The Monroe County Medical Society has recently honored two area professionals with Edward Mott Moore Physician and Layperson awards, which recognize individuals whose dedication to the community goes above and beyond the usual call of duty.
The recipients are:
• Physician Michael Mendoza, who received the 2021 Edward Mott Moore Physician Award. Mendoza is the ninth commissioner of public health for Monroe County. He is also an associate professor at the University of Rochester in the departments of family medicine, public health sciences and nursing. As commissioner of public health, Mendoza’s vision is to improve population health by strengthening the collaboration between clinical medicine and public health in the community. He has a particular focus in addressing the disparities in health and health care here in Monroe County.
Mendoza joined the health department in 2016, where he oversees the health department’s $61 million budget and over 250 employees and staff whose responsibilities span a diverse array of services designed to preserve and improve public health in Monroe County.
Prior to 2016, Mendoza served as medical director for Highland Family Medicine. During his seven years in this role, he oversaw the adoption of the Epic EMR, meaningful use certification as a level 3 patient-centered medical home, and helped to lay the foundation for expanded team-based care, the current expansion of HFM, and the newly certified nurse practitioner residency program.
Board certified in family medicine, Mendoza continues to see patients as a primary care physician at Highland Family Medicine, and he continues to serve as a teaching physician on the inpatient service at Highland Hospital. He received his medical and undergraduate degrees from the University of Chicago, his Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois, and his Master of Business Administration from the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester.
• Phyllis Jackson of Common Ground Health, who received the 2021 Edward Mott Moore Layperson Award. As a community wellness project manager, Jackson works closely with the faith community, other organizations and community influencers to promote health, wellness and self-care management. She focuses on alleviating health care disparities through a variety of outreach efforts, including health screenings and counseling at health fairs and community events. Jackson oversees the recruitment and training of more than 100 volunteer health advocates.
Deeply involved in the Rochester community, Jackson volunteers for the National Kidney Foundation, American Red Cross, WXXI, the Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, and the Rochester Faith Collaborative. She is the founder of the Interdenominational Health Ministry Coalition and leads “Renewing of the Mind,” a mental health education-training program.
A native of Geneva, New York, Jackson earned a registered nursing degree from Los Angeles Valley College and a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational management from Roberts Wesleyan College. She also holds a certificate of gerontology from St. John Fisher College and is a certified HIV educator and counselor for the New York State Department of Health.
Prior to joining Common Ground Health, Jackson held nursing management positions at Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Monroe County, and HCR Homecare Agency. Most recently, she was the CEO and executive director of His Hands Free Community Nursing Center in Rochester.
Photo: Michael Mendoza