The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives recently named the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce Health Care Initiative and Blood Pressure Collaborative one of four finalists for its Regional Innovation Award.

The award recognizes organizations committed to building strong and vibrant communities through groundbreaking collaboration and program development. Led by ACCE’s Education Attainment Division, the award program targets initiatives that boost economic competitiveness by investing in health and wellness. Finalists are organizations that build sustainable efforts supporting child, workplace and community health.

The Rochester Chamber Health Care Initiative promotes worksite wellness, a regional health information exchange and implementation of Lean Six Sigma practices in area hospitals. The chamber is a partner in the Regional Blood Pressure Collaborative, which created the nation's first community high blood pressure registry and has kept the county’s blood pressure control rate at 40 percent better than the national average.

“Finalists for the Regional Innovation Award exemplify the highest levels of civic entrepreneurship and regional stewardship,” said Mick Fleming, ACCE president. “To help their communities address challenges and seize opportunities, chambers of commerce must convene diverse stakeholders and develop new strategies across jurisdictions.”

Other finalists for the award include Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, Tennessee; Mason City Chamber of Commerce, Iowa; and Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Tennessee.

“We are pleased that ACCE has recognized the Rochester Chamber Health Care Initiative and Blood Pressure Collaborative for their work toward the goal of making Rochester the healthiest community in America,” said Bob Duffy, GRCC president and CEO. “Special thanks go to the leadership of the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency and Wegmans, which helped us launch the program as a regional collaboration between employers, health systems and insurers. This kind of teamwork truly makes a difference.”

A panel of judges evaluated entries and selected this year’s finalists. The winner will be named at ACCE’s annual convention Aug. 10 in Savannah, Georgia.