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.
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.
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.
April 22, 2019
The Active Transportation Summit, Ideas in Motion, on May 23 is a convening of professionals and activists from multiple sectors to advance transportation and recreation opportunites across the Finger Lakes region.
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.
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.
November 21, 2017
A new 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.
May 24, 2017
Making new connections is the goal of a new state grant that has been awarded to our region.
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.
March 27, 2017
The Food, Farms and Health Symposium, which explores food scarcity amid agricultural abundance, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 11, at the New York Wine & Culinary Center.
March 13, 2017
The Food, Farms and Health Symposium scheduled for Tuesday, March 14, at the New York Wine & Culinary Center will be postponed until a later date due to forecasts of severe winter weather.
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.
January 19, 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.
August 21, 2015
FLHSA's African American and Latino health coalitions say recent homicides underscore the need to start treating gun violence and its shocking loss of life as a public health crisis.
July 14, 2015
The Regional Commission on Community Health Improvement called for a focus on preventing chronic diseases like obesity and tobacco addiction and increased efforts to connect clinical, behavioral health and community-based services.