GBUAHN and WIVB-TV Channel 4’s Telethon

GBUAHN and WIVB-TV Channel 4’s telethon to benefit Puerto Rico’s relief effort in the wake of Hurricane Maria was a huge success. The telethon, held at GBUAHN’s offices at 564 Niagara Street, raised over $36,000. The monies raised will go to Hurricane Maria survivors who are resettling in Buffalo and Western New York and will be used toward housing, furniture, clothing, appliances, etc. If you missed the telethon and still want to give, you can send your tax-deductible donation in the form of a check, wire transfer, or deposit made payable to The Belle Center and write in the memo line “Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Relief Fund.” For wire transfer use routing number 022000046; for transfers and direct deposits, use M&T Bank account #9873254693 OR go online to Go-Fund-Me: www.gofundme.com/prreliefwny.

Thank you to all of our volunteers and donors for doing such a wonderful job!

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GBUAHN's 2017 Turkey Drive

WNY Muslims 1st Annual Collective Awards Banquet

On Sunday, November 4, 2017 the WNY Muslims organization honored our CEO Dr. Raul Vazquez with the Peace Maker Award and Senior Vice President of Outreach Ava White with the Humanitarian Award. Dr. Vazquez and Ava White were honored for their philanthropic and community improvement efforts in the WNY community. WNY Muslims serves the WNY community by raising awareness, encouraging diversity and providing service.

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GBUAHN goes pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

On October 30, 2017, GBUAHN and YourCare Health Plan held a community event for Breast Cancer Awareness Month at GBUAHN’s new facility. This health and wellness event included assistance in applying for or renewing free or low-cost health insurance with YourCare. Other vendors on-site included ECMC and Our Curls – a not-for-profit that offers women of color diagnosed with cancer free ethnic wigs, makeovers and support groups. There was plenty of free food and fun! GBUAHN staffers joined the party as well, decked out in their finest pink attire!

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GBUAHN takes home a SOPHi

GBUAHN was honored with the P2 Collaborative (now Population Health Collaborative) 2017 SOPHi Data-Driven Award at a ceremony held on Friday, October 13, 2017 at Buffalo Riverworks. SOPHi stands for Spotlight on Population Health. GBUAHN received the Data-Driven Award for using data to drive implementation of programs, best practices and programming with measurable baselines and outcomes. Forty-three organizations were nominated for SOPHi Awards; GBUAHN was one of only eight organizations to win an award.

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Kidney Foundation of WNY recognizes GBUAHN

The Kidney Foundation of WNY honored GBUAHN with the Barbara Breckenridge Community Service Award at a ceremony on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at The Protocol Restaurant. GBUAHN was honored for making the Western New York community a healthier place to live and work. GBUAHN has teamed up with the Kidney Foundation to provide free kidney disease screenings, with more screening events in the works.

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Dr. Vazquez speaks as expert at national ACO summit

Dr. Raul Vazquez, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Care Organization (GBUACO), presented at the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative (ACLC) Summit on October 4, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The ACLC is dedicated to accelerating the adoption of accountable care. The Collaborative brings together the top accountable care organization performers to share best practices concerning what it takes for an ACO to succeed. Dr. Vazquez shared the successes and formation of GBUACO during a session at the summit entitled the “Coaching Session.”

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Puerto Rico Relief Block Party

GBUAHN heeds the call to help the citizens of Puerto Rico

A Hurricane Maria relief block party was held on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in the 500 block of Niagara Street. The turnout of supporters was overwhelming. Law enforcement officers lent a huge helping hand – even closing down the portion of Niagara Street where the event was held. Music and a car show helped make the relief party fun for all, despite the seriousness of the cause.

The event was a huge success with large donations of canned goods, diapers, flashlights and batteries, among many other items. Monetary contributions were also collected. GBUAHN showed up big time – donating 10 pallets of water to the cause.

Buffalo has one of the largest Puerto Rican communities outside of the island, according to a news release from Mayor Byron Brown’s office issued September 29.

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GBUAHN New Facility Grand Opening

The Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN) held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new $6 million, 40,000-square-foot building on Thursday, September 21, 2017. Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown, United States Congressman Brian Higgins, and New York State Senator Timothy Kennedy spoke at the event. The GBUAHN medical facility is the largest construction project on Buffalo’s Lower West Side in 25 years.

