Our Approach


Man collecting data

Data is the cornerstone of community health planning. We maintain the most complete source of health and health care data in the region and provide the expertise in population-based analytics needed to make sense of that information. Our analysis grounds community health conversations in a fact-based understanding of the health issues. Our databases include:

  • Hospital inpatient discharges including PQI and readmit rates, ambulatory surgery and emergency department visits.
  • Mortality vital statistics and years of potential life lost. 
  • Institutional cost reports for nursing homes, hospitals, CHHAs, LTHHCPs, and D&Ts.
  • U.S. Census Bureau Decennial Census, American Community Survey, Annual Population estimates.
  • Regional health insurance claims and statewide Medicaid claims and encounters.
  • Capacity surveys of regional resources.



We bring together hospital systems, health insurers, county health departments, physician groups, consumers and other partners to review data and design community-wide solutions. Recent health roundtables we have hosted include:

  • The Regional Consortium on Health Care Workforce Opens in a new window, which is working to identify the new skills and educational opportunities needed over the next decade in health care. 
  • The Regional Commission on Community Health Improvement, which identified population health, senior care and behavioral health integration as our community's most pressing needs.
  • The SAGE Commission, which developed strategies for serving the area's burgeoning senior population.
  • The African American and Latino health coalitions, which develop strategies for addressing health disparities in communities of color.



Doctor and patient

We are a recognized leader in collaborative health transformation on the national, state and local level.

  • Practice transformation - Our organization is co-leading an effort to train more than 11,000 clinicians across New York State in the use of care management and teamwork to improve patient health. The $48.5 million Practice Transformation Network initiative also coaches practices in the use of electronic medical records to track results and drive improvement. 
  • Community programs - Common Ground Health is home to such innovative health campaigns as Healthi Kids Opens in a new window and the High Blood Pressure Collaborative Opens in a new window, initiatives that give consumers tools to make healthy decisions for themselves and their families.
  • Population health - We are designated by New York State as the region's Population Health Improvement Program contractor and tapped to provide technical assistance to the 10 other PHIP contractors statewide.