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  • Playing the Long Game: Connect & Collaborate to Tackle Social Determinants of Health

    Cardiovascular Business

    March 8, 2019 - Cardiovascular Business featured Common Ground's work with the High Blood Pressure Collaborative as part of an article on how health care organizations are guiding patients to non-medical resources, whether for prevention, management or recovery. "Make sure physicians know how to make an impact—and that they have the tools to do just that," says Thomas Mahoney, MD, chief medical officer of Common Ground Health.

  • 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.

  • ReThink Health posts project case study

    Rethink Health

    Jan. 15, 2019 - For the past two years, Common Ground Health was one of six areas that worked with ReThink Health Ventures, a national mentoring program funded by the Fannie E. Rippel and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations. ReThink provided a unique opportunity to Common Ground leadership to meet with and learn from others across the country who, like us, employ a collaborative approach to health improvement. Perhaps most important, ReThink helped our organization transition to a broader focus on the social determinate of health. For more about this and other aspects of our ReThink partnership, read ReThink’s recently posted case study

  • 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.