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  • Connections: Reshaping Rochester - "Creating Healthy and Vibrant Cities for All"

    WXXI News

    Jan. 28, 2019 - Mike Bulger, healthy communities project coordinator for Common Ground Health was one of the guest speakers on WXXI's Connections Program to discuss creating healthy and vibrant cities for everyone. Joining him were Gil Penalosa, the founder and chair of 8 80 Cities, a non-profit organization in Canada, and Maria Furgiuele, executive director of the Community Design Center Rochester, which is part of the Reshaping Rochester series. The conversation included what Rochester can learn from communities across the globe. 

  • Study: Junk food ads target black, Hispanic kids


    Jan. 24, 2019 - Mike Bulger, a program coordinator at Common Ground Health, was interviewed by WHEC TV on the topic of food companies targeting black and Hispanic children with ads for junk food, which a new report shows. Bulger stated "We're trying to help support small retailers that want to sell healthier products in neighborhoods that are affected by chronic disease at disproportionate rates, and we're helping store owners purchase display equipment and giving them advice to help them stock healthy produce."

  • Plans for "Play Walk" in the works as part of Roc the Riverway initiative

    13 WHAM

    Jan. 16, 2019 - Play Walk, which is an initiatiave of the Healthi Kids Coalition at Common Ground Health, is included in the plans for ROC the Riverway. Representatives for some projects included in the Roc the Riverway initiative met to discuss each project's center city cultural initiative and their progress. It was during this meeting that more information on the "Play Walk" idea was shared. The idea is for an interactive walk, starting at the Strong Museum and is similar to the Story Walk at the Phillis Wheatley Library.

  • Connections: Discussing free-range parenting and unstructured play

    WXXI News

    Dec. 14, 2018 - Erick Stephens, parent engagement specialist for the Healthi Kids initiative at Common Ground Health and father of four, was a guest speaker during the first hour of WXXI Connections with Evan Dawson, to discuss the free-range parenting movement and how unstructured play can impact child development. They also talked about the barriers to free-range play and how parents can overcome them. You can listen to the entire program by clicking here.

  • Complete Streets Series (Part 2 of 3): Re-Designing Our “Finalist” Streets for People

    Reconnect Rochester

    Dec. 12, 2018 - In May, Reconnect Rochester launched their Complete Streets Makeover project by asking the public to identify the intersections and trouble-spots where you live, work and play that could be redesigned to make them safer. From over 90 nominations, and after a careful process to examine each submission, the following locations were selected: Parsells Ave. & Greeley St.–WINNER, Lake Ave. & Phelps Ave.–FINALIST, Monroe Ave., Canterbury Rd. & Dartmouth St.–FINALIST. Neighborhoods can use the illustrations from Stantec as a tool to help advocate for changes that would make these streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

  • Complete Streets Series (Part 1): A Neighborhood Intersection Transformed

    Reconnect Rochester

    Dec. 5, 2018 - The transformation of the intersection at Parsells Ave. and Greeley St., which was selected from over 90 publicly submitted nominations as the winner of our Complete Streets Makeoverexceeded all expectations thanks to a team of dedicated project partners, but most of all thanks to the passion and work of the Beechwood neighbors determined to make the most of the opportunity. The temporary on-street experiment was intended to implement some elements of design improvement, enough for the neighborhood to show improvement in reducing speeds and make a case for permanent change.

  • Preventing substance abuse is aim of Steuben County programs

    Catholic Courier

    Dec. 3, 2018 - When it comes to substance abuse, Catholic Charities of Steuben believes firmly in stopping a problem before it starts. One such effort is the Steuben Council on Addictions, which raises awareness on substance abuse through public events, advertising and publicity. According to information released in January 2018 by Common Ground Health, there were 14 deaths in Steuben County in 2016 due to opioid overdose — almost triple the five deaths from 2015.

  • Sen. Pam Helming: Helping our rural communities lead healthy lives

    Daily Messenger

    Nov. 21, 2018 - Senator Pam Helming celebrated Rural Health Day on Nov. 15, by recognizing the hardworking health care professionals in our local communities and thanking them and other local organizations for all they do to support the success of our region. Our region is served by Wayne County Rural Health Network, Common Ground Health, Finger Lakes Community Health and Cayuga Community Health Network Inc. It is crucial that we continue to provide RHNs with the resources that they need in order to enhance health care opportunities for local residents.

  • Does Penfield's Panorama Plaza hold the Fountain of Youth?

    Democrat and Chronicle

    Nov. 19, 2018 - The Democrat and Chronicle mapped the life expectancy data for New York and found numerous gaps in longevity from one neighborhood to the next. Albert Blankley, director of research and analytics at Common Ground Health stated that "protective factors can be factors such as stable income and housing, family support and social capital. Where people have a lot of protective factors at their disposal, we tend to see better outcomes in health and mortality."

  • Is single payer in New York the answer?

    Rochester Beacon Academy

    Nov. 9, 2018 - Sister Christine Wagner, head of Common Ground Health's Partnership for Access to Healthcare Committee, and David Klein, adviser to the CEO of URMC, wrote an op-ed on the issue of a single payer system. Klein spoke of Common Ground's contributions in health planning, primary care practice management and reducing disparities in care delivery, and also the Community Technology Assessment Advisory Board (CTAAB) and its role providing recommendations to health plans.

  • Health & Wellness - Genesee Valley Greenway

    Livingston County News

    Nov. 13, 2018 - The Genesee Valley Greenway could provide a path to good health, according to a recent health impact assessment from Common Ground Health and the Genesee Transportation Council. More details on the study, including recommendations for improving the Greenway's ability to improve public health are included in our recent 36-page Health and Wellness Guide. The article about the Genesee Valley Greenway appears on page 31 of the Guide.

  • Residents in food-insecure neighborhoods grapple with Tops closure

    Democrat and Chronicle

    Nov. 5, 2018 - The closing of local Tops Friendly Markets stores has left residents worried about their access to affordable fresh food. The Lake Avenue store was often shoppers’ first stop for grocery staples. Lake Towers which is just blocks from that store is located in one of the most “food insecure” ZIP codes in the state, with 40.6% of residents having limited or uncertain access to adequate food, according to data from Feeding America, in partnership with local agencies Common Ground Health and Foodlink.

  • Rochester Speaks: Drive2BBetter raises awareness traffic safety

    Warm 101.3

    Nov. 4, 2018 - Common Ground Health's Healthy Communities Coordinator Mike Bulger stopped by Warm 101.3 to talk to Kevin Gillan about the Drive2BBetter campaign and its aim to raise awareness among drivers of other road users. He also explained the difference between an accident and a crash, and how to slow, scan and space vehicles to reduce crashes.

  • Info session to cover youth grant application process

    Daily Messenger

    Nov. 1, 2018 - Nonprofit organizations in Monroe, Wayne and Yates counties interested in applying for grants from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Legacy Fund for youth sports can attend information sessions from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 13 at the Boys and Girls Club of Geneva, 160 Carter Road, and 4 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at Common Ground Health. Registration is required for the free sessions and Groups can email with their nonprofit’s name, agency and preferred session.

  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Let’s Talk

    Minority Reporter

    Oct. 29, 2018 -  In this article written by Candice Lucas, co-chair of the African American Health Coalition, and Karen Reifenstien, RN, University of Rochester School of Nursing, they discuss the importance of breast cancer screenings and awareness. Although breast cancer is highlighted during October, breast health should be in our minds throughout the year and the importance of having a discussion with your health care provider, whether or not you have a family history. 

  • Making Rochester a Safer Community for Road Users

    In Good Health

    Nov. 2018 - The In Good Health newspaper featured an article on page 18 highlighting the Drive 2B Better campaign, which educates drivers on slowing down, scanning for pedestrians and spacing their vehicle at least three feet from bicyclists. Nearly 4,000 injuries and deaths involving motor vehicles and bicyclists/pedistrians occured in Rochester from 2010 - 2017. For more information on the campaign go to

  • Coalition Launches Campaign to Make Roads Safer for Bikes, Cars & Pedestrians

    The Wedge

    Oct./Nov., 2018 - The article on page 11 of the Wedge Newspaper highlights the Drive 2B Better campaign. The effort features a new media campaign that asks drivers to remember the three S’s of safe driving: slowing down, scanning for pedestrians, and spacing vehicle at least three feet away from bicyclists. Causewave Community Partners and Common Ground Health have teamed up with several local organizations to address challenges. The campaign’s website – features important safety tips for drivers.

  • Coalition launches campaign to make Rochester roads safer

    The Post

    Oct. 16, 2018 - Sixteen local groups ranging from health organizations to cyclist groups and government recently united to launch a community campaign aimed at reducing the number of crashes among motor vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists. Causewave Community Partners and Common Ground Health spent the last two years teaming up with local organizations to address the challenges. Visit for more information.

  • FINGER LAKES FOLKS: After long career helping people, Marino enjoying retirement

    Oneida Daily Dispatch

    Oct. 18, 2018 - This article features Arline Marino and talks about her long career in public service. For several years, she represented Seneca County on the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency (Common Ground Health) Board of Directors.  She is now retired but states “I’ve had very rewarding careers and feel the agencies I worked for helped a lot of people,” she said. “I’ve worked with some great people, and I have many great memories. I miss it.”

  • A healthy Rochester is more than great health care

    Rochester Beacon

    Oct. 18, 2018 - This article written by Mike Bulger, Common Ground Health healthy communities project coordinator, cites that research conducted by Healthi Kids found that unsafe traffic is a major barrier to walking, biking and playing in Rochester neighborhoods. That's why a new initiative and media campaign, Drive 2B Better, focuses on education. The campaign’s website——features important safety tips for drivers.

  • Essay: Doctors and insurers teaming up to seek best approach to care

    Democrat and Chronicle

    Sept. 20, 2018 - This essay by Jack McIntyre, MD, chair of the Monroe County Medical Society's Quality Collaborative and Chris Booth, chief executive officer for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, notes Common Ground Health's role in analyzing physician data for a medical society effort to advance best practices.

  • Beechwood's bump in the road

    Rochester City Newspaper

    Sept. 19, 2018 - Parsells Avenue is, at its heart, a neighborhood street. But the street – a former trolley car route – is wide and straight with no stop signs, so drivers feel comfortable going faster than they should. The speeding is an obvious problem. Two different churches along Parsells have been struck in recent years by cars that careened off the road, says Joe Di Fiore, a board member of the Beechwood Neighborhood Coalition.

  • Neighbors plan slowdown on Parsells Avenue

    Rochester Business Journal

    Sept. 14, 2018 - Nearly two years after a Beechwood toddler was struck and killed while chasing a ball, residents, neighborhood groups and several organizations teamed up to make Parsells Avenue safer for everyone. Dozens of volunteers came together for Reconnect Rochester’s Complete Streets Makeover at Parsells Avenue and Greeley Street, now a brightly colored junctue designed to slow traffic and make the neighborhood safer and more walkable.

  • Rochester intersection receives makeover


    Sept. 8, 2018 - The Complete Streets Makeover project gave the intersection of Greeley Street and Parsells Avenue in Rochester a makeover. The day was filled with food and live music while volunteers worked on the road. Similarly to the Extreme Makeover TV show, the makeover was captured on video and will be shown as part of Reconnect Rochester's Street Films event at the Little Theatre in November.

  • Beechwood residents give one intersection an extreme makeover


    Sept. 8, 2018 - The street scape at Parsells Avenue and Greeley Street in Rochester has been transformed. Members of the Beechwood Neighborhood Coalition realigned curbs, made the crosswalks colorful, and painted a large mural in the center of the intersection. Organizers say this is part of making this once intimidating intersection safer for everyone inducing pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

  • Community project hopes to make intersection at Parsells and Greeley safer for pedestrians

    WXXI News

    Sept. 9, 2018 - You might notice the vibrant colors and extended curbs added to Parsells Avenue and Greeley Street. It was part of the Complete Streets Makeover Project by Reconnect Rochester. Renee Stetzer is the Vice President of Community Outreach at Reconnect Rochester and hopes that the project inspires other neighborhoods to take back their streets.

  • Beechwood Neighborhood intersection gets a makeover to make it safer

    13 WHAM

    Sept. 10, 2018 - A section of the Beechwood Neighborhood in Rochester just got a makeover to make it safer. The intersection at Parsells Avenue and Greeley Street was chosen out of 90 submissions around Monroe County. With speeding an issue, volunteers spent their time putting in speed bumps and curb extensions, so cars won't be able to take fast turns. The intersection wasn't just made safer, it was also beautified with artistic elements like paintings and yarn art.

  • Neighborhood intersection undergoes makeover

    The Post

    Sept. 12, 2018 - The intersection at Parsells Avenue and Greeley Street in Rochester recently transformed from a broad straightaway to a pedestrian oasis complete with colorful crosswalks, realigned curbs, a large mural in the center and painted cardboard box sculptures to represent potential permanent art installations. Data collected by Common Ground Health indicates that Beechwood residents are more likely to go to a hospital emergency department for pedestrian- and cyclist-related crashes than other areas in the city. “The support of neighborhood partners is inspiring and critical to the long-term success of the makeover,” said Mike Bulger, healthy communities project coordinator at Common Ground.

