Who We Are

Centered in equity, the mission of the Greater Rochester Health Foundation is to pursue and invest in solutions that build a healthier region where all people can thrive.

Our History

The Greater Rochester Health Foundation (Health Foundation) was created in 2006 when the not-for-profit MVP Health Plan acquired the not-for-profit HMO Preferred Care.

The value of Preferred Care was returned to the community through MVP’s purchase price of $232 million to create a foundation dedicated to improving the health of the Greater Rochester community, inclusive of Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties. Since its inception, the Health Foundation has acted as an independent foundation governed by a community-based board of directors and managed by a professional staff.

 

In 2017, to expand its support of efforts to improve children’s health and respond to urgent needs in the community, the Health Foundation developed an updated strategic plan – Healthy Futures: Improving the Health and Wellbeing of Children.

 

The strategy was guided by a number of critical factors. We heard from members of the community who were increasingly raising alarms about children’s health and it was clear that families needed support. With our work in childhood healthy weight, our involvement with the report by the Commission on Children’s Behavioral Health, and our expanded work with the Greater Rochester Initiative for Children’s Social and Emotional Health Implementation Task Force, the Health Foundation saw an opportunity to help.


The Healthy Futures Strategy was enacted after careful consideration, thorough review of learnings from past efforts focused on children’s health, and discussion among the Health Foundation Board of Directors, staff, community stakeholders and consultants. The process was thoughtful and, as with all of our actions, guided by the long-term needs of our community.

In 2020, we updated our mission…

The mission of the Greater Rochester Health Foundation is to pursue and invest in solutions that build a healthier region where all people can thrive.

Our Values:

Equity: To achieve justice and fairness in health resources and outcomes we seek to disrupt the conditions that result in racial and other health inequities in our nine-county region.

 

Stewardship: To support our work we must have responsible oversight and management of the Foundation’s resources.  

 

Partnership: We are committed to listening to and collaborating with people across communities, across sectors, and across differences in recognition that we accomplish more together to assure relevant strategies and solutions.


Innovation: We strive to catalyze innovative solutions to complex community health challenges.

 

Integrity: We act in an honest, accountable, ethical, and transparent manner and foster a culture of trust and respect in our interactions with people, organizations, and communities.  

Meet the Team

*NOTE: Due to COVID-19, staff are working remotely. For more information, please read this message from our President & CEO Matt Kuhlenbeck.

Recognizing that health outcomes are created by inequitable policies and systems, we seek to effect change at both ends of the spectrum with values centered in equity, stewardship, partnership, innovation, and integrity.

Contact Us

We’d love to hear from you

Contact Information:

585.258.1714 | ablack@thegrhf.org

Anita Black

Program Officer

Area of Focus: Healthy and Equitable Futures

 

Anita joined the Health Foundation in 2016. Part of the Healthy Futures team, Anita has extensive experience working with children and families and strengthening family systems. She is passionate about advancing equity and partnering with community.

Prior to the Health Foundation, Anita has served in multiple leadership roles to drive systemic change for children and families, including serving as project director for Healthy Start and as a clinical social worker for varying organizations.


Anita is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Skidmore College, and master’s degrees in child development and family studies from Syracuse University, and clinical social work from the University of Maryland. Anita is a teacher and student of yoga and meditation.

Contact Information:

585.258.1710 | mbrown@thegrhf.org

Monica Brown

Senior Program Officer

Area of Focus: Responsive Portfolio

 

Monica Brown joined the Greater Rochester Health Foundation in 2020. Previously, Monica was a program officer at the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York (HFWCNY), a position she had held since 2014. At the HFWCNY she managed investment in children 0-5 impacted by poverty and community health capacity. Her work focused on ensuring that children and their families had the resources they need for school readiness and to strengthen the community and systems that support that goal . Monica has more than 30 years of experience working within community both as a provider and a funder. Monica received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She and her wife currently reside in Cheektowaga, New York and they look forward to becoming Rochester residents.

Contact Information:

585.258.1708 | hburke@thegrhf.org

Heidi F. Burke

Chief Program Officer

Heidi joined the Health Foundation in 2010 and currently serves in the role of Chief Program Officer. While at the Health Foundation Heidi led a portfolio focused on children’s healthy weight and most recently directed the Healthy Futures strategy aiming to strengthen whole child health in the greater Rochester region. Prior to the Health Foundation, Heidi worked in Atlanta at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on injury prevention, physical activity promotion and obesity prevention and directed health partnerships at the National Recreation and Park Association in Washington, DC. Heidi obtained her bachelor’s degree in sports medicine from Mercyhurst University and her master’s in Public Health from Emory University.

Contact Information:

585.258.1719 | dcampbell-bell@thegrhf.org

Danette Campbell-Bell

Senior Program Officer

Area of Focus: Targeted Portfolio

 

Danette Campbell-Bell joined the Health Foundation in 2020. A youth development practitioner, trainer, instructor, coach, mentor and conference speaker with more than 20 years of experience in developing, implementing and managing quality youth programs with high-performance outcomes, Danette is a champion, advocate and voice for children and youth. Danette has served as a consultant to a wide range of clients including: The United Way of Greater Rochester, the Greater Rochester After School Alliance, the New York State Network For Youth Success, the City of Rochester Department of Recreation and Youth Services, and the Center For Youth Services. Danette currently serves on several boards, initiatives and committees throughout the community related to children, youth, community development, leadership and business. She is also Managing Partner at Strings For Life, LLC as well as Project Founder and Director of the award winning Strings For Life Music Project.

