Rochester City School District
Media Advisory
January 15, 2021
Editor Contact:
Marisol Ramos-Lopez
585.455.2844 (m)
Upstate New York Wellness Fair
Dr. Carlos Cotto, Executive Director of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics, RCSD

Anthony Jordan, Director of Youth Engagement, RCSD

Ray Mayoliz, My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Coordinator for the City of Rochester

Dr. Yvette Conyers, President Rochester Black Nurses Association

Dr. Carolyn Jacobs, Member Black Physicians Network

Dr. Linda Clark, Occupational Medicine, Rochester Regional Health

Dr. Calvin Cole, School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Rochester Medical Center

Dr. Marcus Burrell, Owner BPSE Behavioral & Educational Solutions

Dr. Natalie Leblanc, Assistant Professor School of Nursing, University of Rochester

Upstate New York Wellness Fair

Monday, January 18, 2021, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Virtual (due to COVID-19 precautions)

The Rochester City School District is hosting a Wellness Fair on Monday, January 18, 2021 in collaboration with the City of Rochester and the My Brother's Keeper Initiative. The RCSD is collaborating with a number of community organizations to highlight the importance of health and wellness. This is an opportunity for people of color to receive life-changing knowledge from professionals in the medical field who share in the black and brown life experience.
The Wellness Fair will feature presentations from an array of professionals in the medical field who will share information and insights on a variety of mental, physical, and sexual health topics such as racism, implicit bias, diet and nutrition, exercise, preventative screenings, relationships, cultural norms, and the various mental and physical effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The RCSD’s connection to this Wellness Fair stems from its involvement in Fatherhood Engagement Summits. These are events where the District partners with a number of community organizations to offer unique networking opportunities to young men of color. Examples have included “DJ mixers” and a Fatherhood Engagement: NFL Pro-Bowl Edition. In 2020, fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and young men of color watched the game together in an opportunity for camaraderie.

Members of black and brown communities are encouraged to attend the Upstate New York Wellness Fair to take advantage of this opportunity to receive life-changing knowledge from medical professionals who share similar life experiences. Interested participants can join the event live from 1 – 3 p.m. via the Rochester City School District’s Youtube and Facebook accounts at Questions will be taken from the chat on both platforms and answered in the order they are received, to the extent that time allows.

This year's wellness fair takes on extra significance since it is being held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Additionally, this event is being recognized by the National My Brother's Keeper Day of Service Program. 
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