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GBUACO 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament

GBUACO’s 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament took place on Friday, September 22, 2017 at Glen Oak Golf Course in East Amherst. After hitting the links, golfers enjoyed an awards ceremony, basket raffle and check presentations to the charities that each received $2,500 from the tournament: Vive, Back to Basics Outreach Ministries and Western New York Center for Survivors of Torture at Jewish Family Services. Everyone enjoyed live music performed by Dance Machine Rollercoaster, a band featuring GBUACO’s own executive director, Ralph Hernandez. United Healthcare was the premier sponsor of this event.

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First Ever Board Meeting

On Thursday, September 14, 2017, GBUACO held its first-ever board meeting in the beautiful William L. Gaiter Conference Center at the new GBUAHN facility. The conference room is named after Gaiter, GBUACO Chief Systems Operator Toni Vazquez’s father. Gaiter was a major leader of the Civil Rights Movement in Buffalo.

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American Heritage Food Cooperative

The American Heritage Food Cooperative made a stop at the new GBUAHN building to share its delicious fresh fruits and vegetables. GBUAHN members receive $5 off their purchases. The Cooperative will make many return trips to GBUAHN to help the people who live in the community enjoy fresh, healthy foods.

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Puerto Rican & Hispanic Day Parade - August 19

GBUAHN was present and proud at the 15th Annual Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade!

The famous G-Vans were followed by a flag-waving Dr. Vazquez as seen below. Cheering patrons on Niagara St. were greeted with candy and other handouts. Meanwhile, GBUAHN offered tests for blood pressure, glucose, and other health screenings at LaSalle Park throughout the day.

The celebration was founded in Buffalo to empower the community, its youth especially, by promoting civic pride, celebrating the history of Puerto Rico and Hispanics, and increasing awareness of Latin America's diverse heritage. Celebrating Hispanic culture in Western New York - Unidos Simpre!

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Buffalo Bisons Strike Out Cancer - July 29

GBUAHN staff took part in the Strike Out Cancer Night with the Buffalo Bisons and WNY Imaging Group. Before the game GBUAHN staff participated in a one mile walk from WNY Imaging Group’s Genesee Street location to Coca-Cola Field. Those who registered for the mile long walk also got to join in on a Zumba dance session. After the walk GBUAHN staff stayed and enjoyed a Buffalo Bisons game against the Louisville Bats. GBUAHN was one of the major sponsors of the event. All proceeds went to the Breast Cancer Network of WNY and the American Cancer Society to raise awareness and funds for cancer prevention research.

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Juneteenth - June 17

June 17th marked the 42nd Juneteenth in Buffalo’s history. Juneteenth represents the emancipation of the last state to abolish slavery after the US Civil War. The two-day festival takes place on the East Side, the epicenter of the city’s Black community. The parade pays tribute to all walks of black culture and building community progression: dancers, step teams, fraternities and sororities, athletes, political and religious leaders, and musicians. The festival also features ethnic food stands, handmade clothing and jewelry shops, health and wellness products, and dozens art merchants, all of which come from different parts of the world. All of these elements tie in to make Buffalo’s Juneteenth is the LARGEST Juneteenth Celebration in the world!

GBUAHN’s relation to the Juneteenth goes back to the beginning – Chief Strategy Officer Toni Vazquez is the daughter of William L. Gaiter, who is the “Founding Father” of the Buffalo Juneteenth. Gaiter and the B.U.I.L.D. organization sought to restore community strength and economic integrity in Buffalo’s minority areas, focusing on the East Side. Through their efforts, the festival began in 1976, and has been going strong every year since!/p>

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Senior Health and Wellness Fair - May 25

May is National Older Americans Month. GBUAHN was a sponsor for Mayor Byron Brown's 3rd Annual Senior Health and Wellness Fair, held on May 25, 2017 at the Canisius College Koessler Athletic Center. Our community health workers had the opportunity to provide seniors with valuable health information. The seniors were also given a free, healthy lunch and a chance to participate in a gift basket raffle. We always enjoy helping our seniors live a healthier life.

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