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Nov 13, 2017

This is Diabetes: Promoting Diabetes Prevention in Niagara County

Each November communities across the country observe National Diabetes Month, bringing attention to diabetes and its impact on millions of Americans. Here at the Population Health

IMPACT DPP Map Collaborative, we focus on prevention and work to promote the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP). 

Prediabetes is a serious condition affecting 1 out of 3 American adults, or 84.1 million people. The National DPP is an evidence-based, affordable, and high-quality lifestyle change programs to r reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes and improve overall health.

 

Promoting Diabetes Prevention in Niagara County

In Niagara County, a National DPP was led by the Niagara County Department of Health at the Mount St. Mary’s Neighborhood Health Center, 

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a clinic in Niagara Falls serving a population of low-income, sedentary, high morbidity patients. The goal of enrolling 10 participants was surpassed, as 15 participants registered, 13 of whom remain in the program. This is the largest class the Niagara County Department of Health has held in this community.  The class average weight loss to date is 14 pounds, with one participant losing 50 pounds. This is an especially remarkable achievement because this participant is also hearing impaired and is succeeding with the assistance of a sign language interpreter. 

The class also averaged 180 minutes of exercise per week. The healthy lunches provided examples of good meals to have at home, and the weekly incentives to the grocery store helped participants to purchase fresh, healthy foods each week.

With the most successful National DPP class under the Niagara County Department of Health complete, we engaged with the schools in Lockport to provide a National DPP class. Now in their 10th week, 11 participants remain out of the original 19 and have lost a total of 24 pounds as of week 7.

“They are wonderfully supportive of one another and enjoy arriving early and staying late to share ideas,” shares Stacy Knott, Public Health Educator for the Niagara County Department of Health. Knott continued, “the district also opened the gym from 6 PM – 8 PM every Monday-Thursday for the sole use of those enrolled in the class and I have met participants there on occasion.”

There is a wide variety of participants inclusive of administration, teachers, nurses, and secretaries primarily employed at the Board of Education, Charles Upson Elementary, George Southard, and the Lockport High School.

What can you do?

Encourage your family, friends, and coworkers to take advantage of the National DPP in their community. The National DPP recognizes a 5-7% weight loss combined with 150 minutes of weekly exercise can reduce a person’s risk by up to 58%.

 

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Nov 13, 2017

Meet Jessica Thomas

Cheer mom, Avett Brothers Super Fan, and world's most picky eater!
 
Find out what Jessica's advice is to people in our field, what she loves about Western New York and more in this month's Meet the Staff.
 
 

What’s your role at the Population Health Collaborative?

My role with the PHC team is as the Program Manager for our Local IMPACT program. IMPACT is a comprehensive program that aims to reduce the prevalence of hypertension and pre-diabetes

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across the 8 counties of WNY.

 

How long have you been with PHC? 

I celebrated my 1-year anniversary with PHC last month. 

 

What do you like most about working at PHC?

Every Monday, our entire staff sits down together for a meeting we call “Program Chat”. During Program Chat we all give updates on things we are working on and troubleshoot barriers we are experiencing. We have an extremely bright team at PHC, and it is exciting to bounce ideas back and forth- we have come up with some pretty incredible ideas during Program Chat.

 

What’s your favorite thing about Western New York?

I was born and raised in Niagara County, and still reside there with my husband and our 3 kids.  I love the Fall in Niagara County- as a family, we try to experience and enjoy the local farms and parks.

 

What advice would you give to people entering in the field?

Take every opportunity to learn more about Public Health. Read journals, watch webinars, get out there and network and meet as many people as you can.  Making connections and gathering knowledge from everywhere is so important in this line of work!

 

What are three things on your bucket list?

My emotionally charged answer here is that I want to live to see my children fulfill their dreams, whatever those dreams may be.  There is no greater feeling than being proud of your kids.

JT2On a light note, I want to travel and see as much of the Eastern Hemisphere as possible. If I had no responsibilities, I would be on a plane to India, China or Turkey tomorrow!

 

What hobbies do you have outside of work?

I am in that stage of life where my “hobbies” are not my own, but my children’s.  I’m a pretty good Cheer-mom- My oldest daughter Emily is on a National All-Star Cheer team, and my younger daughter Sarah is on a Tiny Exhibition team- and between the 2 of them, I am at the Cheer Gym 4-5 nights a week. I also have a son who plays basketball… so that leaves Tuesday as the only free day of the week!  My husband and I are also “groupies” of sorts for an Indie-Rock band, The Avett Brothers. We’ve been to more of their concerts than I can count.  We will attend any show within an 8-hour drive time, and this January we will be seeing them in Mexico for the second time (Kid-less vacations are amazzzzzzzing).

 

What’s your favorite quote?

This is a hard question to answer for me, I love music that is meaningful and has lyrics that I can relate to. So, when I think of my favorite quotes, I think more of my favorite song lyrics.  And because I am an Avett Brothers Super Fan, almost all my favorite quotes come from their music (their music really gives me all the feels).  Different lyrics fit my (many) different moods:

“The day will come, the sun will rise, and we’ll be fine”, “Always remember there is nothing worth sharing like the love that lets us share our name”, “Do the best you can and that won’t go unseen”, “Free is not your right to choose, it's answering what’s asked of you.”

 

We talk about food A LOT at PHC, what’s your favorite food? Or maybe we should say what don’t you like?

I don’t like a lot of things… It’s taken about a year, but I think the rest of the staff at PHC has finally accepted this about me.  Basically, I like chicken, pasta and 93% ground beef.

 

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Do you have any strange phobias?

I think everything I am fearful of is completely logical and sensible, so I don’t think they are strange, but since you asked: birds, butterflies, meat with bones, basements, super long fingernails, waterslides, rollercoasters, really anything high up in the air… Styrofoam, chalk… Did I say birds? My heart starts racing when I think about their gross little feet or their feathery wings…

 

What are you looking forward to most this Fall/Winter?

November is my favorite month of the year!  November is my birthday month, and it’s also my first-born’s birthday month (which means my anniversary of becoming a momma!).  I genuinely love

Thanksgiving and spending the time with my big, loud family.  November also marks the return of our Elf on the Shelf, George- which means my house is a little more peaceful as he keeps watch for Santa ????

Nov 13, 2017

Are You Passionate About Youth Sports?

Parents, Coaches and Community Leaders: The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation invites you to share your ideas and help shape the future of youth sports in the eight counties of Western New York.

WHERE AND WHEN:

  • Tuesday, November 28: Holiday Valley Lodge, Ellicottville, NY 5:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, November 29: @The Dale Association, Lockport, NY 5:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Thursday, November 30: WNED-TV Studios, Buffalo, NY    12:00pm – 2:30pm

Registration opens 30 minutes prior to start time. A light meal will be served at each event. There is no cost to participate.

Please use this link to register to attend a community conversation.

If you cannot attend, but would like to complete a future survey, please click here.

About The Study

 

Led by the Aspen Institute's Sports & Society Program, State of Play: Western New York is a comprehensive study about youth sports in the eight counties of Western New York. It was commissioned by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation in partnership with the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and compiled the insights, expertise and feedback of a local task force of youth sports leaders and practitioners after an eight-month research process.

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation also sponsored studies in southeast Michigan and the Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes region. For more information about the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and its commitment to youth sports, click here.

