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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.

Breast Cancer Awareness month: A time to raise awareness about early detection

Toni Vazquez is a breast cancer survivor who says early detection may have saved her life.

By Liz Lewin (WGRZ) | October 7, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to educate one another on the importance of early detection and screening when it comes to fighting the disease.

Doctor reacts to vaccine mandate

By: Hannah Buehler | Sep 28, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Western New York doctor who mandated the vaccine in January for his employees was one of the first in the area to do so.

Dr. Raul Vazquez of Urban Family Practice in Buffalo says it was the best decision for his staff.

Answering your questions about the COVID-19 booster shot

Pop-Up clinic to offer free Pfizer vaccination

September 23, 2021

Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns has teamed up with Urban Family Practice to conduct a COVID-19 vaccination Pop-Up clinic site from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. The clinic site will be outside the WUFO 1080AM and Power 96.5 FM radio studio located in the African American Heritage Corridor, at 143 Broadway, Buffalo. No appointment is necessary.

Community Well Represented on Prestigious “Power 200 Women” List

September 2, 2021 TheChallengerNews #buffalobusinessjournal, power200list

The community was well represented on the prestigious Buffalo Business First “Power 200 Women” list in Western New York for 2021. Majority Leader Hon. Crystal Peoples-Stokes and SUNY Buffalo State President Katherine Conway-Turner were among the top 10. Also named: Brandye Merriweather, President, Buffalo Urban Development Corp.; April Baskin, Chairman Erie County Legislature; Brenda McDuffie, Chair ECIDA; Kwanzaa Humphrey, Senior VP Key Bank N.A.; Donna Brown, Associate Administrator ECMC; Felisha Legette-Jack, Head Coach Women’s Basketball UB; Sheila Brown, CEO WUFO Radio; Angela Blue, NYS AFL-CIO; Eku Mends-Aidoo, Evergreen Health; Toni Vazquez, Chief Systems Officer GBUACO; Alnisa Banks, Editor/Publisher/Owner Challenger Community News; Carmen Snell Highmark Western and Northeastern NY; Jennifer Parker, CEO Jackson Parker Communications; Donna Jones, ECMC; Jamie Smith Chief Academic Officer Sr. VP Education Roswell Park Cancer Center; Rene Petties-Jones, President National Federation for Just Communities of WNY; India Walton, Mayoral Candidate City of Buffalo; Rahwa Ghirmatzion, Executive Director PUSH Buffalo; Shatorah Donovan, Chief Diversity Officer, City of Buffalo; and Catherine Roberts, CEO Resource Council of WNY.

Reports: FDA could fully approve Pfizer COVID vaccine by Monday

Two local medical experts on the frontline of the vaccine rollout hope full FDA approval makes a difference when it comes to vaccine hesitancy.

Author: WGRZ Staff | Published: 10:55 PM EDT August 21, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Right now the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines all have emergency use authorization.

However, come Monday, the Pfizer vaccine could receive full FDA approval, according to multiple reports, including the New York Times.

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

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.

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.

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

By Tracey Drury – Reporter, Buffalo Business First | Aug 17, 2021, 6:00am EDT

While it’s a tiny silver lining on a huge storm cloud, new partnerships have emerged from the Covid-19 crisis, health care executives say.

Who would be eligible to get a 3rd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?

By: Olivia Proia | Aug 12, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Doctors said there are new concerns that certain vaccinated immunocompromised individuals have failed to achieve adequate antibodies to COVID-19.

“There’s an increasing amount of data that exists that their response to the vaccination is sub-optimal. There’s also an increasing amount of data that shows that vaccinated people who land in the hospital and get more severely ill these are the individuals that’s occurring with. Lastly, there’s an increasing body that shows if they receive a third shot, it enhances their antibody response,” Dr. Thomas Russo, professor and Chief of Infectious Disease at the Jacobs School of Medicine at the University at Buffalo, said.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul at her first press event following Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that he will be resigning.

By Dan Miner – Reporter, Buffalo Business First | Aug 12, 2021, 2:00pm EDT

Kathy Hochul has long been an active presence in Western New York, from her days as Erie County clerk to becoming a U.S. representative to a stint at M&T Bank and finally as New York’s lieutenant governor. With the impending resignation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Hochul is set to become the state’s first female governor, a job with local, statewide and even national implications. Here’s what some local business leaders said about working with her.

The future of Health Care: Roundtable

JOED VIERA | Aug 6, 2021

Patients and caregivers alike should expect growth and lasting changes to emerge from the upheaval caused in health care by Covid-19, local industry leaders say.

What to keep and what to scuttle when it comes to caring for patients and clients postpandemic prompted some lively conversation among health-care providers who participated in the Panel of Experts session hosted by Business First of Buffalo.

