"Affordability is always the focus": a conversation with Sue Segelman

"Affordability is always the focus": a conversation with Sue Segelman

Earlier this year we sat down with Sue Segelman, the nutrition outreach and education program coordinator at Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc., to talk about what she sees as our region's greatest challenges to ensuring access to fruits and vegetables for everyone. We also talked about the "programs of promise" that help make fruits and vegetables more widely available.

Neighborhood intersection gets an extreme makeover

Neighborhood intersection gets an extreme makeover

Parsells Avenue and Greeley Street were transformed Sept. 8 as part of the Complete Streets Makeover project, a creative way to test street enhancements that could make neighborhoods roads more welcoming for non-vehicular traffic. 

How clinical data and coaching are driving improvement in high blood pressure

How clinical data and coaching are driving improvement in high blood pressure

 It’s one thing for medical practices to push for better blood pressure rates among patients. It’s another for them to see—with colorful numbers, charts and graphs—whether their efforts are making a difference.  And in large part because of the High Blood Pressure Registry, they are.

Curbside reliably provides the produce customers want. Could local supply meet this demand?

Curbside reliably provides the produce customers want. Could local supply meet this demand?

Lack of access to fruits and vegetables is directly related to higher rates of illnesses in many of our communities. But what if we removed the problem of access as a contributor to these health inequities in our region? Can we use our region’s agricultural abundance to ensure access to healthy food for all residents?

Greenway can improve health and reduce disparities, impact study finds

Greenway can improve health and reduce disparities, impact study finds

A new health impact assessment recommends dozens of upgrades to the Genesee Valley Greenway to help the 90-mile linear park reach its potential as a health resource for Monroe and Livingston counties.

Faith communities provide powerful path to health

Faith communities provide powerful path to health

An innovative initiative in a dozen African American churches has helped reduce dangerously high blood pressure rates among participants by more than 60 percent. Discover how spiritual support for healthy living is making a difference.

Eight reasons to stay focused on high blood pressure

Eight reasons to stay focused on high blood pressure

The latest high blood pressure registry along with other local data show that high blood pressure and heart disease are leading drivers of premature mortality in our nine county Finger Lakes region, particularly for African Americans. View all eight data slides showing why we should stay focused on this chronic illness.

Bike share could improve public health, study finds

Bike share could improve public health, study finds

Rochester's bike share program holds tremendous potential for supporting more active, healthier lives for residents, shows a new Health Impact Assessment (HIA) from Common Ground Health and the Genesee Transportation Council.

Share your story to improve the region's health

Share your story to improve the region's health

Common Ground Health, working in partnership with the public health directors in each of our nine Finger Lakes counties, is conducting an important community health survey. Participation is needed from as many residents as possible.

Kids marched in Rochester for the right to play in a safe neighborhood

Kids marched in Rochester for the right to play in a safe neighborhood

Children from Cameron Community Ministries' after school program hosted their sixth annual Peace Walk through the Lyell/Otis Neighborhood. They walked to raise awareness for kids' rights to safe and accessible play spaces.

Video: 'It's easy to open up a conversation'

Video: 'It's easy to open up a conversation'

Devon Reynolds and fellow barbers and stylists build on their close relationships with clients to address hypertension in African American neighborhoods, where our registry shows residents struggle most with high blood pressure.

This blood pressure project runs on faith

This blood pressure project runs on faith

The Healthy Blood Pressure through Faith and Lifestyle Project helps congregants who have high blood pressure to take a mindful approach to eating and healthy living.