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Chronic conditions top health concerns in the Finger Lakes

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Chronic health conditions are the biggest concern for 36 percent of residents in the Rochester region, according to a new data Spotlight released Friday by Common Ground Health. The My Health Story 2022 survey identified issues like overweight/obesity and pain management as top concerns among respondents.

The survey, which gathered responses from a 9-county area, asked residents to name their biggest health worry. The answers, ranging from brief comments to detailed descriptions, provide crucial insights for local public health officials to address community needs.

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz, director of research at Common Ground Health, emphasized the importance of the survey. “We continue to learn so much from the My Health Story surveys and will release more analysis in the coming months,” she said.

While the 2022 survey results cannot be directly compared with those from 2018 due to a different respondent makeup, previous top concerns included access to care, aging/older adult care, and mental/emotional health. The latest report also highlights existing programs addressing these issues and encourages residents to seek help from available resources.

“We’re open and available to meet with people who might want to consider using the My Health Story 2022 data for their own explorations,” said Dr. Sarah Farash, senior research associate with Common Ground Health.

For more information and to view the full Spotlight, visit Common Ground Health.