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    Health center achieves patient-centered milestone

    January 28, 2019

    Over the past three years, His Branches in Rochester reduced wait times for patients, improved patient outcomes and created a work environment that was less stressful. Together these changes helped the safety net practice renew its Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) certification through the New York PCMH program, which began in 2018.

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    Initiative asks what prevents residents from accessing vegetables and fruits

    January 18, 2019

    Together with partners at S2ay Rural Health Network, Foodlink and a steering committee of local experts, Common Ground Health is seeking to learn more about the access that different communities have to fruits and vegetables, and how these varying levels of access are connected to rates of diet-related illnesses.

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    Doctor's orders? More like, patient's preferences

    December 18, 2018

    Motivational interviewing puts patients in the driver's seat on behavior change. Common Ground has helped coach clinicians on using motivational interviewing as part of practice transformation.

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    “When you have kids, it's risky to buy new things”

    December 07, 2018

    A farmers market just for kids lets them try new vegetables without risking a family’s limited food budget. The Food Bank of the Southern Tier runs the Kids' Farmers Market program, which allows kids to "shop" for vegetables of their own choosing. 

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    Video: Evolving a culture of health

    October 31, 2018

    Wade Norwood, CEO of Common Ground Health, shares how the High Blood Pressure Collaborative initiatives in doctors’ offices, churches and barbershops and salons have helped residents better manage their health and wellbeing.

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    Chartbook documents the heavy toll of poverty on health

    October 31, 2018

    Common Ground Health’s newly updated Health Equity Chartbook uses data analysis from multiple sources and more than 200 data graphs and maps to understand inequities—and to inform efforts to eliminate them.

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  • Connections: Reshaping Rochester - "Creating Healthy and Vibrant Cities for All"

    WXXI News

    Jan. 28, 2019 - Mike Bulger, healthy communities project coordinator for Common Ground Health was one of the guest speakers on WXXI's Connections Program to discuss creating healthy and vibrant cities for everyone. Joining him were Gil Penalosa, the founder and chair of 8 80 Cities, a non-profit organization in Canada, and Maria Furgiuele, executive director of the Community Design Center Rochester, which is part of the Reshaping Rochester series. The conversation included what Rochester can learn from communities across the globe. 

  • Study: Junk food ads target black, Hispanic kids

    News10NBC

    Jan. 24, 2019 - Mike Bulger, a program coordinator at Common Ground Health, was interviewed by WHEC TV on the topic of food companies targeting black and Hispanic children with ads for junk food, which a new report shows. Bulger stated "We're trying to help support small retailers that want to sell healthier products in neighborhoods that are affected by chronic disease at disproportionate rates, and we're helping store owners purchase display equipment and giving them advice to help them stock healthy produce."

Initiatives

Convening

We bring together decision makers from across the community to discuss regional health challenges and build consensus around solutions.

Practice Transformation

We help medical practices embrace a team approach to care, a new model that improves outcomes, lowers costs and increases patient and doctor satisfaction.

Healthi Kids

Working with parents, government officials and school staff, our Healthi Kids Coalition is helping to improve lunchroom nutrition, create safer play spaces and increase physical activity during the school day.

High Blood Pressure

This business-led health campaign supports initiatives in medical practices, congregations, worksites, neighborhoods and even barbershops and salons.

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