February 2023
The 2023 Black History Month theme is Black Resistance, and there are many ways to celebrate around the community!

From the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH): "African Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppression, in all forms, especially the racial terrorism of lynching, racial pogroms, and police killings since our arrival upon these shores. These efforts have been to advocate for a dignified self-determined life in a just democratic society in the United States and beyond the United States political jurisdiction."

ASALH is hosting virtual events all month long, including a virtual festival. Click here for the full calendar.
The City of Rochester has created a full calendar of events and the Rochester Museum and Science Center is hosting events each weekend in February -- details are posted here.
Additional Events:

Saturdays, Feb. 4, 11 & 18
BIPOC Parent Voice presents a free online series for Black History Month,
“Mental Health in the Black Community: We Are Each Other’s Medicine”
Register and find more information here

Saturday, Feb. 4
Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County: Black Pride Artist Study- Alma Thomas with Simmi Wallace
Tickets here
Thursday, Feb. 9
Memorial Art Gallery: Black History Month DeTOUR℠
Tickets here

Sunday, Feb. 19
The Memorial Art Gallery invites the community to its Black History Month Celebration Day on Sunday, February 19, 2023 from 12-5 p.m. The event features something for everyone -- enjoy storytelling, music, performances, art, fashion, and more!
Learning Resources:

Visit the Black History Month Web Portal -- a collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Additional resources:

Flower City Noire Collective Hosts Black Femme Book Week

Flower City Noire Collective invites the community to its 2023 Black Femme Book Week celebration uplifting local and non-local Black Femme artists, writers, and presenters during a five day event. Each day centers a different theme spanning celebrations of art past and present. Various artists will be featured through in-person and virtual offerings--leading workshops, hosting presentations, contributing toward exhibitions, and performing.

Get tickets to Black Femme Book Week here.

The mission of Flower City Noire Collective (FCNC) is to elevate women of color in their communities using a holistic approach. Volunteers are needed to help with the event -- sign up here.
New Grant Opportunity Opening Soon

We're launching a new round of Responsive Grants soon!

Driven by community voice, Responsive Grants are open, nimble, and responsive to emerging health issues and needs. These grants allow flexibility to test innovative ideas and different approaches to challenges and share what we and our partners are learning from the projects supported.

Look for an announcement from us in the coming weeks.
Join Our Team - We're Hiring an Accountant

Help us shape the future of our efforts to address health equity in our region!

The accountant is an important member of the finance team and will be responsible for general accounting functions of the Health Foundation, including recordkeeping, journal entries, month-end reconciliations, processing payments and financial reporting in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles.

The accountant will work in collaboration with the finance and grants manager to support the Health Foundation’s grants management system and processes while providing opportunities to connect directly with our grantee partners. 

Review the full posting here.
Danette Campbell-Bell Selected for Equity Fellowship

Congratulations to Senior Program Officer Danette Campbell-Bell for being named to the latest cohort of Deeper Learning Equity Fellows.

Equity Fellows are leaders who can amplify voices and perspectives underrepresented in the Deeper Learning movement. The program provides these leaders with high-level leadership development and networking opportunities, and the chance to step back from their daily work to reflect and collaborate with their peers on the unique ways that they can strengthen and shape the future of the educational excellence and equity movement.
In addition to her leadership at the Health Foundation, Danette is a youth development practitioner, trainer, instructor, coach, mentor and conference speaker with more than 20 years of experience in developing, implementing and managing quality youth programs with high-performance outcomes, Danette is a champion, advocate and voice for children and youth.

Learn more about the program and other fellows here.
Recommended Reading: Food Insecurity Persists in the Rochester Region
You may not know that Health Foundation Program Officer Chiara Smith is the founder of 14621 Food Stands — 6 food stands strategically placed throughout the 14621 community in order to provide child friendly food options to children in need.

From her website: "Rochester Food Not Bombs recovers resources to create free vegetarian and vegan meals in our local community. In this practice we strive to reduce waste by turning donated food into productive meals. We source food from vendors at the public market as well as relying on donations. Through community organizing and outreach, we support other local and national peace and justice groups to create a broader sense of social responsibility."

The food stands are currently in need of being replenished, as highlighted by the Democrat & Chronicle in a recent article, found here. Read more about this effort at rocfoodnotbombs.com and please help if you can.
COVID-19 Resources & Guidance From New York State Department of Health

  • If you are experiencing symptoms or were exposed, get tested.

  • If you test positive, stay home and talk to your healthcare provider about treatment.

  • Masks are still required in healthcare facilities.

  • NEW: funding opportunity from Rochester Area Community Foundation: The Rochester Women's Giving Circle will accept applications from organizations that serve women and/or girls in #monroecounty. Applications close March 1, 2023. Learn more and apply here.
  • New York State is creating a $150 million workforce development grant program designed to support training programs and assist education and training providers. The funding will cover two initiatives, $115 million for performance grants that support training programs that offer certifications in high-demand fields and $35 million for education and workforce training providers who train future employees for high-quality in-demand jobs. Grant applications are available on the Office of Strategic Workforce Development's website

  • Health-related grant opportunities -- both local and nation-wide -- are posted weekly on the Greater Rochester Health Foundation website.
  • The North Star Coalition is committed to a better future in the Greater Rochester area by working with stakeholders from across the region to ensure that Federal and State recovery funds will be used to create opportunities for the benefit and economic prosperity of historically excluded residents. Federal and State grant funding opportunities are posted here.
Nominate a Health Leader

From our partners at Common Ground Health: The Latino and African American Health Coalitions, (convened by Common Ground Health), are set to host their annual Speak Life! Health Equity Conference on Thursday, April 27.

During the event, three individuals who have improved health outcomes in the 9-county Finger Lakes region will be honored for the impact of their work in healthcare.

Looking to nominate a health leader? Learn more and download the nomination forms here.
Centered in equity, the mission of the Greater Rochester Health Foundation is to pursue and invest in solutions that build a healthier region where all people can thrive.