  • Making Your Story Count

    In Good Health

    Aug. 22, 2018 - More than 1 million people spread across Rochester’s nine-county region share a lot of similarities and notable differences when it comes to their individual health. There is data available on some of it and there will be more, thanks to a survey conducted by Common Ground Health. “We’re really trying to understand: why are people having certain challenges with their health?” said Marc Solomon, a senior research associate at Common round. “The broader of a response we get from the population in our counties, the more likely we're able to find those areas where small investments have much bigger outcomes,” said Dr. Thomas Mahoney, chief medical officer for Common Ground.

  • After a nasty flu season, more willing to roll up their sleeves in 2018

    Democrat and Chronicle

    Sept. 7, 2018 - Of nine Finger Lakes counties, Monroe already has the highest percentage of adults who get the flu vaccine. But that figure could be higher, if results of a national survey hold true in this area. In Monroe County, 46.1 percent of adults ages 18 and older were immunized in 2016, according to data from Common Ground Health. Ontario (45.7 percent), Livingston (44.6 percent) and Seneca (44.2 percent) also all were better than the Finger Lakes average. Yates County had the lowest (29.3 percent).

  • Opioids: Next generation is dying

    Catholic Courier

    Aug, 2018 - In this multimedia story by the Catholic Courier, numbers from cited from the Common Ground Health opiod issue brief and that Common Ground Health, a Rochester-based research group, found that in 2016, pain-medication overdoses were highest among people ages 50 and up across its nine-county region—Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates counties, whereas heroin overdoses were most prevalent among 15- to 29-year-olds.

  • Barber believes he was born to help, gives away haircuts, food and backpacks

    Democrat and Chronicle

    Sep. 1, 2018 - Devon Reynolds Sr. is a barber by trade but he believes he was born to help others. On Sunday afternoon, the salon distributed free food and hair cuts, in addition to backpacks with school supplies for younger and High school students. He teamed up with two of his mentors Jackie Dozier, Minority AIDS Initiative coordinator, and Phyllis Jackson, a registered nurse, Common Ground Health sponsor, and a community health educator. “When he first told me that he wanted to start a food pantry, I said, 'a food pantry in the barbershop?' " said Jackson, "but that’s the kind of man he is and the way he thinks."

  • Rochester Bike Share

    Pew Charitable Trusts

    Aug. 21, 2018 - Common Ground Health selected the Rochester Bike Share program for an HIA because it experienced rapid expansion during its first year. The study examined the program’s effects on residents’ physical activity, social cohesion, economic well-being, and access to food, as well as its accessibility for low-income residents and those with disabilities. The HIA recommended installing new bike stations in census tracts with the highest rates of chronic disease and to make the program more accessible for low-income populations.

  • City adding 'play' to project list

    Rochester City Newspaper

    Aug. 22, 2018 - City officials have announced three more projects, this time having to do with play. One will create a "Corridor of Play" from the Genesee River east on Court Street, then south on Chestnut Street to the Strong Museum of Play. Strong Museum staff are involved in the Corridor planning, with representatives of Common Ground Health. Rochester is one of 11 communities in Western New York and Southeast Michigan sharing $1 million in grants to create unique, safe play areas, especially for children in poor areas.

  • Pilot program gives kids safe place to play

    Rochester Business Journal

    Aug. 20, 2018 - Play Streets is a community-driven program that emphasizes the importance of play. The event was hosted by Healthi Kids Coalition and Ibero-American Development Corp., and was coordinated by FLRT Block Club and Beechwood Neighbors Association. “One of the biggest obstacles Rochester kids face when playing is safety hazards,” said Joe DiFiore of the Beechwood Neighborhood Coalition. “Thanks to the Healthi Kids Coalition and its amazing collaboration with city residents, we’re able to overcome these obstacles."

  • Creating safe neighborhoods

    Rochester City Newspaper

    Aug. 15, 2018 - Common Ground Health's Healthi Kids Coalition will hold "PlayROC's Play Streets," a resident-driven effort to improve neighborhoods and make it safer for children to be outdoors. The events will be held in the North Clinton Avenue neighborhood on Wednesday, August 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and in Beechwood on Monday, August 20, from noon to 4 p.m., between Parcells Avenue and Melville Street. Both events will have food and provide plenty of activities for children and families.

  • Genesee Valley Greenway to be improved

    Rochester Business Journal

    Aug. 16, 2018 - A walk down the Genesee Valley Greenway trail from Genesee Valley Park, which is a 90 mile stretch of greenery, seems like it goes off into eternity. Now somewhat obscure, the trail should become better known once the Genesee Transportation Council, in collaboration with Common Ground Health and the health impact assessment they prepared, turns a spotlight on the path.

  • Neighborhoods make playing on the street safer for kids

    Spectrum News

    Aug. 13, 2018 - The Healthi Kids Coalition, Beechwood Neighborhood Coalition and F-L-R-T Block Club hosted the event "PlayROCS Play Streets" on Treyer and Greeley Streets. This is part of the PlayROC Play Street initiative to give children a safe place to play before the start of the school year. Residents on Treyer Street said empty lots on the street were filled with crime and RPD would be out frequently, but they don't come out much now thanks to the community taking the street back.

  • Streets shut down to bring Rochester kids out to play

    13 WHAM

    Aug. 13, 2018 - The Healthi Kids Coalition, an initiatve of Common Ground Health, transformed neighborhood blocks in Rochester into safe play areas. The first-ever 'PlayROCs Play Streets' initiative is a community-driven program in which parts of Treyer Street and Greeley Street were closed to traffic Monday so kids could play. Each site had fun games, healthy snacks, summer meals, smoothie socials, skateboarding demos, playful sidewalk painting and other fun activities.

  • Livingston County seeking public input for health study

    Livingston County News

    Aug. 9, 2018 - The Livingston County Department of Health and its partner agencies are encouraging residents to participant in a community health survey with Common Ground Health. Residents of the nine Finger Lakes counties served by Common Ground Health are being asked to take the survey. “The survey is an important tool to help us develop policies and programs that will improve the health of our region,” said Wade Norwood, CEO of Common Ground Health.

  • Study: Greenway can improve health, reduce disparities

    The Post

    Aug. 6, 2017 - A health impact assessment was released by Common Ground Health and Genesee Transportation Council. “Research shows that walking, biking and other physical activities offered by trails like the Greenway can help lower rates of obesity, high blood pressure, stroke and cancer” said Wade Norwood, CEO of Common Ground Health. “With improvements, the Greenway can become one of our community’s best prescriptions for health. It’s just what the doctor ordered.”

  • Taking a spiritual approach to health

    Democrat and Chronicle

    Aug. 7, 2018 - “We are spiritual beings having a human experience,” said Rev. Phyllis Jackson, a registered nurse who founded the Interdenominational Health Ministry Coalition and Common Ground Health's community wellness project manager. Jackson is the health professional at Walk and Talk with a Doc on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Westside Farmer’s in the parking lot of St. Monica Church, 831 Genesee St. and will have a conversation with Democrat & Chronicle's health reporter which is on Facebook Live at 

  • Study: Genesee Greenway can improve health, reduce disparities

    Olean Times Herald

    Aug. 7, 2018 - Genesee Valley Greenway, a 90-mile corridor that stretches from Rochester to almost the Pennsylvania border, is one of state's largest and scenic assets for promoting physical activity. To reach the trail's full potential as a health resource, trail surfaces and signage need to be upgraded, crosswalks added at road intersections and lighting provided in high-use areas; just a few of the recommendations from a health impact assessment released by Common Ground Health and Genesee Transportation Council.

  • Survey wants to know what will it take for you to be healthier?

    Democrat and Chronicle

    Aug. 7, 2018 - Through Labor Day, residents in Monroe, Ontario, Wayne, Livingston, Yates, Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca and Steuben can take a survey that will shape their county’s health priorities for 2019 to 2021. My Health Story 2018 is being run by Common Ground Health, the regional health planning agency, and is funded by the state. More than 4,000 people have taken the survey since going online at or

  • Study measures health impacts of Genesee Valley Greenway

    WXXI News

    Aug. 3, 2018 - Common Ground Health, a Rochester non-profit, has taken what its CEO Wade Norwood says is a novel approach to measuring the impact of the Genesee Valley Greenway. He says Common Ground Health’s assessment of the park is the first to examine its effects on people’s health, and the first in the state to assess how a park’s connection to transit affects its usage.

  • The Health of our Cities and Citizens - with guest Ben Woelk

    Urban Phoenix

    July, 2018 - Ben Woelk, health and community infrastructue analyst at Common Ground Health, was featured on the Urban Phoenix podcast in July just after the release of the bike share HIA. He talked about HIAs and health in all policies.

  • Relationships Are at the Heart of Facilitative Leaders

    Healthy Places by Design

    July 31, 2018 - In this week's Healthy Places by Design blog, Phil Bors reached out to Wade Norwood, who recently became Common Ground Health’s new CEO, to talk about what makes a leader a facilitative leader. Wade shared great pieces of wisdom and a touching story about his son. 

  • PlayROCs Your Neighborhood celebrates 3 years of play

    WXXI News

    July 24, 2018 - The third annual PlayROCs Your Neighborhood event was held over the weekend, which helps prioritize activity and playing at sites across the city in spaces that might not be thought of as traditional play areas. Jenn Beideman is the Advocacy Manager for Healthi Kids Coalition at Common Ground Health, and said there were a number of activities to choose from. Beideman says the initiative is all about reclaiming play areas in urban spaces.

  • Third annual PlayROCs event


    July 21, 2018 - Thirty-two new play spaces popped up all over the City of Rochester on Saturday, which marks the third annual "PlayROCs Your Neighborhood Event," which is led by volunteers in neighborhoods across the city. "PlayROCs is our opportunity to really highlight the importance of play in terms of getting children more active but to also underscore that play supports the social and emotional development of children," said Common Ground CEO, Wade Norwood.

  • Spaces created for kids to play safely

    Spectrum News

    July 21, 2018 - Kids were out and about at one of 32 “PlayROCs Your Neighborhood" safe spaces spread through the city of Rochester, which was organized by Common Ground Health and Healthi Kids Coalition. The goal of the program is to ensure a safe space for children to play, eat some healthy snacks and get fit. The tradition began 3 years ago and organizers say it will continue to grow every year.

  • The Health of our Children with Jenn Beideman, MPA

    The Urban Phoenix Podcast

    July 20, 2018 - In this Urban Phoenix Podcast, Guest Jenn Beideman, from Common Ground Health & HealthiKids discusses health planning in the Monroe County / Finger Lakes Region of WNY.

  • Traffic safety campaign aims to get drivers' attention

    WXXI News

    July 17, 2018Causewave Community Partners and Common Ground Health are getting ready to launch an awareness campaign to educate drivers about the rules of the road when it comes to making way for pedestrians and bicyclists. A group of people dressed in unusual props got the attention of drivers as they walked through the intersection of Main and State Streets. Some communities that have promoted driver-pedestrian-cyclist safety have seen their crash rates decline, according to Mike Bulger, project coordinator for Common Ground Health.

  • Ontario County Public Health conducts health survey

    Finger Lakes Times

    July 16, 2018 - Ontario County Public Health, in collaboration with Common Ground Health and the Ontario County Health Collaborative, will conduct a health survey. The confidential health survey will help guide programming to improve the health of the community. The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and will be available until July 31. To take the survey, visit or write to Ontario County Public Health, 3019 County Complex Drive, Canandaigua, 14424.

  • Lower speed limits to create safer streets

    Democrat and Chronicle

    July 13, 2018 - This essay features Jesse Knoth, executive director of the South East Area Coalition (SEAC). The coalition is one of many groups partnering with the Healthi Kids Coalition of Common Ground Health to collectively advocate for safer streets. In data collected by Healthi Kids, speeding cars was one of the top concern that discouraged walking, biking and playing in our neighborhoods. Healthi Kids has collected over 1100 letters from parents, community groups and residents urging the City to pursue lowering the speed limit.

  • St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center Appoints Candice Lucas as Executive Director

    Minority Reporter

    July 11, 2018 - St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center has announced the appointment of Candice Lucas Ed. D., as the organization’s new executive director. Lucas also chairs the African-American Health Coalition at Common Ground Health. Lucas will replace Christine Wagner in the role, and Wagner will remain on board as a special advisor to the center. “I am honored and eager to take on this new role,” Lucas stated. “I appreciate the solid foundation Chris Wagner built."

  • St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center appoints executive director

    The Messenger Post

    July 12, 2018 - Candice Lucas, chair of the African-American Health Coalition at Common Ground Health, has been appointed executive director at St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center. The Center provides health and human services to the uninsured and underinsured in Greater Rochester. “We’re exceptionally pleased that Candice has taken on this leadership role,” said Bob Thompson, board chairman. Lucas joins Christine Wagner in forming a unique partnership for the center.

