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 Home Health Aide demonstration project seeks to address shortages in home and community based care. Partnering organizations are working to strengthen the home health aide workforce through training, mentoring, career advancement opportunities and other supports.
- The Central Southern Tier Alliance provides high level health planning focused on Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties by convening multi-sector decision makers 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. In 2019, the Alliance endorsed the recommendations from Common Ground Health's Rapid Health Impact Assessment of housing conditions in Elmira.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
April 13, 2017
Learn more about farming, health and their linkage through food access in this video, which was created for the Food, Farms and Health Symposium on April 11, 2017.
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.
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.
July 15, 2016
Three tensions are emerging in local workforce needs: labor shortages and maldistribution; financial pressures related to wages and payment reform; and increasing pressure to train staff in existing and emerging roles and skills.
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.