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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Medicare.gov. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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