The Urban League Is the New Home
of The Saint Francis Center for Health Equity and the Curtis D. Robinson Men’s
(Hartford, Conn. January 15, 2013) – Today marks the beginning of a unique
partnership between the Saint Francis
Center for Health Equity (CHE), the Curtis
D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute (CDRMHI) and the Urban League of Greater Hartford, and to introduce CHE as a leading model for addressing
Nearly 5,400 square feet of space at the Urban League
headquarters at 140 Woodland Street in Hartford has been renovated at a cost of
$813,000 to accommodate space for the Center
for Health Equity and the Curtis D.
Robinson Men’s Health Institute at the Urban League facility.
The Center will
consist of administrative offices, consultation rooms, and a conference center
where focus groups and community education will take place. Here, the Center
will invite the voices of the community on all topics concerning health; and
ideas to address inequities will be raised, cultivated and promoted for action
by the Saint Francis health equity team.
CHE’s mission is to develop activities to support research,
education and outreach agendas, with a focus on both patients and caregivers.
The Saint Francis
Center for Health Equity, evolved as a result of the Curtis D. Robinson Men’s
Health Institute and other Saint Francis diversity initiatives, dedicated
to reducing healthcare disparities and developing cultural competence among
healthcare providers. “CHE and the
CDRMHI will work collaboratively with all Saint Francis Care entities, service lines, and support platforms to improve the
health of our most vulnerable populations, as well as work toward improving
cultural competence throughout the organization,” said Marcus M. McKinney,
D.Min., LPC, Vice President, Community Health Equity and Health Policy at Saint
Francis Hospital and Medical Center.
“Saint Francis is proud to launch the Center for Health Equity and have our Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute together with our
partners at the Urban League of Greater Hartford,” said Christopher M. Dadlez,
President and CEO, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. “This initiative will help address the racial
disparity of care that exists in the treatment of prostate cancer. We are thrilled to take on this challenge to
eradicate disparity,” added Dadlez.
“We are honored to have our longtime friends and neighbors
at Saint Francis now join us in our facility as we continue the challenge of
confronting key illnesses and cultural disconnects impacting high-risk
populations. Together, we can utilize
the tools of community education, awareness, policy, research and advocacy to
eliminate health disparities and empower those affected to make healthy
lifestyle and care management choices,” said Adrienne W. Cochrane, J.D.,
President and CEO, Urban League of Greater Hartford.
The mission of the Curtis
D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute began in 2010 thanks to the generosity
of Curtis D. Robinson, a prostate cancer survivor and founder of the Institute.
Since its inception three years ago, CDRMHI has reached
thousands of men and women with its message, specifically providing prostate
education to 1137 men, conducting 878 PSAs and 639 digital rectal exams. This outreach has resulted in 121 follow-up
appointments, 32 biopsies, and treatment for 26 men diagnosed with prostate
“I am proud to see that in just a few years how far we have
come in the fight against prostate cancer.
I began this effort because I did not want to see another
African-American man die from this disease because he has no money to pay for
adequate healthcare,” said Curtis D. Robinson.
“This partnership with the Urban League of Greater Hartford will help to
further solidify our commitment to bridging the gap of racial disparities,”
In November of 2010, Tuskegee University, one of
America's most distinguished, historically black universities, and the Curtis D. Robinson Men's Health Institute at Saint Francis,
entered into an historic partnership.
Research teams are currently studying African-American prostate biopsies
provided by screenings conducted by the Men’s
Health Institute in order to identify biomarkers relating to prostate
cancer. The identification of these
biomarkers will be an important step toward the development of effective means
for preventing prostate cancer and may even point the way to a cure.
About the Urban
League of Greater Hartford
Urban League of Greater Hartford, Inc., an affiliate of the National Urban
League, is a community based, non-profit 501(c)3 founded in 1964 . As one of the largest direct social services
agencies in New England, annually the Urban League provides services to
approximately 3,000 very low to moderate income, primarily minority, residents
of Connecticut’s Greater Hartford Region.
The Urban League provides programs and initiatives in the areas of
Education and Youth; Workforce Development and Training; and Economic
Enrichment. Through these programs and
initiatives, participants advance in education; improve employment skills;
develop careers in high demand and growth industries; and learn how to manage
and strengthen personal finances to build and maintain financial assets such as
About the Curtis
D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center established the Curtis D.
Robinson Men’s Health Institute (CDRMHI) to address the racial disparities in
Men’s Health, particularly in the areas of patient education, early diagnosis
and appropriate treatment of African American and all men at risk for prostate
This project was
initiated in January of 2010, with major funding provided by the Hartford
Foundation for Public Giving and Hospital Board Member and African American
prostate cancer survivor, Curtis D. Robinson.
About Saint Francis Care
Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare
delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an
anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897. Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is
a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England. Other major entities of Saint Francis Care include The Mount Sinai
Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the
Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount
Sinai Regional Cancer Center, and the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for
Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research. It services are supported by a network of
five major Access Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited
throughout the region. For more
information, visit www.stfranciscare.com