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Urban Action 1/16 

This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.)

Saving the planet

The National Council of Jewish Women's Greater Rochester Section will present "Repairing the Planet II: Hope through Action," on Wednesday, January 23. A follow-up to a 2016 event, the program will offer action that can be taken now to reverse climate change and preserve a livable planet for future generations.

Panelists will be Norma Polizzi, a local environmental attorney and member of former Vice President Al Gore's Climate Reality Project, and Sue Staropoli, an environmental activist and member of Rochester Pachamama Alliance. The event will be at Temple B'rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Avenue, at 7 p.m. Cost: $5. Registration requested: ncjwgrs.org or 234-3475.

Protecting women's health

The National Organization for Women's Rochester chapter and Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York will present a program marking the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade on Wednesday, January 23.

Representative Joe Morelle will discuss Congressional Democrats' plans to fight the Trump Administration's attempts to limit women's access to birth control and abortion. Jessica Coleman, community health educator with Highland Family Health Planning, will discuss the barriers to reproductive health services. And Steven Eisinger, a Rochester obstetrician and gynecologist, will share his experience providing reproductive health services to women. The event will be held at First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, at 7 p.m.

Deaf patients' health care

The New York Deaf Patient Care Council will hold a public forum on health challenges care on Wednesday, January 23. Deaf Rochesterians can wait as much as a month for care if an interpreter is needed, the council says, while hearing patients often receive same or next-day care.

The event will cover ways to develop better relationships between the area's hospitals, clinics, and private practices, and Rochester's deaf community. Topics will include patient-staff communication, video remote interpreting, finding qualified interpreters, and working toward equality in scheduling and general care. A voice interpreter will be available. The event will be held at NTID/RIT Panara Theatre, LBJ Building, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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