Nov. 14 Cultural Competency & Health Literacy Training Event

You’re Invited to an Upcoming Training: Tuesday, November 14, 2017,  4:30-6:00 pm at the CHS Regional Training Center.

CPWNY and Community Health Workers of Buffalo are holding a Cultural Competency and Health Literacy training session to help inform our healthcare providers and staff of our diverse communities.

This training is designed to help meet the needs of diverse patient populations, assist providers with effectively communicating with their patients, and consequently improve outcomes (i.e. decreasing no-show rates, increasing patient compliance, improving health status).
Cultural competency and health literacy training for providers is now mandated under NYSDOH Medicaid Re-design/DSRIP. We believe it will also support you with PCMH recognition, HEDIS scores, the shift to value-based payment and improve patient experience in care.

This training is being delivered by the Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo, who brings a wealth of experience from the community, healthcare and social/human services. Their training team includes Community Health Workers, healthcare and public health professionals, and community-based leaders.

The training has been very well-received by those who have attended!

Please visit our Eventbrite page here to register!


Mercy Comprehensive Care Center – AstraZeneca Heart Smart for Life Program

Western New Yorkers are now able to get Heart Smart for Life thanks to a generous $165,770 grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation to combat heart disease in one of Buffalo’s poorest neighborhoods. The Mercy Hospital Foundation is one of only ten nonprofit organizations across the country to receive this funding as part of AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program.

Heart Smart for Life is focused on improving the underlying causes of heart disease for high-risk patients and residents. The need for top-notch cardiovascular care in Western New York is quite clear.

Located on Louisiana Street in the city’s “Old First Ward,” the MCCC serves more than 12,000 patients and provides over 39,000 visits annually in this culturally diverse, economically depressed community.

The Mercy Comprehensive Care Center’s (MCCC) Heart Smart for Life program is a collaborative initiative aimed at ensuring vulnerable populations – those who otherwise might fall through the cracks – have access to nutrition education, biometric health screenings, wellness programs, and other resources focused on preventing heart disease.

Heart Smart for Life is an innovative community based service that serves a vulnerable population through screening, education, treatment and healthy lifestyle support targeting Cardiovascular Disease and its risk factors.  MCCC’s providers promote and perform cardiovascular screenings and refer eligible participants to the education program.

Participants receive up to 20 sessions on cardiovascular health, healthy eating, exercise, behavioral health issues and medication usage. Weekly food demonstrations provide healthy, inexpensive, and easy to prepare meals. Weekly exercise sessions are available at the local community center that has committed to partnering with us in this effort.  Classes are held in a judgment free zone at the MCCC and in the community where small successes are celebrated and rewarded.

Participants do not need to be current MCCC or Catholic Health patients.  The program is open to the community and enrollment is offered on a rolling basis.

Please call 716-923-6152, to learn more and get Heart Smart for Life today.

Additional Heart Smart for Life information can found HERE.


“Join the Conversation” Presented by the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition

Where:   VIP Tent at Canalside Buffalo
Date:    Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Time:    10:00 a.m.

Please join us for the launch of the Erie County Anti-Stigma Campaign, “Join the Conversation.” The Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition was formed to address the stigma surrounding mental illness. The campaign is designed to start a community conversation to educate the public on the real facts surrounding mental illness and give those who suffer a voice in an effort to reduce or eliminate stigma in Erie County.

Mental illness is a disease. As with any disease, prevention, early intervention and treatment save lives. One in 5 Americans are living with a diagnosable mental health condition. Normalizing the conversation around mental health issues is the first step in helping those who suffer get help and leads to creating a healthier community for all.

The campaign is being funded by The Patrick P. Lee Foundation, The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation, Erie County Department of Mental Health and the donations and in-kind services of the coalition founding partners.


Request for Proposals DSRIP Project 2cii: Telemedicine

Telemedicine is typically defined as interactive telecommunications equipment to support direct, active communication between providers and patients.  CPWNY seeks to fund projects that implement telemedicine services, aimed at reducing avoidable hospital use by increasing patient access to services not otherwise available and/or increasing specialty expertise of primary care providers and their staff in order to increase availability of scarce specialty services.  CPWNY also seeks to fund projects that include implementation of health assessments or consultations, and support evidence based interventions related to the social determinates of health over the telecommunications infrastructure.

For additional Request for Proposal (RFP) information, including proposal scope and requirements click here.

Telemedicine project information can be found HERE.

Community Partners of WNY – Winter 2016 Newsletter!!


Community Partners of WNY has released its 2016 winter newsletter!

The newsletter includes updates on:

Project and Work Stream Progress

Highlighted Projects:

Behavioral Health: Breaking Barriers

Project Focus: Maternal & Child Health

Information about community events, our fall PAC meeting recap, Value-Based Payment and more…

For the complete quarterly update, access the 2016 winter newsletter here. – New WNY awareness campaign designed to help youth with addiction, depression

picture1’s mission is to give Western New York youth and young adults the tools and confidence to start the conversation about their mental health or behavioral health issues such as substance abuse. By helping a young person reach out for help as early as possible, we can increase the use of intervention services and decrease the likelihood of the issue turning into an emergency. is a public awareness initiative led by the Mental Health Association of Erie County and the Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (ECCPASA), in association with Millennium Collaborative Care and Community Partners of WNY, and with support from organizations representing Niagara, Orleans, Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany Counties.

Check out the featured Buffalo News Article HERE.

For more information, including how to get involved CLICK HERE.

Community Partners of WNY 2016 Fall Newsletter!

Community Partners of WNY has released its 2016 fall newsletter!

The newsletter includes updates on:

  • Project and Work Stream Progress
  • Highlighted Projects:
    • Telemedicine: Bridging The Gap Opportunities Abound
    • Promote Tobacco Use Cessation
  • Information about community events, the Mid-Point Assessment, Value-Based Payment and more…

For the complete quarterly update, access the 2016 fall newsletter here.

WNY Performing Provider Systems: Care for the Future

On August 31st, P² and the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York will host an update on the two Western New York Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program. Join us, Millennium Collaborative Care and P2 Collaborative as we give program updates at the WNED Stuido.  Registration begins at 8:30am. Light refreshments will be provided.

To register, please visit the following link. 

Community Partners of WNY 2016 Spring/Summer Newsletter!

Community Partners of WNY has released its 2016 spring/summer newsletter! The newsletter includes updates on:

  • Project and Work Stream Progress
  • Highlighted Projects:
    • Integration of Palliative Care into the PCMH model
    • Promote Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Well-Being
  • Information about community events, the DSRIP LinkedIn group, HEALTHeLINK consent forms, and more…

For the complete quarterly update, access the 2016 spring/summer newsletter here.