Abstract: This session will describe how three local efforts: HEART, Healthi Kids, and Project HOPE are championing health access and equity through partnerships, community engagement and implementing policy and systems changes. Attendees will gain an understanding of the program goals for each of these initiatives, how they have worked together to achieve positive outcomes and key ways they are engaging the community to prevent chronic disease.
Shaquana Divers is a program manager for the Center for Community Health at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She has worked on a number of successful community based interventions in Baltimore, MD and Rochester, NY in the areas of obesity, physical activity, heart disease and cancer prevention.
Dina Faticone is the program manager for the Healthi Kids Initiative, a coalition working to prevent childhood overweight and obesity through public policy change. Prior to joining the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency in 2012, she spent more than 10 years working in the development field. Her passion for working closely with communities has led her to work in South Africa, South America, the Caribbean, and Washington, DC. Dina is a native of Rochester and holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Development from Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management.
Miguel Melendez is the coordinator of Project HOPE at Ibero-American Development Corporation and project director of the Rochester Drug Free Streets Initiative. He is experienced in community outreach, volunteer management, public policy and grants administration. Miguel holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. John Fisher College.