The primary goal of Kaczorowski’s Distinguished Fellowship is to better understand how researchers evaluate program fidelity and outcomes in violence prevention programs for children and youth. To this end, he will immerse himself in the operations of the Children’s Institute in Rochester, New York. The Institute collaborates with school districts, communities, and government partners to develop programs and conduct rigorous evaluations. Over the next two years, Kaczorowski will spend at least one day a week attending meetings regarding a violence prevention program evaluation. He will observe the program in action and assist with an evaluation of its fidelity and implementation with regular visits to elementary schools within the Rochester City School District. Dirk Hightower, executive director of the Children’s Institute and senior research professor at the University of Rochester, will serve as Kaczorowski’s primary mentor. With the support of Hightower and two other researchers at the Children’s Institute, he will complete a series of readings on program fidelity and help develop presentations of outcomes. Dr. Kaczorowski is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Rochester, who has spent the past 18 years as a practitioner working in community preventive medicine. He founded Pediatric Links with the Community, an immersion experience in community health for students and residents, where he continues to serve as the co-director. He also serves as the national director of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Community Pediatrics Training Initiative. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his leadership and teaching, has secured numerous grants, and has published in medical journals focused on improving the practice of medicine. Additionally, he has championed efforts to achieve effective programs and policies for children and youth in the Rochester community through his leadership at The Children’s Agenda over the past eight years.
The primary goal of Kaczorowski’s Distinguished Fellowship is to better understand how researchers evaluate program fidelity and outcomes in violence prevention programs for children and youth.