March 2023
From Visit Rochester: Rochester, NY, and the Finger Lakes region are the birthplace of the modern women’s rights movement. The importance of this is felt each Election Day as hundreds of voters line the paths at Mount Hope Cemetery to visit Susan B. Anthony’s grave and to place their “I Voted” stickers on her gravestone as a tribute and thank you. Rochester has many opportunities to pay homage to influential Rochester women, both past and present.  

Explore the "Women's History in Rochester," webpage for more information and historic places and resources in our area.
In addition, the Rochester Museum & Science Center invites the community to celebrate and honor the cultural and scientific contributions of women in history each Saturday in March with events focusing on local and historical women from its recent Changemakers exhibit.

Click here to browse events.
Join the New York State Division of Human Rights from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14 for a presentation highlighting the State's work to advance women's equality in the workforce through law and policy. Topics will include the Human Rights Law, the gender wage gap, new salary transparency laws, and Governor Hochul's initiatives that support and empower women's participation in the workforce.

This event may be attended in-person or virtually. Register here.
New Grant Opportunity Opens Next Week!

Launching next week -- a new round of Responsive Grants! The March 2023 Call for Ideas funding opportunity will support activities up to an 18 month duration with a request amounts ranging from $1,000 to $50,000. 

Responsive Grantmaking means being open to proposals and ideas, focused on health equity that are initiated by our non-profit partners and the communities they serve.

Watch for an email from us next week, check our website, and be sure to follow our social media pages for details!
Our Team is Growing!

Please join us in welcoming Rachel Betts to the Greater Rochester Health Foundation team!

As a Program Officer, Rachel will co-lead the development and execution of our Responsive grantmaking through which we seek to deepen connections with organizations and community members wanting to better understand needs and solutions.

Read Rachel's bio here.
We're still accepting applications for our open accountant position. Review the full posting here.
Our March Spotlight Shines on WellVentions Job Ready and Career Exposure Program

Thank you to Jill Stolt and Dr. Terence Gipson for visiting our office to share the great work being done by WellVentions!

WellVentions, a job ready training and career exposure program, is administered by ProsperRochester, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit social enterprise organization.

Over the past 10 years, WellVentions has guided aspiring Rochester youth to develop products and manage the business at the Rochester Public Market. This “Mini Me Mart” serves as a vital career training ground as student-employees test, market, and ultimately complete sales to support the mission. During this process, they develop the “social/emotional” and business skills needed to become valued employees in the workforce and contributing citizens in their community.

To date, over $125,000 in products have been sold; from pasta, sauce, smoothie, mask, and puppet sales. Profits have been reinvested in training, student stipends, and new product development."

NEW!: Explore more Grantee Spotlights on our website.
Antiracist Education Virtual Conference Happens This Weekend!

Join the Antiracist Curriculum Project this Saturday, March 11 for the 2023 Greater Rochester Antiracist Education Virtual Conference: Teaching, Action, Equity, & Justice

The goal of this conference is to bring together local educators, administrators, activists, students and parents to learn from each other in order to create a more just and equitable community. The conference will feature two keynote presentations from Dr. Christopher Emdin and Dr. LaGarrett King and breakout sessions led by local youth, educators and activists.

Register here for the FREE conference.
Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom

From WXXI Education: Join MPT and the Karson Institute for Race, Peace, & Social Justice
for an Educator Webinar: Learning from the Past, Leading Our Future, Part II - Harriet Tubman at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21.
Join a panel discussion about the film, Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom, and explore instructional resources for grades 6-10. Click here to register.
COVID-19 Resources & Guidance From New York State Department of Health
  • NEW: On February 10, 2023, NYSDOH updated recommendations for the use of masks and face coverings that all healthcare settings in New York should follow during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

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

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

  • Health-related grant opportunities -- both local and nation-wide -- are posted weekly on the Greater Rochester Health Foundation website.
  • 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. The deadline for Q1 of 2023 is Friday, March 31, 2023
  • 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.

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.
Registration and additional details may be found 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.