  • Bike share has a health potential

    Rochester City Newspaper

    July 9, 2018Bicycling has many well-documented health benefits, and with people pedaling the Pace bikes around town, Common Ground Health and the Genesee Transportation Council decided to take a look at the program’s existing and potential health benefits. Common Ground Health's report also noted the bikes are more prevalent in the city’s affluent southeast neighborhoods than in its northeast and westside neighborhoods. The report has two dozen recommendations for the bike share system, but one most pointed is a call to prioritize the placement of new bike share-stations in low-income census tracts.

  • St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center names new executive director

    Rochester Business Journal

    July 5, 2018 - Candice Lucas who serves as chair of the African-American Health Coalition at Common Ground Health, has been named executive director of St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center. Former executive Director. Chrisine Wagner, will serve in a special advisory role. Board chair Bob Thompson stated, "we're exceptionally pleased that Candice has taken on the leadership role. Her broad knowledge of community based-interventions and services make her well positioned to lead us going forward."

  • Connections: How to make streets safer for neighborhood kids

    WXXI News

    June 26, 2018 - Mike Bulger, coordinator for the Healthy Communities Project at Common Ground Health, was a guest on the WXXI Connections show with Evan Dawson. The discussion was centered around making streets safer for neighborhood children. With the summer kicking off, more children are playing outside in their neighborhoods and streets. New research shows that car crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists are more frequent in some of Rochester’s most economically-challenged neighborhoods.

  • Study: Bike share holds potential to improve public health

    The Post

    June 26, 2018 - James Stack, executive director of the Genesee Transportation Council and Trilby de Jung, CEO of Common Ground Health, speak at the Rochester Public Market about the potential for Rochester Bike Share to help improve health outcomes for riders. A relatively new approach in New York, the Health Impact Assessment released by Common Ground Health is the state’s first HIA with a focus on transportation. The study was guided by a committee of representatives including city, county and state government; University of Rochester; and Conkey Cruisers, a community biking program.

  • Hilda Rosario Escher: 5 Women I Admire

    Rochester Business Journal

    June 22, 2018 - Hilda Rosario Escher, Common Ground Health Board Member, was featured in the Path to Excellence magazine. In the article, one of the women she mentioned admiring is Bonnie DeVinney, former executive director of Common Ground Health, formerly Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency. She met Bonnie through the Mosaic Partnerships program, which paired individuals from different backgrounds to educate and improve race relations. Escher commented, "her experience as an executive director allowed her to serve as my mentor."

  • Pace Bike Share Celebrates 1 Year, Focuses on Accessibility

    Open Mic Rochester

    June 20, 2018 - It's coming up on one year since bike-sharing launched in the Rochester area and bike enthusiasts and health researchers are exploring ways to expand the program and further emphasize wellbeing. A health impact assessment was released by Common Ground Health, and Trilby de Jung, CEO stated that “HIAs are an important new decision-making tool for policy makers, and informed by rigorous data analysis and broad community involvement, HIAs can help us take health into account before decisions are made on a project.”

  • Better access to bike share program can make us all healthier, report says

    Democrat and Chronicle

    June 19, 2018 - A health impact assessment released by Genesee Transportation Council and Common Ground Health made suggestions to improve the bike share program operated by Pace, which now only has a credit/debit card option, and is a barrier for some. “We want everyone to live as healthy a life as possible,” said Albert Blankley, director of research and analytics for Common Ground Health. Subsidizing the fee, adding bikes for people with different abilities, putting stations at grocery stores and in neighborhoods where people have poor health also were part of the assessment.

  • County Health Departments Requesting Residents Fill Out Health Survey

    WENY News

    June 13, 2018 - The county health departments, alongside Common Ground Health, are asking for community members to fill out a health survey. The online survey can be accessed at myhealthstory2018.comThe results will be incorporated into a series of studies focused on health equity in the Finger Lakes region. “For the findings to be meaningful, we need to gather health stories from as many residents as possible,” says Trilby de Jung, CEO of Common Ground Health. “Please tell us your story through the survey.”

  • Survey Aims To Uncover Health Barriers In Finger Lakes Region


    June 12, 2018County health officials and Common Ground Health are encouraging residents of the 9-county Finger Lakes region to share their personal health stories through an online survey. The survey asks about a wide range of topics from access to medical and dental care to perceptions of personal safety and mental and emotional well-being. Wade Norwood, Common Ground Health’s chief strategy officer said “we’re going to try to get the best snapshot we can of the health stories of the people who live in the Finger Lakes.”

  • RCSD School No. 29 celebrates inclusion

    Fox Rochester

    June 12, 2018 - The school year is almost over, but students at one city school are still learning some valuable lessons this week. School No. 29 is celebrating Inclusion Week, centered on activities that include students of all abilities. They are working with Rochester Accessible Adventures to continue their efforts. Both Alicia Evans, healthy schools coordinator and Jenn Beideman, community & health engagement advocacy manager at Common Ground Health have been instrumental in promoting inclusion in school activity.

  • Public health conducting community survey

    Daily Messenger

    June 12, 2018 - Ontario County Public Health is conducting a survey in collaboration with Common Ground Health and the Ontario County Health Collaborative through July 31. The survey encourages the use of health stories to better understand and focus on the most serious health-related needs. It is available across the nine-county region. A paper copy is available at OCPH, 3019 County Complex Drive, Canandaigua. Visit to take the survey online.

  • Survey aims to uncover health barriers in Finger Lakes region

    WXXI News

    June 11, 2018Common Ground Health is launching an online survey and encouraging residents of the 9-county Finger Lakes region to share their personal health stories to help identify people's health-related needs and give planners a better sense of how programs and policies can help. Wade Norwood, Common Ground Health’s chief strategy officer said the survey results will, among other things, be a powerful tool to understand how urban and rural poverty affect people's health.

  • Cameron After School Program hosts 6th annual Peace Walk

    13 WHAM

    June 6, 2018The Cameron After School Program, along with assistance from the Healthi Kids Coalition, walked for peace Wednesday as part of its Sixth Annual Peace Walk through the Lyell/Otis Neighborhood. Children led friends, family and community members though what symbolized "a day in their shoes." They say that the Peace Walk is one way they are standing up for change in their community.

  • After tragedy, children walk for peace and safer neighborhoods

    Spectrum News

    June 6, 2018Children at Cameron Community Ministries After School Program participated in the 6th annual Peace Walk on Wednesday in the Lyell Otis neighborhood. They walked for peace and for the right to play in a safe neighborhood. They stopped near the home of 3-year-old Amir Pallet, who was killed in a hit-and-run on Lyell Ave. on Saturday. According to the Healthi Kids Coalition, children who live in the Lyell Otis neighborhood experience a violent crime rate that is 60 percent higher than the rest of the city, and 6.5 times higher than the suburbs.

  • Over 1000 ride with Bike to School Day

    Rochester Cycling Alliance

    May 20, 2018 - More than 1000 people, including many community leaders, rode in Bike to School Day events at ten different Rochester-area schools May 9th to promote biking and walking as great ways to get to school. At a time when childhood obesity continues to grow as one of our country’s greatest health risks, getting kids biking regularly can keep them in better physical health and form habits for a lifetime of good health. Thanks go to the area police departments who accompanied riders to ensure traffic safety and to businesses and organizations that donated snacks or prizes, including Park Avenue Bikes, Wegmans, and Common Ground Health.

  • Foodlink, City sponsor event on summer meals for kids

    Rochester Business Journal

    May 17, 2018 - Foodlink, the City of Rochester, the City School District, the Rochester Area Community Foundation and Common Ground Health, will be hosting a "Spring into Summer" event at Frontier Field on Saturday May 19th. The annual fest allows children to play games and activities, learn about local programs and services, sample food and provide feedback for this year's Summer Meals program. The program offers free meals to children 18 and younger at more than 100 sites across the city during the summer, when food insecurity increases.

  • Where do you battle high blood pressure? Sometimes, at the barbershop

    Buffalo News

    May 7, 2018 - Do community-based barbershop initiatives actually work? Since the start of a similar program in the Rochester area in 25 barbershops and salons, adults who have their hypertension under control has increased, according to the High Blood Pressure Collaborative in the Finger Lakes region. Officials say the campaign has contributed to the percentage of blacks with high blood pressure of 160/100 or higher decreasing from 13.4 percent to 9.3 percent by 2017. "The data suggest we are changing behaviors that lead to a decrease in hypertension–diet, exercise, taking your meds," said Phyllis Jackson, community wellness project manager for Common Ground Health, one of the organizations involved.

  • Southern Tier agency promotes awareness of opioid crisis

    Catholic Courier

    Apr. 2, 2018 - On a recent Friday morning, the reception area at CASA-Trinity of Chemung on Lake Street In Elmira was filled with adults — men and women of all ages, all styles of dress. They had one common link: seeking help for their addictions, many of which likely involved opioids. Opioid abuse represents the most common diagnosis for adults — having even eclipsed alcohol beginning a year ago. According to Common Ground Health, a Rochester-based research group, Chemung County had the highest rate of opioid abuse in 2016 within a nine-county region.

  • Lessons from the Frontlines: Coaching for Health Transformation

    Rethink Health

    Mar. 27, 2018 - A second blog by ReThink Health Ventures coach Sherry Immediato offers lessons that other multisector transformation efforts might learn from the experience in the Finger Lakes. She stated "it’s inspiring to see Common Ground Health expand its vision to include reducing health disparities in the region. Moving forward, Common Ground Health has established a new working group that is focused on what it would mean to deliver on the value proposition."

  • Jocelyn Goldberg-Schaible brings insight to research group

    Mar. 15, 2018 - Jocelyn Goldberg-Shaible has partnered with Common Ground Health over the past few years to probe, understand and address our community's critical health-related disparities. She has conducted hundreds of interviews, speaking to everyone from residents to community-based organizational leaders, to understand what is lacking and most needed in order to lead better, healthier lives. "These projects are life-changing and critical for the community and for the health and well-being of the people that live here. We're not just identifying programs that are needed, but offering the policy changes also."

  • Lessons from the Frontlines: Transforming Health Requires Flexibility

    Mar. 20, 2018 - ReThink Health Ventures launched at the end of 2016 to help regional multisector partnerships accelerate momentum and break through barriers to transform health. They invited Trilby de Jung, CEO of Common Ground Health, to share her perspective about how the stakeholders’ decision to work with an established multisector partnership to accomplish their goals has been playing out in the Finger Lakes.

  • Common Ground Health announces new CEO

    Feb. 21, 2018 - Wade Norwood will succeed Trilby de Jung as CEO of Common Ground Health, the region’s heath planning organization, starting July 13. Norwood currently serves as chief strategy officer for Common Ground Health. He has more than three decades of service in public office, education and regional health improvement. de Jung will rejoin her family in Portland, Oregon, after her youngest son graduates from high school.

  • Regional health agency names new CEO

    Feb. 14, 2018 - Wade Norwood, community leader, New York State Regent, and current chief strategy officer of Common Ground Health will succeed Trilby de Jung as chief executive officer of Common Ground Health, the region’s heath planning organization. Marilyn Dollinger, board chair stated, "we will be saddened to say goodbye to Trilby. She has been an absolutely wonderful CEO, but we are also exceedingly fortunate to have among the ranks such a trusted and inspirational leader as Wade Norwood.”

  • Regional health agency names new CEO

    Feb. 14, 2018 - Community leader and New York State Regent Wade Norwood will succeed Trilby de Jung as chief executive officer of Common Ground Health, the region’s heath planning organization. Norwood is currently chief strategy officer of the organization. CEO of Common Ground Health since 2014, de Jung has led an organization with an annual budget of more than $6.5 million and a team of 40 data analysts, clinicians, researchers, community engagement specialists and other staff.

  • Common Ground Health Names Wade Norwood CEO

    Feb. 13, 2018 - Common Ground Health has named chief strategy officer and Board of Regents member Wade Norwood as CEO, effective July 13. The organization’s board of directors unanimously approved Norwood’s appointment following the resignation of Trilby de Jung, who’d served in the position since 2014. Prior to joining Common Ground, de Jung had directed health advocacy work at the Empire Justice Center. She will be rejoining her family in Oregon.

  • Wade Norwood to become CEO of Common Ground Health (access required)

    Feb. 13, 2018 - Common Ground Health’s Chief Strategy Officer and member of the NYS Board of Regents Wade Norwood is slated to succeed Trilby de Jung as CEO. Norwood served in positions of public office for over 30 years, as well as previously serving 15 years on the Rochester City Council. De Jung has led Common Ground since 2014, following a career with Empire Justice Center and has set plans to move back to her hometown of Portland, Oregon.

  • Wade Norwood to be CEO of Common Ground Health starting July 13

    Feb. 13, 2018 - Wade Norwood, who served on City Council and is a member of the NYS Board of Regents, has been named chief executive officer of Common Ground Health. He is currently chief strategy officer for the nonprofit planning agency. Norwood succeeds Trilby de Jung, who served as CEO since 2014. De Jung led Common Ground Health for four years. De Jung formerly directed health advocacy work at the Empire Justice Center and plans to return to Portland, Oregon.


