are seen to deliver vaccines that are due or overdue
    • Let families know what precautions are in place for safe delivery of in-person services

    Healthcare provider organizations should:

    • Encourage members to identify and follow up with families whose children have missed doses to get appointments scheduled

    Schools and state and local governments agencies should:

    • Send reminders to families about school immunization requirements
    • Follow-up with families of children who are not in compliance with requirements to encourage compliance
    • Use the state’s immunization information system’s reminder-recall capacity to notify families whose children have fallen behind on vaccines

    We all should:

    • Communicate directly to families the importance of well-child visits and getting caught up on any recommended vaccines that were missed

    Help us protect children by doing what you can to get kids caught up on recommended vaccines.

    Sincerely, Nancy Messonnier, MD Senior Official, CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

    1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization: Vaccination Programs. ACIP Vaccination Programs Guidelines for Immunization | Recommendations | CDC. Accessed March 21, 2021.


  • Thursday, June 10, 2021 8:31 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Join us on Thursday, June 24, 2021, from 6:00 to 8:00pm for a screening of Black Men in White Coats, followed by a panel discussion. This event is free with limited in-person seating and will be live-streamed on Facebook. This free event is brought to you through generous support from the Black Physicians Network, the Monroe County Medical Society and the Rochester Academy of Medicine. Donations to, or membership in, any or all of these local organizations would be deeply appreciated.

    To register, go here!

    Panel Speakers: Dr. Mark Brown, Dr. Patrick Okolo, III, Dr. Christopher Richardson, Bryan Redman, MD, PhD Candidate ‘26 + Audience

    Moderator: Dr. Cephas Archie, Chief Equity Officer for the City of Rochester

    About The Film

    Fewer Black men applied to medical school in 2014 than in 1978 and Black men have the lowest life expectancy in the United States. With only 2% of American doctors being Black men, this comes as no surprise. This documentary dissects the systemic barriers preventing Black men from becoming medical doctors and the consequences on society at large.

    Health care accounts for nearly 20% of the United State’s GDP and a significant portion of that is driven by disparities in a system that lacks diverse physicians. What if we had a medical workforce that actually reflected our patient population? What challenges do our Black boys face? Who are their role models? Why is it easier to visualize a Black man in an orange jumpsuit than it is in a white coat? What’s happening in society that more black women are becoming doctors while Black men are stagnant? WHOSE FAULT IS IT? It’s time to end this CRISIS and get more BLACK MEN IN WHITE COATS?


  • Monday, June 07, 2021 1:42 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Rochester, NY, June 4, 2021 - The Monroe County Medical Society has recognized Michael Mendoza, MD and Phyllis Jackson with its 2021 Edward Mott Moore Physician and Layperson Awards. This award recognizes individuals whose dedication to the community goes above and beyond the usual call of duty.

    2021 Edward Mott Moore Physician Award
    Michael Mendoza, MD


    Dr. Michael Mendoza is the 9th Commissioner of Public Health for Monroe County.  He is also appointed as Associate Professor at the University of Rochester in the Departments of Family Medicine, Public Health Sciences, and Nursing.  As Commissioner of Public Health, Dr. Mendoza’s vision is to improve population health by strengthening the collaboration between clinical medicine and public health in our community.  He has a particular focus in addressing the disparities in health and health care here in Monroe County.

    Dr. Mendoza joined the Health Department in 2016.  In this role Dr. Mendoza oversees the health department’s $61 million dollar budget and over 250 employees and staff whose responsibilities span a diverse array of services designed to preserve and improve public health in Monroe County.

    Prior to 2016, Dr Mendoza served as Medical Director for Highland Family Medicine.  During his seven years in this role, Dr Mendoza oversaw the adoption of the Epic EMR, Meaningful Use, certification as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home, and helped to lay the foundation for expanded team-based care, the current expansion of HFM, and the newly certified Nurse Practitioner residency program. 

    Board certified in family medicine, Dr. Mendoza continues to see patients as a primary care physician at Highland Family Medicine, and he continues to serve as a teaching physician on the inpatient service at Highland Hospital.  He received his MD and undergraduate degrees from the University of Chicago, his Masters in Public Health from the University of Illinois, and his Masters in Business Administration from the Simon Business School here at the University of Rochester.

    MCMS Announces Edward Mott Moore Recipients


    2021 Edward Mott Moore Layperson Award


    Phyllis Jackson, Common Ground Health

    As a community wellness project manager, Jackson works closely with the faith community, other organizations and community influencers to promote health, wellness and self-care management. She focuses on alleviating health care disparities through a variety of outreach efforts, including health screenings and counseling at health fairs and community events. Jackson oversees the recruitment and training of more than 100 volunteer health advocates.

    Deeply involved in the Rochester community, Jackson volunteers for the National Kidney Foundation, American Red Cross, WXXI, the Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, and the Rochester Faith Collaborative. She is the founder of the Interdenominational Health Ministry Coalition and leads “Renewing of the Mind,” a mental health education-training program.

    A native of Geneva, New York, Jackson earned a registered nursing degree from Los Angeles Valley College and a bachelor's in science in organizational management from Roberts Wesleyan College. She also holds a Certificate of Gerontology from St. John Fisher College and is a certified HIV educator and counselor for the New York State Department of Health.

    Prior to joining Common Ground Health, Jackson held nursing management positions at Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Monroe County, and HCR Homecare Agency. Most recently, she was the CEO/Executive Director of His Hands Free Community Nursing Center in Rochester.

    About the Edward Mott Moore Award

    Each year the Monroe County Medical Society presents the Edward Mott Moore award to a physician and a layperson whose lives reflect the qualities exemplified by the career and service of Edward Mott Moore, M.D., - a physician, teacher, investigator, professional leader, and contributor to the Rochester community.  Dr. Moore was Surgeon-in-Chief at St. Mary’s Hospital from its opening in 1857 until his death, at the age of 88, in 1908.

    About Monroe County Medical Society

    Over 1,200 physicians are members of the Monroe County Medical Society/7th District Branch. The Monroe County Medical Society is a non-profit organization formed to extend medical knowledge and to advance medical science, to elevate the standards of medicine, to promote reforms and to enlighten and direct public opinion in regard to the problems of health and medicine for the best interests of the people of Monroe County. For more information visit www.mcms.org or email mcms@mcms.org.


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