Welcome to the new monthly e-newsletter for FLHSA, the health roundtable for Rochester and the Finger Lakes. We look forward to sharing our efforts to improve health care and health equity through collaboration and the region's most comprehensive health data.
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Planning for the health care workforce of the future
The Finger Lakes region is experiencing health care workforce shortages that are expected to intensify as baby boomers age and health care reform requires new types of providers.
To get ahead of these trends, FLHSA and the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council recently launched the Regional Consortium on Health Care Workforce. Chaired by Monroe Community College president Dr. Anne Kress, the blue ribbon panel will identify the new skills and educational opportunities needed to meet the region’s health care workforce needs through 2025. Read more.
New campaign asks: What's your med reminder?
Our new bilingual public health campaign encourages community members to come up with reminders to take their prescribed medication. Billboard, radio and bus advertising for the campaign is focused on ZIP codes in Rochester with the highest rates of dangerous high blood pressure.
Thanks to the advocacy of FLHSA's Healthi Kids initiative, parents and community partners, the Rochester City School District adopted a mandatory daily recess policy for all elementary students as part of the district's wellness policy in 2011. Recent advocacy efforts have ensured that recess will not be taken away from students as a form of discipline.
To ensure that the policy becomes practice, for the past three years Healthi Kids has observed recess to identify barriers and challenges to achieving full implementation. In partnership with the Greater Rochester Health Foundation, they have supported professional development training for teachers and recess staff, shared best practices among schools and ensured play space was incorporated into building modernization plans. The team recently shared their lessons learned with the 2016 Active Living Research Conference in Clearwater, Florida. Read the national coverage.
Team-based care yields "phenomenal improvement"
Dolores’ diabetes was out of control, sending her to the emergency room because she couldn't see. Click the video above to see how the new model of team-based care promoted through our Practice Transformation initiative led to her "phenomenal improvement."