  • Common Ground Health names Wade Norwood as the next CEO

    Feb. 13, 2018 - Common Ground Health, which is the health planning organization for Rochester and the Finger Lakes, has a new leader. Wade Norwood, who currently serves as chief strategy officer and has been in management at Common Ground Health since 2006. He is also a member of the New York State Board of Regents. He will succeed Trilby de Jung who is leaving that post after four years to join her family in Oregon. Norwood takes on the new position on July 13th.

  • Report: Steuben County had high opioid abuse rate in region in 2016

    Feb. 1, 2018 - A new report shows Steuben County had one of the highest rates in the region for opioid abuse in 2016. The report, by Common Ground Health out of Rochester, says 141 visits to emergency departments were for opioid abuse or overdoses in the county. Steuben is one of nine counties analyzed in the Finger Lakes region.

  • Report links overdoses, Rx drugs

    Jan. 29, 2018According to a new report from Rochester-based Common Ground Health, 54 percent of people who overdosed in the nine-county Finger Lakes region in 2016 had a prescription for opioids in the previous two years. For non-heroin opioid overdoses, the relationship was even stronger — 68 percent of people who overdosed had prior prescriptions for painkillers.

  • Norm & Company: James Norman

    Jan. 26, 2018  - Our Common Ground Health Board Member James Norman, was featured on an episode of WXXI’s Norm and Company show to talk about his 25 year career at Action for a Better Community, reflect on his life and work, and share his unique approach to community leadership and his thoughts on how to address the fundamental issues of poverty.

  • Opioids in Yates County: The struggle continues

    Jan. 25, 2018 - According to a new report of hospital admission and emergency department data from Common Ground Health, Yates County experienced the second highest rate of opioid abuse in the Finger Lakes region in 2016. “As opioid deaths and overdoses continue to devastate many in our region, it is critical that we better understand how individuals are becoming dependent,” says Albert Blankley, director of research and analytics for Common Ground Health.

  • Opioids in Yates County: The struggle continues

    Jan. 25, 2018 - According to a new report of hospital admission and emergency department data from Common Ground Health, Yates County experienced the second highest rate of opioid abuse in the Finger Lakes region in 2016. Albert Blankley, director of research and analytics for Common Ground Health said “these data show that for some individuals, prescription medications may contribute to or trigger the problem".

  • Ontario County ranked among highest for opioid abuse in Finger Lakes region

    Jan. 22, 2018 - Common Ground Health, a Rochester-based health planning organization, studied the nine-county Finger Lakes region and found that overdose deaths involving opioids soared 46 percent from 2015 to 2016. Heroin overdoses more than doubled to 613. African Americans had significantly lower rates of opioid-related ER visits than whites or Hispanics, although all demographic groups experienced huge increases since 2010.

  • City, county tackle opioid issue

    Jan. 22, 2018 - Corning City police said they expect another busy year of drug enforcement in the city. A study from Common Ground Health found Steuben County had one of the highest rates of opioid abuse in 2016 among the nine Finger Lakes counties. The study states that in 2016, there were 121 admissions to hospital emergency rooms in the county due to opioid abuse and overdoses.

  • Overprescription leading to addiction in Monroe County

    Jan. 21, 2018 - Common Ground Health, a nonprofit advocacy group, reports that from 2014 to 2016, more than half of people who overdosed on opioids in the Finger Lakes region had a previous prescription for painkillers. While Monroe County has made progress in addressing the issue, there is still much work to be done.  

  • Report: Ontario County among highest for opioid abuse

    Jan. 20, 2018 - The drug epidemic stretches across the state and nation, and this fresh look at what is happening locally shows it continues to worsen in the Finger Lakes region. Common Ground Health, a Rochester-based health planning organization, studied the nine-county Finger Lakes region. Overdose deaths involving opioids soared 46 percent from 2015 to 2016. 

  • Common Ground reports high opioid abuse in Steuben in 2016

    Jan. 19, 2018 - A report released this week by the Finger Lakes health agency "Common Ground Health" indicates Steuben County experienced one of the highest rates of opioid abuse in the region in 2016. The Common Ground study further showed, for non-heroin opioid overdoses, 68 percent of the people who overdosed had prior prescriptions for painkillers. 

  • Finding health care in a hurry getting as convenient as going out for coffee

    Jan. 18, 2018 - In the past couple years, UR Medicine and Rochester Regional Health have built or taken over urgent care centers, sometimes within blocks of each other. Albert Blankley, the director of research and analytics for Common Ground Health was quoted saying“the proliferation of urgent care is really because consumers are driving it, and it wouldn’t exist unless people chose that type of care."

  • New Report Ranks Chemung County's Opioid Abuse Worst in the Region

    Jan. 18, 2018 - A new report from Common Ground Health has labeled Chemung County as having the highest rate of opioid abuse throughout the Finger Lakes region, and that is why the county's health department says opioid abuse hs become a priority in its Community Health Improvement Plan.

  • Study details region's opioid crisis

    Jan. 18, 2018 - This article states that every county in New York has been touched by the opioid epidemic and Steuben is no exception. Albert Blankley, director of research and analytics for Common Ground Health was quoted saying "as opioid deaths and overdoses continue to devastate many in our region, it is critical that we better understand how individuals are becoming dependent, and also these data show that for some individuals, prescription medications may contribute to or trigger the problem."

  • New study: Chemung County tops in Finger Lakes in opioid abuse rate in 2016

    Jan. 17, 2018 - Chemung County had the highest rate of opioid abuse during 2016 in a nine-county region in the Fingers Lake studied by Common Ground Health. The study included Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, Yates, Seneca, Ontario, Livingston, Wayne and Monroe counties. It based its findings on records from hospital emergency room visits in the region, but also touched on records of overdose deaths.

  • Half of local opioid overdoses associated with pain prescriptions

    Jan. 17, 2018 - According to a data analysis report conducted by Common Ground Health, half of opioid overdoses in the region were associated with a prior pain prescription and found that from 2014 to 2016, 54-percent of people who overdosed on opioids in the Finger Lakes region had a prescription for opioids within the prior two years.

  • Podcast - Opioid epidemic and saturation of Urgent Care Centers in Monroe County

    Jan. 12, 2018 - In this Health Podcast, D&C Digital Healthy Life reporter Patti Singer talks about why a new source of data about the opioid epidemic in Monroe County may help law enforcement prevent more fatalities, and there's an active turf war going on between different urgent care centers in Rochester. There is no statute or regulations that defines an urgent care center, but if attached to a hospital they have to go through the regulatory process, which Common Ground Health recommends, but they are not saying no because some centers are too close together.

  • USCCB, local health-care providers wary of Obamacare reform efforts

    Dec. 19, 2017 - A recent report from Common Ground Health found that for Rochester's most vulnerable popuations, barriers persist in accessing proper health care. Albert Blankley, director of research and analytics at Common Ground Health stated that the Affordable Care Act has cut the percentage of adults in Monroe County who lack health insurance by half, but in high povery neighborhoods, even residents with medical insurance are falling through the cracks.  Sister Christine Wagner, executive director of St. Joseph's Neighborood Center and who sits on many committees at Common Ground Health, was also featured in this article.

  • Causewave features Summer Meals Program

    Dec. 12, 2017  - Causewave recently featured Summer Meals and Common Ground Health’s Dina Faticone as part of its marketing campaign about successfully creating change. The ad highlights the 24 percent increase in participation for summer meals and the ways that collaboration have made the program more appealing, empowering, accessible and efficient. View the webpage talking about the Summer Meals work here.

  • Willow Center names Bonnie DeVinney interim president

    Dec. 6, 2017 - Bonnie DeVinney, who has four decades of nonprofit leadership, including executive director at Common Ground Health, will serve as interim president and CEO for Willow Domestic Violence Center. "I know the significant importance of Willow Center to our community, DeVinney said. “And it is my great honor to serve during this period of transition to ensure that Willow continues to meet the critical need for programs and services to support survivors of domestic violence and their children."

  • Group pushes for 25 mph limit on city streets

    Nov. 29, 2017 - The Healthi Kids Coalition at Common Ground Health is asking the City of Rochester to lower the speed limit on neighborhood streets from 30 to 25 miles per hour. Mike Bulger, healthy communities project coordinator, said research showed that traffic concerns keep many parents from letting their children play outside or walk and bike to school.

  • Group wants city to lower speed limits

    Nov. 22, 2017 - The Healthi Kids Coalition, a children's advocacy group at Common Ground Health, is asking City of Rochester officials to lower the speed limit on neighborhood streets from 30 mph to 25 mph.  Parents' biggest concern stopping them from allowing their children walk to school or playgrounds is the traffic and the current speed limit.

  • Tackling Low-Value Care: A New “Top Five” for Purchaser Action

    Nov. 21, 2017 - In this Health Affairs blog, Common Ground Health Senior Consultant Howard Beckman and colleagues were lauded for their “pioneering” efforts to improve the quality of health care. The article cites an intervention in California that relied on conversations with clinicians and performance metrics to reduce overuse of five treatments for back pain. This approach mirrors the structure of our clinical work around high blood pressure and practice transformation that Beckman has helped guide.

  • Equity Starts with Engaging Communities

    Nov. 20, 2017 - In this blog for National Physical Activity Society, Mike Bulger, healthy communities project coordinator at Common Ground Health, discusses the root causes of health inequity in low income neighborhoods and how engagement with residents is essential to developing effective solutions.

  • Rochester revisited: community collaboration for health care

    Nov. 6, 2017 - “Rochester still leads the country as a beacon of high performance on cost and quality,” writes Ian Morrison in H&HN, a publication of the American Hospital Association. He credits several of our initiatives for that success, including the Community Technology Assessment Advisory Board, the 2020 Commission and our clinical innovation and high blood pressure projects. 

  • Common Ground Health featured on Many Voices-Many Visions

    Oct. 8, 2017 - Common Ground Health employees Susan Hagen, director of communications, and Phyllis Jackson, community wellness project manager, were featured on the second half of 13Wham's Many Voices-Many Visions program to talk about how faith-based communities and health and wellness are intersecting.  Click here to view the video.

  • Together, Our Region Will Prosper And Be In Good Health

    Sept. 25, 2017 - Wade Norwood, Common Ground Health chief strategy officer and pastor of Holy Jersulem Spiritual Church was the keynote speaker at the Health is a Spiritual Matter Conference, which was supported by our high blood pressure initiative. Read the Good News article here.

  • Profile: Fran Weisberg

    Sept. 22, 2017 - Fran Weisberg, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Rochester Inc., is slated to leave the nonprofit organization on Dec. 31.  Prior to joining United Way, Weisberg served as CEO of Common Ground Health, then called Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency.  Under her leadership, the agency convened the 2020 Commission, a committee of local community, business and health care leaders that investigated expansion planned by several local hospitals.

  • Tackling Stage 2 Hypertension

    Sept. 8, 2017 - In this story on the dangers of stage 2 hypertension, Dr. Matthew Devine, medical director of Accountable Health Partners and a Common Ground Health consultant, describes the agency's high blood pressure registry which shows that approximately 35 percent of adults in our Finger Lakes region have hypertension.

  • What your hair says about your health

    Sept. 7, 2017 - Common Ground Health co-hosted the Hair and Health Symposium on Sept. 18.  The keynote speaker, dermatologist Dr. Nana Duffy, spoke to barbers and stylists about hair changes that can signal certain illnesses.

  • A step forward for green spaces

    Sept. 1, 2017 - Ben Woelk, our Health and Community Infrastructure Analyst, was featured in an article about Rochester’s first parklet outside of Joe Bean Coffee.

  • IHMC to host spiritual conference

    Aug. 28, 2017 - The Interdenominational Health Ministry Coalition with support from Common Ground Health hosts the free Health is a Spiritual Matter Conference for men, women, parents and young adults on Oct. 7. 

  • Street serves as Zumba studio, and much more, for kids

    Aug. 24, 2017 - A neighbor on Treyer Street envisioned an empty lot as a safe and healthy place for kids to play. Evette Colon teamed up with Ibero’s Project Hope and Healthi Kids’ PlayROCs! initiative to make it a pop up play space.


  • Nancy Bennett: A major force putting public health initiatives into action

    Aug. 16, 2017 - This cover story profiles Nana Bennett, the director of the Center for Community Health and a member of Common Ground Health's Regional Health Innovation Collaborative.  Wade Norwood, our chief strategy officer, commented that "the experience, knowledge and history of engagement that Nana has with public health is significant and most of the great work done in public health, Nana has been a part of."

  • State to review potential sale of Elm Manor, Wedgewood nursing homes

    July 19, 2017 - A three-person group from downstate has applied to the state Department of Health to purchase Elm Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Canandaigua and Wedgewood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Spencerport. Common Ground Health examined the effect of the sale on services to the communities and recommended approval.

  • PlayROCs play spaces pop up around Rochester

    July 15, 2017 - Play spaces popped up across the City of Rochester on Saturday at twenty community organizations, libraries and churches. The safe places for the children to play were because of an event called PlayROCs Your Neighborhood.

  • KIDS | PlayROCs

    July 12, 2017 -  Healthi Kids — an organization that advocates for community and school policies to benefit children's physical, mental, and emotional health — began the PlayROCs Your Neighborhood initiative last year when members recognized a need for safe play spaces. With 20 pop-up play locations scattered across Rochester with various games and activities, children will have no problem finding and joining in on the fun. 

