Partner Voices

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  • Hilda Escher

    Open Quote We have been involved with Common Ground for over 12 years. They have the expertise and the tools we need, to help us develop programs and services to improve the health outcomes of our community. We have been involved with Common Ground for over 12 years. They have the expertise and the tools we need, to help us develop programs and services to improve the health outcomes of our community. Close Quote

    Hilda Escher

    President & CEO, Ibero-American Action League Inc.

  • Bob Duffy

    Open Quote Common Ground Health played a critical role helping to manage the community interventions, work teams, and measurement tools required to make [the High Blood Pressure Collaborative] a success ... The Finger Lakes region is fortunate to have an innovative regional health planning organization like Common Ground Health as a vital community resource. Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce is pleased to have partnered with Common Ground Health on important worksite and community health issues.  This includes the Community High Blood Pressure Collaborative. This initiative, in combination with other important local health efforts, contributed to a significant improvement in high blood pressure control rates in Monroe County. Common Ground Health played a critical role helping to manage the community interventions, work teams, and measurement tools required to make [the High Blood Pressure Collaborative] a success. Close Quote

    Bob Duffy

    President & CEO, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce

  • Dr. Janice Harbin, DDS

    Open Quote Common Ground Health is an invaluable resource because it provides the data and expertise we need as a community to make better health-improvement choices ... Common Ground Health is an invaluable resource because it provides the data and expertise we need as a community to make better health-improvement choices. The entire organization, from its leadership team to its staff, is committed to engaging community-based organizations and health-care consumers to have a real conversation about what’s going on in local health care. Common Ground Health understands the community’s needs, and its work makes an impact. Close Quote

    Dr. Janice Harbin, DDS

    CEO, Jordan Health

  • Julia Tedesco

    Open Quote Common Ground Health's team brings focus and strategy to the most critical issues impacting public health in our region ... As the region’s only food bank, Foodlink distributes millions of pounds of food to our non-profit partners and administers dozens of nutrition and food-related programs. In the past several years, we have shifted our focus from anti-hunger to public health. Common Ground has been a critical partner in this work. They have provided us with key data, helped to convene important networks, and worked collaboratively on various projects and initiatives—including those aimed at increasing access to nutritious food for all. Common Ground Health's team brings focus and strategy to the most critical issues impacting public health in our region. We are proud to share a common vision of a healthy, empowered community. Close Quote

    Julia Tedesco

    Executive Director, Foodlink Inc.

  • Mark Taubman, MD

    Open Quote Through rigorous, ongoing health assessments, Common Ground brings to light critical public health issues that inform and drive both health system-based and collaborative solutions for our community ... Through rigorous, ongoing health assessments, Common Ground brings to light critical public health issues that inform and drive both health system-based and collaborative solutions for our community. The organization convenes thought leaders to tackle vexing issues such as health disparities and childhood obesity, tapping into the talents and resources of our providers. Common Ground has also attracted vital funding, like the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation grant, to help our providers transform care delivery to be more patient-centric. Close Quote

    Mark Taubman, MD

    CEO, University of Rochester Medical Center and Dean of UR Medicine

  • James L. Schuppert M.D.

    Open Quote We saw firsthand how well the organization listens to, and works as a neutral facilitator with, all stakeholders - from NGOs and health systems to government agencies and corporations ... Following completion of the Regional Commission on Community Health Improvement’s Blueprint for the Community, which focused on population health and the social determinants of health, we realized the Southern Tier was ill-prepared to implement such a blueprint. Corning turned to Common Ground Health to help convene the key community stakeholders, organize and interpret the data and finally translate it into actionable tasks. We saw firsthand how well the organization listens to, and works as a neutral facilitator with, all stakeholders - from NGOs and health systems to government agencies and corporations. Close Quote

    James L. Schuppert M.D.

    Director, Health Services, Corning Inc.

  • Bob Thompson

    Open Quote What I love about local health planning is the ability to constantly learn on one hand and to influence health care delivery decisions on the other ... I have spent 45 years involved in local health planning. What I love about local health planning is the ability to constantly learn on one hand and to influence health care delivery decisions on the other. Two periods of great productivity at Common Ground Health (then FLHSA) stand out for me: the work of 2020 and 2020 Performance Commissions and my five-year tenure as board chair. Both experiences were exciting, productive and rewarding. I will always be thankful for what I received from Common Ground Health, and I will remain a fan. Close Quote

    Bob Thompson

    Director, Center for Community Engagement

  • Eva J. Thomas

    Open Quote Common Ground Health has been very instrumental in making parents, families, students and classroom teachers aware of how to live healthy in a school environment and beyond the school walls ... Common Ground Health has been instrumental in supporting my school community for the past seven years. As a school administrator, ‘it truly takes a village to raise a child.’ Common Ground Health has been very instrumental in making parents, families, students and classroom teachers aware of how to live healthy in a school environment and beyond the school walls. I am grateful and thankful for this ongoing partnership. Together we are changing lives, we are saving lives, and we are planting seeds for a healthier generation. Close Quote

    Eva J. Thomas

    Principal, The Early Childhood Program School # 57, RCSD

  • Candice Lucas

    Open Quote Common Ground Health brings together people from different backgrounds and organizations to one table, where everyone has an equal voice – whether a corporate CEO or a grassroots community activist ... Rochester is the only community in the state that I am aware of – and possibly in the nation – that has had volunteer coalitions dedicated to improving the health of people of color for more than a decade. Common Ground Health brings together people from different backgrounds and organizations to one table, where everyone has an equal voice – whether a corporate CEO or a grassroots community activist. As a group, we determine the health issues we want to focus on and the results we want to achieve. Common Ground Health provides the support, data and language that enable us to conduct our work and to tell our communities’ stories in a credible and measurable way. Close Quote

    Candice Lucas

    Executive Director, St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center. Chair, African American Health Coalition

  • Miguel A. Meléndez Jr.

    Open Quote Through the Healthi Kids initiative, Common Ground Health engages neighbors, schools, public health professionals, engineers and advocates to comprehensively plan for the healthy futures of our community’s youth ... Common Ground Health brings together different people, ideas, disciplines and challenges to navigate complex issues and to collaborate on finding concrete solutions. Through the Healthi Kids initiative, Common Ground Health engages neighbors, schools, public health professionals, engineers and advocates to comprehensively plan for the healthy futures of our community’s youth. Close Quote

    Miguel A. Meléndez Jr.

    Special Projects Director, Ibero-American Development Corporation