December 28, 2012


Special healthcare resources for refugees and the homeless, occupational therapy services, support groups and special health situations.

The Brown Square Refugee Health Program

Westside Health Services Refugee Health Program is a program at Brown Square Health Center focusing on providing assessments by experience family physicians of new refugees to the Rochester area, as well as continuing comprehensive refugee family health care.  Refugees, asylees, and parolees of all ages who have been in the country 90 days or less are eligible for a health assessment at a contracted provider’s office.  Services include health assessment screens for tuberculosis, hepatitis B, and stool ova and parasites (and lead screening in children).  The health assessment includes a physical assessment and initiation of age-appropriate vaccines.  The Refugee Health Program also provides dental, pharmacy, social work, financial counseling and assistance through “discount program,” HIV program, prenatal and immunization care.

Address: 322 Lake Avenue
Rochester, NY 14608

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8AM to 5PM and Tuesday and Thursday, 8AM to 8:30PM.
Bus numbers 10, 4 and 7 serve this neighborhood.

Telephone: (585) 254-6480 x1722
Fax: (585) 254-1092

Unity Hospital of Rochester Health Reach Health Care for the Homeless Program (HCHP)

Health Reach HCHP provides comprehensive medical and dental care to homeless individuals and families who are currently experiencing homelessness in the Rochester City and Monroe County area. Services are provided at area homeless shelters, our Mobile Medical Unit and our clinic located at 819 West Main Street.

819 West Main Street
Rochester, NY 14611
Main Office
89 Genesee Street
Rochester, NY 14611



CompassionNet works through dedicated case managers and nurse practitioners to help families navigate the health care system and reduce suffering of children and teens with terminal illnesses by assisting families with the emotional, social, financial, and spiritual challenges associated with a child’s condition, and helping families cope effectively with a child’s illness and treatment. To be eligible, a child or teen must be diagnosed with a condition that places the child at significant risk for not reaching adulthood, OR have acute exacerbation of a chronic illness that places the child at immediate risk.  Additionally, the child or teen must be 21 years of age or younger and be currently enrolled in a health insurance product managed by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

Phone:  (585) 214-1333 and (585) 214-1522
Fax:  (585) 475-8856

Epilepsy Foundation-Pralid Inc.

The Epilepsy Foundation is a non-profit human services agency that helps individuals and families of all cultures affected by epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, and related disabilities to manage and cope with their disorders by providing epilepsy education, information and referral, service coordination, vocational and residential services.  Support programs are offered for family and friends of people with disabilities and education and information presentations are offered to community organizations, businesses, and schools.  The Foundation also offers employment services, school-to-work programs, residential services, and a residential camp for children 8-15 years old with epilepsy and their siblings.

Address:  1650 South Ave #300, Rochester, NY, 14620

Phone: (585) 442-4430 x2707 or 1-800-724-7930
Fax:  (585) 442-6305

Starlight Pediatrics

Starlight Pediatrics (formerly called Foster Care Pediatrics) provides comprehensive primary pediatric health care to children from birth through 21 years residing in family foster care or supervised independent living in Monroe County and children on trial discharge from foster care.  Services provided include preventive health care, management of chronic illness, acute care, adolescent health care, developmental screening and assessment, mental health screening, assessment and treatment, immunization administration, WIC re-certification, management of psychotropic medications, and consultation with child welfare around health issues for children in foster care.

Address: 451 E Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14620

Phone:  (585) 753-5927
Fax:  (585) 753-5181

The Tourette Syndrome Association of Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes

The Tourette Syndrome Association of Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes is a non-profit organization that serves those with Tourette Syndrome and their friends and family through support groups, school in-service education and other public awareness programs.

Phone:  (585) 752-6190

The Advocacy Center

Established in 1954, the Advocacy Center’s mission is to empower individuals with disabilities and their families to advocate for themselves. They provide a wide range of services, including:

  • Parent Training and Information Center
  • Leadership development programs
  • Workshops for children, adolescents, parents, and teachers on many topics
  • Service Coordination
  • Newsletters
  • Webinars

Address:  1650 South Avenue Rochester, NY 14620
Phone:  (585) 546-1700

Gilda’s Club Rochester

Gilda’s Club provides a warm and welcoming site for the cancer support community for adults, teens, and children with cancer and family members and friends can share their hopes and fears, their wisdom and information, and come together to learn how to live with cancer whatever the outcome.  Gilda’s Club complements medical treatment and care by providing social and emotional.  Support groups, dinners, arts and craft workshops, and play time for children are some of the many programs and activities that are available for members of Gilda’s Club Rochester.

Address:  255 Alexander St, Rochester, NY 14607

Phone:  (585) 423-9700
Fax:  (585) 423-9072


Lifetime Care

Lifetime Care combines the resources and expertise of two respected non-profit agencies, Genesee Region Home Care and ViaHealth Home Care.  This agency delivers personalized care and hospice services that help patients achieve their health goals in the comfort of their own home.  Services include home-based nursing in various specialties, daily home monitoring, rehabilitation services, including physical and occupational therapy and speech/language pathology, medical social work offering links to community-based services, home health aides to help with activities of daily living, private duty nursing to provide a higher level of care for acutely  and chronically ill children, respiratory therapy, and medical equipment and supplies.

Address:  3111 South Winton Road, Rochester, NY 14623

Phone:  (585) 214-1000



AIDS Care is a non-profit agency providing case management, support groups, nutrition programs and housing assistance to individuals living with HIV.  AIDS Care also has extensive prevention and education programs geared to raising awareness about HIV/AIDS within Rochester’s eight county area.

Address: Trillium Health   259 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

Main Phone: 585-545-7200
Toll Free: 1-800-266-9292
Health Services After Hours: (585) 258-3363
Case Management After Hours (Lifeline): (585) 275-5151
Fax:  (585) 244-6456



Al-Anon offers strength and hope to individuals affected by alcoholism as well as their friends and families.   Al-Anon members give each other support and encouragement by listening to each other and sharing their experiences, strength and hope with one another. Sponsors are available to discuss issues on a one-to-one basis. Telephone lists are provided of people who are available for support when a meeting isn’t offered. Al-Anon is an anonymous program where only first names are used to protect anonymity and allow members to feel safe sharing.  The Al-Anon family groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope, in order to solve their common problems.   

Address: 805 Blossom Rd, Rochester, NY 14610

Phone:  (585) 482-7073
Local Website:
National Website:

The American Lung Association

The American Lung Association serves communities throughout New York state by providing numerous educational and support programs that help children and adults prevent and manage lung disease.

Not On Tobacco (N-O-T) is the American Lung Association’s (ALA’s) voluntary program for teens who want to quit smoking. It is the most researched, most widely used and most successful such program in the United States.

N-O-T is the American Lung Association’s voluntary program to help teens —

  • Stop smoking or reduce the number of cigarettes they smoke.
  • Increase their healthy lifestyle behaviors.
  • Improve their life-management skills.

Phone:  (585) 442-4260 ext 104

The Arthritis Foundation

The foundation helps people take control of arthritis and related conditions by providing public health education, offering specialized arthritis self-management and exercise classes, providing a self-help group education program, pursuing public policy and legislation; and conducting evidence-based programs to improve the quality of life for those living with arthritis, including those with juvenile arthritis.

Upstate New York Chapter, Rochester, NY
Melinda Merante, Regional Director –

Phone:  (585) 264-1480
Fax:  (585) 264-1517


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