University of Rochester
Community Service Activities 2003-2004


ACT-For the Children (Assisting Children through Transition)

An educational program for separating parents to provide information on ways to reduce the stress of a breakup on children and how to foster children's resilience and healthy adjustment.
Web/contact: 428-1930
JoAnne Pedro-Carroll

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

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

Mt. Hope Family Center

Mt. Hope Family Center is a national leader in the treatment and prevention of child maltreatment and the promotion of positive development. The Center offers a variety of services to help children of all ages in developing resilience and building coping skills. We work with children and their families to help break the cycle of abuse and neglect. Our services include:

  • Parent-Child Attachment — An intervention program focused on improving the parent-child relations.
  • Parenting Skills Group Meetings — A program designed to provide parents with child development information and strategies to enhance their relationships.

Mt. Hope Family Center

MusicTIME (Eastman School of Music)

Unique program for a parent and infant or toddler (four months to two years) featuring music activities and guidance for parents on musical development in young children.
Donna Brink Fox

MusicTIMES Two (Eastman School of Music)

Continuation of the MusicTIME program for a parent and child (two to three years) featuring more independent music making, with development of rhythmic and vocal skills.
Donna Brink Fox

The Warner School Center for Professional Development and Education Reform

The Center supports the development, implementation and research of innovative approaches to education reform. This work focuses on professional development and systemic reform and is undertaken in collaboration with other community partners. The Center is currently working in the areas of literacy, early childhood, evaluation, mathematics, history, inclusion, counseling, and technology. The Center works with K -12 schools, community counselors, institutions of higher education and corporate foundations.
Judy Fonzi, Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Young Families

Young Families, a Strong Memorial Hospital social work program funded by Monroe County Department of Social Services, is a preventive program that targets high risk adolescent parents whose children are at risk of foster care based on a variety of psycho-social risk factors. A home visitation model with a strong maternal child health component, Young Families provides comprehensive services during a critical period to enhance parenting skills, promote health and safety, and strengthen family cohesion. Most of the adolescents referred receive prenatal care at Rochester Adolescent Maternity Program (RAMP) and most of their young children receive pediatric care at Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong. This allows Young Families to closely monitor their health care, interface with various systems when necessary, and provide linkages across disciplines.
Web/contact: 275-1523
Maggie Petrosky

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