Nancy M. Bennett, M.D., M.S., director of the Center for Community Health of the University of Rochester Medical Center, has been elected the new co-chair of the Community Engagement Key Function Committee of the national Clinical and Translational Science Awards program (CTSA). In her new role with the CTSA, effective July 1, Bennett will work to implement a broad plan of community and practice engagement among the 60 CTSA sites nationwide.
Bennett is a professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences and associate vice president of URMC. She is the director of the local Community Engagement Key Function within URMC's Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Bennett has lead numerous studies and community interventions funded by the National Institutes for Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state Department of Health, and national and regional foundations related to the prevention of communicable and chronic disease. She is the principal investigator for the Rochester Emerging Infections Program; a CDC Community Transformation Grant, Health Engagement and Action for Rochesterâs Transformation (HEART); and the Healthy Living Research Center.