A delegation of five Ukrainian professionals is in Rochester this week studying public health policy and veterans affairs.
Cecilia Hencke, executive director of the Rochester Global Connections, says the nonprofit is hosting the group through a nonpartisan Congressional initiative that matches emerging Eurasian political and civil leaders with their U.S. counterparts.
The Ukrainian health professionals want to learn how nonprofits, the health care industry, and government work together to treat veterans and people with disabilities.
They'll be meeting with their professional counterparts at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center.
"I believe a lot of the veteran's services here set a great example for other models throughout the country,” Hencke said, “And so they felt this would be a good fit because of the diverse range of services here in Rochester."
Yesterday was Ukrainian Independence day, and the Ukrainian visitors celebrated with members of the local Ukrainian community.
Later in the week, they plan to visit several veteran memorials, the George Eastman Museum, Susan B. Anthony House and the Strong National Museum of Play.