Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency is now on Common Ground

Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, one of the nation's oldest and most effective regional health planning organizations, announced last week it is now Common Ground Health. The Rochester-based nonprofit is rebranding to better reflect its mission to help our region find common ground on health issues.

The organization, originally designated a Health Systems Agency (HSA) in 1974 by federal statute, was founded in 1961 when a Kodak executive started a health planning council. In the 1970s, the model established here was rolled out as a national model.

After HSAs were phased out in the 1980s, the work of the nonprofit evolved, although the name did not—until now.

The new name was unveiled at a regional meeting at the Yates County Office Building March 3. The region includes nine counties in the Finger Lakes and Rochester area.

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