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.