The Plays

 

More than 1,000 local adults and youth informed the report through interviews, roundtable discussions, focus groups and surveys. The Aspen Institute analyzed the region through its existing framework of eight strategies, or “plays,” designed to increase sport participation with urban, suburban and rural youth.

8 Plays

 

Ask Kids What They Want

Reintroduce Free Play

Encourage Sports Sampling

Revitalize In-Town Leagues

Think Small

Design for Development

Train All Coaches

Emphasize Prevention

The Findings

 

State of Play: Western New York resulted in more than forty findings about the status of youth sports in the region. Highlights include:

Not Enough Kids Active at a Healthy Level
* While 84 percent of parents believe it’s important to have their children regularly involved in sports, only 16 percent of youth across Western New York are physically active one hour a day, the level recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It’s About More than Sports
* A Johns Hopkins University analysis projects that if stakeholders in the region can get and keep just 25 percent of youth active daily, 7,488 fewer youth would be overweight and obese, saving the region more than $262 million in direct medical costs and workplace productivity losses.

Where Have the Neighborhood Games Gone?
* The sports experience has changed dramatically over the last generation or so, with children participating in fewer sports and activities near their homes. Casual/pick-up play has become far less common, with more youth primarily playing in organized team settings.

Many bright spots, but we can do better
* The Western New York region deserves a C+ in getting kids active through sports, according to an online survey of youth sport providers and other stakeholders. The grade aligns with research by the Aspen Institute, which found many innovative organizations and grassroots champions dedicated to youth, but also gaps in program access, especially in low-income and rural areas.

The Recommendations

 

  • Invest in more and better parks
  • Build indoor complex in Buffalo
  • Engage more racially diverse leaders
  • Turn college athletes into youth coaches
  • Educate and empower parents

 

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Nov 13, 2017

Announcing the NYS Advanced Primary Care Program

Did you know that LESS THAN ONE IN FOUR DECISION MAKERS in practices felt they were well-versed in MIPS and how their practices would comply? Strategic Interests is providing services exclusively for small to medium practices in Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Wyoming, Allegany, & Cattaraugus Counties.

Benefits include:

  • Receive up to two years of FREE technical assistance
  • Access to consulting and subject matter expertise
  • Be ready for quality payment bonuses

To enroll contact APC@StrategicInterests.com or call 585.797.2360.

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Nov 13, 2017

Creating a Mindful Work Culture

Our partners at Compeer of Greater Buffalo and the Mental Health Association of Erie County are working together to offer workplace wellness workshops. According to the Journal of ClinicalMindset Psychiatry, the total economic burden of depression in 2000 was $83 billion, 62% of it due to lost workplace productivity. Unaddressed mental health concerns are seriously affecting the economy and a company’s bottom line. 

The Mindset program offers solutions, which include research-based interventions for employees and management to create a mentally healthy workplace culture.

Contact info@right-mindset.com or visit www.right-mindset.com to learn more about Mindset programming.?

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Nov 13, 2017

Pharmacists Provide Diabetes Self-Management for Patients

The pharmacists at Middleport Family Health Center are accredited Diabetes Self-Management Education educators. Accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Education (AADE), they provide classes that focus on the seven self-care behaviors essential for improved health status and greater quality of life.
 
The seven self-care behaviors include healthy eating, being active, monitoring, taking medications, problem-solving, reducing risks, and healthy coping.

One of their patients, Rose, shares her experience with the Diabetes Self-Management Education class in one of their YouTube videos. Check it out here!

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Nov 13, 2017

Call for Technical Assistance Applications

Is your organization in need of technical assistance? Through the Population Health Improvement Program, we're able to provide an array of services to community partners. Requests must be received by November 29, 2017. 

Technical Assistance includes:

  • Grant Writing Assistance/Editing
  • Community Conversation/Focus Group
  • Event Planning
  • Practice Facilitator
  • Data Analysis
  • Speaker for Conference or Workshop
  • Regional Collaboration/Meeting Facilitation
  • Survey Development
  • Training or Linkage to Training
  • Networking and Coalition Building
  • Mentorship Program
  • Keys to Health
  • And More!

 

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Nov 13, 2017

New to Keys to Health: Diabetes Resource Guides

Erie & Niagara/Orleans Diabetes Resource Guides

 

Coalitions in Erie County and Niagara/Orleans Counties have been working to create pre-diabetes and diabetes resource guides. The guides include management and education information, risk assessments, prescription and equipment management, connections to food and nutrition resources, and physical activity tips and resources around the community.

Niagara and Orleans County Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes Resource Guide

Greater Buffalo Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes Education and Support Services Guide

DataNerds

Attention data nerds, we want to hear from you! Have you used Keys to Health for a presentation, project, Community Health Assessment, report, or maybe to show the importance of why your children should eat their daily intake of fruits and veggies?

Let us know!

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Nov 13, 2017

What's in Your Vending Machine?

It’s that 3:00 PM slump, and you’re crashing hard. What snack do you reach for? Well, that may depend on the options your employer provides you at work. Does your employer promote healthy vending at work, or is your vending machine filled with chips, chocolate bars, and neon orange crackers?

 

Vending TastingUnder the Local IMPACT grant, we’re working with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara (CCE Niagara) to promote healthy vending in the workplace. Kaitlyn Summers, SRCP Grant Nutritionist at CCE Niagara, has partnered with the Healthy Manufacturing of NYS Consortium (HMNYS) and is working with seven manufacturing sites who are members of the Consortium to implement a healthy meeting and/or healthy vending agreement in the workplace.

 

Taylor Devices, one of the members of HMNYS, passed a Healthy Vending Agreement which states that worksites will ensure they follow the American Heart Association's snack and beverage vending machine guidelines when stocking the machines.  

 

Kaitlyn worked with management at Taylor Devices and their vending company, Crickler Vending, to allow staff to taste test and vote on healthy options they would like to see added to the vending machines. The hope is that by allowing staff input on what healthy options they would like to see stocked, staff will purchase those items over the unhealthy ones. 

 

Interested in learning more? Contact Megan Dumpleton at mdumpleton@phcwny.org or call 716.923.6577 to find how you can make your workplace a healthier place.

Oct 23, 2017

Our Secret Unveiled

We announced our new name at last Friday's Spotlight on Population Health Awards (SOPHi) Awards and Expo. The awards ceremony acknowledged organizations and initiatives across the eight counties of Western New York that have demonstrated excellent work in Population Health. 

 

In addition to recognizing and awarding a number of community health leaders, the event served as the official unveiling of P² ’s new name: “Population Health Collaborative.”

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“We’ve had a great 14 year run as the P² Collaborative,” said John D. Craik, Population Health Collaborative’s Executive Director, “but the name change is something our board members, stakeholders and staff have been looking forward to for a number of years.”

 

P² was a shortened version of “Pursuing Perfection,” a grant funded program that gave the organization its start.  Craik continued, “our new name is a bit more descriptive and intuitive, and it reflects our move to address the issues that contribute to sustaining improved health for members of the community.  We have shifted our focus to tackle the systems, policy and built environment issues that support or hinder the health of Western New Yorkers over the long term,” he concluded.

 

This year’s event included a Population Health Expo which involved almost fifty local vendors and exhibitors promoting health, wellness, fitness, and lifestyle improvements with interactive demonstrations and health screenings. 

