2010 David Satcher Coummunity Health Improvement Awards

On March 22, 2010 the University of Rochester Medical Center hosted the 2010 Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards “SPECIAL GRAND ROUNDS”. The event centered around the presentation of inaugural awards to honor four individuals for their commitment and dedication to community health. Honorees included Dr. Peter Szilagyi, Dr. Katrina Smith Korfmacher, Mardy Sandler, and Senator Jim Alesi.

During the ceremony, an honorary award was given to New York State
Senator Jim Alesi for his advocacy and support for outreach and health
education programs aimed at underserved populations. Senator Alesi has
sought and secured funding for the Center for Community Health's Healthy
Living Program, a fitness and health education program that works with
the African American and Latino communities, and the Healthy Living
Library, a unique educational resource dedicated to health and wellness.

"Senator Jim Alesi has been a champion for those at greatest risk for
poor health," said Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D., CEO of URMC. "Thanks
to his foresight and steadfast support for the Center for Community
Health these programs are making a difference and improving the health
of the most vulnerable in our community."

"I am honored to receive award and it has been my privilege to advocate
and secure funding for many community health initiatives," said Senator
Alesi. "I strongly support the mission of the URMC Center for Community
Health and their efforts on education and prevention. This organization
recognizes the importance of and focuses on reaching the underserved
population in our community to combat diseases such as diabetes and
obesity. Hopefully, we can teach younger people to establish healthy
lifestyles, thereby improving the quality of life for future