Unseen: Youth Mental Health and Wellness in the Pandemic Era

As society adjusted to the COVID-19 pandemic’s “new normal,” a hidden crisis unfolded – the toll on youth mental health. This report features youth voices through poignant profiles derived from direct quotes of student experiences and vividly portrays how Rochester's youth confronted adversity and highlights their ongoing need for love and connection.

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Spotlight: Social Isolation and the Benefits of Intergenerational Connection

Some adults are struggling with social isolation and loneliness in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the 2022 My Health Story Survey. The spotlight suggests governments, communities and individuals should promote policies and programs that build intergenerational connections.

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Sage II Commission report

Common Ground Health's Sage II Commission report outlines a plan for improved outcomes for the growing older adult population in the Finger Lakes region. The largest barrier to affordable and accessible long-term health care and social services in the Finger Lakes region is an antiquated health care finance strategy, coupled with an imbalanced distribution of resources.

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Unheard: How Silencing Latino Voices Harms Latino Health Equity

This report highlights how ethnic discrimination against and exclusion of Latino residents causes them to be economically, socially, and politically marginalized, and making it clear that improving Latino health outcomes requires listening to Latino community members and eliminating discriminatory policies, practices, and procedures.

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Ignorado: Cómo el silenciamiento de las voces latinas perjudica la equidad en la salud de los latinos

Este informe destaca cómo la discriminación étnica y la exclusión de los residentes latinos los margina económica, social y políticamente, y deja claro que para mejorar los resultados de salud de los latinos es necesario escuchar a los miembros de la comunidad latina y eliminar las políticas, prácticas y procedimientos discriminatorios.

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Comprehensive Regional Community Health Assessment 2022

The Finger Lakes region’s health has been challenged by a variety of factors and circumstances ranging from demographic changes to public health crises. Addressing these challenges requires creative thinking, careful planning and coordinated action, all of which are described in the Comprehensive Regional Community Health Assessment.

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Homelessness is a significant issue in both rural and urban areas of the Finger Lakes region

Despite being viewed as an urban problem, homelessness is increasing in rural communities of the Finger Lakes region as well, according to a new Common Ground Health issue spotlight.

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Critical Condition: Sustainable Investments Required to Build a Skilled, Supported and Equitable Health Care Workforce

The single biggest threat to the health care delivery system in New York state is the ability to attract and retain staff.

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PlayROCs the RCSD: A Community Vision for Playful Learning

Not all children in the Rochester City School District (RCSD) have equitable access to play as part of their education. That is why the Healthi Kids Coalition’s brought the community together to build a vision for play in school.

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PlayROCs Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de Rochester

No todos los niños del Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de Rochester tienen acceso equitativo al juego como parte de su educación. Por eso la coalición Healthi Kids unieron a la comunidad para crear una visión para el juego en la escuela.

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The Color of Health: The Devastating Toll of Racism on Black Lives

Racial bias in housing, education, employment, criminal justice and other domains condemn Black people in Rochester and the Finger Lakes to sicker and shorter lives.

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Overloaded: The Heavy Toll of Poverty on Our Region's Health

Our region's number one health concern is poverty. It drives health inequities that undermine wellness and cut lives short more than any other single cause of illness, costing the region more than $1 billion annually.

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