 

The SOPHi winners include:

 

Community Achievement Award:

Phil Haberstro, Director of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo

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Community Impact:

Rural Outreach Center

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Data Driven:

GBUAHN (Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network)

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Inclusive:

We had a TIE! Crisis Services & Healthy Community Alliance

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Transparency:

Healthy Livable Communities Consortium of Cattaraugus County

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All-Star Award:

Western New York Women's Foundation

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Oct 19, 2017

Join Us and Implement a Policy for Cancer Screening at Your Organization

No excuses, get screened!

 

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Early detection of breast, colorectal and cervical cancer dramatically improves treatment outcomes. However, employees without access to paid time off for cancer screenings are less likely to obtain recommended screening tests. Failure to detect cancer early effects employers: Each cancer diagnosis is estimated to annually cost a business $1,601 in lost productivity. By providing paid leave for cancer screenings, employers may realize a healthier workforce and reduce spending on worker compensation and disability costs, replacement costs for ill or injured employees who are absent, and recruitment and training costs for new employees.

 

New York State employees currently receive four hours of annual leave for breast cancer screening. The State is asking all private sector employers to grant the same type of benefit to their employees and provide four hours annual leave for breast cancer screening. 

 

Click here for the list of employers who have agreed to provide this leave to their staff (including yours truly!).

 

Join the State in this effort!

 

Connect to FREE Cancer Screening

The New York State Department of Health offers FREE breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening to eligible, uninsured and underinsured men and women through Cancer Services Program partnerships in every county and borough in New York State.

 

To connect to FREE breast, cervical or colorectal cancer screening, diagnostic, treatment and support services in your community, please call 1-866-442-CANCER (1-866-442-2262). Or text 'GET SCREENED' to 81336 and find a breast cancer screening location near you.?

 

For more information, visit the Cancer Services Program website

 

Roswell Offers Express Mammograms

Rowell Park Cancer Institute has the latest 3D mammogram technology and is now offering express appointments that take 30-minutes or less! The Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center, houses a spacious state-of-the-art Breast Imaging Center equipped with digital mammography and tomosynthesis (also known as 3D screening) capabilities.

 

Appointments for screening mammograms are available from 8 AM–6 PM, Monday through Friday. Call 1-877-275-7724 or schedule online. 

 

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Oct 18, 2017

Meet Tara!

What’s your role at the Population Health Collaborative?

­­­­­­My current role is Community Outreach Manager; I manage communications and events for the organization. I just finished my Masters Certificate in Event Planning, and I am working on becoming a Certified Meeting and Event Planner; I almost have enough credits to take the final exam!

 

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How long have you been with the Population Health Collaborative?

I have been with PHC since March of 2013. The time has flown by!

 

What do you like most about working at the PHC?

I am grateful for the team we have doing the work that we do.

 

What’s your favorite thing about Western New York?

There is always something to do (see Clement!)… and the food!

 

What advice would you give to people entering in the field?

Entering in to any field:

  • Be humble, you don’t know everything.
  • Accept constructive criticism, it will help.
  • Continue to learn, professional development is key.
  • Network, meeting people in your field will help you succeed. 

 

What are three things on your bucket list?

  1. Travel. My husband and I cannot wait to travel abroad. First trip will be with our oldest daughter to Paris, summer of 2020! We plan to travel to Rome and Greece, but haven’t planned those out yet. I also want to go to Belize and stay in an overwater bungalow.
  2. Buy property on the beach. I am a true beach bum. I love the ocean.
  3. A cross-country trip. When I was 12, my parents took my sisters and me on a cross-county road trip. It was one of the best memories I have. I want to do that with my kids, or even grandkids!

What hobbies do you have outside of work?

I am a true introvert. I love the quiet and I LOVE to read. I could get lost in a book for hours. My current read is Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. I also love old black and white films, my son is starting to enjoy the older movies with me, he is an introvert like his mama!

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Before working at PHC, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

My first job was as an event server at fifteen. I spilled hot soup in a man’s lap at my first wedding. Luckily, he was nice about it. I think I lasted a month! They didn’t even fire me, they just stopped putting me on the calendar! (Hmmm.. remember a similar story from Karen Hall.)

 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

I love popcorn. I make it homemade with butter and different flavor seasonings. Ranch popcorn is my favorite. Sometimes, I eat it for dinner ????

 

Do you have any strange phobias?

I wouldn’t say strange, but I am an arachnophobe. A few years ago, my husband was working out of town and I called my dad in the wee hours to kill a spider. He laughed at me, but came and killed it. #daddysgirl


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What are you looking forward to most this Fall/Winter? Or What did you enjoy most about the Summer?

I love the fall, SWEATER WEATHER! Ellicottville for Octoberfest and Letchworth Arts and Crafts show are always a must! This year, we are going camping, well Glamping really for Thanksgiving.

As for the winter, I like watching my family play in the snow. From the house. Drinking wine. Covered with a blanket. 

This summer was slow and I loved it. We didn’t take any big vacations, no weddings we had to attend. I was able to spend some great time with family. My sisters and I are close and I love being with them. We finally completed a large deck off the house this spring, so we entertained a lot this summer, it was great.

Oct 23, 2017

Around the World with Independent Health

Independent Health continues to partner with numerous organizations across Western New York with the goal of providing access to activities that allow the community to live healthier lifestyles.

 

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One example is a partnership between Shared Mobility Inc. and Independent Health which introduced Reddy Bikeshare, an innovative bike share program across Buffalo to provide local residents and visitors an alternate form of transportation to support healthy, active lifestyles while also providing a fun and easy way to explore the waterfront, downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. The Reddy Bikeshare program in Buffalo officially launched in July 2016 with 200 “smart” bicycles with GPS capabilities located at 35 stations throughout the city.

 

The program makes bicycles easily available to individuals for use on a short-term basis, allowing users to rent a bike from one of the numerous hub locations, including Canalside and Bidwell Parkway, and return it to any hub location. The bicycles, manufactured by SoBi, track calories burned, distance traveled and the duration of the ride, along with the estimated reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and a calculation of the money saved instead of driving.

 

During its first year of service, Reddy Bikeshare yielded some impressive results. There were more than 4,000 total riders and more than 40,000 miles traveled, which is the distance around the earth and then some. In addition, more than 1.6 million calories were burned, which is equivalent to about 10,000 chicken wings, not counting the bleu cheese!

 

Several new locations opened this summer, including second locations at Buffalo State College and Canisius College.

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Annual memberships are available for a rate of $55 plus an additional $.01 per minute to ride. Independent Health members receive 20 percent off the annual pass membership rate. A short term pass is also available for $8.50 and ride for $.06 per minute for 30 days. Reddy Bikeshare also offers group passes for $20 and $.06 per minute that allow four users to ride under one account. These passes are also valid for 30 days.

 

By partnering with Reddy Bikeshare, Independent Health remains dedicated to creating a culture of health in Western New York by supporting recreation and exercise through bicycling, and improving the health and wellness of our region. Not to mention enhancing Buffalo’s reputation as a bicycle-friendly community!

 

To learn more about Reddy Bikeshare, including all stations and parking zones, please below. 

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Oct 23, 2017

New on Keys to Health

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Save SocioNeeds Index and Claritas Demographic Maps 

You can now add location labels to SocioNeeds Index and Claritas Demographic maps, and download and save maps as images on Keys to Health.

 

Invisible Story & Cost of Homelessness

Did you miss last month's conference: Invisible Story & Cost of Homelessness? The slides and meeting notes from the event are now on Keys to Health. Also, check our Facebook page for pictures of the morning!

