FLHSA Health Coalitions Say Shootings Are a Health Crisis

FLHSA health coalition chairs Candice Lucas and Gladys Pedraza-Burgos said recent gun violence in Rochester underscores the need to start treating gun violence and its shocking loss of life as a public health crisis. Noting that homicide is the number one cause of early death among African American males, the chairs urged that "the same urgency that we would use with any other epidemic is called for now when dealing with this public health crisis."

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Regional Leaders Chart New Directions for Improving Community Health

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Improving health in the Finger Lakes requires a new approach that goes beyond medical interventions, a regional commission on health has concluded. Recognizing that the majority of health outcomes are determined by behaviors and environmental influences outside the doctor’s office, the commission called for a community-wide focus on preventing chronic diseases like obesity and tobacco addiction and increased efforts to connect clinical, behavioral health and community-based services.

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Success of Hypertension Intervention Garners National Honor

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - The American Hospital Association (AHA) honored Rochester’s successful Blood Pressure Advocate Program for its effort to improve community health, awarding the program the 2015 American Hospital Association NOVA Award. The honor was presented July 25 during the Health Forum/AHA Leadership Summit in San Francisco. The Blood Pressure Advocate Program (BPAP) was developed by the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Center for Community Health.

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In The Headlines
 Time to treat violence in our city as a disease

Democrat and Chronicle - Aug. 24, 2015 - Patti Singer wrote in a column in the Democrat and Chronicle that violence is a threat to public health. She writes, "[It is] a threat not just to physical health, but to the social, mental, environmental and even the economic health of this community. And not just the city, but the suburbs that are lumped, for better or worse, into the Greater Rochester area." Read more.

FLHSA calls shootings a health crisis

WXXI News - Aug. 21, 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." Read more.

Connections: The Hidden Cost of Mental Illness

WXXI News - 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. Listen here.

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