Delta variant convincing some to get vaccinated

By: Hannah Buehler | Aug 05, 2021

BUFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Ryan Stang admits, after a bout with COVID on Super Bowl Sunday, he was vaccine hesitant.

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

By CHRISTOPHER SCHOBERT | August 2, 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.

JC Seneca Foundation holds Health and Healing Expo in Irving

Author: WGRZ Staff July 31, 2021

IRVING, N.Y. — A pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic was held this weekend for a community in need in Chautauqua County.

The JC Seneca Foundation held a Health and Healing Expo on Saturday at the Tallchief Outdoor Events Center and Native Pride Travel Plaza located on Southwestern Boulevard in Irving. But it wasn’t your typical health fair.

Amid COVID spike, vaccinations increase at some locations, still stagnant at others

‘It hasn’t been an avalanche of interest over the vaccine but it is definitely on the upswing and I think that is likely to even grow in the coming weeks and days.”

Author: Jackie Roberts | July 31, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. — According to the Erie County Department of Health (EDOH), the county is now experiencing ‘substantial’ community transmission of COVID-19 based on guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC).

As a result, starting Saturday, July 31, anyone entering an Erie County building or facility must wear a face mask. The mandate applies to all employees, vendors, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.

With a low vaccination rate in the Latino community, leaders work to combat hesitancy

By: Olivia Proia | Jul 29, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Leaders in Western New York’s Latino community said the spread of misinformation on social media is leading to low vaccination rates.

COVID-19 vaccination clinic to be held on Seneca Nation Saturday

Author: Nate Benson (WGRZ) | July 29, 2021

IRVING, N.Y. — The JC Seneca Foundation is hosting a health and healing expo, which will include a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday, July 31 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

“I wanted to sponsor an event that was more than the traditional health fair,” Seneca stated in a press release. “That’s why we invited a variety of care providers in the fields of healthy minds and bodies.”

WESTERN MEDICINE, HEALTH AND HEALING EXPO THIS SATURDAY

Clay Moden | July 26, 2021

There is an exciting event that Country 1065 WYRK invites you to join us for this weekend!

The JC Seneca Foundation is presenting it’s first ever Health & Healing Expo at the Tallchief Outdoor Events Center on July 31st from 10a – 3pm.

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.

Greater Buffalo United acquires three properties, expands on West Side

The new buildings make more room to expand services from the CBO to those patients, while creating a central referral system to make connections to other organizations, said Dr. Raul Vazquez, CEO.

By Tracey Drury and James Fink – Buffalo Business First | Jul 20, 2021

A Buffalo-based medical group is expanding its community-based services on its West Side campus with the acquisition of three properties.

 

Excellence in Health Care: Terrance Gaiter, Urban Family Practice

By Michelle Cioci Adams  –  Managing Editor , Buffalo Business First | Jun 11, 2021

Terrance Gaiter is senior vice president at Urban Family Practice.

Terrance, who joined Urban Family Practice 17 years ago, began his career as an office phlebotomist. He now oversees the daily operations of both the Jefferson Avenue and Niagara Street locations.

Four Western New York Zip codes among 25 lowest for vaccination rates in the state

Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced 25 zip codes with the lowest vaccination rates in the state. Of the 25 zip codes, four are in Western New York.

By: Olivia Proia | Jun 08, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced 25 zip codes with the lowest vaccination rates in the state. Of the 25 zip codes, four are in Western New York:

University At Buffalo – UB Now: WNY COVID-19 Research Collaborative Receives Funding To Reduce Vaccine Hesitancy

The Western New York COVID-19 Research Collaborative has received a $55,000 grant from The John R. Oishei Foundation to promote vaccine …

 

Press release from the University at Buffalo – UB Now:

COVID-19 UPDATES • 5/11/2021
The Western New York COVID-19 Research Collaborative has received a $55,000 grant from The John R. Oishei Foundation to promote vaccine acceptance in the region.

WNY COVID-19 Research Collaborative receives funding to reduce vaccine hesitancy

By Marcene Robinson | Release Date: May 19, 2021

“The rapid advances in SARS-CoV-2 diagnosis and prevention and the availability of vaccines, treatment and rapid testing have magnified gaps in our distribution and administration to those who need them most within our region — people who are of color, older adults and low-income communities. ”

Gene Morse, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Western New York COVID-19 Research Collaborative has received a $55,000 grant from The John R. Oishei Foundation to promote vaccine acceptance in the region.

Mayor Brown Announces Important Updates To Buffalo’s Response To The Coronavirus Emergency

Press release from the City of Buffalo: | May 17, 2021

Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today reminded Lovejoy residents that bulk trash collection will take place through Saturday, May 22. Residents are asked to follow all posted parking restrictions and alternate side parking rules to allow bulk trash crews to make pickups.