Oct 23, 2017

The Resource Center’s STARS Wellness Team Wins

We're so happy to share some news from our longtime partner (and SOPHi nominee)!

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The Resource Center's STARS Wellness Team received an invite after winning the Western NY’s Healthiest Employer Award (in the large agency category) in May of this year. Following this achievement, they were sent to compete against the nations “Healthiest 100” agencies at the Fitbit Captivate held in downtown Chicago, Illinois.



Congratulations to The Resource Center who placed 19th out of the nation’s top “Healthiest 100” employers! This is a huge jump from last year’s 77th place.

Sep 08, 2017

Connecting Local Organizations to Improve Population Health in WNY

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Current Vendors Include:

Interested in being a vendor at the SOPHi Awards & Expo? There's still time! Complete the form or book online by September 15th. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to be part of our unique celebration!

Sep 08, 2017

Meet Ann Marie Sava

This month we continue our Meet the Staff series. Meet Ann Marie Sava, master chef and baker, finance aficionado, and the longest P² employee.


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I am the Director of Finance and Operations. I work with the staff to ensure financial compliance is achieved for each of our funding sources and to prepare the financial reporting for the organization including Financial Statements, grant and organization projections, and cash management.

How long have you been with P² Collaborative?
I started with P² in July 2010; and seven years have gone very fast.

What do you like most about working at P²?
I enjoy the team effort to submit a grant proposal. The P² team complements each other and we depend on each other to share our strengths for the creation of a grant proposal. Grant awards are truly a team accomplishment and I appreciate the talents of my co-workers!!

What’s your favorite thing about Western New York?
Western New York is home. I can go to my favorite places (Canisius College Chapel where Frank and I were married, family & friends nearby, our favorite restaurants, and enjoy the home that Lauren and Erica grew up in).
 
What advice would you give to people entering in the field?
Be willing to share non-confidential accounting solutions, formats or personally created documents with other accountants. Your network of accountants will become a valuable resource to you as you are presented with new challenges. Sharing of knowledge helps everyone create an overall sound accounting system. 

What are three things on your bucket list?
  1. Visit a small town in Italy where my grandmother left to sail to America.
  2. Walk through Monet’s garden.
  3. See Lauren and Erica settled & happy.
 
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I love to cook and bake. I enjoy hosting family dinners serving a Thanksgiving dinner for no occasion, sauce and meatballs for an easy dinner, and many other family favorites.  My sisters and I bake the traditional Italian wedding cookies for the holidays. Our family recipes are a labor of love, aka a lot of work!

This summer, I have enjoyed riding my bike with Frank on the Ken-Ton bike path.

Before working at P², what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
While in college, I was a Bridal Registry Consultant for a Department Store. It was a fun job meeting brides and accumulating their list of requested gifts. One bride stopped into the store to make a quick change to her registry…it was the groom’s name…this was the only change she made.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
One word. Chocolate!
 
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I always thought Samantha’s powers on the tv show Bewitched was an admirable quality. With a snap of her fingers she could commute to another place. Just image popping into work in West Seneca from Kenmore in a snap. 

What’s behind the name of your pet(s)?
Our second dog, a tricolor sheltie was named “Mookie.” Mookie was a loveable dog who knew more of the neighbors than us. Mookie was named after Mookie Wilson of the NY Mets. It was game six of the 1986 world series, when I found an appreciation for baseball and a great name for our next puppy.


Sep 07, 2017

Ready? GetSET, Go!

Along with seven other organizations in Western New York, we were selected to join the GetSET (Success in Extraordinary Times) capacity-building program sponsored by the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York, John R. Oishei Foundation, Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation, and the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. Our participation is sponsored by the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York. Now in its 3rd cohort, GetSET is a 2-year team-based process that pairs organizational development consultants with participating agencies. The goals are to strengthen the organization's internal operations. Sponsorship in GetSET is $75,000 with $35,000 allotted for the Organizational Development consultant services and $15,000 for participating organizations to use once a need is identified down the road. 
 
There are eight categories that the GetSET team asseses: Mission/Vision, Board Governance, Environmental Dynamics, Leadership, Organizational Infrastructure, Communications/Branding, Data Driven Decision Making, and Finance. The first step will be to complete an organizational assessment in those eight areas and then develop strategies to close the gaps. The second step is creating an organization value proposition statements. 

Sep 06, 2017

Annual Report Goals Check-In

Six months have passed from when we posted our 2016 community report. In it we set goals to reach more organizations and community members through our programs and training sessions. Here’s how we are doing so far.

 

More Than Half Way There. Spreading Mental Health First Aid Training Across WNY

Through our partners at Compeer Buffalo and the Niagara County Mental Health Association, we have trained 272 people in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). We aim to have 500 Mental Health First Aiders trained by the end of this year. Sessions have taken place at Ardent Solutions, Buffalo Psychiatric Center, Chautauqua County Health Network, Friends of Night People, Independent Living of Olean, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, Niagara Falls Medical Memorial Center, Niagara Falls schools, and St. Luke’s Church.  Since 2015, we have sponsored over 700 participants.  

 

Pastor Ruth Snyder of the Church of the Nativity United Church of Christ in Buffalo took the training earlier this year. She was so impressed by the training that she decided to host a training for clergy members.

 

Because of the nature of our profession and our close connections with individuals and families, clergy are in a unique situation to support people suffering from mental health concerns and, if appropriate, recommend help. During training, I learned that 18% of people are diagnosed with some type of mental illness; in my congregation, that’s over seventy people! And those are the individuals that are diagnosed; chances are there are many more. Because of the training, I now feel more confident that I can talk with people if I see something concerning or listen when someone shares information related to their mental health. I think every pastor and youth minister should avail themselves to this training!  Many thanks for making the program available.

 

Additional training sessions are planned for the rest of the year, including in Gowanda and at the Church of the Nativity UCC. Are you looking to take a Mental Health First Aid USA Training? Join the Healthy Community Alliance (HCA) and Cattaraugus County Health Department for a FREE training on October 12th at Bethany Lutheran Church. Space is limited! Contact Ashley at HCA at 716.532.1010 to register.

 

Learn more about Mental Health First Aid USA www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org.

 

Engaging with Practices to Lower Hypertension in Adults

Last year we were fortunate to work with the Healthy Corner Store Initiative to open four healthy corner stores on the Eastside of Buffalo. Owners have reported that the initiative is going 'very well' and that they are excited to offer healthier items to their customers.

 

This year, we have expanded outside of the Buffalo area working with new partners at Erie 1 BOCES Tri-County Healthy Schools NY (HSNY)Chautauqua County Health Network, and the Chautauqua County Department of Health.

 

This Summer we placed new coolers in three stores: Thirsty’s Pizzeria & More in Gowanda, the Right Price in Buffalo, and Lil’s Deli in Machias. Three more stores in Chautauqua County and one in Erie County are also working to provide healthier options to their customers. The owners are excited for the opportunity to participate in this initiative and expand healthy options in their stores. They have found their current efforts in providing healthy options to be successful and are seeking education on providing healthy foods and start-up costs to provide containers for more fruit and vegetable options.

 

Check back on our progress early next year for our 2017 Community Report. We've had an exciting year, with more to come!