Contact Information:

585.258.1799 | menadeghe@thegrhf.org

Mimi Enadeghe

Administrative Assistant

Mimi first joined the Health Foundation January of 2019 as a temporary receptionist. Prior to the Health Foundation, she held an executive position as a receptionist/administrative assistant where she presented the highest level of customer care and projected high level of competence as well as maintained a high-level of confidential files.

 

Mimi is a life-long community servant, often involved with community efforts from feeding the homeless to volunteering at several private organizations.

Contact Information:

585.258.1717 | aelliot@thegrhf.org

Ari J. Elliot, PhD

Research and Evaluation Associate

Ari joined the Health Foundation in January 2018. He serves as Research and Evaluation Associate for the Health Foundation’s Healthy and Equitable Futures Strategy. Ari previously conducted research on adversity and resilience as a post-doctoral associate in the University of Rochester Department of Psychiatry. Ari earned a doctorate in Human Development and a master’s degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from the Warner School of Education & Human Development. In addition, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Brandeis University.

Contact Information:

585.258.1716 | kfeeney@thegrhf.org

Kristine K. Feeney

Program Administrative Assistant

Kristine joined the Health Foundation in 2013. As a Program Administrative Assistant she supports the Healthy Futures team working to advance whole child health in the greater Rochester region. Prior to the Health Foundation, Kristine held the position of executive secretary and psychologist’s aide maintaining confidential student files and preparing special education documents while adhering to NYS regulations. She has been a tireless advocate for children and has volunteered as a parent member of the Committee for Special Education in the Greece Central School District.

Contact Information:

585.258.1725 | tstephens@thegrhf.org

Tiana Flynn Stephens

Communications Officer

Tiana joined the Health Foundation in 2019, merging her professional skills with her personal passion for serving the community as she creates and implements communications strategies that further the goals of the Foundation while building and maintaining a positive reputation for GRHF. Prior to joining the Health Foundation, Tiana led a team of instructional designers as Director of Content Development at an eLearning start-up in Rochester. Tiana has worked in government communications at the City of Rochester where she produced and hosted a public affairs talk show; in television news as an Emmy award-winning assignment editor and producer; and as a consultant for non-profit organizations and small businesses. A mother of four, she and her family live in Rochester’s 19th Ward and are actively involved in the areas of education, art, sports, public health, anti-racism and social justice. Tiana earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Chinese Studies from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Contact Information:

585.258.1704 | mkuhlenbeck@thegrhf.org

Matthew A. Kuhlenbeck, PhD

President & CEO

Appointed CEO in January 2019, Kuhlenbeck leads the Greater Rochester Health Foundation in its efforts to pursue and invest in solutions that build a healthier region where all people can thrive. In addition to his service at the Health Foundation, Kuhlenbeck is active in many local efforts including the Rochester Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, ROC the Future, and NorthStar Network’s Healthcare Business Academy Fellowship Program.

 

Prior to joining the Health Foundation, Kuhlenbeck served as program director of the Missouri Foundation for Health where he led teams and programs focused on positive disruptions in the healthcare system and managed a $20 million annual portfolio of responsive grantmaking over his 16-year tenure. Kuhlenbeck holds a M.H.A degree from Saint Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice, where he earned his PhD in health management and policy. He earned his B.S. degree in Community Health and Health Administration from Northern Illinois University’s College of Health and Human Services.

Contact Information:

585.258.1707 | jrand@thegrhf.org

Justin Rand

VP & Chief Financial Officer

Justin joined the Health Foundation in 2015 as the Director of Accounting and Administration. He was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in July 2020 and manages the organization’s finances and operations, including, investment portfolio oversight, building and information technology matters, auditing, human resource and compliance functions. Prior to joining the Health Foundation, Justin spent seven years as a financial assurance manager at a public accounting firm where he focused his time and energy working with not-for-profit organizations around Rochester. Justin is a Certified Public Accountant and graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Contact Information:

585.258.1703 | hstark@thegrhf.org

Hannah Stark

Associate Program Officer

Area of Focus: Community Health Grants & Neighborhood Health Status Improvement

 

Hannah earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from SUNY Fredonia and is pursuing a MPA from SUNY Brockport. Prior to her work at the Health Foundation, she obtained extensive experience as a payroll specialist. She has been a member of the Health Foundation since 2016 and is currently an Associate Program Officer for the Responsive Grant team. Hannah incorporates her education and expertise while working closely with grantees to ensure their success. She is proud to be helping the Health Foundation continue their valuable work for this community.

Contact Information:

585.258.1709 | csmith@thegrhf.org

Chiara Smith

Associate Program Officer

Area of Focus: Healthy Futures Strategy

 

Chiara Smith is an Associate Program Officer at the Greater Rochester Health Foundation with more than 18 years of experience within the non for profit and Human Services Industry. Smith currently serves as Co-Chair for the Community Voices Network (United Way) as well as the Health Foundation’s “Change Team.” She is a 2018 graduate of the United Way’s African American Leadership Development Program. Smith recently completed the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate program from the University of Cornell. Her passion is for community. She considers herself a “servant leader.”

Contact Information:

585.258.1729 | kverbanic@thegrhf.org

Kristin Verbanic

Finance and Grants Manager

Kristin joined the Greater Rochester Health Foundation in 2020 and serves as the Finance and Grants Manager, focusing on management of the grant administration and contract process. She is responsible for ensuring best practices are followed in the grantmaking process and manages the Health Foundation’s grants system.

 

Prior to joining the Health Foundation, Kristin served as the Grants Accounting Manager at Trillium Health as well as the Grants Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association. She brings over 9 years of experience to the Health Foundation, having worked in the Rochester community for her entire career on issues such as sexual health and infectious disease, youth services, senior nutrition, and dementia. A graduate of Elmira College, she has degrees in Health and Human Services, Sociology, and Anthropology.

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