  • Kids play, Parcel 5 keys to downtown health

    July 11, 2017 - Dina Faticone, director of community health for Common Ground Health, said the emphasis for play and physical activity is on neighborhoods, where parents cite traffic and safety and barriers to sending their kids out the door.

  • Study links lead poisoning, school suspensions

    July 7, 2017 - Levels of lead exposure near children's homes has a direct, causal effect on the likelihood they'll be suspended from school, according to a review of data on 120,000 students. The story quotes Elizabeth McDade of the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning.

  • Fran Weisberg to step down from leading the United Way later this year

    June 29, 2017 - The United Way of Greater Rochester will need to look for a new president and CEO. Fran Weisberg, who came on board in April of 2015, says she will leave at the end of this year. Before joining the United Way, Weisberg also led the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, Lifespan, and some years ago was chair of the Monroe County Democratic Party.

  • United Way CEO, President Fran Weisberg stepping down

    June 29, 2017 - Fran Weisberg, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Rochester, has announced she's stepping down at the end of the year. Weisberg took the reins as the organization's first female president in May of 2015 and previously was executive director of Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency.

  • Kids have dozens of options for free summer meals

    June 16, 2017 - Last year the Summer Meals Partnership served more than 400,000 meals. If you know someone who might benefit from the program, please spread the word. Hunger shouldn't spoil the summer of any child. 

  • Naples forum raises question: Is healthcare a human right?

    June 15, 2017 - A panel and discussion shed light on — and raised questions about — possible changes to health coverage. The New York Health Act that passed the Assembly — and that now has wide support in the Senate — is a hot topic, given the uncertainty in Washington.

  • Children, others march for peace in their neighborhoods

    June 14, 2017 - Nearly 40 children and 60 community members marched in Cameron Community Ministries’ fifth-annual Peace Walk on May 18. The walk was first organized by staff five years ago after a shooting forced them to bring the kids enrolled in their afterschool program inside to play, said Katherine Sime, Cameron’s youth director.

  • Students get early "taste" of summer

    June 12, 2017 - Kids in Rochester got an early "taste" of what's in store this summer. Hundreds of students in the Rochester City School District, and their parents, got to try some of the food offered in the summer meals program, during an event at Frontier Field.

  • What will healthcare change mean for me?

    June 8, 2017 - A discussion June 14 in Naples will focus on how proposed changes in the current healthcare law will affect families and the community. The panel will include presentations by Anne Ruflin, chief planning officer of Common Ground Health, and Bonnie DeVinney, former executive director of Common Ground Health, known then as Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency.

  • Story Walk unveiled at the Phillis Wheatley Community Library

    June 7, 2017 - Jenn Beideman of Healthi Kids and Jennifer Lenio, area coordinator of the Rochester Public Library, spoke on Fox Rochester's Good Day Rochester about the new Story Walk at the Phillis Wheatley Community Library. The Story Walk is a highly-visual outdoor literary experience designed to promote a more playable city.

  • Summer Meals Partnership to Hold “Spring into Summer: Summer Meals Fest”

    June 7, 2017 - Summer Meals Partnership of Rochester will hold its 2017 “Spring into Summer: Summer Meals Fest,” Saturday, June 10 at Frontier Fiel.d The festival will include fun activities for youth such as a dance party, bounce house, obstacle course, and meet-and-greet with Red Wings players and mascots.
  • Bright Spot: Story Walk

    June 1, 2017 - Thursday’s Bright Spot shines on a gathering of children and families to celebrate the grand opening of “Story Walk” at the Phillis Wheatley Community Library. The highly-visual outdoor literary experience is designed to promote Rochester as a more playable city, involving a number of community groups.

  • Researchers: Strokes striking more young people

    June 1, 2017 - More 18- to 54-year-olds are being hospitalized for strokes, according to local data over a 10-year span. The statistics mirror a national trend that also showed an increase in risk factors over the same time. Increasingly doctors are seeing the hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, tobacco use and obesity in 30-, 40- and 50-year-olds that are common causes of stroke in their parents.

  • What Rochester and Greece are doing to become more playful

    June 1, 2017 - Rochester is incorporating elements of play in all of its new planning, right down to the sidewalks — where soon it might not be out of the ordinary to see fanciful elements appear along Main Street such as hopscotch squares or little mazes painted on the concrete.

  • Kids march in 5th annual Peace Walk

    May 31, 2017 - The children of Cameron Community Ministries’ after school program recently marched in the fifth annual Peace Walk in the Lyell Otis Neighborhood for their right to play in a safe neighborhood.

  • Thompson Hospital to buy Canandaigua Medical Group

    May 16, 2017 - F.F. Thompson Hospital will buy Canandaigua Medical Group in a deal cementing a long-standing relationship. Albert Blankley, Common Ground Health's director of research and analytics, said the deal is an example of health systems buying practices to help the medical groups achieve economies of scale.

  • Local colleges celebrate tobacco-free policies

    May 3, 2017 - Local colleges celebrated tobacco-free policies. The tobacco-free initiative has been pushed by the Million Hearts Mission, and with May being National High Blood Pressure Month, local college presidents talked about how each of their schools have been trying to get healthier.

  • Promoting tobacco-free colleges and universities

    May 3, 2017 - Representatives from seven area colleges that are either smoke-free or are moving in that direction gathered at RIT to celebrate tobacco-free policies. The Million Hearts High Blood Pressure Collaborative Steering Committee, in partnership with the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce Health Care Initiative, the Smoking and Health Action Coalition of Monroe County, and the American Heart Association, hosted the event.

  • Five-year project will transform Rochester General Hospital

    April 20, 2017 - Rochester Regional Health will soon start work on a new seven-story building at Rochester General Hospital that will include 108 private rooms for intensive or medical/surgical care. The project includes larger operating rooms and single occupant patient rooms in line with modern health care delivery, said Albert Blankley, director of research and analytics of Common Ground Health.

  • ‘Farm, Food’ event addresses nutrition

    April 12, 2017 - Tuesday’s “Farm, Food and Health Symposium” at the New York Wine and Culinary Center focused on the paradox that in an area of agricultural abundance, 22 percent of the population goes without eating healthy, fresh food, and that malnourishment has a profound impact on health outcomes.

  • Health agencies on 'common ground' in the Finger Lakes

    March 27, 2017 - The Canandaigua Daily Messenger featured the Ontario County Community Health Assessment and data from Common Ground Health's Ontario County Health Profile as it looked at the need for more support of mental health and substance abuse treatment. The story noted that obesity and hypertension are key concerns for Ontario County.

  • Nurse care management and you

    March 23, 2017 - Nurse Care Manager Katie Lashway and Highland Family Medicine Medical Director Colleen Fogarty discussed the role of nurse care management in a primary care setting Thursday on News 8 at Sunrise. Care managers from throughout the region have been trained by Common Ground Health.

  • Finger Lakes Health rebranded to Common Ground Health

    March 15, 2017 - Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency recently announced its rebranding campaign as Common Ground Health. The Rochester-based nonprofit underwent rebranding to better reflect its mission to help the region find common ground on health issues.

  • FLHSA is now Common Ground Health

    March 14, 2017 - Web design firm Sharp Notions blogged about the process of developing a landing page and advertising campaign to announce Common Ground Health's new name. 

  • List of storm-related closings

    March 13, 2017 - The “Food, Farms and Health Symposium” scheduled for Tuesday at the New York Wine and Culinary Center, 800 South Main St., Canandaigua, has been canceled. The event will be rescheduled.

  • Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency is now on Common Ground

    March 11, 2017 - Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, one of the nation's oldest and most effective regional health planning organizations, announced last week it is now Common Ground Health. The Rochester-based nonprofit is rebranding to better reflect its mission to help our region find common ground on health issues.

  • Key health care agency gets rebranding

    March 10, 2017 - Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, a key player in health care here and statewide, has changed its name to Common Ground Health. The move is part of a rebranding effort for the Rochester-based nonprofit that better reflects its mission to help the region come together on health issues, its leaders said. 
  • Why don't more NY students eat school breakfasts?

    March 9, 2017 - Following a report that thousands of eligible students are not receiving breakfast at school, Dina Faticone, of Common Ground Health's Healthi Kids Coalition said encouraging students to eat breakfast at school if they are hungry is a priority. "It’s the best way to get them off to a good start and ready to learn," she said.

  • Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency is now on Common Ground

    March 11, 2017 - Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, one of the nation's oldest and most effective regional health planning organizations, announced last week it is now Common Ground Health. The Rochester-based nonprofit is rebranding to better reflect its mission to help our region find common ground on health issues.

  • Nonprofit rebrands with new name — Common Ground Health

    March 7, 2017 - The Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency had been around since 1974, although it went through an occasional identity crisis. Officials from the agency, which is based in Rochester, hope those days are over after announcing a name change. The new moniker, Common Ground Health, was unveiled Friday during a presentation at the Yates County auditorium.

  • Why pay attention to Common Ground Health?

    March 3, 2017 - This video from the Democrat and Chronicle notes that Common Ground Health, formerly known as Finger Lakes Health System Agency, has a hand in much of what affects your wellness. 

  • Health-planning agency changes name to boost appeal to consumers

    March 3, 2017 - The Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester noted that the new name of Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency could get consumers more interested in the inner workings of the health care system — and help get that system to work better on their behalf. Now known as Common Ground Health, the nonprofit regional planner will do more to make patients feel welcome, reported Patti Singer of the Democrat and Chronicle.

  • FLHSA rebrands to help residents in the Finger Lakes

    March 3, 2017 - Finger Lakes Health System announced on Friday that they have rebranded themselves as Common Ground Health.  They say it’s in an effort to emphasis their ability to collaborate with other health organizations with the goal of helping those in the Finger Lakes area.

  • We must become a healthy city

    Feb. 28, 2017 - Mitch Gruber, chief program officer of Foodlink and a candidate for City Council, wrote an on op-ed in the Democrat and Chronicle noting, "A jarring study released last week by the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency showed the impact of neighborhood and geography on life expectancy. The 'Monroe County Health Profile, 2017' revealed that a baby born today in Pittsford can expect to live up to nine years longer than a child who grows up in the 14608 zip code, where I live. This is a troubling reality, especially as my wife and I think about starting a family."

  • Facebook Live: Life expectancy by ZIP code.

    Feb. 23, 2017 - Guests health researcher Albert Blankley of Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency and community health nurse Julie Hutchinson discuss life expectancy by ZIP code during this Facebook Live discussion with the Democrat and Chronicle.

  • Death by ZIP code

    Feb. 22, 2017 - In some parts of Monroe County, people live into their 80s while in other parts of the same general community, they die 10 years earlier, notes a video from the Democrat and Chronicle.

  • Average life expectancy varies by 10 years in Monroe County

    Feb. 22, 2017 - Depending on your ZIP code in Monroe County, you may die up to 10 years sooner, or live more than three years longer, reports the Democrat and Chronicle. Where you live affects how long you live, and those years are based on more than your genes.

  • FLHSA releases Wayne County Health Profile

    Feb. 16, 2017 - Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency recently released an 18-page Wayne County Health Profile online. FLHSA has tracked county data for decades, but this is the first year the agency has produced individual county profiles, according to the Wayne Post paper.

  • Health Profile details Ontario County health statistics

    Feb. 15, 2017 - The communities are separated by less than 20 miles, yet a child from Victor is expected to live about six years longer than a child from Phelps. That prediction is part of the Ontario County Health Profile, a new county-specific report from the Rochester-based Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency.

  • Residents in some Yates neighborhoods live longer

    Feb. 15, 2017 - A new health study from Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency illustrates the state of Yates County residents' overall health status, according to coverage by The Leader in Corning.

  • Residents in some Yates neighborhoods live longer

    Feb. 15, 2017 - The Chronicle-Express in Penn Yan reports that a child from Rushville's 14544 ZIP code born today will live nearly four years longer than a child from Dundee's 14837 ZIP code, according to a new county-specific report from Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency.

  • Residents in some Yates neighborhoods live longer

    Feb. 15, 2017 - The Hornell Evening Tribune reports, "Where you live can significantly affect your health, your health behaviors and eventually your health outcomes," said Albert Blankley, director of research and analytics for Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency. "People may be close geographically, but their health outcomes often are worlds apart."

  • Residents in some Yates neighborhoods live longer

    Feb. 15, 2017 - A child from Rushville's 14544 ZIP code born today will live nearly four years longer than a child from Dundee's 14837 ZIP code, a new county-specific report from Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency (FLHSA) reveals, the Steuben Courier Advocate in Bath reported.

  • Report: Where you live affects your health

    Feb. 14, 2017 - Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency has released their 2017 report documenting health conditions and statistics for nine counties in the region, according to the Dundee Observer and the Watkins Glen REVIEW&EXPRESS.

  • Residents in some Seneca Co. neighborhoods live longer

    Feb. 12, 2017 - A child from Interlaken’s 14847 ZIP code born today will live nearly five years longer than a child from Ovid’s 14521 ZIP code, a new county-specific report from Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency (FLHSA) reveals.

