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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Number of Children Reported Poisoned By Lead Continues Decade Long Decrease

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Monroe County Department of Public Health’s most recent data on testing children for elevated blood lead levels (EBLL) indicates that Monroe County and the City of Rochester are making significant progress in the campaign to end childhood lead poisoning. The encouraging statistics regarding testing data for children under the age of six shows that the number of children diagnosed with EBLLs above 10μg/dL (micrograms per deciliter) has decreased from 900 in 2004 to 139 in 2014.

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Local Barbershops and Salons Offer Blood Pressure Screenings Throughout the Year

When you go to Visions Beauty Salon in Rochester, Master Hair Professional Cassandra McCrea can style your hair—and tell you whether your blood pressure is high. McCrea and several other stylists and barbers trained as Community Health Educators offer blood pressure monitoring year-round at select salons and barbershops in Rochester as part of the Get It Done initiative. 

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In The Headlines
OUR OPINION: Health care, veterans programs admirable

Finger Lakes Times - 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. Read more.

Commission takes aim at health challenges

Finger Lakes Times - July 22, 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.” Read more.

New directions for community health

The Daily Record - 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. Read more.

These herbs help fight disease, promote health

Democrat and Chronicle - July 21, 2015 - 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. Read more.

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