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  • 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."