NFTA to host pop-up vaccination sites, medical leaders say this can help underserved communities

by: Marlee Tuskes | May 12, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced five new vaccination pop-up sites at NFTA stations across Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

Open from May 14 to May 15 and then again from May 17 to May 19, people can make appointments or walk-in for a Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the University Metro Rail Station, Utica Metro Rail Station, Buffalo Metropolitan Transportation Center, Portage Road Transportation Center and AppleTree Mall/Business Park Locations.

Governor Cuomo Announces Five New Pop-up Vaccination Sites at NFTA Stations in the Buffalo and Niagara Falls Areas

Albany | May 12, 2021

University Metro Rail Station, Utica Metro Rail Station, Buffalo Metropolitan Transportation Center, Portage Road Transportation Center and AppleTree Mall/Business Park Locations Open from May 14 to May 15 and from May 17 to May 19

NFTA to Provide A Free Seven-Day Pass to Individuals Who Get Vaccinated at One of the Sites

All Sites Open for Walk-in Vaccinations on a First Come, First Served Basis

New Vaccination Site at Sahlen Field in Buffalo Beginning June 1; People Who Take Vaccine At Site Receive Voucher for Free Ticket to Buffalo Bisons Game; Blue Jays to Host Vaccine Raffle

Vaccinations in Erie County stall at the halfway point

by: George Richert | May 7, 2021

BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) — There is now far more vaccine supply than demand in Western New York, and efforts to get even half of the Erie County population vaccinated have slowed down considerably.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown just got his first vaccine Friday afternoon, saying he wanted to make sure there was enough availability for those who may have needed it more. “I wanted to get vaccinated at this time to show it’s painless, it’s easy, it’s quick, and for us to get back to normal as a community, as a society, we need to get as many people vaccinated as possible.”

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic to be Held at Love Elementary Thursday

MAY 5, 2021 |  BY WRFA

The Chautauqua County Health Department is holding a community vaccination clinic at Love Elementary School this Thursday. The clinic is for anyone 18 years of age and older and will be able to accommodate walk-in’s. It takes place Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Jamestown Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kevin Whitaker said there will be Spanish translators on hand at the clinic. JPS, the County, United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, G-Health Enterprises and local Hispanic pastors had all collaborated to create videos to reach the Spanish-speaking population in Chautauqua County.

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.

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.

Local doctors argue case against COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

By Liz Lewin (WGRZ) | April 13, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. — On Tuesday, the CDC and FDA announced a recommended pause of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine after six women, between the ages of 18 and 48, reported rare blood clotting after receiving the vaccine.

What local medical expert is saying about J&J vaccine

“Remember it’s one in a million people to have this issue”
By Eileen Buckley | Apr 13, 2021

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) — New federal recommendations call for an immediate pause of the Johnson & Johnson single use vaccine.

Buffalo Clinic Helps Native American Community get COVID-19 Vaccine

By WGRZ Staff | April 10, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Members of Western New York’s Native American community had another chance to get vaccinated in Buffalo on Saturday.

400 Attend Pop-Up Vaccination Site In Irving

By Anthony Dolce | April 9, 2021

IRVING — With COVID-19 vaccinations rolling out all over the country, accessibility to the vaccine can still be an issue, especially in rural areas. Thanks to the combined efforts of Dr. Raul Vazquez, president of Buffalo’s G-Health Enterprises, and J.C. Seneca, owner of Native Pride Travel Plaza, vaccinations were made more accessible.

Cuomo Announces 18 New Community-Based Pop-Up COVID Vaccination Sites

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.

Jericho Road, Neighborhood Health and Other Community Health Sites to Get Another $18M to Fight COVID-19

By Tracey Drury – Reporter, Buffalo Business First | Mar 31, 2021

Community health centers with 20 sites across the region will get $18 million in new emergency funding to fight Covid-19.

COVID Vaccination Pop-Up Clinic to Serve Rural WNY Communities

COVID-19 Vaccination Pop-Up April 7 to Serve Seneca Nation, Surrounding Communities

By Anthony Reyes | Mar 31, 2021

IRVING, N.Y. (WKBW) — The JC Seneca Foundation and G-Health Enterprises will hold a COVID-19 vaccination pop-up on April 7.

Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Held in Downtown Buffalo

By WGRZ Staff | March 27, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The effort to get Western New Yorkers vaccinated continued Saturday with a state-run, one-day, pop-up site at the Durham Memorial Outreach Center in downtown Buffalo.

New York State Announces 1-day COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in Buffalo

By WGRZ Staff | March 25, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Editors Note: The above image is a stock/file photo of vaccines. The image does not necessarily indicate which brand of vaccine will be distributed at this clinic.

