Calendar of Health Events

May 2, 18, 23

Hearing loss group announces programs

Anyone interested in issues related to hearing loss is invited to participate in monthly programs sponsored by the Hearing Loss Association of America /Rochester Chapter. They are free and some are in-person meeting while other are through Zoom platform.

Programs for May are:

• Tuesday, May 2

– 10–11 a.m. “Hearing Other People’s Experiences” (HOPE). In person. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, East Avenue at Westminster Road, Rochester, across from the George Eastman Museum. Vestry room. Prospective, new or experienced hearing aid users can share their experiences, questions and hearing loss journeys. Retired audiologist and hearing aid user Joseph Kozelsky facilitates.

– Noon-1 p.m. “Financial Fitness While Aging Gracefully.” In person. St. Paul’s Parish Hall and virtual on Zoom. To obtain Zoom link, preregister at the chapter web site Presented by Gabe Geiger, Lifespan’s coordinator of financial services engagement and outreach.

• Thursday, May 18

– 10 a.m. –2 p.m. “Assistive Listening Devices Demo Center.” Technology team.  In person. Lifespan, 1900 S. Clinton Ave., Rochester. Consumers are invited to view and try a selection of assistive listening devices before actually buying them.

• Tuesday, May 23

– 8-9:00 p.m. “Hear Together.”  Virtual on Zoom. Speech language pathologist Kristin Bergholtz conducts a virtual  support group for parents and caregivers of deaf/hard of hearing children.

For more information, view the HLAA Rochester Chapter web site at or telephone 585 266 7890.

May 6

Alzheimer’s Association holds African American health symposium

The Alzheimer’s Association Rochester & Finger Lakes Region Chapter announces the return of the Dr. Lemuel and Gloria Rogers African American Health Symposium. This year’s theme is “Caring for Our Community: Dementia’s Impact and Hope for the Future.” It will take place in person on Saturday, May 6, at Rochester Educational Opportunity Center, 161 Chestnut St, Rochester. It’s free of charge and includes a hot lunch catered by Northern Nola. To register, visit or call 800.272.3900.

Now in its 12th year, the symposium is geared toward creating connections, partnerships and hope. The event is named for Lemuel Rogers Jr. M.D. and his wife, Gloria Rogers. In 1968, Dr. Rogers became one of the first African American doctors to build and own a medical building in Rochester. Over the course of his 30 years of practice as an obstetrician-gynecologist, he delivered more than 5,000 babies at Rochester’s Highland and Saint Mary’s hospitals.

The Rogers were members of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church who were diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, respectively. The couple was deeply involved in health education in the local Black community.

The event will feature a keynote address by Jackie Dozier, a lifelong community advocate who serves as director at Community Health and Well-being at Common Ground Health. In particular, Dozier has led community efforts focusing on health disparities impacting communities of color.

May 14

Breast Cancer Coalition calls for nominations from survivors

The Breast Cancer Coalition is seeking nominations from breast or gynecologic cancer survivors for the 2023 Laurie Pask Heart & Hands Award.

The Heart & Hands Award is named in honor of Laurie Pask, an early member of Breast Cancer Coalition’s Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer Common Ground group. Those who knew Pask knew her as a kind and caring wife, sister, daughter, niece, and friend.

The award is given annually to a cancer care provider whose approach to care reflects the balance of kindness, compassion, respect and science that Pask demonstrated while providing care to her own patients with passion, hope, and joy.

Nominations are due by 10 p.m. Sunday, May 14 and should be submitted online at Only nominations from patients and survivors will be considered.

The Breast Cancer Coalition is a local grassroots organization dedicated to eradicating breast cancer through action and advocacy.

May 17

MCMS symposium for providers to address burnout, medical error

The Monroe County Medical Society, along with the Rochester Academy of Medicine, Borg & Ide Imaging and the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester-Maimonides Society, will host a health symposium to introduce critical new healthcare leadership tools to reduce burnout and medical error.

It will take place from 3:30-7 p.m., May 17, at the Rochester Academy of Medicine, 1441 East Ave., Rochester.

The topic will focus on Mindfulness and Human Factors – Ergonomics (HFE) Science. Attendees will learn skills to help relate in a healthier way to inherent stressors within medical work as well as learn essentials of HFE science curated and adapted for lay leaders to address systemic and organizational challenges, reduce burnout, improve satisfaction, and decrease medical error.

Attendees will have an evening to learn with local experts, including physicians Michael Privitera, Mathew Devine, Sachiko Kaizuka and Mick Krasner.

For more details, visit or send an email to Jen Casasanta at .

May 24

NCADD-RA’s luncheon to feature expert on addiction

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence–Rochester Area’s (NCADD–RA) will hold its annual luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Wednesday, May 24, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Rochester.

Keynote speaker is physician Kevin McCauley, who wrote and directed two films “Memo to Self” and “Pleasure Unwoven” about the neuroscience of addiction which won the 2010 Michael Q. Ford Award for Journalism from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. He is a senior fellow at The Meadows of Wickenburg, Arizona and is currently a graduate student at the University of Arizona School of Public Health.

For more information or to register, contact Elaine Alvarado at 585-719–3481 or You can also visit to register online.