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University of Rochester Medical Center

Some prospective nursing students in Rochester are about to get a tuition break.

The University of Rochester Medical Center announced a pilot program to cover the full cost of tuition for full-time UR employees enrolled in four select nursing degree programs.

Dean of the nursing school Kathy Rideout said the pilot program is designed to ensure the pipeline of future nurses remains full as the local need for nurses grows.

“Locally, there is not a nursing shortage, per se,” Rideout said. “But what is happening is, there’s an aging nursing workforce.”

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This year’s annual Egg Nog Jog also brought the announcement of a new organization, called FRST Agency, that aims to help first responders and their families deal with mental trauma.

The agency’s name stands for First Responders Special Treatment.


The Monroe County public health department has released its first report on this year’s flu season, showing seven people have been hospitalized with the virus locally. And yesterday, the New York state health department has declared influenza to be “prevalent” in the state.

Rochester Regional Health

Rochester Regional Health has activated a solar farm in Parma that it says will power more than 100 of its smaller facilities.

It’s part of an effort announced last year to power the company’s operations with 100 percent renewable energy by 2025.

New York State Department of Health


The New York state health department unveiled what it called a “holiday gift for caregivers” Wednesday in New York City. It’s a book that the department says will make life easier for people who take care of others who can’t support themselves, although state health commissioner Howard Zucker said the gift is more than just a book.

“It’s got stickies, pens and a pad, and then we have the caregiver book itself,” Zucker said. He described the book as full of information caregivers need.

A specialized part of Finger Lakes Treatment Court will be tailored to eligible defendants at a high risk of opioid overdose.

It’s called the Opioid Stabilization Part, or OSP, and has already been introduced in Erie and Monroe Counties.

Betsy Lee, treatment Court Coordinator for the Finger Lakes Treatment Court says the new step will provide immediate intervention, treatment and supervision to high risk defendants.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A group of county health officials is asking New York lawmakers to approach marijuana legalization with "extreme caution."

The New York State Association of County Health Officials released a statement Tuesday outlining concerns about adverse health impacts from marijuana legalization.

The association said it remains opposed to recreational marijuana legalization. But if it's legalized, the group called for safeguards and research as well as additional funding for local health departments for increases in workload.



Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday urged the New York State Legislature to legalize recreational marijuana in an address in New York City. The move would make New York the 11th state in the country to take the step.

Reaction in Monroe County has been mixed, and advocates said they are still unsure what the regulations might ultimately look like.

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Family members, neighbors, law enforcement and school staff gathered along North Clinton Avenue in Rochester in a human chain on Saturday, in an effort to positively occupy the space where some people use and sell drugs in the area by saying No Más!

They wanted to temporarily disrupt drug sales on a prominent section of North Clinton where organizers say some of the highest rates of calls for services, opioid overdoses and arrests occur.

New York State Department of Health

This is a busy time of year for Margarita Gonzalez. She’s an insurance navigator at Trillium Health in Rochester, and with the enrollment period for New Yorkers to get health coverage through the state’s marketplace ending Saturday night, she’s been getting a lot of calls.

“I probably touched base with five clients this morning,” Gonzalez said just after noon on Friday, “and I’ll probably have at least five more today.”