• Friday, July 01, 2022 9:34 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    In light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, MCMS will continue to advocate for full spectrum of reproductive health care for all patients and to maintain the confidentiality of the patient-physician relationship.

  • Thursday, June 09, 2022 10:26 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Two COVID-19 vaccine products for young children are nearing the final stages of the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) process. Pfizer-BioNTech is submitting data on a THREE-dose primary series for a vaccine for children ages six months through FOUR years of age (6m–4y). Moderna is submitting data on a TWO-dose primary series for children ages six months through FIVE years of age (6m–5 y). The authorization is a multi-step clinical and regulatory process, and no vaccine can be administered until the final recommendation is issued by the CDC Director, Dr. Walensky. In preparation, this guidance includes details about BOTH products.

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  • Thursday, March 31, 2022 9:00 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    This program may be for you if you are:

    Adolescent girls (13-17)

    Women 18+

    Interested in participating in a 10-week program

    You can reach out to the University of Rochester Department of Orthopaedics Research Team. 

    Phone: 585-341-9304

    Email: ortho_research@urmc.rochester.edu

    Flyer: https://acrobat.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:3d36c813-4301-3d4e-a056-608951bea939

  • Thursday, March 31, 2022 8:26 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Registration is now open for the Speak Life! 2022 Health Equity Conference – Revive. It will be virtual on April 23rd from 9 am – 12:30 pm featuring a dynamic group of speakers, including Harriet Washington, nationally-acclaimed writer and medical ethicist; Dr. S. Michelle Ogunwole, Johns Hopkins University professor and health disparities researcher; and Denise Smith, executive director of National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW). Emcee, John Rodriguez, award-winning entrepreneur and change agent, will lead us through this invigorating session.

    Revive! will challenge disparities and inequalities in our healthcare system, offer a message of renewed hope and energy, and set the stage to create a collective plan of action and path forward as a community.

    We take a deep dive and tackle issues of racism, discrimination, mental health, and more - while honoring Community Equity Champions. The event is free and open to the public. (Paid ticket option available for CME credit*)

    Here is a flyer with the details of the day's events: 


    Please go to: www.commongroundhealth.org/speaklife2022 for more information, including registration and nominations for the coalitions’ community equity awards

  • Wednesday, March 02, 2022 9:23 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Itasca, Illinois— In the wake of updated COVID-19 guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how communities can approach public health measures to reduce the risk of illness, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers considerations for families to inform their decisions.

    CDC’s updated recommendations allow communities to relax risk mitigation measures like masking when all three of the following conditions are met: low COVID-19 transmission rates, low hospital admission rates, and adequate hospital capacity. Communities with high levels of immunization also have more protections that make masks less critical, though many children and individuals lack this protection.

    “While CDC’s new approach is reasonable, pediatricians urge state and local policymakers to keep in mind the unique needs of children when considering COVID-19 mitigation measures. For some children—including those too young to be immunized and many with special health care needs—masking will still be an important layer of protection for a while longer,” said AAP President Moira Szilagyi, MD, PhD, FAAP. “We encourage each family to make a plan that works best for them, while also modeling empathy and discouraging bullying of any child who chooses to mask to protect themselves and their family even when not required to do so.”

    AAP advises families to consider the following factors in making this decision:

    • If their child is between ages 2 and 5 and currently ineligible for COVID-19 vaccine

    • If their child is immunocompromised and may not have a protective immune response to the COVID-19 vaccine, or is at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness

    • If their child is not immunized

    • If other members of their family are at higher risk of severe disease or are not immunized

    • If they live in a community with “high” COVID-19 transmission

    These factors may lead adults and children to continue wearing face masks in public indoor settings, including schools, even if not required. According to the AAP, children, adolescents, and teachers who choose to continue wearing face masks in school settings should be supported in their decision to do so.

    CDC’s guidance calls for public health decision-making on masks based on local conditions. Based on CDC’s new guidance, universal mask policies are still necessary in many parts of the country. In addition, localities will need flexibility to reinstitute masking as local situations warrant. Policies that serve as impediments to this local decision-making are inappropriate and should be eliminated.

    “The toll of the pandemic has not been felt equally across racial or economic lines, and we must acknowledge these inequities as we help families navigate the right choices to keep themselves and their children safe and healthy,” said Dr. Szilagyi. “Families of children with special health care needs may also now be forced to stay home from school or other activities if universal masking goes away. One of the best ways to protect our communities is to encourage everyone ages five and older to get vaccinated.”

    The AAP strongly recommends that all individuals ages 5 years and older receive the COVID –19 vaccine. Additional layered prevention strategies such as testing, ventilation, and masking can also create a cocooning effect that offers protection for children too young to be vaccinated or who have health conditions, such as immune-compromising or lung conditions, that are more likely to result in severe disease from COVID-19 infection.

    “While we are disappointed by new data that may suggest waning efficacy of the vaccine in preventing mild infection with the Omicron variant in children ages 5 to 11, the vaccine is effective in protecting children from severe illness and hospitalization, and pediatricians still recommend every eligible child receive the vaccine,” said Dr. Szilagyi. ###The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit www.aap.org and follow us on Twitter @AmerAcadPeds. For Release: 3/1/2022 Media Contact: Jamie Poslosky 202-724-3301 jposlosky@aap.org


  • Monday, January 31, 2022 12:20 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 8:30am- 1:00pm.More details below...For program information and to register, please visit


  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022 4:06 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Linking Research to Community Health Improvement

    This session is jointly organized by the Center for Community Health & Prevention and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Office of Health Equity Research Towards a Quantifiable Science of Research Equity

    Pre-registration for this session is required using the link below: https://rochester.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rmnhP9MMQ66cF_Rak8Ggrw

    Flyer here: Public Health Grand Rounds Flyer

    *ASL interpreters in attendance* Contact Carolyn_Settle@URMC.Rochester.edu with questions. 

  • Tuesday, January 18, 2022 3:28 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Place Your Order for Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

    Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from USPS.com. Here’s what you need to know about your order:

    • Limit of one order per residential address
    • One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
    • Orders will ship free starting in late January

    Fill in this form with your contact and shipping information to order your tests.


  • Tuesday, January 11, 2022 2:33 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    What is NY Project Hope?

    NY Project Hope is a FEMA-funded program that provides emotional support for NYS residents in response to COVID-19. We offer…

    • An Emotional Support Helpline: Our Helpline is staffed by trained crisis counselors who help callers talk through their emotions and find resources to help them cope with the challenges of COVID. Call the Helpline at 1-844-863-9314, any day between 8am-10pm.
    • Local Crisis Counseling Providers: Local NY Project Hope COVID-19-related crisis counseling is available in several NYS counties, including Broome, Dutchess, Erie, Nassau, Niagara, NYC (all boroughs), Oneida, Orange, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester.
    • Online Wellness Groups: Virtual discussion groups, facilitated by trained crisis counselors, provide emotional support to help people cope with changes caused by COVID. These free, confidential groups are open to all; no registration is required.
    • Supportive Resources: NY Project Hope offers digital educational materials, a supportive social media presence, and a website filled with resources and relevant materials that folks can access anytime at www.nyprojecthope.org. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
    • Public Education: Contact Cheryl.Gerstler@omh.ny.gov to learn more about virtual presentations!

    Our services are always confidential, free, and anonymous.


    A program of the NYS Office of Mental Health/ Funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency

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