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Erie County Department of Health reminds patients about ER alternatives

By I’Jaz Ja’ciel Erie County | Oct. 08, 2021

As hospitals remain inundated with patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, many are having trouble receiving the medical care they need. Instead of heading to the ER for a medical emergency, considering alternative facilities and health care services may help patients get concerns addressed in a timely manner.

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A silver lining on the Covid cloud: Unusual health-care partnerships

By Tracey Drury – Reporter, Buffalo Business First | Aug 17, 2021

A project to expand access for Covid-19 testing into rural communities could lead to an expanded partnership between a Buffalo physician practice and one of the region’s largest Native American communities.

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Bills’ Dion Dawkins was hospitalized with COVID-19, local doctor says now is the time to get vaccinated. 36 million Americans have tested positive

By: Natalie Fahmy | Aug 17, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Bills offensive lineman Dion Dawkins recently became one of the 36 million Americans to test positive for COVID-19. Dawkins was just a few days short of being fully vaccinated when he contracted the virus.

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Micro-credential program teaches students to see diabetes from patient’s POV

Diabetes Mentorship Program sessions occurred in person in 2019 (top) and virtually in 2020 (bottom). The program returns to an in-person experience in fall 2021.


A key experience for students at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is working one-on-one with patients to move beyond theory into hands-on engagement. The Diabetes Mentorship Program offers a unique way for students to acquire knowledge of diabetes and diabetes management and treatment by mentoring — and being mentored by — patients with pre-diabetes and diabetes.

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Medical group expanding community programs on Buffalo’s West Side

Greater Buffalo United Association bought three buildings on Niagara Street across from G-Health Enterprises to help expand the medical group’s community programming

Author: WGRZ Staff | July 21, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. — New construction is coming to Buffalo’s West Side.

Greater Buffalo United Association just bought three buildings on Niagara Street across from G-Health Enterprises to help expand the medical group’s community programming.

Dr. Raul Vazquez, the founder of GBUAHN and the CEO of Urban Family Practice, says this expansion is going to better prepare the community for surviving the next pandemic.

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COVID-19 vaccine clinic for anyone 16+ Friday and Saturday

By Paul Ross | Apr 28, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Buffalo Urban League is hosting a pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic for anyone 16+ this Friday and Saturday on Main Street in Buffalo.

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Increase in younger people hospitalized due to COVID-19

By: Jeff Slawson | Apr 22, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Current hospitalizations rates in Erie County, the highest since February, with younger people becoming a concern.

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Will Reporting Vaccinations Help Employers get People Back to the Office?

By Tracey Drury – Reporter, Buffalo Business First | Apr 1, 2021, 6:00am EDT

Despite advances in technology during the pandemic, methods for tracking the virus and validating a vaccination have been surprisingly low-tech. New York’s new Excelsior Pass should help change that.

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Greater Buffalo United Accountable Care Organization explores growth options outside WNY

By Tracey Drury – Reporter, Buffalo Business First | Feb 9, 2021

The accountable care health network found ways to generate $3 million for its members in 2020, despite the financial challenges tied to the pandemic. Now it’s looking to expand.

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Grassroots push for more COVID-19 vaccines in Buffalo Black and Brown communities

By Thomas O’Neil-White | WBFO

Acknowledging that racism is a public health threat to communities of color, the Buffalo Common Council and local healthcare advocacy groups are prioritizing the equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to the city’s Black and Brown communities.

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Mayor Brown Announces Updates To Buffalo’s Response To The COVID-19 Emergency

January 14 2021

Buffalo, NY— Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that Buffalo’s first responders have begun receiving vaccinations. Yesterday, Buffalo Fire Commissioner William Renaldo, Deputy Fire Commissioner Paul Eason and Lt. Shelby Thompson received their first doses of the vaccination at the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN), located at 564 Niagara Street. Members of the Buffalo Fire Department were provided a link to a portal of all participating vaccination facilities and are scheduling their own appointments for vaccination.

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