Aug 26, 2017

Complete Streets Pop-Up Project at MLK Park Demonstrates How Low Cost Changes Can Enhance Neighborhoods

Historic Olmsted Park transformed with bike lanes, traffic calming measures to create safer, more bike- and pedestrian-friendly streetscapes On Buffalo’s East side.

mlkpark12.jpgBuffalo, N.Y., August 26, 2017 – GObike Buffalo and a number of community partners unveiled the first in a series of Complete Streets Pop-Up projects today at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park to demonstrate how low-cost changes in streetscapes can bring about impactful neighborhood improvements. The Pop-Up project was created in response to community feedback and designed to demonstrate how short-term enhancements can dramatically enhance neighborhoods, protect pedestrians and bicyclists, and encourage more livable, dynamic neighborhoods.

The temporary and semi-permanent changes include reducing the traffic pattern through MLK Park on Fillmore Avenue from four lanes to two, and adding buffered bike lanes and a median to the street. Community members have painted planters to be installed temporarily to create a separation between motor vehicle traffic and the bicycle lanes, helping to calm traffic in the park and visually enhance the corridor. The planters include inspirational quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and are painted with the colors of the Pan-African flag, honoring the African American community's many contributions to the fabric of the American experience.

Justin Booth, Executive Director of GObike Buffalo commented, “This is a great example of how we can collaboratively address needs articulated by local residents with low-cost, high-impact solutions. We hope that these demonstration projects will inspire permanent changes that can greatly impact Buffalo’s neighborhoods.”
 
mlkpark21.jpg"The transformation of this street represents the power of our citizens to affect meaningful change through collaboration, vision and civic investment," said NYS Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes. "Improving safety and access through Martin Luther King, Jr. Park supports the health and vitality of Buffalo's East Side, and enhances the value of this park ? an important link in Buffalo's singular Olmsted Parks System ? as a community resource and public recreational space."

The project was made possible with support from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and the P² Collaborative of Western New York, and was installed by volunteers from the local neighborhood, GObike Buffalo, the Eastside Bike ClubSlow Roll BuffaloJes BreatheMetropolitan United Methodist ChurchBrian K. Lewis Funeral Home and the King Urban Life Center. Local resident empowerment was a critical element of the Pop-Up project as resident input was used to determine the focus and scope of the project, to create action plans and to install the temporary street features that make streets safer for everyone.

The City of Buffalo Department of Public Works, the Mayor's Office, and Councilmember Ulysees Wingo are supporting the project with the cooperation of the Buffalo Police Department. Temporary street features will remain in place until Nov. 1 or the first snowfall of the year. Additional Complete Streets Pop-Up installations are planned in the Hermann-Best neighborhood in cooperation with the King Urban Life Center, and in the Paderewski-Fillmore area in partnership with Greater East Side Fields of Dreams Block Clubs.

GObike Buffalo promotes, educates, and encourages biking and active transportation options to create positive impacts on health, our environment, our streets and the overall quality of life for all residents.
Aug 09, 2017

Creating a Livable Niagara Falls Through Complete Streets

The Complete Streets workshop in Niagara Falls, NY was held on May 13, 2017 at the Niagara Street Elementary School. Justin Booth, Executive Director of GObike Buffalo; facilitated the discussion.

The agenda contained several main elements; an introduction and visioning exercise, a presentation on the key elements of Complete Streets for Niagara Falls, policy recommendations for sustainability and a group exercise to identify actions to address the current challenges inhibiting the community’s ability to walk and bicycle safely.

The following are the participant’s vision statements:

  • A safe place for children to walk to and from school.
  • More crosswalks; less traffic congestion.
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  • Interested in ways to slow traffic, making it safe for children to walk to school and to the park.
  • A Niagara Street where cyclists and pedestrians feel like they have more right of way.
  • Getting more neighborhood residents out into the community and creating place/opportunity for businesses to succeed.
  • To make Niagara Falls more bikeable.
  • Easier for families to use Niagara Street to access the school and Gill Creek Park.
  • Encourage “sharing the road” and helping people understanding what that means.
  • Educating cyclists about the rules of the road; encouraging right behaviors.
  • Better community health, and specifically lower rates of diabetes.
  • Interested in reasonable methods for making the neighborhood more walkable and bikeable.
  • Would like sidewalks to remain more accessible (all-season); safer for kids to walk near park & school.


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Aug 07, 2017

Community Spotlight: Breastfeeding Friendly Program

It’s been almost a year since the Breastfeeding Friendly Program was nominated for the Spotlight on Population Health (SOPHi) Awards. We followed up with Courtney Gfroerer, Marketing & Community Impact Specialist for the Child Care Resource Network to learn more about the program.

Tell us about the Breastfeeding Friendly Program.
Child care programs can apply to become Breast Feeding Friendly Certified. By doing this, child care programs can help moms and babies successfully develop and maintain a breastfeeding routine. While there are many great reasons to become BFF Certified, like the fact that breastfeeding can help keep costs down for families, one of the best reasons is that meals containing breast milk are reimbursed by the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) – the federal food program that many child care providers already participate in, and all are welcome to join.
 
What need is this program addressing?
This program is helping families who need or choose to use child care continue their home routines. Just because children are cared for in a different environment while their parents or guardians are at work doesn’t mean they can’t still be breastfed.
 
Who is your target clientele?
We hope to attract all child care providers in Erie County to become a part of this program. That’s hundreds of child care providers affecting thousands of children and families!
 
How many people do you serve?
277 individual child care programs.
 
What is something you’re proud of regarding this project?
Child Care Resource Network has helped the highest percentage of family and group family child care providers in New York State become BFF Certified – Erie County is #1! In Erie County, 57% of family and group family child care programs are BFF, largely through the efforts of CCRN’s CACFP program, compared to a rate of just 12% throughout New York State.
 
What’s the best way for someone to contact you if they have more questions?
Child care programs, parents, or families can always call us for information or questions about the BFF program. It is free and simple for child care providers to become certified! We can be reached at 716-877-6666.

Aug 07, 2017

Supporting Diabetes Prevention

Nearly 30 million American are living with Type 2 Diabetes, and 89 million more Americans are considered prediabetic. This equates to 1 in 3 Americans with prediabetes, which if left untreated will lead to Type 2 Diabetes within 3-5 years. The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) is a proven Lifestyle Change Program, developed by the CDC and taught in the community by trained non-clinical instructors called a Lifestyle Coaches. The NDPP recognizes that a 5-7% weight loss combined with 150 minutes of weekly exercise can reduce a person’s risk by up to 58%. The P² Collaborative of Western New York received funding from the New York State Department of Health for the Local Initiatives for Multi-Sector Public Health Action (Local IMPACT) to promote and help develop Diabetes Prevention Programs across 8 counties.

The Neighborhood Health Center provides comprehensive health services to the medically underserved population in Niagara Falls’ inner city. This population is known to be at a greater risk for diabetes and comorbid conditions, and is also overutilizing the Emergency Departments at local hospitals. In addition, this population provides challenges with medication adherence and diet/exercise recommendations. Leadership from the Health Center agreed to host a NDPP with a start date of April 28th, and set a goal of enrolling 10 patients from a registry created by their EHR. The enrollees will meet weekly for 16 one-hour sessions and then monthly for an additional 8 one-hour sessions delivered by the Niagara County Department of Health. The Niagara County Department of Health is providing the NDPP to the patients of the Neighborhood Health Center with no charge to participants, having their staff time supported by Local IMPACT. The Catholic Health System Foundation, Mount St. Mary’s Philanthropic entity, provided incentives including a healthy lunch for each session, gift cards for each participant per session, and a Fitbit raffle at the end of the program. Additional marketing support was offered by the P2 Collaborative of Western New York through academic detailing within the community.

