Numerous agencies, initiatives, and nonprofit groups are working to improve the population's health. This section begins with resources that have a general health focus and continues by listing those that relate directly to the subheadings in the "Topic Indicators" section on the left side of this page.


Healthy People 2020 is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' 10-year agenda for improving the nation's health.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of the major agencies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability.

The National Institutes of Health is a federal agency that conducts and supports research, helps in the training of research investigators, and fosters communication of medical information.

New York State Department of Health provides a wealth of information on its website, including the New York State Prevention Agenda Dashboard, and a comprehensive alphabetical listing of health topics. This list is also available in Spanish (en Espãnol)

County Health Departments:

Common Ground Health is a community-based health planning organization that works to promote the health of the population in its nine-county region of Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, and Yates counties. Among its projects are the African-American and Latino health coalitions described below.

Access to Health Care

Medicaid is a publicly funded program that provides coverage for uninsured New York state residents who cannot afford to pay for health care. Medicaid is managed by counties' social services departments:

The New York state Department of Health's Cancer Services Program partners with community-based organizations to educate about cancer prevention and early detection, promote the delivery of comprehensive cancer screening services to underserved populations and provide community-based cancer support services.

Rural health networks are affiliations of health-care providers that are funded by the New York state Department of Health to address the challenges unique to sustaining health care systems and services in rural New York state.

  • The Genesee Valley Health Partnership is a rural health network of more than 40 organizations whose mission is to improve the health and well being of the Livingston County community through collaboration, education, and prevention.
  • The Wayne County Rural Health Network works in collaboration with partners, providers and individuals to plan and implement innovative solutions for emerging and unmet health and human service needs that one provider alone could not undertake.
  • The S²AY Network comprises Allegany, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, and Yates counties.  Its mission is to integrate, promote, and expand appropriate components of the public health delivery system to improve health outcomes for all residents of the network region.
  • Lake Plains Community Care Network promotes cooperation, the practice of preventive medicine and access to quality care in Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming counties.

The federal Health Resources and Services Administration Shortage Designation Branch develops criteria to assess the supply of medical professionals. This is used to decide whether or not a geographic area, population group or facility is a Health Professional Shortage Area or a Medically Underserved Area or Population.

Communities across New York state are experiencing growing physician shortages that are affecting access to care. Both emergency and routine services are becoming less available in many New York communities. The Healthcare Association of New York adds to the growing library of data that establishes the physician shortage as one of the major health-care concerns for many New York communities.

The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care documents variations in the distribution and use of medical resources in the United States. Its publication, Hospital and Physician Capacity Update, analyzes current hospital and physician capacity, as well as trends over a 10-year period.

Disease and Mortality

Disease surveillance data are available on the New York State Department of Health website.

The Center for Community Health and Prevention of the University of Rochester Medical Center supports participatory research and interventions that reduce health disparities and improve health.

The American Heart Association's mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., ACS has state divisions and more than 3,400 local offices.  

The National Cancer Institute is a component of the National Institutes of Health, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

The New York state Department of Health's Cancer Services Program promotes the delivery of comprehensive cancer-screening services to underserved populations and provides community-based cancer support services. The American Childhood Cancer Organization helps children diagnosed with cancer with recovery.

The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester is a local organization dedicated to eradicating breast cancer through action and advocacy. Its mission is to provide support to those touched by a diagnosis of breast cancer, to make access to information and care a priority through education and advocacy and to empower women and men to participate fully in decisions relating to breast cancer.

Gilda's Club Rochester provides a place for men, women, and children living with cancer, along with their family and friends, to build social and emotional support as a supplement to medical care.

The American Lung Association works to save lives, improve lung health, and prevent lung disease. helps communities around the world become smoke-free and healthy. 

Contact the county health departments listed above for information on sexually transmitted diseases.

Trillium Health provides education, prevention, advocacy, and support services for people infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Anthony L. Jordan Health Center is a system of comprehensive health centers and primary care offices serving nearly 30,000 patients in the Cities of Rochester and Canandaigua, New York.

The Mental Health Association promotes mental wellness through educational programming, referral to needed services and individualized support, and assistance to those in greater need.

Behavioral Health

The Greater Rochester Health Foundation's 10-year strategic plan calls for a reduction in the prevalence of overweight and obese children ages 2 to 10 in Monroe County from the current estimate of 15% to 5% in 2017.

The Healthy Living Program, sponsored by the Center for Community Health, is a faith-based program that received the Innovation in Prevention Award by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Program participants learn the basics of healthful eating, participate in group exercise, and are supported in adopting healthier lifestyles

New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services plans, develops, and regulates the New York state's system of chemical dependence and gambling treatment agencies.

Unity Chemical Dependency provides treatment services for adolescents, adults, older adults, and their families.  Services include outpatient programs, inpatient rehabilitation, and residential programs.