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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, April 6

Apr 6, 2021

First hour: Discussing post-pandemic practices to reduce illness

Second hour: Discussing the impact of RCSD staff living in the suburbs

New data shows a decline in child and adult illnesses in almost all categories. The declines have been driven by masking and other pandemic-related practices. Once the pandemic subsides, which of these practices will stick around, and which will fade away? Our guests discuss it:

  • Elizabeth Murray, D.O., M.B.A., assistant professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine, and faculty director for child health and safety communications for Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong
  • Nicole Cifra, M.D., M.P.H., adolescent fellow and pediatrician at Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong
  • Steve Cook, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of pediatrics at Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong, and medical director at the New York State Department of Health

Then in our second hour, new reporting from Justin Murphy at the Democrat and Chronicle shows that more than three quarters of Rochester City School District teachers and principals live in the suburbs. Murphy writes that of the top 100 earners in the district, only 12 live in the city. People studying the effect of this issue say there's a cost: a financial one, with tax dollars leaving the city and widening economic disparities between the city and the suburbs; and there's an impact on community-building at schools. This hour, Murphy joins us to discuss what he learned from his extensive analysis, and we hear from community leaders who share their perspectives. Our guests:

  • Justin Murphy, education reporter for the Democrat and Chronicle
  • Simeon Banister, vice president of community programs at the Rochester Area Community Foundation
  • Adam Urbanski, president of the Rochester Teachers Association