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Excellus BCBS offers educational COVID-19 vaccine website (access required)

Maski, India - Nov 12,2020 : Doctor holding Pfizer Biontech vaccine against coronavirus COVID disease.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is working to help the community become vaccine ready during National Minority Health Month. Excellus BCBS has created a dedicated COVID-19 website that offers up-to-the-minute information on what individuals need to know such as how to schedule ...

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For businesses, diversity must go beyond checking boxes (access required)


In April 1963, from a scant jail cell in Birmingham, Ala., Martin Luther King Jr. wrote a letter to his critics stating that “whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” “The fact is that on this journey of diversity, equity ...

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Boosting healthcare worker pay, contracts to MWOBs are city priorities (access required)

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren (photo courtesy of the city of Rochester).

Boosting the pay of healthcare workers and increasing city contract opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses are among the priorities of Mayor Lovely Warren’s Equity and Recovery Agenda (ERA) for Rochester. Warren’s ERA proposes a 50-percent increase in contracts awarded to minority-owned ...

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Climate justice is focus of community series (access required)


An educational series will explore the impact of environmental injustice and advance a shared vision for positive change. Climate of Change: 22 days of Learning and Action for Intersectional Climate Justice in Rochester and Beyond kicks off Thursday and runs through ...

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City will explore reparations, Universal Basic Income programs (access required)


Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has launched an initiative that could lead to implementation of reparations and a Universal Basic Income program in the city. With poverty and income disparity plaguing the city, the programs would use proceeds from the impending ...

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Common Ground Health launches vaccine speakers bureau (access required)


In an effort to ensure the public receives accurate, vetted information regarding the coronavirus vaccinations, Common Ground Health has launched the COVID-19 Vaccine Speakers Bureau. “There’s a tremendous amount of misinformation and myths being spread about both COVID-19 and the ...

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KeyBank boosts Community Benefits commitment to $40B (access required)


KeyBank said Friday that it would increase its commitment to its Community Benefits Plan to $40 billion. The investments will focus on economic access and equity for underserved communities and populations. Launched in 2017, the National Community Benefits Plan exceeded ...

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Center for Youth’s new safe space for kids to open this month (access required)

YMCA gifted the Center for Youth the Monroe Avenue location for $1. Now dubbed Bridge to Peace, the building serves as a safe, problem-free zone for Rochester youth. (Photo provided)

A year ago, Elaine Spaull would never have guessed that she would have crews renovating a building to be used as a safe space for kids just a couple of hundred yards from Center for Youth’s Monroe Avenue administrative site. ...

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Rochester native’s Tocsin Magazine gives voice to social justice issues (access required)

Shanique Byrd founded Tocsin Magazine in 2010, and she was inspired to pivot the publication’s focus to social justice issues after featuring a column titled “A Mile in My Shoes.” The column allowed inmates to write in about how they ended up in prison and what life is like for those incarcerated. (Photo provided)

Shanique Byrd learned long ago that the rich and famous — and infamous — prefer talking to fans over talking to media. Especially when it comes to dispelling rumors. “I learned that celebrities, especially urban entertainers, a lot of them ...

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Racial and gender equity will help shape city of Rochester budget (access required)

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren (photo courtesy of the city of Rochester).

The implications of racial and gender equity will need to be considered in all departmental budgeting if Rochester City Council approves an amendment to the city charter. Mayor Lovely Warren and council vice president Willie Lightfoot believe the city is ...

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