As the PHIP technical advisor to the Department of Health, Common Ground Health provides consulting to assist DOH and the 10 other PHIP contractors across the state to introduce a collaborative approach to solving regional health challenges.
PHIP data portal
We host a web-based analytic tool that allows PHIP contractors to analyze SPARCS data – the Department of Health’s comprehensive reporting system on hospitalizations, emergency room visits, diagnoses, services and other hospital use. For example, PHIP contractors can use the tool to explore the incidence of illnesses, such as heart attack, stroke or opioid overdose, looking for trends over times and checking for disparities based on geography, age, sex, socio-economic status and race/ethnicity.
Research and analytics webinars
We partner with the Department of Health on monthly webinars showcasing best practices around data collection for health. Topics include trainings on New York State’s all payer database (SPARCS) and SUNY Buffalo’s innovative work on asset mapping.
Common Ground Health and DOH provide technical assistance to the other PHIPs around strategies for getting their region engaged in collaborative health improvement. Topics include recruiting decision makers, managing chronic diseases and creating Community Health Improvement Plans and other health assessments.
Common Ground Health brings 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, which is working to identify the new skills and educational opportunities needed over the next decade in health care.
- The Food and Health Connection, which aims to address the region’s high level of food insecurity and poor nutrition amidst an abundance of fruit and vegetable farms.
- The Central Southern Tier Alliance, which provides high level health planning focused on Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties. Read the Phase I report issued in 2018 and the Rapid Health Impact Assessment of housing conditions in Elmira, published in 2019.
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.
Regional and county health measures
Common Ground Health supports New York State’s Prevention Agenda, which aims to prevent chronic disease, promote healthy environments and support maternal and child health, among other public health goals. Recent population health efforts include:
- Healthi Kids, an initiative that works with parents, students, teachers and community members to advocate for physical activity and unstructured play through daily school recess, more inviting play spaces in neighborhoods and safer walking routes to schools.
- High Blood Pressure Collaborative, which aims to prevent stroke, heart attack, kidney failure and other complications of hypertension through initiatives in community and clinical settings. The program includes innovative interventions in faith communities and barbershops and salons, and maintains the high blood pressure registry with clinical data from more than 60 percent of patients with hypertension.
- Medicaid reform (DSRIP). Common Ground Health is assisting this intense regional effort by serving on steering committees, partnering on planning for workforce needs and assisting with consumer engagement and cultural competency.
December 20, 2019
Common Ground and partners from across the state are studying the barriers to diversifying users of the Erie Canal trail in the region.
December 03, 2019
New York's Population Health Improvement Program contractors share a mission in helping their regions find data-driven solutions to health challenges to advance the state's prevention agenda and other state Department of Health priorities.
November 18, 2019
Across the region’s urban, rural and suburban communities, the top health concern is poverty. It drives health inequities that undermine wellness and cut lives short more than any other single cause of illness, according to an extensive new report by Common Ground Health, the health research and planning organization for the Rochester-Finger Lakes region.
October 31, 2019
Anonymous surveys of employees revealed that nine out of 10 employees have a consistently positive experience, up from eight out of 10 last year.
July 29, 2019
Some older housing in Elmira presents a high risk of exposure to lead, mold and other environmental toxins linked to asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). That’s according to a new study of health and housing in the city's poorer neighborhoods.
June 21, 2019
Most adults in the Finger Lakes region do not eat enough fruits and vegetables, and that tendency is harming their health, according to a new study of the area’s food and health landscape.
June 13, 2019
Could crosswalks, protected bike lanes and other traffic safety features combat chronic illness, control weight and improve mood?
Research shows that telling people to exercise doesn't work, but creating environments that support walking and biking does.
May 30, 2019
By putting in place relatively simple new procedures, Tri-County Family Medicine Program, Inc., achieved a 5-percentage point decline in patients with uncontrolled diabetes, among other improvements.
May 30, 2019
Common Ground’s new online gallery of data visualizations called Insights can help users search and download images about regional health outcomes.
March 19, 2019
The Speak Life! Health Equity conference, hosted by the African American Health Coalition with the Latino Health Coalition, will explore violence and health equity among people of color.
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.
October 11, 2018
A teacher of a nutrition class at an affordable living complex helps residents learn how to use fresh foods grown at a community garden at the facility to cut salt and improve their health.
August 23, 2018
It’s one thing for medical practices to push for better blood pressure rates among patients. It’s another for them to see—with colorful numbers, charts and graphs—whether their efforts are making a difference.
And in large part because of the High Blood Pressure Registry, they are.
July 26, 2018
A new health impact assessment recommends dozens of upgrades to the Genesee Valley Greenway to help the 90-mile linear park reach its potential as a health resource for Monroe and Livingston counties.
June 29, 2018
An innovative initiative in a dozen African American churches has helped reduce dangerously high blood pressure rates among participants by more than 60 percent. Discover how spiritual support for healthy living is making a difference.
June 27, 2018
The latest high blood pressure registry along with other local data show that high blood pressure and heart disease are leading drivers of premature mortality in our nine county Finger Lakes region, particularly for African Americans. View all eight data slides showing why we should stay focused on this chronic illness.
June 19, 2018
Rochester's bike share program holds tremendous potential for supporting more active, healthier lives for residents, shows a new Health Impact Assessment (HIA) from Common Ground Health and the Genesee Transportation Council.
March 27, 2018
Learn more about New York's Prevention Agenda and share your feedback as the state sets new priorities for health improvement.
March 26, 2018
Current and former colleagues celebrate the legacy of Lynn Varricchio, Common Ground Health's longest-serving employee who retires at the end of March.
January 17, 2018
For years, patients struggling with opioid abuse have reported that their dependence on the powerful painkillers began with a prescription from their doctor. Now a new study shows just how pervasive this pathway to addiction is in the Finger Lakes region.
November 21, 2017
An online library of workforce resources for local health care providers launched this month on our website. The library shares information on training, recruiting and retaining workers in the nine-county Finger Lakes region.
October 04, 2017
Lack of health insurance is often deemed the #1 challenge that low-income residents face in accessing medical treatment. But a white paper released by Common Ground Health found that for Rochester’s most vulnerable populations, other barriers are equally daunting.