Houses of Worship Apply to be Vaccine Sites

By: Hannah Buehler, WKBW | Mar 23, 2021

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW) — Houses of Worship can now apply to become vaccine hubs, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Some Primary Care Doctors Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine Allocations from State

By: Gilat Melamed | Mar 23, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Some doctors will be able to vaccinate their patients, according to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. He said this is the first time the state will give COVID-19 allocations directly to doctors.

New York State Expands Vaccine Eligibility

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Some doctors will be able to vaccinate their patients, according to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. He said this is the first time the state will give COVID-19 allocations directly to doctors.

Doctor Says Buffalo Vaccine Pop-up Clinic Promotes Equitable Healthcare

by: News 4 Staff | Mar 19, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — 500 COVID-19 vaccines were brought in for the clinic at the Northwest Buffalo Community Center.

Pop-up Vaccination Clinic at Northwest Buffalo Community Center Promotes Health Equity

By NICK LIPPA |  MAR 19, 2021

Another one-day pop-up vaccination clinic is open in Buffalo today for residents of the 14207 zip code. The Northwest Buffalo Community Center is distributing vaccines until 4 p.m. this afternoon.

In Buffalo, Healthcare Leaders Turn to the Community for Vaccination Uptake:

By Rajiv Leventhal | Mar 11th, 2021

A community-based healthcare organization and its affiliates serving the Buffalo, N.Y, region have leveraged referral application technology to streamline the entire vaccination process.

COVID Vaccine Hesitancy Persists in Communities of Color:

By Liz Lewin (WGRZ) | March 11, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. — It’s been three months since the first COVID vaccine was first available, and since then two other vaccines have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Do You #KnowYourVax?:

There’s a lot of misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine. So it’s critical that you get the facts from sources you can trust — like SUNY’s medical experts and trusted community leaders from across New York State. You can make a difference by talking to your friends and loved ones about the vaccine, calling out misinformation when you see it, and sharing trusted sources of information. Start by watching and sharing these PSAs from our SUNY experts.

COVID-19 Vaccine Disparity Addressed in Buffalo’s Black Rock, Riverside Neighborhoods:

By Jeff Preval | March19, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. — After 2 On Your Side reported on the COVID-19 vaccine disparity in the Black Rock and Riverside areas of Buffalo, a pop-up clinic was held there Friday.

Doctor Says Buffalo Vaccine Pop-Up Clinic Promotes Equitable Healthcare:

By WIVB News 4 Staff | Mar 19, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — 500 COVID-19 vaccines were brought in for the clinic at the Northwest Buffalo Community Center.

Holon Solutions and G-Health Partner to Drive More Efficient COVID-19 Vaccination Sites for Underserved Populations

By Holon Solutionson | March 2, 2021

Referral technology empowers organization to streamline process to protect more patients in less time, fulfill its mission of improving the well-being of the community.

Several hundred Native Americans get vaccinated at Buffalo pop-up clinic:

Mike McAndrew | Feb 20, 2021

Organizers of a pop-up Covid-19 vaccination clinic expected to immunize more than 300 Native Americans from across Western New York on Saturday in Buffalo.

The event at the Native American Community Services headquarters on Grant Street was limited to Native Americans who meet the state’s vaccination eligibility guidelines or their employees.

Group, Buffalo physician provide COVID vaccine to Native Americans:

There’s still a huge disparity in the numbers when it comes to people of color. A local doctor and an organization are trying to get Native Americans their shot.

Pop-up vaccine clinic held in Buffalo for Native Americans:

by: News 4 Staff | Posted: Feb 20, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)– One of Western New York’s more vulnerable and marginalized groups stepped in line to get the vaccine in Buffalo today.

The Native American Community Services held the vaccine pop-up for Native Americans.

Seneca Nation, Healthcare Providers Team Up to Protect Native Americans From COVID-19:

BY SPECTRUM NEWS STAFF WESTERN NEW YORK | PUBLISHED: FEB. 20, 2021

Members of the Seneca Nation are teaming up with regional health care providers to protect Native Americans from the coronavirus.

First Responders, Health Care Workers Receive COVID Vaccine; Some Still Leery

By Jeff Preval | WKBW | January 13, 2021

While COVID vaccine supplies are extremely limited, many health care workers and first responders are getting shot. Others still have concerns.

WNY Vaccine Hub Expands Leadership Team, Creates Health Equity Task Force

By   – Reporter, Buffalo Business First | January 8, 2021

The Western New York Vaccine Hub held its first meeting at noon Friday, with more than three dozen newly appointed advisers tapped as the WNY Health Equity Task Force.

Buffalo Doctor Requiring all Employees Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

By: Olivia Proia | WKBW | January 5, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Dr. Raul Vazquez is requiring all employees of GBUAHN and Urban Family Practice receive the COVID-19 vaccine. He says that means more than 200 individuals will receive the vaccine, out of which about 150 already have.

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