David N. Broadbent, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACPM was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Jordan Foundation’s Heart of Healthcare award during the May 8 launch of the “Tree of Life” donor celebration. The award, a striking red heart atop a cubed slender pedestal, was created by metal sculptor Christine Knoblauch of Knoblauch Studio.
2015 Award Recipient Bio
David grew up in Champaign, Illinois where he attended the University of Illinois. He interrupted his college education to serve as a missionary in Finland for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He received his BS degree from the U of I in 1963; his MD degree from Duke University Medical School in 1967 and later earned his Masters in Public Health degree from the University of Michigan in 1973.
He served in the US Army Medical Corps as a Preventive Medicine Officer. After finishing his pediatric training at Vanderbilt University and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital – and receiving public health training and education at the University of Michigan, he came to Rochester New York in 1973 as Deputy Director of the Monroe County Health Department and joined the clinical faculty of the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He joined the Pediatric Group of the Genesee Health Service in 1977, beginning a general pediatric practice career lasting over 20 years during which he developed systems of care for juvenile delinquents in the custody of the State of New York and the County of Monroe, and served as President of the Medical and Dental staff of the Genesee Hospital.
Late in his career he participated in a collaborative effort with the Rochester City School District, the Monroe County Health Department, the New York State Health Department, the Eastman Dental Center, leading to the creation and management of five school-based health centers in elementary and secondary schools of the Rochester City School District serving thousands of children and youth in elementary and secondary schools of the district.
Over the years his numerous volunteer activities have included: President of the Board of Trustees of the Rochester Academy of Medicine, Chair of the Regional Community Asthma Network, Founder and Chair of the Rochester Coalition to Prevent Lead, and service with the Boy Scouts of America (Explore Post Advisor and Scoutmaster) for which he has received many awards.
Now retired, he remains active as a leader in his church where he has recently promoted recovery from behavioral and substance abuse. He enjoys local and state volunteer work as an Action for a Better Community volunteer, and member of the New York State Governor’s Advisory Council on Childhood Lead Poisoning, and is a leader of the New York State Coalition to End Lead Poisoning in New York, and the Rochester Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning. He has just finished his term as President of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Institute. As Vice President of the Board of Governors of the Anthony L. Jordan Health Center he continues to support the delivery of high quality health care for urban residents of all ages.
He and his wife Sally have three grown children, Catherine, David, and Sara, and three grandchildren. He enjoys digital and film photography, computer graphics, classical and folk music (especially Bluegrass), camping, hiking, and traveling with his wife of 45+ years.