  • Zelazny honored at Athena event

    Feb. 10, 2017 - Mary Zelazny, CEO of Finger Lakes Community Health, was honored last month as one of 12 finalists for this year’s Women’s Council Athena Award. “Mary is widely recognized as a strong and charismatic leader in healthcare in the Finger Lakes region,” said Trilby de  Jung, CEO of Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency.

  • Geography plays a big role in health, life expectancy

    Feb. 9, 2016 - FLHSA Director of Research and Analytics Albert Blankley says a new health profile of Monroe County highlights the fact that factors such as access to healthy food, a safe place to walk, and high smoking rates add up to big differences in the overall health and well-being of people who live just miles apart.

  • Connections: Understanding SNAP and promoting access to healthy food

    Jan. 19, 2017 - Mike Bulger, healthy communities coordinator for the Healthi Kids program at Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, spoke about some of the best ways to encourage healthy food access and myths about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) during a recent conversation on the Connections show with Evan Dawson.

  • Need to Know: What's Next For The ACA

    Dec. 30, 2016 - FLHSA CEO Trilby de Jung was among panelists on the WXXI-TV television show Need to Know who commented on what might be next for the Affordable Care Act during the new administration headed by President Donald Trump, who has pledged to repeal or replace the insurance law.

  • FL region chosen for ReThink Health project

    Dec. 24, 2016 - The nine counties represented by the Rochester-based Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency make up one of only six areas in the country chosen to participate in a project aimed at improving and increasing access to health care and lowering medical costs.

  • Finger Lakes region to participate in health initiative

    Dec. 13, 2016 - The Finger Lakes region is one of only six areas across the country recently selected to participate in ReThink Health Ventures, a health innovation project funded by the Fannie E. Rippel and Robert Wood Johnson foundations.

  • Sixth annual Reshaping Rochester Awards presented

    Nov. 17, 2016 - Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency's Healthi Kids Play-BEST team received the Betty Strasenburgh Award for Activism Honorable Mention from the Community Design Center of Rochester for  advocacy of changes to the built environment that address safe, accessible play and school areas.

  • Playful road to progress in Rochester

    Nov. 16, 2016 - An editorial from the Democrat and Chronicle called for City Council and potential funders to consider taking action on proposal that would create a "Neighborhood of Play" in Rochester near the Strong Museum of Play, citing advocacy from Healthi Kids on the subject of playful design.

  • National grant to support in-home health program

    Nov. 7, 2016 - Older adults in the Rochester and surrounding Finger Lakes area report more “poor mental health” days than their peers across the state, a fact compounded by a shortage of behavioral health providers in the region. A new interprofessional collaborative program has the potential to better address seniors’ complex health needs.

  • Reshaping Rochester winners to be honored at luncheon

    Oct. 21, 2016 - Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency's Healthi Kids' Play Best Team has been nominated for the Community Design Center of Rochester's Betty Reshaping Rochester's Betty Strasenburgh Award for Activism for its advocacy for changes to the built environment. Nominees and winners will be recognized at a luncheon Nov. 17.

  • Doctor stresses health literacy, cultural competency

    Oct. 13, 2016 - When it comes to treating patients and providing quality care nowadays, doctors should place importance on the "twins" of health literacy and cultural competency, according to Dr. Sharon Denise Allison-Ottey, who spoke at the Urban Wellness Summit Sept. 29 at the Maplewood YMCA.

  • Grant supports local in-home visit program for older adults with behavioral health needs

    Oct. 13, 2016 - Older adults in the Rochester and surrounding Finger Lakes area report more “poor mental health” days than their peers across New York state, a fact compounded by a shortage of behavioral health providers in the region. But a new geriatric home visit initiative has the potential to better address seniors’ complex health needs.

  • Re:Main Social highlights potential of downtown

    Oct. 1, 2016 - Healthi Kids provided some activities for the Re:Main Social event, which was aimed at promoting vibrant downtown spaces and showcase the potential of current vacant spaces along Main Street in Rochester.

  • Parents and kids upping the ante on healthy school lunches

    Oct. 1, 2016 - Healthi Kids' Jenn Beideman wrote in The Wedge newspaper about Healthi Kids' efforts to improve school meals locally – to make lunch “less gross” and to ensure every child in the Rochester City School District has a healthy and appealing meal.

  • Rev. Norwood to give keynote address at ABC luncheon

    Sept. 22, 2016 - Wade Norwood, chief strategy officer for Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, will be the keynote speaker and four community leaders will be honored by Action for a Better Community at its 13th annual Signature Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Riverside Convention Center.

  • Healthi Kids' Phillis Wheatley Library project receives $10K

    Sept. 22, 2016 - Healthi Kids Coalition of the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency was recently selected as a winner in the Play Everywhere Challenge — a $1 million national competition that awards ideas to make play easy, available and fun for kids and families in cities across the U.S. The award will be used to create an interactive story walk and program at Phillis Wheatley Community Library, 33 Drive Samuel McCree Way, Rochester.

  • Marking a decade since Rochester's lead law took effect

    Sept. 20, 2016 - A group of community members gathered at Rochester City Hall Monday to celebrate 10 years since the establishment of the Rochester Lead Law. Elizabeth McDade with the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning says the law allows individuals to find out whether there are lead hazards in their homes, and charges landlords with the responsibility of fixing the hazards.

  • City's landmark lead law marks 10 years

    Sept. 19 , 2016 - Rochester's lead law, credited with a dramatic reduction in local lead-poisoning cases and now considered a model for other cities, marked its 10-year anniversary Monday. Local government officials, members of the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning held a gathering Monday afternoon at City Hall to observe the anniversary.

  • Rochester marks 10 years since adopting lead law

    Sept. 19, 2016 - It's been 10 years since the City of Rochester adopted the lead paint abatement law, which is one of the strictest in the country. Over 141,000 units have been inspected for lead paint hazards in the past decade. As a result, Rochester has seen an 80 percent reduction rate in the number of reports of lead poisoning in children.

  • PARKing Day - let's make public spaces more play-able

    Sept. 16, 2016 - Play ROCs PARKing Day, an international day of play, celebrated the importance of safe and accessible play spaces. The point is to reclaim, re-purpose and revitalize public spaces by turning them into play areas for kids.

  • Planned Parenthood names regional president, CEO

    Sept. 14, 2016 - Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York has named Michelle Casey president and CEO, officials said this week. She comes to the reproductive health organization from Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, where she served as chief program officer.

  • Local Planned Parenthood names new CEO

    Sept. 12, 2016 - Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York has named Michelle Casey as president and chief executive officer, effective Sept. 19. Casey joins Planned Parenthood from Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, where she served as the agency’s chief program officer. 

  • How good eating can affect good grades

    Sept. 11, 2016 - Dina Faticone, director of Healthi Kids, was quoted in a sponsored story in the Democrat and Chronicle on the connection between good nutrition and good school performance. "From what we hear from kids, it’s a myth that they don’t like to eat fruits and vegetables," she said. "They’d just like more of a variety, not just apples and bananas all the time.”

  • Planned Parenthood taps Rochester health exec as new CEO

    Sept. 8, 2016 - Michelle Casey, FLHSA's chief program officer, has been named CEO of Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York. On an $18 million budget, the nonprofit runs 10 health centers covering 17 counties, providing services in reproductive health care, rape crisis services and teen pregnancy prevention.

  • Teaming up for a healthy Rochester

    Aug. 27, 2016 - In an op-ed in the Democrat and Chronicle, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy thanked CEOs of the region's largest employers, hospitals and insurance companies and the medical community for their commitment to collaborating for a healthier community via the Rochester Chamber's Health Care Initiative and High Blood Pressure Collaborative.

  • Suicide Task Force takes on alarming stat in Livingston County

    Aug. 23, 2016 - Driven by state and FLHSA data on relatively high rates of suicide and adults reporting poor mental health in Livingston County, a local task force is working to increase public awareness of mental health issues and encourage people to seek treatment.

  • Extraordinary People: Phyllis Jackson

    Aug. 17, 2016 - FLHSA's Phyllis Jackson wants to save people's lives, and she's doing it in a unique place – barbershops. She has helped train barbers around the city to screen their clients for high blood pressure.

  • Rochester Chamber initiative receives innovation award

    Aug. 11, 2016 - The High Blood Pressure Collaborative and the Greater Rochester Chamber health care planning team, on which Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency is a partner, won an innovation award from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

  • Local effort raises hope for school lunches

    Aug. 11, 2016 - The Democrat and Chronicle wrote about Healthi Kids Coalition's efforts to make school lunches more appealing by getting student feedback and advocating for the addition of salad bars and "flavor stations" that feature everything from lemon wedges to red chili flakes.

  • Finalists named for Reshaping Rochester Awards

    Aug. 2, 2016 - Healthi Kids' Play Best Team was named a finalist for Reshaping Rochester's 2016 Betty Strasenburgh Award for Activism for its advocacy of changes to the built environment that address safe, accessible play and school areas. Winners will be announced Nov. 17.

  • #PlayROCs comes to the South Wedge

    Aug. 1, 2016 - The South Wedge Planning Committee worked with Healthi Kids to host a play day as part of the #PlayROCs in your Neighborhood on July 16. They turned a vacant lot into a kickball field, painted vegetable illustrations on sidewalks and hosted a book giveaway.

  • Decision-makers experience other side of rural poverty

    July 29, 2016 - Local decision-makers experienced what it is like to navigate the social services system during a Rural Poverty Simulation presented by Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency on July 20 at the Genesee River Restaurant in Mount Morris.

  • Health care initiative and blood pressure collaborative named innovation award finalist

    July 21, 2016 - The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives recently named the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce Health Care Initiative and Blood Pressure Collaborative one of four finalists for its Regional Innovation Award, which recognizes organizations committed to building strong and vibrant communities through groundbreaking collaboration and program development.

  • Healthi Kids have a play day with Rochester

    July 16, 2016 - Healthi Kids coordinated a free play day, called "Play-Rocs," across 12 city locations Saturday. The goal of the healthy play day is to raise awareness for the need for safe and accessible places for kids of all ages to play in the City of Rochester.

  • Health Dept. survey asks what ails Livingston County

    July 12, 2016 - The Livingston County Department of Health, Noyes Health and the Genesee Valley Health Partnership are in the process of conducting a community health assessment in order to optimize local public health services. This joint Community Health Assessment is set to be complete by December 2016, and the public is invited to provide input regarding health concerns facing Livingston County.

  • Partnering to feed youth

    July 10, 2016 - Marta Driscoll of Causewave Community Partners writes about how nonprofits in the region have come together to form the Summer Meals Partnership of Rochester, a broad coalition of people and organizations working to ensure that every child and youth in Rochester has access to free and healthy summer meals.

  • Food trucks expand summer meals program in Rochester

    July 8, 2016 - The City of Rochester has a new strategy to feed more children as part of its annual summer meals program. Food trucks will be driving around four locations throughout the city; the trucks are part of a partnership with Foodlink.

  • PlayROCs your neighborhood: The NOTA

    July 1, 2016 - Have you heard? On Saturday, July 16th, 12 Neighborhood Associations, Block Clubs and Community Groups are bringing play back into their neighborhood with "PlayROCs your Neighborhood" - a CITY-WIDE FREE family play day!

  • Lead levels on the rise in Monroe County

    June 28, 2016 - While the number of Monroe County children under 6 found to have elevated levels of lead in their blood has been on the decline for the past decade, there was an uptick in that number last year.

  • More children in Monroe County considered 'lead poisoned'

    June 28, 2016 - The Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning released data from Monroe County that shows there was an increase in the number of children with elevated lead levels in their blood last year. At the same time, there were fewer children being screened.

  • City's summer meals program starts

    June 27, 2016 - Rochester's school-aged kids should not go hungry this summer. The city launched its summer meals program on Monday, where kids under 18 eat lunch – and in some cases breakfast – for free.

  • Heroin ODs climb as painkiller overdoses begin to slide in Finger Lakes region

    June 21, 2016 - Though hospitalizations for opioid-based prescriptions in the Finger Lakes region increased nearly 200 percent from 2000 to 2014, that number is finally on a downward trajectory. However, as the prescription-related overdoses decreased, the nine-county Finger Lakes region has witnessed a troubling increase in heroin-related hospitalizations.

  • Health experts worry about effects of restricting opioids

    June 15, 2016A study completed by the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency says that the number of heroin overdoses have been increasing over the past decade, while since 2012, overdoses for pain medications have declined. Researchers believe there could be a correlation between the decreased supply of prescription opioids and an increase of heroin use. 

  • Free meals available to city students

    June 14, 2016 - Organizers of the Summer Meals Fest at Frontier Field said they hoped to build awareness about the daily free meals available to kids younger than 18 at several locations around the city this summer. They also gave out samples of healthy food options and helped parents learn about summer recreational and learning programs.

  • Extraordinary People: All Pro Dads

    June 7, 2016 - WROC-TV featured Healthi Kids' All Pro Dads program, which brings fathers together to learn skills to improve their parenting. It's in two schools in the Rochester City and will be expanding to three more schools in the future.

