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Rochester Mayor announces Community Total Health and Wellness Initiative



Rochester, New York — On Tuesday Rochester Mayor Malik Evans announced the city’s Community Total Health and Wellness Initiative.

The program’s goal is to fill the needs of the city’s underserved neighborhoods and bring services to those who need them most.

Millions of dollars of the city’s budget will be allocated to evaluating the needs of the residents, which range from increasing access to healthy food to expanding health education and extending hours at R-Centers.

Officials are hosting health and wellness fairs with health screenings, mental health, and housing support.

“Especially in these days after the pandemic, Rochester residents are finding themselves in need of important health and wellness services, and may not know how or where to find them,” Mayor Malik Evans said in a statement. “The teams at City Hall and in City Council are committed to working together with our partners at Monroe County to identify, fund, and connect key services to city residents.”

“We can’t bridge the gaps if we don’t understand what Rochester residents are looking for,” City Councilmember Willie Lightfoot said in a statement. “We are already planning to bring services into our neighborhood R-Centers, and to two Health and Wellness Fairs this year. We look forward to expanding our efforts to connect residents to resources as we continue to get a good picture of neighborhood needs.”

Saturday, July 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, the first health fair is at Lighthouse Square.

The second is at the same hours on Saturday, Aug. 20 at the International Plaza.