Regent Norwood

Wade S. Norwood | Members at Large
At Large

74 Appleton Street
Rochester, NY 14611
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Wade S. Norwood was re-elected in 2014 to a five-year term as Regent at Large.  Regent Norwood is the Director of Community Engagement for the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency (FLHSA).  The FLHSA is a not-for-profit community health planning agency that promotes public health in the Finger Lakes region through research, advocacy and community engagement.  With the support of community leaders, health care providers, consumers, insurers and government, the FLHSA has a strong record of service aimed toward ensuring accessible, affordable and high quality healthcare for the entire population of the region.

Regent Norwood directs the Agency's efforts to link health planning efforts to the needs of medically underserved communities.  The aim of this work is to increase access to health services and to eliminate race- and ethnicity- related disparities in health status.  Through its community engagement efforts, the FLHSA also works to build connections between health and human services and to connect community health planning to public policy advocacy.  Regent Norwood is responsible for providing staff support to more than 14 community coalitions - among them, the FLHSA's African American Health Coalition and its Latino Health Coalition - that provide a direct and powerful channel through which the community is engaged in health improvement.

Regent Norwood has served in this capacity since leaving 20 years of elected and appointed government service. Regent Norwood's record of government service is distinguished both by his youth – he was first elected in 1989, as one of the youngest council members in the history of the City – and by his accomplishments.

Regent Norwood was the architect of the City of Rochester's highly regarded Police Citizen review Board; he was instrumental in the creation of the nationally recognized “Neighbors Building Neighborhoods” planning process; he crafted several city homeownership and neighborhood revitalization programs; and supervised the Rochester City Council's review of the City's Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code.

Regent Norwood and his wife, Lisa – as an outgrowth of their personal experience with child illness, special needs and bereavement – are active volunteers and supporters of the Mary Cariola Center and the Al Sigl Center.  He has been recognized and awarded by a variety of organizations, including the YMCA, Baden Street Settlement, Action for a Better Community and the United Way of Greater Rochester.

Regent Norwood is a native Rochesterian, and a graduate of the University of Rochester (B.S. Political Science).  He lives with his wife, Lisa Hardy Norwood, and their two children, in the City's 19th ward.  Lisa Norwood is Assistant Dean for the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Rochester.  Son, Stephen Christopher, is an undergraduate at the University of Rochester and daughter, Julia, attends The Harley School.

Last Updated: March 31, 2014