  • Rochester named in Playful City USA program

    May 27, 2016 - Marisol Ramos-Lopez, Commissioner of the Department of Youth and Recreation Services with the City of Rochester, and Jenn Beideman, Healthi Kids Policy & Research Associate, talked about the benefits of play on Good Day Rochester.

  • Rochester New York: A Playful City USA

    May 19, 2016 - Rochester is known for its Museum of Play. Now it's being called a Playful City USA. That designation comes from KABOOM, a non-profit dedicated to giving kids, particularly those living in poverty, the childhood they deserve by building, opening or improving playgrounds nationwide.

  • Rochester among 30 named as 'Playful City'

    May 19, 2016 - Rochester has been honored as a 2016 Playful City USA, and is taking part in the KaBoom challenge, where $1 million in prizes will be awarded for the best design that helps make play easy.

  • Summer meals program works to provide food for kids

    May 14, 2016 - Organizers of the Summer Meals Partnership of Rochester were trying to spread the word about free, nutritious meals available to hungry kids all summer during an event Saturday at Frontier Field.

  • Health care focus of Digital Rochester event

    May 3, 2016 - Dr. Thomas Mahoney, chief medical officer of Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, will be part of a Digital Rochester Inc. panel that will discuss population health initiatives and information technology on May 12 at Irondequoit Country Club.

  • Bringing out the best: Rochester, NY

    April 25, 2016 - "Rochester's play advocates are demonstrating that play is a powerful tool for economic development," said Jill Vialet, CEO of Playworks, in a blog post that highlighted the work Healthi Kids and the City of Rochester have done to incorporate play into non-traditional places and during any season.

  • Poloncarz leads on lead while Brown dithers

    Mar. 9, 2016 - Rochester's Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning and lead ordinance are held up as example of progress on reducing lead hazards in this story from the Buffalo-based Investigative Post.

  • Childhood obesity in Rochester's food swamp

    Mar. 9, 2016 - In Rochester, nutritionally deficient food is often more accessible than nutritious options, but Dina Faticone of Healthi Kids told Open Mic about local initiatives that aim to increase healthy options in neighborhoods where families have limited transportation options.

  • Health care survey reflects local patient issues

    Mar. 3, 2016 - As in the rest of the country, many local residents say they are denying themselves care due to the high cost of care, said Chief Strategy Officer Wade Norwood. He was responding to the results of a national survey of health care consumers conducted by NPR and its partners.

  • New, healthy options added to menu at RCSD schools

    Mar. 1, 2016 - Kids at Clara Barton School No. 2 are enjoying new salad bars put in place by the Greater Rochester Health Foundation and Healthi Kids to respond to requests from kids for more choices of fruits and vegetables.

  • Rotary to honor Geneva couple in May

    Feb. 28, 2016 - In May the Geneva Rotary Club will honor Dr. Kenneth Steadman, who has volunteered with Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency in the past, and his wife Eva for their collective service to the community.

  • What's in a school lunch, and who's eating it?

    Feb. 28, 2016 - The Democrat and Chronicle looked at how lunches have changed in area schools after federal regulations mandated healthier options. Dina Faticone, Healthi Kids director, told reporters that healthier changes in school lunches appear to have positively influenced some children to choose healthier foods.

  • Schumer pushes for funds to combat lead poisoning

    Feb. 18, 2016 - To help combat the Rochester region's lead paint problem, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, D-NY,  has proposed a new national federal tax credit to offset the cost of cleaning the toxin out of people's homes.

  • Happiness House auction at Belhurst Castle raises $120,000

    Feb. 16, 2016 - Margaret "Peggy" Clark received the Board Member of the Year award from Happiness House, which serves indiviuals with developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury and neurological impairments and their families. Clark worked for two years as director of planning and capacity management at FLHSA.

  • RHIO appoints interim leader as executive director

    Feb. 16, 2016 - The Rochester Regional Health Information Organization has made interim executive director Jill Eisenstein’s appointment to the post permanent, RHIO officials said Tuesday. Eisenstein is a member of the FLHSA Board of Directors.

  • Eisenstein named executive director of RHIO

    Feb. 16, 2016 - FLHSA Board of Directors member Jill Eisenstein was named executive director of the Rochester Regional Health Information Organization, which allows medical teams to securely share patient information. Eisenstein has been serving as interim executive director since October 2015.

  • Rochester teens map their future

    Feb. 16, 2016 - The Democrat and Chronicle featured Rochester's GIS Scholars, a group of technologically savvy Rochester students who are using geospatial mapping technology to solve some of Rochester's biggest problems. We contracted with them to study high-impact corner stores in the city.

  • Connections: Flint, Rochester, And The Lead Problem

    Feb. 11, 2016 - A panel that included Elizabeth McDade of the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning appeared on Connections with Evan Dawson to talk about the progress made in fighting lead poisoning in Rochester.

  • Lead poisoning still an issue in Rochester

    Feb. 5, 2016 - Despite huge progress locally, lead poisoning remains a serious issue for Rochester's children, due in large part to inhalation and ingestion of lead paint dust and chips in Rochester's older homes.

  • Rochester Schools Ban Withholding Recess as Form of Punishment

    Feb. 4, 2016 - Following concerns by parents and advocacy from Healthi Kids, the Rochester City School District added a clause to its new student behavior resource manual to ensure that recess will not be taken away from students as a form of punishment. The advocacy was highlighted by the national Salud America! organization.

  • Report: Crisis in treating children's mental health needs

    Feb. 2, 2016 - A new report from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation revealed a critical shortage in professionals and a stigma that prevents children's mental health needs from being met; FLHSA Parent Engagement Coordinator Erick Stephens contributed to the report.

  • Flint water crisis a reminder of lead danger

    Jan. 29, 2016 - Mel Callan, co-chair of the local Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning, shares steps people can take to help prevent lead poisoning, both in Flint, Mich., where many children have been poisoned by the water supply, and in Rochester, N.Y., where many children have been poisoned by lead paint in homes. 

  • Study identifies gaps in child mental health care

    Jan. 27, 2016 - Erick Stephens, parent engagement coordinator for Healthi Kids, was part of the Commission on Children's Behavioral Health in the Finger Lakes, which called Thursday for more practitioners trained and better coordination of services.

  • No Surprise Locally, Millions of Americans Have Trouble Paying Medical Bills

    Jan. 8, 2016 - A recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the New York Times found that that people with medical debt often put off medical care for financial reasons. The news did not come as a surprise locally. Wade Norwood, Chief Strategy Officer for the FLHSA, said the cost of using insurance due to copays and deductibles is a barrier for some people in seeking medical care. 

  • N.Y. awards $2.35 million to URMC

    Jan. 3, 2016 - FLHSA is a partner on a project to expand geriatric mental health into the Finger Lakes region. The project will benefit as part of a new $2.35 million grant from the state department of health to the University of Rochester Medical Center's Office for Aging Research and Health Services to establish a Finger Lakes Center for Excellence in Alzheimer's disease.

  • Anti-poverty initiative: Ending vicious cycle of trauma

    Jan. 1, 2016 - In this op-ed, Trilby de Jung, chief executive officer of FLHSA and Christiana Otuwa, deputy superintendent of teaching and learning for the Rochester City School District, explore how trauma and poverty are "joined together in a vicious cycle" through the story of four sister who grew up with a mother struggling with drug addiction.

  • Stephen Cook: Fighting childhood obesity

    January 2016 - Dina Faticone, director of Healthi Kids at FLHSA, talks about the program's effort to provide a healthier nutritional environment. “More and more our strategies are moving beyond being kid-focused to supporting the health of the whole population so that kids and their families have the ability to achieve the best possible outcomes in life,” Faticone says.

  • Anti-poverty initiative: Ending vicious cycle of trauma

    Jan. 1, 2016 - Trauma-informed and trauma-responsive systems are needed to address the cycle of poverty as part of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, writes FLHSA CEO Trilby de Jung in an op-ed with Christiana Otuwa, deputy superintendent of teaching and learning for the Rochester City School District.

  • Rochester Regional to upgrade its record system

    Dec. 25, 2015 - Rochester Regional's $14 million project to create a unifited electronic medical record system is an upgrade that "makes sense" by allowing the health care provider to communication across its sytem, said Albert Blankley, FLHSA director of research and analytic. “It makes things seamless in theory for patients,” he added.

  • Health Checkup: Faith is part of health

    Dec. 8, 2015 Congregational health ministries often yield positive results because they provide a way to reach large numbers of people in environments they trust, said Phyllis Jackson, a community engagement specialist with Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency.

  • In case you missed it: Rochester street films

    Nov. 23, 2016 - Elizabeth Murphy of FLHSA served as a panelist on the Rochester Street Films festival, which presented a slate of films that showed how smart transportation design and policy can yield streets that make communities better places to live, work and play.

  • Rochester Latinas honored for contributions

    Nov. 12, 2015 - Sady Fisher, formerly the consumer engagement program manager at Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, was honored with a "reconocimiento" award from Latinas Unidas for her volunteer work.

  • UR Medicine adds two rural health systems

    Nov. 10, 2015 - UR Medicine announced that Noyes Health in Livingston County and Jones Memorial Hospital in Alleghany County would join its medical system. The announcement Tuesday aligns with recommendations from the 2020 Commission convened by Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency to ensure stability in regional acute care.

  • Healthy results can be the norm

    Nov. 10, 2015 - UR Medicine announced that Noyes Health in Livingston County and Jones Memorial Hospital in Alleghany County would join its medical system. The announcement Tuesday aligns with recommendations from the 2020 Commission convened by Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency to ensure stability in regional acute care.

  • More people getting blood pressure under control

    Nov. 2, 2015 - For the past five years, the partnership formed by the Rochester Business Alliance and the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency has mobilized businesses, the health care system and other community partners around encouraging people to check their blood pressure and keep or get it under control.

  • Managing your high blood pressure

    Nov. 2, 2015 - There is progress in the fight to control high blood pressure, a leading factor in heart disease. Monday, the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency joined members of the Rochester Business Alliance to discuss their work over the past five years.

  • Effort to curb high blood pressure achieves results here

    Nov. 2, 2015 - A local coalition’s five-year effort to curb high blood pressure has paid off, boosting the percentage of area hypertension patients who have brought their blood pressure under control some 20 points higher than the national average, members of the Rochester High Blood Pressure Collaborative said Monday.

  • How Rochester responded to its lead poisoning problem: Toxic Neglect

    Oct. 23, 2015 - What separates Rochester's approach from other cities fighting childhood lead poisoning is simple: The city decided to start looking for lead in rental homes rather than waiting to act until a child had already been poisoned, the Cleveland Plain Dealer said. The newspaper quoted FLHSA's Chief Strategy Officer, Wade Norwood, and featured the work of the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning as part of its series on lead poisoning.

  • Invest in child nutrition

    Oct. 23, 2015 - Advocates called on the federal government to close gaps in funding of child nutrition programs to ensure that children do not go hungry after school, on weekends and during the summer. FLHSA is part of the Summer Meals Partnership of Rochester.

  • Toxic neglect: Curing Cleveland's legacy of lead poisoning

    Oct. 20, 2015 - The Cleveland Plain Dealer, which focused a series of reports on lead poisoning, wrote that Rochester was able to achieve a drop in the percentage of children diagnosed with lead poisoning due to the passage of the city's lead ordinance in 2005. There was a moral, scientific and community imperative for the legislation, said Wade Norwood, FLHSA's chief strategy officer and a former city councilman.

  • International Walk to School Day

    Oct. 7, 2015 - Dozens of parents, students, teachers, and volunteers from Rochester City School #19 took part in the 15th Annual International Walk to School Day to raise awareness for safer walking routes to school, and to promote the importance of exercise.

  • 15th Annual International Walk to School Day

    Oct. 7, 2015 - A recent Healthi Kids Walkability report says some of the safety challenges to kids walking to schools are that there's not enough crossing guards, crosswalks, too many damaged sidewalks and concerns about speeding motorists.

  • Effort Encourages Kids to Walk to School

    Oct. 7, 2105 - Healthi Kids program manager Dina Faticone said in the past, more than half of children walked to school, whereas today only about 14 percent walk and she called on the community to reduce barriers to walking.

  • Can Exercise Improve the City's Health Problems?

    Sep. 24, 2015 - How do you get people in the city's poorest neighborhoods to get out and exercise? Organizations that work for that goal shared their projects with others at Rochester’s inaugural Urban Health Summit, which was co-sponsored by Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency. 

  • "Pop up parks" create parking lot party

    Sept. 18, 2015 - Healthi Kids set up a pop up park in a parking lot outside of Rundel Memorial Library Sept. 18 for Park(ing) Day. Dina Faticone, program manager for Healthi Kids, said using space in a smarter way doesn't require a lot of money, but instead a lot of creativity.

  • On Park(ing) Day, empty lots transform

    Sept. 17, 2015 - The Democrat and Chronicle featured the concept of Parking Day as an effort to temporarily turn wasted public spaces into urban parks. It noted that Healthi Kids is setting up a pop-up park in front of the Rundel Library Building to highlight play spaces.

