Health Disparities

African American Health Coalition

The coalition seeks to eliminate health disparities among communities of color. They engage community leaders, health professionals and Common Ground Health staff to help identify unmet needs, increase community knowledge and improve the collection of data on patients' race, ethnicity and preferred language.

The coalition focuses on non-medical interventions and on mobilizing the community in health promotion, health education and the practice of positive health behaviors. They advocate with health systems through public policy to improve the community health status of African Americans.

The African American Health Coalition meets monthly at Common Ground Health and meetings are free and open to the public. Times and dates are listed in the online calendar at the bottom of the page.

Members

Latino Health Coalition

To eliminate health disparities among Latinos in our community, this coalition works with community leaders on a range of issues, including youth risk behaviors, health literacy, economic stress, mental health and cultural competency.

Using non-medical interventions, the coalition seeks to improve the scope, quality and availability of health services. It also looks for opportunities to support healthy behaviors and health education in the Latino community. The coalition advocates for policies and practices through local government and health care systems that will improve Latino health status.

The Latino Health Coalition monthly at Common Ground Health and meetings are free and open to the public. Times and dates are listed in the online calendar at the bottom of the page.

Members

Partnership for Access to Health Care (PATH)

The partnership works to increase health insurance coverage and expand access to care by promoting universal coverage, monitoring state policy and tracking the impact of the lack of insurance in the region. Working with Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, MVP Health Care, Monroe County, the Rochester Primary Care Network and other organizations, the partnership identifies barriers to insurance coverage and develops strategies to reduce these barriers.

The partnership developed recommendations for the Medicaid Matters policy brief on insurance expansion and for the state's health insurance exchange. It is currently working with New York State designated organizations assisting with enrollment in the state's health insurance exchange.

Members

To find out more about any of the coalitions or attend a meeting, send an e-mail to info@commongroundhealth.org.

"What's Goin' On?"

Asking - and answering - Marvin Gaye's famous question, this report identifies the pressing health issues confronting the local African American community, specifically exploring the link between cultural environment and behavior in health care. It is hoped this report spurs broad discussion within the African American community, as well as making a collective call for community action.

What's Goin' On cover

This eight-page brochure highlights the organization's research on health outcomes for our region's African Americans in a user-friendly format.

What’s Goin’ On 2014 Executive Summary

What’s Goin’ On 2014 Full Report

"Nuestra Salud"

“Nuestra Salud” (Our Health) identified the need to expand access to care by reducing the uninsured Latino population and by empowering Latinos to be better health care consumers.

Nuestra Salud cover

This eight-page brochure highlights the organization's research on health outcomes for our region's Latino community in a user-friendly format.

Nuestra Salud 2014 Executive Summary

Nuestra Salud 2014 Full Report

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