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Community Programs

Expanding Our Reach

Healthcare has achieved a complexity that requires its practice and delivery to extend beyond hospital walls. And it is essential that it be diverse, seamless and readily accessible, because people in need of medical services or programs often cannot afford to go without them, nor should they have to.

Your gift allows us to provide primary and dental care, nutrition counseling, job training, and a variety of other services to the vulnerable and at-risk members of our community.

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To care for the greatest number of people in the communities we serve, we need to increase the reach and breadth of our programs.

Amy Craib, Executive Vice President, Chief Service Lines Officer

Healthy Moms Program

The Healthy Moms program is focused on creating a nurturing and supportive environment that is life-changing and empowers women to reach their highest potential. Funded by Rochester Regional Health, Rochester Regional Health Foundation, The Rochester Women’s Giving Circle, and The Pavone Foundation, the program’s goals are to:

  • Provide moms with the support they need to be physically healthy, emotionally healthy, and self-sufficient
  • Help pregnant moms have a healthy baby that is born full-term at 40 weeks and weighs 5 1/2 pounds and above

The Healthy Moms Program is open to all women in Monroe County over 18 years old who are pregnant or have a child under the age of 4 years old and provides moms with the support they need to reach their full potential as a parent and as an individual. Moms pick the services they are interested in and create a customized plan of what they would like to accomplish at Healthy Moms.

With the support of our donors, Healthy Moms is able to offer the following services:

  • Pregnancy education classes
  • Parenting classes
  • Childrens clothing
  • On-site mental health counseling
  • Care management
  • Project Independence job training program
  • Leadership academy
  • Smoking cessation
  • Nutrition education and access to fresh fruits and vegetables through a partnership with Foodlink

Moms participating in the above services can receive on-site childcare. Moms that live in the City of Rochester can receive free transportation.

Youth Apprentice Program

Established in 1989, the Youth Apprentice Program (formerly the School-to-Work Program) gives Rochester City School District students an opportunity to succeed and achieve a career in healthcare. Our program, based out of Rochester General Hospital, combines academic achievement, mentoring, and volunteerism to improve academic outcomes for students. 

Because of generous support from donors like you, students seize the opportunity to work side-by-side with the healthcare professionals at Rochester Regional Health through a one-year comprehensive paid internship. In addition to working in the hospital, students meet experts in personal finance, and college admissions, and takes students off site to spend a day touring the Rochester Institute of Technology campus.

Each participant earns not just his/her high school diploma, but a Certificate of Completion signed by the State of New York attesting the students have had youth employment competency training, and has the skills necessary to be a conscientious and productive employee. 

This training, provided by both the school and the program makes students eligible for entry level positions such as:

  • Patient Care Technician
  • Pediatric Technician
  • Material Record Assistant
  • Respiratory Care Aide
  • Transporter and Lab Assistant

With your gift, we can help provide tuition, coaching, and income to students throughout the program and bring opportunities to those who otherwise wouldn’t have them.

Healthcare for the Homeless

The mission of Rochester Regional Health’s Health Care for the Homeless Program is to provide quality, comprehensive medical and dental care to homeless individuals and families in the city of Rochester and the greater Rochester area.

With the support from our donors, we are able to offer the following services without regard to the individual’s ability to pay:

  • Primary care services, including mental health services, substance abuse services, TB testing, STD/HIV testing
  • Diabetes and nutrition counseling
  • Primary dental services, including teeth cleaning, x-rays, fillings, dentures, extractions
  • Assistive services, such as housing, clothing, benefits/insurance, employment

Services are provided at area homeless shelters, our Mobile Medical Unit, and our clinic in Rochester.

Our Impact, Together

Having a broad regional footprint requires that we do more to provide comprehensive care closer to where people live and work. We don’t believe convenient care should be a privilege, which is why we’re committed to expanding our physical presence and care capabilities for all ages, across the region. Your support helps ensure we are able to address health problems earlier to avoid the need for more costly, acute medical attention down the road.

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For more information on how you can support our Community Outreach Programs,
please contact:

 Robert Hoggard

Robert Hoggard
Development Officer, Health Equity & Inclusion