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Too often Rochester, NY is featured in the news for its problems. But this area is rich with community-based organizations striving to improve the lives of its residents. Join local pediatricians Megan Lasaponara and Sarah Collins-McGowan as they interview people who are involved in good works all over the region. We will learn about each organization and how our guests found their path to community-based work. If you are ready to hear good news and feel inspired by what Rochester has to offer, join us as we talk to the people making our community ever better.

Thriving Forward Megan Lasaponara & Sarah Collins-McGowan

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Too often Rochester, NY is featured in the news for its problems. But this area is rich with community-based organizations striving to improve the lives of its residents. Join local pediatricians Megan Lasaponara and Sarah Collins-McGowan as they interview people who are involved in good works all over the region. We will learn about each organization and how our guests found their path to community-based work. If you are ready to hear good news and feel inspired by what Rochester has to offer, join us as we talk to the people making our community ever better.

    Dr. Jennifer Nayak and kids from the COVID vaccine study

    Dr. Jennifer Nayak and kids from the COVID vaccine study

    In this special episode, it’s all about the kids!  The Pfizer COVID vaccine just got approved for kids 5 and older and doctors and kids right here in Rochester helped make that happen.  Special guest host 10-year-old Lily interviews Dr. Jennifer Nayak, a Pediatric Infectious Disease specialist at the University of Rochester Medical Center, about running this study site and how the vaccine works.  Then we hear from some superhero kids who are participating in the study about their experience and what they want kids and their parents to know about the vaccine.
    For more info on the COVID-19 vaccine, check out these resources:
    https://www.aap.org/
    https://www.cdc.gov/
    Support the show (https://kidsthrive585.org/about/)

    • 14 min
    Monica Thomas and Joanne Lathan from Crisis Nursery

    Monica Thomas and Joanne Lathan from Crisis Nursery

    The only program of its kind in New York State, the Crisis Nursery, a program of The Center For Youth, delivers no-cost, emergency childcare to families during crises.  In this episode Sarah interviews Monica Thomas, the Program Manager for Crisis Nursery, and Joanne Lathan, the Assistant Manager.
    The Crisis Nursery includes two facilities; one on the west side of the city of Rochester on Genesee Park Blvd, and a second location called Owen’s House, located in the northeast quadrant of Rochester on Rosewood Terrace. 
    Both Crisis Nursery locations are open 24/7 365 days year and staffed by The Center for Youth and volunteers.

    24 hour Crisis Line: 585-271-7670

    Website: https://www.centerforyouth.net/crisis-nurseries/

    To learn about volunteer opportunities contact Kathy Cummings at 585-473-2464.
    To reach Crisis Nursery directly, call 585-235-5750.
    To reach Owen’s House directly, call 585-482-2561.
    Support the show (https://kidsthrive585.org/about/)

    • 25 min
    Wayne County First Assistant District Attorney Christine Callanan

    Wayne County First Assistant District Attorney Christine Callanan

    Christine Callanan is a Rochester native and a career civil servant in the District Attorney's offices in both Monroe and Wayne Counties. In this podcast episode she speaks to the role of the District Attorney's office for victims of crimes, their families, the perpetrators of those crimes and the greater community.

    Wayne County DA Office website: https://web.co.wayne.ny.us/Directory.aspx?DID=17 
    Support the show (https://kidsthrive585.org/about/)

    • 19 min
    GiGi's Playhouse - Board of Directors Members Carrie Bergeron and Katie Peglow

    GiGi's Playhouse - Board of Directors Members Carrie Bergeron and Katie Peglow

    We welcomed GiGi's Playhouse Board Members Carrie and Katie this week. Carrie has Trisomy 21 and has benefited greatly from the support of her family and GiGi's playhouse both in Rochester and Syracuse.  Carrie has written two children's books about her experiences.

    GiGi's Playhouse:  https://gigisplayhouse.org/rochester/

    Special Tomato: https://www.specialtomato.com/about.html

    Adaptive Mall: https://www.adaptivemall.com/?gclid=CjwKCAjw2P-KBhByEiwADBYWCoa6UjnwX5eXwrT0gFyyd-DQfDXsEZlmslYeGVXjdlw-X-AGKHanxRoCG4QQAvD_BwE
    Support the show (https://kidsthrive585.org/about/)

    • 36 min
    Sarah Fitzgibbons - Society for the Protection and Care of Children (SPCC)

    Sarah Fitzgibbons - Society for the Protection and Care of Children (SPCC)

    SPCC has a long history of championing children's rights, from the time it was founded in the late 19th century, to its expansive programs and advocacy work today.  In this episode Sarah talks with Sarah Fitzgibbons, the Vice President of Programs & Practices at SPCC, as well as an Infant Health Mentor.  They discuss how SPCC works to support some of the most vulnerable children and families and exactly what the term "infant mental health" means.

    Learn more about SPCC here.

    Facebook:  The Society for The Protection and Care of Children 
    Support the show (https://kidsthrive585.org/about/)

    • 28 min
    Hinge Neighbors - Shawn Dunwoody and Suzanne Mayer

    Hinge Neighbors - Shawn Dunwoody and Suzanne Mayer

    When Rochester began talking about filling in the Inner Loop North, artist Shawn Dunwoody and activist Suzanne Mayer teamed up from the two neighborhoods opposite that part of the highway to form Hinge Neighbors.  Together they are working to involve, empower, and lift up the voices of the residents to create a cohesive neighborhood as plans to fill in the Inner Loop move forward.

    Listen in as Sarah talks with Shawn and Suzanne about how their unlikely friendship came about and the importance of listening and showing up when working in the community.

    To learn more about Hinge Neighbors, click or tap here.

    Instagram:  @hingeneighbors
    Facebook:  @hingeneighbors

    To follow Shawn Dunwoody on Instagram:
    @shawndunwoody 
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    • 48 min

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