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GBUAHN PARTNERS with Buffalo Clean Sweep

May 15 - Mayor Byron W. Brown and the City of Buffalo's Operation Clean Sweep Initiative brings together city, state and federal partners - in conjunction with local health and human services providers and community groups - to eliminate blight and further reduce crime to record lows while providing needed social services. Clean Sweep is organized and implemented through a three-pronged approach: Beautification and Restoration, Outreach and Education, and Codes and Law Enforcement. Over a six-month period, teams descend on target neighborhoods in all nine Council Districts, on a rotating basis each week.

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Boarding up abandoned structures
  • Removing graffiti and debris
  • Code enforcement
  • Community policing
  • Trimming trees
  • Repairing signs
  • Going door-to-door offering governmental, employment and health & human services information

GBUAHN has been a long-standing partner with this initiative ensuring that Buffalo residence has the health insurance and medical support they need to navigate through this complex medical world.


GBUAHN Host Thrive Buffalo

May 1 - Almost $1.5 million is coming to Buffalo from Albany to try and lift people out of poverty through better jobs. Lieutenant governor Kathy Hochul made that announcement Monday morning. Thrive Buffalo is one of the programs funded by this movement. Thrive is using this funding toward training people for careers where they're needed, then connecting those people with the employers that need them. What we want to do is make it easy for people who are already working, but they're underemployed, they're in financial hardship but they're in minimum wage jobs," she said. "We want to help them better connect to where these job opportunities are that are paying $4, $5, $6 more an hour." The United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, as well as the Community Foundation for a Greater Buffalo, is managing the money for the program, which is called Thrive Buffalo.


GBUAHN Partners to feed those in need

April 24 - On every Wednesday GBUAHN partners with State Tabernacle church to feed those in needs. Our outreach staff helps to sign up new members in need of care management at the same time feeding them and allowing them to fill their pantries at home with healthy, easy to make meals. The GBUAHN outreach team strives to be present in the community through several outreach efforts. Some of our outreach efforts include church events, food pantries, pop-up events, community events, health fairs and many more.


GBUAHN Providing more jobs in the community

April 23 - Connecting residents in need of work to employers looking to hire! GBUAHN joined Senator Tim Kennedy and Majority Leader Peoples-Stokes in providing opportunities to job seekers at the annual Queen City Job Fair at the Convention Center. GBUAHN was able to interact with many people that will lead GBUAHN to the future of growth. More than 130 businesses looking to fill 4,000+ positions attended the event.


GBUAHN gives Easter joy to the community

April 18 - On April 18th, the GBUAHN Outreach department set up a tent outside our building on Niagara St. and donated a toy and candy-filled Easter eggs to children passing by! The Easter Egg Hunt giveaway was a great success. GBUAHN was able to connect with several community members and bring joy to many children. The GBUAHN outreach team strives to be present in the community through several outreach efforts. Some of our outreach efforts include church events, food pantries, pop-up events, community events, health fairs and many more.


GBUAHN & Mountain High Photography Educate local immigrant students

April 18 - GBUAHN partnered with Mountain High Photography and Bob James to educate local immigrant students at Lafayette High School. Bob James, Founder of Buffalo Blues has been educating students at Buffalo Public Schools with Music & Art Enrichment programs for over 10 years. During these programs, students are exposed to different artist and producers in the area, including award-winning artist like the Goo Goo Dolls. This year, Christian Casillas, the Marketing Specialist of G-Health Enterprises was asked to speak to the group of students. During his presentation, Christian expanded upon the importance of art, media, and marketing in today's society. He was able to demonstrate the impact media and video production has on multi-million dollar enterprise such as G-Health Enterprises. He was also able to expand upon his experience as the owner of a local photography company, a former cinematographer for ESPN, Spectrum Sports and Spectrum Networks. During the class, GBUAHN donated Tote Bags to all 15 students with Warm Hats, Pens, Chapstick, Frisbees and much more.


BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD PRESENTS "FITTING IN FITNESS - Part 2"

April 18 - Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) held a course that engaged our employees in their health and wellbeing, helping them create healthy habits that lead to more robust, more productive lives. The "Fitting In Fitness" course for GBUAHN employees was held at our new Jefferson location. BCBS helps local organizations and communities providing simple tips to help maintain a healthy, balanced diet. BlueCross BlueShield also has innovative, online resources to help members manage nutrition, physical fitness, and weight throughout the year. The seminars provide employees with opportunities to get their health on track and stay in control. With weight management, nutrition, and stress reduction resources.

GBUAHN Employees give back

April 15 - GBUAHN employees give back to the community. Over 15 GBUAHN employees' donated blood at the UNYTS van in our GBUAHN Parking Lot. GBUAHN had over 11 Whole blood donors and 2 Double red donors. Every unit collected during our drive saved 3 lives right here in the community. With the donations from our drive 21 local patients’ lives were saved!


GBUAHN teaches members how to shop healthy

April 12 - GBUAHN decides to give back to the community yet again. On April 12th, another 15 Wellness members were taken to our local tops in our GBUAHN vans. Each member received a GBUAHN shopping bag and a $25 Tops Gift Card. Our Registered Dietitian Deanna, Personal Trainer Andre & Fitness PHN Danette walked through the stores with the members helping them choose healthy, nutritional food options to follow suit with there custom diets designed by our wellness staff. This hands-on approach helps our members make smarter, more robust and affordable healthy shopping habits maintaining their overall physical and mental health.


