Strategic Initiatives


The Community Table

Common Ground provides organizations with a neutral forum for discussion based on the health care needs of the Finger Lakes community as a whole, rather than on the individual – and sometimes competing – interests of their respective groups. We convene commissions, health coalitions, task forces and work groups on a variety of issues, from health disparities to reducing preventable hospitalizations.

Our partners include:

  • Hospital systems
  • Health insurers
  • Physician groups
  • County health departments
  • Consumers
  • Employers
  • Government and community leaders
  • Educational institutions
  • Advocacy groups

Current Convenings

Based on changing community needs, Common Ground gathers experts and decision makers around a variety of issues. For example:

Solid Results 

Coming together as a community to set priorities has helped attract new investments in health care, improve care delivery and spur ongoing collaboration. Recent examples include:

  • $75 million in grants from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation to enhance the delivery of care. More than 30 government, health care and community leaders supported these award applications.
  • A 29 percent reduction in 30-day readmissions through the Care Transitions Intervention partnership. The partnership, which grew from the 2020 Commission, helped people successfully transition into and out of care settings.


Initiatives - Convening - Articles Featured

Initiatives - Convening - Articles

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    Take the Erie Canalway trail survey

    March 10, 2020

    Local planners want to know whether you use the Erie Canalway trail, which is part of the the larger Empire State Trail network. If you don't use the trail, we also want to learn why.

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    Norwood tapped for Medicaid advisory group

    February 28, 2020

    Common Ground Health CEO Wade Norwood has been appointed to the New York State Medicaid Redesign Team II, an advisory group charged with finding $2.5 billion in Medicaid savings in 2021.

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    Elmira study connects housing to poor health

    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.

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    Making walking and biking the easy choice

    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.

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    Online resource helps providers address staffing needs

    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.

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    Southern Tier organizations join together to support a culture of health

    September 22, 2017

    Many of the health challenges confronting our region are so complex that no one organization can solve them alone. That’s why the Southern Tier Alliance brings together top executives from many sectors to work on health improvement in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties.

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    Symposium explores food scarcity amidst agricultural abundance

    April 11, 2017

    The Finger Lakes region is rich in fruit and vegetable farms. Yet in an area of agricultural abundance, 22 percent of the population goes without eating healthy, fresh food. That malnourishment has a profound impact on health outcomes.

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    Region selected for national health initiative

    December 12, 2016

    The Finger Lakes region is one of only six areas across the country chosen to participate in ReThink Health Ventures, a health innovation project funded by the Fannie E. Rippel and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations.

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    Aging expert calls for 'all hands on deck' to meet seniors' care needs

    April 19, 2016

    Recognizing that there will be too few geriatricians to meet the needs of our growing senior population, the medical community needs to train and make use of the talents all those who come into contact with seniors, including family caregivers and non-medical professionals, said renowned geriatrics expert Jennie Chin Hansen.