?The Neighborhood Health Center surpassed their enrollment goal, and registered 15 people for the program. Through the 10th week of the program, 13 of the original participants have remained with the program, making it the largest class the Niagara County Department of Health has held in this community. The participants are meeting weekly and are accountable for maintaining a daily food tracking journal, reporting their exercise minutes weekly, learning about new habits, coping strategies, label reading, and better decision-making regarding what qualifies as healthy foods and snacks. The Niagara County Department of Health is tracking attendance, exercise minutes, and does weekly weigh-ins. At the 10-week mark, one participant has lost 30 pounds. The providers of the Health Center have become aware of the program’s successes and the ease of facilitating within their own location, and plan to continue offering the program to their patient population. Mount St. Mary’s is a part of the Catholic Health System, a hospital and integrated delivery system that as a result of the canvassing of P², has trained 3 of their staff as Lifestyle Coaches to provide NDPP within their system in the future.

Aug 07, 2017

Meet Clement Nsiah

Get to know our staff better with the Meet the Staff series. Meet Clement Nsiah, PHIP Program Coordinator, cyclist, and future sensitivity specialist. ?
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At P² , I am the Program Coordinator for the Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP) 

How long have you been with P2 Collaborative?
I have been with P² since October 2016, so I’m going on 10 months in P² years.

What do you like most about working at P² ?
My colleagues – they make it very easy for me to complete my tasks. And oh! the fact that I also receive FREE sensitivity training from the wonderful Jessica Thomas!

What’s your favorite thing about Western New York?
It is not as crowded as New York City (where I was raised).
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What advice would you give to people entering in the field? 
Be willing to learn and adjust to the rapid changes in the healthcare environment!

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  1. Finish my PhD. I’m enrolled in the Health Systems and Health Policy program at D’Youville College
  2. Visit all 59 national parks in the United States
  3. Complete the New York State Leaders: Empire State Fellows Program

What hobbies do you have outside of work?
Exercising and weight lifting for me is a huge part of my daily activity

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I worked at a female retail store called Strawberry Clothing in NYC. So many fun stories to share from there! There was a woman who refused to leave the store (sitting on the floor) if her husband wouldn't transfer funds into her account to purchase a shoe she had been searching over a year for. The shoes were crazy expensive, but he transferred over the money and she left!

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Watching Hallmark channel movies (don’t judge me)!

What’s your favorite quote?
"Be good to the people you meet on your way up the ladder because you will meet them on your way down."- Wilson Mizner

What are you looking forward to most this Summer?
Riding around my new cruiser and tandem bikes (Bro-Biking! If you haven’t heard of bro-biking check out this video of Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon…).
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Join us next month as we delve deep with our Director of Finance & Operations and wonderful baker, Ann Marie Sava.
Jul 21, 2017

SOPHi Nominations Open Through July 25th!

5 Reasons You Should Nominate Your Organization!

  1. Be recognized for the great work you're doing for the community- Be publicly recognized as a SOPHi nominee.
  2. Network and form new collaborations- Nearly 400 people attend the SOPHi Awards & Expo each year. 
  3. Learn about other organizations in our region- Join other nominees and attendees in learning about the nominated projects. You'll also have the opportunity to have a vendor table at the Expo.
  4. Have your organization spotlighted throughout 2018- Opportunity to keep the community informed on your work through one of our bi-monthly webinars or in our blog & newsletter.
  5. Send one of your colleagues to the SOPHi's for free- Ticket includes breakfast, full access to the Expo, and attendance at the Awards ceremony.
Nominations will be open through July 25th, so nominate your population health organization today! Know of a great organization in Western New York? Nominate them or forward this message on!
 

What People Are Saying About SOPHi

Uplifting and fun atmosphere!

It was wonderful. The food, the location, the entertainment, the awards. No complaints. We nominated lots of partners for the awards, and I think it really made them feel special. Acknowledging the work they do for the betterment of the community not only makes them feel appreciated, but it encourages them to do more- to keep it up. So thank you for this opportunity to spur excitement for community health improvement in our county.

Great to recognize the organizations that are helping to improve population health here in WNY.?

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Jul 19, 2017

EveryBody Deserves a Massage!

This week is EveryBody Deserves a Massage week! To commemorate this week, we're highlighting one of our SOPHi vendors, Body Be Well Solutions. Rebecca Albert is the owner of Body Be Well Solutions, providing wellness and pain management; nutrition and weight management; and therapeutic massages. 

Former smoker and self-proclaimed binge eater, Rebecca decided to make some small lifestyle changes. "I was overweight, had terrible mood swings, slept very little, had low energy and major brain fog," Rebecca says.  "And then... it all caught up with me.  My life was changing... and moving in a direction that was not toward anything good." 

10 years later, she's healthier and uses her experience and extensive education to help her clients manage chronic pain. A Certified Holistic Health Coach (through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition), she able to help others make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.

 

The Massage Side

?Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:

  • Decreased anxiety
  • Enhanced sleep quality
  • Greater energy
  • Improved concentration
  • Increased circulation
  • Reduced fatigue
Therapeutic massage coupled with proper nutrition and supplementation as a preventive measure of an ongoing care regimen can mean fewer visits to the doctor, fewer co-pays, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications. 

For more information, visit the Body Be Well Solutions website: www.bodybewellsolutions.com.
Jul 11, 2017

Nurturing Healthy Children in Niagara Falls

In partnership with the Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club, Catholic Health Mount St. Mary's Hospital's Neighborhood Health Center, Community Partners of WNY, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County, P² Collaborative is launching a program in September for kids at the Neighborhood Health Center in Niagara Falls.

Nurturing Healthy Children is a year-long program that empowers and supports children (and their families) as they make lifestyle changes that improves their health. Through three phases, families will learn how to plan and prepare easy, low-cost, nutritious meals and how to make physical activity a habit. Children will have access to participate in inner-club sports (baseball, hockey, volleyball, flag football, basketball, and softball). 

Children will also receive a FREE activity tracker and other prizes for participating. Prizes will be determined at the end of the program to fit each child's needs. If you are interested in learning more, contact Clement Nsiah at cnsiah@p2wny.org.

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Jul 10, 2017

July Healthy Happenings

??National Diabetes Prevention ?Program Lifestyle Coach Training

hrough the Local IMPACT grant, there is an opportunity to train 15 lifestyle coaches! This training is being provided by QTAC, and will take place at The Resource Center located at 200 Dunham Avenue, Jamestown, NY 14701.

This training is FREE. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. 

Space is limited and will fill up quickly, so register today! For more information or to register, contact Tara Maving at tmaving@p2wny.org or 716.923.6582.

 

Healthy Food is Just Around the Corner!

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?On July 12th at 2pm, we will unveil the healthy options to the community at Thirsty’s Pizzeria & More.

Thirsty's Pizzeria & More in Gowanda, NY isn’t your typical pizzeria. While Thirsty’s main business is takeout, they also sell grocery items. As part of the Healthy Corner Store Initiative, we are working with the Cattaraugus County Creating Healthy Schools and Communities (CHSC) to bring healthy options to corner stores in the rural areas. Thirsty’s will be our first healthy corner store outside of Buffalo, NY.

We will be working with the store owner to assist in providing additional education and support.


