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Hard Facts: Race and Ethnicity in the Nine-County Greater Rochester Area

August 1, 2017

Hard Facts: Race and Ethnicity in the Nine-County Greater Rochester Area examines the substantial gaps in educational and economic outcomes among persons of different racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Evaluation Framework: Neighborhood Health Status Improvement

March 1, 2017

Neighborhood Health Status Improvement- Launched in 2008 · Asset based, resident driven, locally focused- Emphasis on improving the physical, social, and economic environments of neighborhoods

Poverty and Self-Sufficiency in the Nine-County Greater Rochester Area

September 20, 2016

Poverty and Self-Sufficiency in the Nine-County Greater Rochester Area updates data from a 2013 report. Overall, it shows that poverty is rising across the region, from 13.2 percent to 14.3 percent, based on the latest available Census figures. This report aims to update key elements from both previous studies, includingpoverty data for all the counties, towns and villages in the region, relying primarily on the latest U.S. Census data, highlight the financial stress that exists in our community by differentiating between poverty and self-sufficiency; and chronicle and summarize efforts of the greater Rochester community to understand and act upon crisis.

Getting to the Heart of the Matter Evaluation Report: Post-Acute Cardiac Rehabilitation Program to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

September 1, 2015

Launched in 2013, this innovative program was designed to help cardiac patients achieve success with their post-acute treatment regime, something that is especially important for older cardiac patients who are at an increased risk for complications. By "bridging the gap" between when patients are discharged from acute care until they are ready to start outpatient cardiac rehabilitation, the program aims to improve the quality of care and quality of life for older adults recovering from congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction, bypass surgery, and other heart diseases and reduce hospital readmissions.

Evaluation Report: Remote Simultaneous Medical Interpretation Executive Summary

September 1, 2015

In 2011, as a result of the growing refugee population, an innovative project launched to improve the quality of language interpretation services in healthcare facilities. Providing interpreter services can be costly and challenging to administrators, particularly for smaller institutions and for less commonly spoken language groups. A Remote Simultaneous Medical Interpretation service (RSMI) was designed to decrease the cost of medical interpretation while increasing the quality of services.

Rochester City School District by the Numbers

June 10, 2015

Student Population and Programs of Rochester City Schools.

Ready for Fall? Near-Term Effects of Voluntary Summer Learning Programs on Low-Income Students' Learning Opportunities and Outcomes

December 8, 2014

This report is the second of five volumes from a five-year study, funded by The Wallace Foundation and conducted by the RAND Corporation, designed as a randomized controlled trial that assesses student outcomes in three waves: in the fall after the 2013 summer program (reported here), at the end of the school year following the program, and after a second summer program in 2014 (to show the cumulative effects of two summer programs). The goal of the study is to answer one key question: Do voluntary, district-run summer programs that include academics and enrichment activities improve student academic achievement and other outcomes, such as social and emotional competence?

Taking Care of Our Own: Lessons Learned About Engaging Military Families in Youth Mentoring

September 30, 2014

This report offers valuable findings from the Amachi Expansion for Military and Civilian Families (AEMCF) project, one of the first large-scale efforts to provide mentoring to military-connected children across multiple states. This report examines how AEMCF served these children and illuminates strategies for reaching and serving military-connected youth and their families more effectively.

Evaluation Report: Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives for Seniors (PEARLS) Executive Summary

February 1, 2014

This 2010 project supported the work of senior-serving agencies in Monroe County to better identify and treat depression among older adults. Project partners integrated depression screening into their standard intake assessment using the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9)—a tool well-validated in the research literature. Senior clients were screened and those falling into the minor depression range were eligible for the PEARLS intervention, and those identified with major depression received the more robust PEARLS+

Evaluation Report: Program to Reduce Depression Among High-Risk Patients

July 1, 2013

A program was funded in 2010 to improve the identification and treatment of patients at risk for depression at two community health centers. The project focused on patients with diabetes, chronic pain, mothers of newborns, and patients with a history of depression. The goal was to reduce depression in patients treated by 50%.

Coming Home to Caring Communities: A Blueprint for Serving Veterans and Their Families

February 1, 2012

Communities across the U.S. are grappling with veterans' reintegration issues, but the answers about how best to serve veterans and their families may be elusive, because every region has different resources, service gaps, and needs. Despite these variations, a common core of key community-based supportive services and practices has been identified in order to help communities serve their veterans and families in a more consistent and professional manner. So what can a community do to help? How would service providers, local leaders, and citizens begin to organize their community's resources to support veterans and families effectively? What would that look like? How would it be paid for? Has it been done well in other communities?This blueprint answers these questions as a combination "how-to manual" and toolkit with an inside look at how an existing Center operates. This document provides a blueprint of "what works" to help communities identify and implement the programs their local communities need. The details in this blueprint leverage the knowledge of Veterans Outreach Center (VOC) in Rochester, NY, the oldest community-based nonprofit organization in the nation devoted exclusively to serving veterans and their families. The information in this blueprint will help communities get a jump-start on developing local programs and initiatives of their own. Ultimately, these tools will help increase access to consistently high-quality community-based supportive services for veterans and their families.

A Longitudinal Study of the Impact of America's Choice on Student Performance in Rochester, New York, 1998-2003

July 1, 2004

Education is a cumulative process. Yet while students' knowledge and skills are built up over time, educational researchers are rarely afforded the opportunity to examine the effects of interventions over multiple years. This study of the America's Choice school reform design is just such an opportunity. Using 11 years of student performance data from Rochester, NY -- which includes several years of data before America's Choice began working in the district -- we examine the effects of America's Choice on student learning gains from 1998 to 2003. Employing a sophisticated statistical method called Bayesian hierarchical growth curve analysis with crossed random effects, we compare the longitudinal gains in test performance of students attending America's Choice schools to those of students attending other Rochester schools. Our analytical method allows us to examine student test performance over time, account for the nested structure of students within schools, and account for the very real problem of within-district student mobility.Through these analyses, we sought to answer three central questions. First, is there evidence that America's Choice increases students' rates of learning and, if so, how big is the increase? Second, does America's Choice improve the performance of particularly lowachieving students? And third, does America's Choice make education more equitable for minority students?Overall, we found that students in America's Choice schools gained significantly more than did students in other Rochester schools in both reading and mathematics test performance. These differences are moderate in the early-elementary grades (grades 1-3) and stronger in later grades (grades 4-8). In the early-elementary grades, students in America's Choice schools averaged three weeks of additional learning per year in comparison to students in other district schools. In grades 4-8, students in America's Choice schools averaged slightly more than two months of additional learning per year in comparison to students in other district schools.