GBUAHN teaches members how to shop healthy

April 9 - GBUAHN decides to give back to the community yet again. On April 9th, 15 Wellness members were taken to our local tops in our GBUAHN vans. Each member received a GBUAHN shopping bag and a $25 Tops Gift Card. Our Registered Dietitian Deanna, Personal Trainer Andre & Fitness PHN Danette walked through the stores with the members helping them choose healthy, nutritional food options to follow suit with there custom diets designed by our wellness staff. This hands-on approach helps our members make smarter, more robust and affordable healthy shopping habits maintaining their overall physical and mental health.


Blue Cross Blue Shield Presents "Fitting in Fitness"

April 5 - Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) held a course that engaged our employees in their health and wellbeing, helping them create healthy habits that lead to more robust, more productive lives. The "Fitting In Fitness" course for GBUAHN employees was held at our new 564 Niagara St. location. BCBS helps local organizations and communities providing simple tips to help maintain a healthy, balanced diet. BlueCross BlueShield also has innovative, online resources to help members manage nutrition, physical fitness, and weight throughout the year. The seminars provide employees with opportunities to get their health on track and stay in control. With weight management, nutrition, and stress reduction resources.

GBUACO and YourCare Sign New 3-Year Agreement

April 3 - YourCare Health Plan has renewed its contract with the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Care Organization, a value-based payment plan based in Buffalo.

The deal comes three years after the two organizations first partnered, following GBUACO’s creation as one of the first ACOs in New York’s program that rewards physicians and providers for cutting costs and improving care and outcomes for Medicaid recipients.

The organization, an affiliate of the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN), also includes participation by providers at Erie County Medical Center, Kaleida Health, Jericho Road Community Health Center and the Greater Buffalo Independent Physicians Association.

GBUAHN, based in Buffalo, also operates a state-designated health home program that coordinates care for thousands of local individuals with Medicaid who have two or more chronic health conditions, a serious mental or behavioral health condition and/or HIV/AIDS.

That’s the same market served by YourCare, owned by Rochester-based Monroe Health Plan, which serves about 47,000 residents in metropolitan Buffalo and Rochester. The new contract will continue care for 9,000 members covered through the ACO, and allow room for more.

Dr. Raul Vazquez, CEO at GBUAHN and GBUACO, said the renewal of the contract with YourCare reflects an increased risk value of $750,000 and includes the addition of members with special needs. The new three-year contract also allows for telehealth services, allowing patients to receive care without leaving their homes and paying providers for providing that care.

“That’s going to be really important,” Vazquez said. “It’s in our vested interest to increase quality and reduce costs. We can do things differently in this region. These value-based agreements allow us to have a point of figuring out what we want, how much risk we’ll take on and what we need within the contract.”

The ACO is also finalizing details on another contract with a Medicaid/Medicare health plan provider that will add another 16,000 lives while offering an opportunity to expand into other parts of New York, he said. A decision is expected from the State Department of Financial Services later this month.


25 First Year UB Medical Students visited G-Health Enterprises

March 27 - On March 27th, 2019 over 25 First Year UB Medical Students visited G-Health Enterprises. As a part of their community enrichment course, the students were able to tour the building as well as meet several medical pioneers in the Medical Community. Dr. Kenneth Gayles, Dr. McDaniels, Dr. Raul Vazquez, and Pastor Pointer.

During their visit, students gathered in the William L. Gaiter conference room and heard about the start of African American and minority doctors in the Buffalo Hospital Systems. Dr. McDaniels told the stories of how he struggled to gain acceptance in the medical community and get the rights to practice within the hospital systems. Dr. Gayles was also able to dive into his personal experience receiving privileges to practice invasive cardiovascular treatments in local hospitals.

To conclude, Dr. Raul Vazquez was able to pour into the students the need for real interaction with patients. Vazquez was born in the South Bronx, New York to a single mother. He was raised with two younger brothers. Vazquez often accompanied his uncle on trips to the local hospital emergency room and felt distressed because neither the staff nor the physician could understand his uncle's Spanish. From that point, he'd aspired to become a doctor, and vowed to alleviate that barrier by becoming a doctor for the misunderstood and underrepresented people.

He went on to explain the need for social determinants of health and how for years he pioneered the local medical market, going beyond the examination room. He also explained to the students the need for better outcomes in patients, not just a quick 15-minute visit. With the future of healthcare leaning on VBP, doctors have to change their mentality on how they treat patients.


GBUAHN and YourCare Partner to Provide Warm Hats for Children

March 1 - GBUAHN and YourCare partnered to provide over 900 hats for every student at Frank A. Sedita School 30 on Buffalos lower west side. The goal was to help keep the young children warm and healthy to improve their attendance, continue great education and give back to the community — the hats were given to the students during their honor assembly. While seeing the joy the students had received their certificates and hats, Dr. Raul Vazquez, M.D. and his wife Toni Vazquez were moved to give each child with high-honor roll a $25.00 visa gift card.

VBP Forward Conference

February 20-21 - GBUAHN and YourCare team up in sponsoring the VBP Forward conference in Buffalo NY. VBP Forward is a conference dedicated to the next generation of value-based payment. As healthcare payment shifts to value, there are growing complexities to healthcare delivery and sustainability. This is most pronounced for high need and high-cost patients. VBP Forward is dedicated to service delivery institutions outside acute care offering immense value to patient outcomes. The conference is geared towards organizations that service Medicaid and Medicare special needs or complex populations or have an interest in that value chain. This inaugural event held in Buffalo, NY – with Jason Helgerson as the keynote speaker – will provide a roadmap for those organizations in their path towards effective VBP for special needs populations. The goal of the conference will be to provide both mature and nascent VBP organizations a roadmap for how to identify the need, develop value, contract on risk, and implement population health solutions.