  • Excellus: 10.5M Customers Affected By Data Breach

    Sept. 9, 2015 - Dr. Thomas Mahoney, chief medical officer of Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, said that although a data breach took place at one of the area's largest health insurers, the hackers most likely were targeting information they could use to criminally obtain money or false identities, rather than targeting private medical information.

  • The Importance Of "Play" For Rochester School Kids

    Sept. 9 2015 - Dina Faticone, program manager for Healthi Kids, said that like reading, writing and arithmetic, recess is a key part of learning. "We really see recess as an important part of the day in conjunction with physical education, so that kids are getting the recommended amount of physical activity per day that can help improve academic performance," she said.

  • Health Groups Say Students Need More Playtime

    Sept. 8, 2015 - Recess may be the solution to helping students in city elementary schools achieve greater academic success, said Dina Faticone, program manager for Healthi Kids. Studies have shown that active students are more likely to earn an A in English and math.

  • Churches seek to improve congregations' health

    Aug. 31, 2015 - Churches can play a bigger role in improving the health of their members by helping to prevent obesity and poor air quality, according to one of the recommendations from the Regional Commission on Community Health Improvement.

  • Time to treat violence in our city as a disease

    Aug. 24, 2015 - On Wednesday night, a couple of blocks up the street from where a neighborhood group on summer Tuesdays tries to promote health by selling fresh peaches, berries, corn, beans and leafy greens and promoting an active lifestyle, seven people were shot.

  • FLHSA calls shootings a health crisis

    Aug. 24, 2015 - FLHSA's African American and Latino health coalitions said high rates of homicide in Rochester are a public health crisis. Candice Lucas, chair of the African American Health Coalition said of the spate of gun violence, "There is a trauma that goes along with that that is not always treated or treated sufficiently in our community."

  • Connections: The Hidden Cost of Mental Illness

    Aug. 5, 2015 - FLHSA's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Thomas Mahoney, and Senior Data and Research Analyst Kay Spellane joined Kathy Plum, former mental health commissioner for Monroe County, in speaking about how untreated mental illness drives health care costs as part of the radio show Connections with Evan Dawson.

  • Meet AHP Care Manager John Scruton

    July 30, 2015 - Helping patients to do those things that they cannot do for themselves as well as tapping into their motivations and values in the service of realizing their health goals lies at the heart of good care management, said care manager John Scruton, who works with the CMMI project and is a care manager at His Branches.

  • Fitness trackers: Trend or tool?

    July 2015 - Fitness trackers serve as a constant reminder of whatever it is we strive to achieve—steps walked, minutes jogged, or calories tracked, said Dr. Michael Mendoza, medical director of UR Medicine's Highland Family Medicine and a consultant with FLHSA.

  • Extending the reach of UR health care

    July 26, 2015 - Although there are fewer hospitals in the area, the Finger Lakes region is still known for its health care collaboration, FLHSA CEO Trilby de Jung said in a story on the University of Rochester's expanding health care network.

  • New directions for community health

    July 22, 2015 - Recognizing the majority of health outcomes are determined by behaviors and environmental influences outside the doctor’s office, the commission is calling for a communitywide focus on preventing chronic diseases like obesity and tobacco addiction and increased efforts to connect clinical, behavioral health and community-based services.

  • Commission takes aim at health challenges

    July 20, 2015 - “Much of what we see ... at our courthouse can be traced to mental health issues, and also substance abuse for our young people,” Ontario County Judge Craig Doran told the Finger Lakes Times about his service on the Regional Commission for Community Health Improvement. “These are troubled kids and we are not getting them the services they need. There is a significant unmet need, and we are not doing the job meeting that need.”

  • OUR OPINION: Health care, veterans programs admirable

    July 22, 2015 - An editorial in the Finger Lakes Times states that the Regional Commission on Community Health Improvement and a regional veterans task force deserve credit for proactive efforts to educate the community in a way that empowers people to wiser choices for themselves.

  • These herbs help fight disease, promote health

    Replacing high-sodium, high-fat flavor agents with fresh herbs can help to lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol, writes Tami Best, a registered dietitian and healthy worksites coordinator for Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency.

  • Healthy choices topic for 'Talk & Walk with a Doc' Tuesday

    Phyllis Jackson, a registered nurse, an ordained minister and a community engagement specialist with FLHSA's High Blood Pressure Collaborative, talked July 14 at the Westside Farmers Market Talk and Walk with a Doc about overcoming the difficulty of making healthy choices when it seems everything is working against you.

  • Charting New Directions for Improving Community Health

    A greater emphasis on prevention and a more connected system are two of the main recommendations about health care in a report just released by the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency. Those recommendations were put together by the Regional Commission on Community Health Improvement, which has been reviewing health data in the local nine-county region for the past 18 months.

  • The Road to Health

    FLHSA and the Genesee Transportation Council will be studying how health could have been factored into transportation plans that have been approved. FLHSA also will use its health data to develop recommendations planners can use for future transportation plans, active transportation specialist Elizabeth Murphy told City News.

  • Tami Best: Tips for staying lean while training

    Refuel with lean protein and carbohydrates if training lasts longer than an hour and cut out added simple sugars to stay lean while athletic training, writes Tami Best, a registered dietitian and healthy worksites coordinator for Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency.

  • Summer Meals Program Targets City Kids

    Free or reduced meals don't have to end when school lets out for the summer. WXXI News featured the Rochester Summer Meals program, which allows anyone from 2-18 years old living in the city to get a free breakfast or lunch at select locations.

  • County lead poisoning diagnoses down 85 percent

    The number of children under 6 newly diagnosed with elevated levels of lead in their blood has dropped 85 percent in Monroe County over the past decade, the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning announced Thursday. FLHSA provides staff support and administrative services to the coalition.

  • Tami Best: Getting enough iron in a vegan diet

    People who follow a plant-based diet should pair citrus fruits or tomato products with plant sources of iron to help boost their iron absorption and avoid drinking tea and coffee at the same time as they ingest sources of iron, writes Tami Best, a registered dietitian and healthy worksites coordinator for FLHSA.

  • Gillibrand pushes for summer meals for those in need

    Healthi Kids, an initiative of FLHSA, was at the kickoff of the summer meals program June 8 at Foodlink. At that event, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called for an expansion of the summer meals program and to make it easier for kids to participate in the program.

  • Rochester health care prices among lowest in U.S.

    A new report notes that Rochester has the fourth-lowest cost of medical care in the country, as measured by claims paid by commercial health insurers. Dr. Thomas Mahoney, chief medical officer of FLHSA, noted that medical costs must be aligned with quality of care.

  • Tami Best: How to cook with tofu

    Tami Best, a registered dietitian and healthy worksites coordinator for FLHSA, wrote about how to use protein-packed tofu in such dishes as smoothies, stir-frys and sandwiches.

  • Connections: What does "Walkability" mean?

    Elizabeth Murphy, active transportation specialist with FLHSA, explored the concept of functional walkability versus recreational walkability as part of a panel discussion on the Connections radio program.

  • Public Art Project Aims to Rebrand Rochester Community

    Dina Faticone, program manager of Healthi Kids, spoke about the agency's participation in a public art project that aimed to revitalize several businesses Jay Street. The agency has been helping transform a corner store at that location into a store that sells fresh produce.

  • Eschuchar a las pobres es clave

    Rhonda O'Connor, directora de desarrollo de la comunidad para Visions for Change (Visiones para el Cambio), dijo que el recién creado grupo de trabajo contra la pobreza en Rochester es un paso en la dirección correcta pero debe incluir la participación de la gente que vive o ha experimentado la pobreza.

  • Listening to those in poverty is key

    Rhonda O'Connor, director of community development for Visions for Change of Syracuse, said that the recently created anti-poverty task force in Rochester is a step in the right direction but must include participation of people living in or who have experienced poverty.

  • Simulacro abre ojos a la pobreza

    Tener un entendimiento más profundo de las conexiones entre la pobreza y la salud ayuda a las comunidades para trabajar juntas para ayudar a estas familias

  • Simulation opens eyes to poverty

    Having a deeper understanding of the connections between poverty and health helps communities work together to help those families.

  • The Westside Farmer's Market

    Elizabeth McDade, program manager of the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning, also helps coordinate the Walk with a Doc program at the Westside Farmer's Market. The market will opens at 4 p.m. June 9.

  • International Walk to School Day

    On International Walk to School Day, Dina Faticone, program manager for Healthi Kids, said high-visibility crosswalks piloted in other communities have been shown to get drivers to slow down.

  • Three honored with community health award

    Amina Alio was among those honored with a Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Award at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Alio is assistant professor of public health sciences at the university, and she is a member of FLHSA's African American Health Coalition.

  • A.G. Schneiderman Announces $2 Million Sustainable Homes Program

    Trilby de Jung, Chief Executive Officer of FLHSA, said a new sustainable homes program in Rochester and Syracuse could help address safety issues in homes, including lead paint and mold. The program was made possible by a court-ordered federal Clean Air Act settlement.

  • Patients Rate Area Hospitals

    FLHSA's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Thomas Mahoney, spoke about new online patient satisfaction surveys available from He recommended that patients give their doctors' advice more weight than new surveys.

  • Meet our first 7 ROC health all-stars

    FLHSA's Phyllis Jackson, community engagement specialist with the High Blood Pressure Collaborative, was named a ROC health all-star by the Democrat & Chronicle for her work in founding the Interdenominational Health Care Ministry, which trains lay people to be health educators.

  • Tami Best: Ways to avoid weight gain in menopause

    Women in menopause should exercise, monitor their food intake and make sure they are getting enough calcium, iron and water to prevent midsection weight gain and dietary deficiencies, says Tami Best, a registered dietitian and healthy worksites coordinator for Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency.

  • Project eyes mental health services for kids

    Several Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency staff members have been named to a commission on improving mental health services for children. Trilby de Jung, CEO of FLHSA will serve as an invited observer on the commission. Erick Stephens, a community engagement specialist with FLHSA, and former FLHSA executive director Bonnie DeVinney will serve as members of the new commission.

  • Time to spring-clean your eating habits

    Tami Best, a registered dietitian and healthy worksites coordinator for Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, said people may be able to make behavior changes through the ROC Eats Real community-wide challenge to eat fresh and local foods, which will run from May 3 to June 13.

  • Playing at poverty is no game

    Patti Singer, staff writer with the Democrat and Chronicle, found out during a hectic poverty simulation sponsored by Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency that frustration, annoyance, humiliation and confusion are part of making ends meet.

  • Poverty Simulation Highlights Stress on Health

    A poverty-focused health care conference held Thursday centered on how to explain economic stress and its impacts on health. The Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency said the growing health gap between the wealthy and the poor has widened.

  • Area's who's-who named to lead poverty initiative

    Trilby de Jung, chief executive officer of Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, has been named to a steering committee of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, which aims to eliminate poverty in the region through community-driven approaches.

  • United Way turns to Fran Weisberg

    Fran Weisberg, former executive director of Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, was selected as the new executive director of the United Way of Greater Rochester, one of the area's largest charitable organizations.

  • Rochester Anti-Poverty Task Force gets underway

    Finger Lakes Health System Agency’s Chief Program Officer Wade Norwood thanked Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul for her presence and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s support of anti-poverty efforts during a panel discussion March 5 in Rochester.

  • Rochester fight against poverty needs help

    Wade Norwood, Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency's chief program officer, told Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and about 20 members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration who are part of a task force to combat poverty, that their participation in a new anti-poverty initiative represents a new level of coordination.

  • Rochester Regional to put primary care on RIT campus

    Rochester Regional Health System has applied to the state Department of Health to open a primary care clinic on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus. Dr. Thomas Mahoney, chief medical officer of regional health planning at Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, said the clinic would help RIT employees establish primary care.

  • How do we improve downtown parking?

    Finger Lakes Health Systems transportation specialist, Elizabeth Murphy says to think biking and walking as a way to free up more downtown parking.

  • UMMC gets go-ahead for radiation services

    Officials at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia received approval this month for a nearly $6.5 million project to add radiation services. Dr. Thomas Mahoney, chief medical officer of regional health planning at Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency comments on how comprehensive care presents a strong business model.

  • Essay: Progress on Diabetes Treatments

    Citing Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency reports, this op-ed points out that African-Americans within the city of Rochester have a premature mortality rate that is almost 300 percent higher than whites who live outside of the area. African-American and Latinos with diabetes also experience higher mortality rates, hospitlizations and lower extremeity amputations.

  • Community-wide Effort Improves Blood Pressure Control

    The Rochester Business Alliance has a long history of taking an active role in healthcare issues. The Health Care Planning Team, formed by the area's largest employers was instrumental in implementing a community wide employee wellness program, "Eat Well Live Well"

  • FLHSA names new CEO

    Nov. 6, 2013 - Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency has named public interest health care lawyer Trilby de Jung as its new CEO.

  • Trilby de Jung to lead Finger Lakes health agency

    Nov. 6, 2013 - Keeping people well while keeping down costs is the next challenge for the health care system, according to the new director of the organization trying to solve that and other perplexing health issues