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Center for deaf at URMC wins best-practices award
Center for deaf at URMC wins best-practices award | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com
The National Center for Deaf Health Research at the University of Rochester Medical Center has been honored for its community-based participatory research.
The center was one of 11 research groups to win a best-practices award from the National Community Committee, which is associated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The National Center for Deaf Health Research conducts comprehensive health studies within the underserved deaf and hard-of-hearing population, in collaboration with local institutions and advocacy groups. The center operates on the premise that deaf people share a common language and culture, instead of the traditional model that focuses on restoring hearing loss.
The NCDHR is among 35 other CDC-funded "prevention research centers" but the only one in the U.S. devoted to improving the health of deaf people.
This honor "means that both NCDHR and the local deaf community have made significant strides in overcoming decades-old mistrust, propagated by people who believed that deaf people needed medical interventions to restore hearing," said Matthew J. Starr, communication team leader at NCDHR, adding that researchers and community members have "an enduring collaboration."
Starr called the deaf community here and nationwide "a highly cohesive group, bound by social media platforms as well as through clubs, school alumni associations, churches, and much more. Dissemination of news and other information tends to be rapid and widespread."
The National Center for Deaf Health Research was established in 2004 with $3.5 million from the CDC. The funding was renewed in 2009 for five years at $4.9 million.
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