 

 
Jul 10, 2017

Date Extended for SOPHi 2017 Nominations!

Have you been itching to send your nomination for the SOPHi Awards? We extended the date to July 25th! Submit your nomination online, email the Nomination Form to info@p2wny.org, or mail to our office!

We still have space for vendors for demos and health screenings! Join in with our exhibitors: African Heritage Food Co-OpBody Be Well SolutionsFarmers' Market at GriderJazzy TMiddleport Family PharmacyMorrison HealthcareNorwex ProductsProgram Savvy, WTF Chef, and more!
Interested in being a sponsor or having a table? Click here for more information or click here to register.

 
Nominate!
 


Jun 29, 2017

DECIDE WNY's Active Speakers' Bureau

A large group of dedicated community leaders is striving to establish a network of individuals to speak about healthcare conversations, wishes, values, and advance directives. The group is called "Discussions and Early Conversations for Individual Decision-making for Everyone" or DECIDE WNY.

One of DECIDE's goals is to create an Active Speakers' Bureau and therefore we wanted to extend this invitation to you. The Conversation Project hosts a speaker training for anyone who is interested in presenting on The Conversation Project (TCP) to their community, organization, congregation, book club, etc. The next webinar training is scheduled on July 19th from 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT.

The TCP training is presented as a webinar, but we will also have three screenings of the webinar allowing for interactive discussion:

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If you are interested in participating in the DECIDE Active Speaker’s Bureau activities and/or The Conversation Project webinar, register now!

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Jun 22, 2017

5 Reasons You Should Nominate Your Organization

  1. Be recognized for the great work you're doing for the community- Be publicly recognized as a SOPHi nominee.
  2. Network and form new collaborations- Nearly 400 people attend the SOPHi Awards & Expo each year. 
  3. Learn about other organizations in our region- Join other nominees and attendees in learning about the nominated projects. You'll also have the opportunity to have a vendor table at the Expo.
  4. Have your organization spotlighted throughout 2018- Opportunity to keep the community informed on your work through one of our bi-monthly webinars or in our blog & newsletter.
  5. Send one of your colleagues to the SOPHi's for free- Ticket includes breakfast, full access to the Expo, and attendance at the Awards ceremony.

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Nominations will be open through June 30th, so nominate your population health organization today! Know of a great organization in Western New York? Nominate them or forward this message on! 

* Update* We're keeping nominations open through July 25th!

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Jun 14, 2017

Invest Health: Strategies for Healthier Cities

By: Invest Health

 

INVEST HEALTH is a new initiative that brings together diverse leaders from mid-sized U.S. cities across the nation to develop new strategies for increasing and ever aging private and public investments to accelerate improvements in neighborhoods facing the biggest barriers to better health. Learn more at investhealth.org

Willie Weatherspoon, 71, a retired office worker, lives in Delavan Grider, a neighborhood on Buffalo’s East Side. Blind in one eye, with only 50% vision in the other, she can’t drive and doesn’t own a car. The closest market is nearly three miles away, so she counts on her adult children to take her food shopping. Even then, the fresh fruits and vegetables she likes so much are expensive.

Not surprisingly, she is elated at the prospect of having an indoor farmer’s market a few blocks away from home, offering fresh, affordable produce and locally raised fish.

“It will be so wonderful,” she says. “My grandchildren stay with me most days after school, and we’ll be able to take a stroll down there to pick up whatever we need. I like greens. I like tomatoes, and cucumbers. I like fish. This is going to make a huge difference, not just for me, but for all the people in this neighborhood.”

She is right. According to the County Health Rankings, Erie County, where Delavan Grider is, ranks 57th out of 62 counties in New York State in health outcomes. Data
from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that residents of Delavan Grider suffer from high rates of diabetes (19%), obesity (36.7%), and hypertension (50%). And according to 2010-2014 American Community Survey estimates, 47.7% of households have an annual income of less than $25K, compared to 22.9% for all of New York State.

Access to affordable, fresh, and nutritious food could have a significant impact on resident health and wellbeing. But Delavan Grider residents can’t easily get to a market right now. The neighborhood is among those with limited access to healthy food as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, meaning its residents live one or more miles from the nearest grocery store. Most residents don’t drive or own cars.

“We are a food desert,” says Beverly Crowell, a neighborhood resident who heads the local taxpayers’ association. “When I go out into the community, I see obesity everywhere, even among the children. We all need the chance to make better food choices.”

They soon will get that chance, with support from Invest Health, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Reinvestment Fund. This joint effort provides opportunities for local leaders in the public and private sectors to work together in midsize cities such as Buffalo on new initiatives aimed at improving health and well-being.

?For Delavan Grider, a low income, predominantly African-American community of mostly retirees, this means taking an old abandoned manufacturing building, vacant for 30 years, and turning it into, among other things, a large indoor farmers’ market that grows and sells food right in the community. The project brings together health officials from the Erie County Medical Center, the P² Collaborative of Western New York – the administrative arm of the project – city government, and local community activists.
 
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We will be bringing life to this neighborhood,” says Rita Hubbard-Robinson, a local Invest Health team member. “The idea is to have a campus where this market is a social engine that supports good health habits.”

?Moreover, she adds: “One of the beautiful things about this neighborhood is its great civic ethic– these are closely knit people who help one another. It’s a strongly knit community buttressed against a former manufacturing corridor. This is a very sweet neighborhood where people put flower boxes on their porches, and always shovel their sidewalks in the winter.”

The initial phase of the project will create a sustainable aquaponics system where fish and produce will be cultivated and sold in a public market, which will serve as the hub of the new enterprise. It will bring in new industry and stimulate job growth – especially for the community’s young people – and ultimately add more health initiatives as it expands in the coming years. Once the fruit and vegetables start growing, and the fish begin to reproduce, some of that food likely will be sold to local
restaurants, with profits reinvested back into the project.

The goal is to open the 40,000 square-foot market by 2018.

Eventually, the project will also offer nutrition education, healthy cooking and fitness classes, and diabetes screening, with the goal of redirecting residents, especially
the next generation, away from the fast food restaurants in the area to the new neighborhood source of good, wholesome food.

John Craik, executive director of the P² Collaborative, agrees. “It will be years before you see obesity and diabetes rates go down, but if it takes years, that makes it
all the more important to start now,” he says, adding: “We want to give people in the community a sense of hope to feel they haven’t been left out – and this will almost
certainly do that.”

Crowell and others hope that eventually the project will produce “everything the neighborhood needs,” she says. “It won’t only be good for health, but it will be good for
the community to see the growth, to see those boarded, rundown, dilapidated buildings reopened and doing something good in the neighborhood. I can’t wait for the stores to be open, for jobs to be generated, and to see those fish swimming around.

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Jun 13, 2017

We've Grown!

P² has grown to a small but mighty team of 10! New hires include Program Coordinators, Megan Dumpleton, Pam Fox, and Clement Nsiah; Heidi Romer, Project Manager; and Jessica Thomas, Program Manager.

Check our blog next month as we resume our Meet the Staff series.

Feb 21, 2017

2016 Highlights- Annual Report

??We are a regional population health collaborative. We connect diverse groups of people to align resources and expertise. Together, we actively work towards improving population health in Western New York.
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Two months into the New Year, we reflect on our 2016 accomplishments, and set goals for 2017. In 2016 we were able to provide training and learning opportunities for over 2,000 people and impact over 650 community members through our programs. See our full annual report  below! We're excited for what we can accomplish this year with our partners.
 

