Convening

The Community Table

The organization 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, the organization gathers experts and decision makers around a variety of issues. For example:

  • The Regional Consortium on Health Care Workforce and its three advisory groups are identifying the new skills and educational opportunities needed over the next decade in senior care, primary care and behavioral health.
  • The African American and Latino health coalitions and the Partnership on the Uninsured 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.
  • The Alzheimer’s Disease Regional Plan group is developing a data-informed strategy for increasing region-wide dementia capability with emphases on reducing health disparities, maximizing resources and avoiding duplication of services. Participants include the University of Rochester, the Alzheimer’s Association, Lifespan and the Finger Lakes Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program.

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.

News

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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

    August 17, 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.

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    FLHSA launches health care workforce planning effort

    August 17, 2016

    The Regional Consortium on Health Care Workforce will kick off a one year planning process with presentations and discussion around new primary care models. The Jan. 28 meeting is free and open to the public.