Community Based Organizations

Community Based Organizations (CBOs) have been identified by New York State Department of Health and the Finger Lakes Performing Provider System (FLPPS) and other FLPPS Partners to be essential in the support of health care outcomes within the Medicaid and uninsured populations. CBOs are organizations often in regular contact with individuals. These contacts occur in more comfortable environments such as homes, housing coordinator’s offices, and support group settings. Individuals are also typically familiar and comfortable with the staff in these organizations making engagement more successful.

Many CBOs are experienced in delivering services that are culturally responsive and provide services that address an individual’s social determinants of health. The social determinants of health are fundamental to supporting medical interventions and improving health outcomes.

CBOs typically offer services and resources that help address the five key areas of the social determinants of health as identified by Health People 2020:

  1. Economic stability
  2. Education
  3. Social and Community Context
  4. Health and Health Care
  5. Neighborhood and Built Environment

DSRIP offers the opportunity to partner with CBOs that successfully address the social determinants of health and incorporate them into the emerging Integrated Delivery System.

FLPPS is dedicated to ensuring the successful engagement of CBOs in the FLPPS network by offering recommendations and providing the supports needed for organizations to:

  • Meet project and clinical outcomes
  • Establish partnerships and,
  • Identify resources

Approximately 300 of FLPPS 600 member partnership are Community Based Organizations


FLPPS has assembled a CBO workgroup which has begun to define and segment different types of CBO Partners and identify potential roles and responsibilities within current projects and work streams.   CBOs participating in the FLPPS Network are currently categorized into three groups:

Non-clinical, Community-Based Resources and Support Services

Examples: Care Management, housing, peer groups, spirituality, transportation, food, clothing, etc.

Clinical, Community-Based Services and Supports

Examples: Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Home Health Care services, Emergency Medical Services, etc.

Resource Partners: Community education, community collaborations, and business resources

Examples: Coalitions, Government Agencies, Councils, Institutions, Faith Based Organizations, etc.