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:

  • The Regional Consortium on Health Care Workforce is working to identify the new skills and educational opportunities needed over the next decade in health care.
  • The Food and Health Connection 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 provides high level health planning focused on Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties.
  • The African American and Latino health coalitions and the Partnership for Access to Healthcare (PATH) bring together more than 50 stakeholders to set priorities and develop strategies for addressing health disparities. 
  • The Traffic Safety Public Education Campaign Working Group is focused on safety education around the city’s new bike lanes and the rules of the road. The group includes representatives from transit and pedestrian organizations, Rochester and Monroe County government, the Rochester Police Department and the Injury Free Coalition for Kids.

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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.
  • The Southern Tier Collaborative Planning Process. This organization-led convening is bringing together community decision makers from Steuben, Chemung and Schuyler counties to assess local health needs and develop responses. The initiative is an outgrowth of the work of our Regional Commission on Community Health Improvement and other regional initiatives.


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