Visit our YouTube page for our webinars and pictures from last year's SOPHi Awards! 

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Feb 13, 2017

P² Goes Red For Heart Health Month

February may be one of the biggest unhealthy food months with the Super Bowl and Valentine's Day, but it also marks Heart Health Month. It's a great month to start making small changes towards a healthier you. Heart disease claims the lives of about 1 million Americans every year, making it the leading cause of death for both men and women. 

Human behavior contributes strongly to health outcomes. Most preventable deaths and illnesses in the United States are directly caused by human behaviors. A study conducted at the Karolinska Institute found that if you change these five habits, nearly 80% of heart attacks, strokes, and other conditions could be prevented by:
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1.    Not smoking or taking steps to quit smoking
Tobacco is the agent most responsible for avoidable illness and death in America today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use brings premature death to almost half a million Americans each year. In WNY, the smoking rate is 21.9%, which is much higher than the NYS Prevention Agenda target of 12.3%.
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2.    Getting adequate exercise 
Becoming physically active is critical to preventing heart disease and other diseases. People who have access to fitness and recreation centers are more prone to exercising. In WNY, the number of fitness and recreation centers per 1,000 population is 0.10 compared to the U.S. value of 0.06 facilities per 1,000 population. Though the number of fitness and recreation centers in WNY may be slightly higher than the U.S. value, it is still not significant.

3.    Abstaining from alcohol or drinking only moderate amounts
Alcohol abuse is associated with a variety of negative health and safety outcomes. ? In a 2014 survey of WNYers, 18.8% of adults reported to binge drinking in the last 30 days, which is slightly higher than the NYS Prevention Agenda target of 18.4%. Male binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks on one occasion, and female binge drinking is four or more drinks on one occasion. 

4.    Maintaining a normal Body mass index (BMI)  
Being overweight or obese has a major effect on quality of life and puts individuals at risk for developing many diseases, especially heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. Losing weight helps to prevent and control these diseases. According to the Body Mass Index (BMI), 63.7% of adults in WNY are overweight or obese, which is slightly higher than the NY value of 60.5%.

5.    Sleeping for 7 or more hours per day
Sleep is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Ongoing sleep deficiency has been linked to chronic health conditions including heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, and stroke. The percentage of adults who report fewer than 7 hours of sleep on average for Western New York range from 33.1% (Allegany County) to 36.9% (Erie County).  

 

Looking at Chautauqua

?Did you know that Chautauqua County has among the highest rates of heart attack and stroke deaths in all of New York State, even among those under age sixty-five?  Did you know that 80% of heart attacks and strokes are preventable?

The Chautauqua Health Action Team (CHAT) established a goal of preventing 250 heart attacks, strokes, and related deaths in Chautauqua County in the coming year. 250 lives are our part in helping the Million Hearts Initiative prevent a million heart attacks and strokes nationwide. 

?In Chautauqua County, from 2013-2015, the age-adjusted death rate due to coronary heart disease is 125.6 deaths per 100,000 population, much higher than the Healthy People 2020 target rate of 103.4.

In Chautauqua County, from 2013-2015, the age-adjusted death rate due to cerebrovascular disease (stroke) is 36.5 deaths per 100,000 population. Although over the years, the trend over time shows a significant positive change in deaths associated with stroke, the current rate is still higher than the Healthy People 2020 target rate of 34.8.

In Support of the CHQ 250 campaign, we joined the save hearts pledge, committing to:
  • Encourage blood pressure control by distributing blood-pressure control cards and encouraging self-monitoring either at home or with a cuff at your workplaces
  • Promote the CHQ 250 message
  • Start a weekly walk and take walking breaks together 
  • Eliminate candy jars 
  • Make sure everyone in our organization knows symptoms of heart attack and stroke and what to do
  • And P² has also been participating in the Sugar Free February Challenge! (Almost 2 weeks strong!)
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Follow CHQ 250 on Facebook at CHQ250 for some more information from the CHQ 250 Team!


Feb 13, 2017

CHQ 250: Blood Pressure Tips

By: Chautauqua Health Action Team

?If you live in Western New York, odds are better than average that you know someone who has experienced a heart attack or stroke. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, and some of the highest rates of heart disease and stroke deaths in all of New York State can be found right here in Western New York. The American Heart Association estimates that 80% of all heart attacks and strokes are preventable with relatively simple measures such as healthier eating, more physical activity, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight, along with managing blood pressure and cholesterol. This article is going to focus on blood pressure control.

Blood pressure tells you the amount of force pushing against your artery walls when the heart is contracting and when the heart is at rest. Over time, if the force of the blood flow is often high, the walls of the arteries get stretched beyond its healthy limit and damage occurs. About 1 in 3 US adults have high blood pressure. Uncontrolled high blood pressure is the leading cause of heart disease and stroke. A normal blood pressure reading is 120/80 or below. Know your number, and if it’s high, make control your goal. 

Work with your healthcare provider to make a plan to lower your blood pressure. A key to better control is a good healthcare provider-patient partnership. Most people diagnosed with high blood pressure want to stay below 140/90, but your healthcare provider can tell you your personal target blood pressure.

Making a few lifestyle changes can make a big change in lowering your blood pressure. Maintain a healthy weight; strive for a body mass index between 18 and 25. Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and lean protein; lower the amount of saturated and total fat you eat. Keep your sodium intake under 1,500 mg a day; this is associated with the greatest reduction in blood pressure! Beware of hidden sodium in processed and packaged foods; it all adds up. Make sure you include physical activity into your day; aim for 40 minutes, 3-4 times per week. Limit your alcohol; drink no more than 1-2 drinks per day. Quit smoking; call the NYS Quitline, 1-866-697-8487, and/or talk with your healthcare provider about quitting.

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The Chautauqua County Health Network (CCHN) is working with healthcare providers by offering blood pressure detection trainings to clinicians and distributing “Tips to Get the Right Blood Pressure Reading” tracking cards to the public. Follow these simple steps to get the right blood pressure reading and request that your health care team do the same: 

•  Before - wear a short sleeve shirt; no eating, drinking, or smoking 30 minutes before; allow yourself time to get to your appointment without being rushed; go to the bathroom 5 minutes before; sit quietly and think happy thoughts while waiting. 
•  During – sit quietly in a chair with a back; feet on the floor; arm on a table, desk, or chair at heart level; no talking. 
• After - Make a habit of checking your blood pressure regularly, tracking your readings, and sharing them with your healthcare provider. (Free tracking cards are available in English and Spanish for your community based organization, worksite, neighborhood, committee, etc. Please contact CCHN at 338-0010.)

If your healthcare provider prescribes medication to help lower your blood pressure, take the medications exactly the way he/she prescribes them. By managing your blood pressure, you are lowering your risk of heart attack and stroke. ?

CHQ250 is an initiative of the Chautauqua Health Action Team(CHAT), encouraging you to take action to be one of at least 250 strokes, heart attacks, or related deaths prevented in Chautauqua County in the coming year. This column is written by CHAT members and is intended to share information to help you to do your part to live a life free of stroke or heart disease. Follow us on Facebook at CHQ250. Please direct questions or comments to: activecounty@co.chautauqua.ny.us.

Feb 10, 2017

CHQ 250 Initiative: Doing Their Part To Save Hearts

The Chautauqua Health Action Team (CHAT) established a goal of preventing 250 heart attacks, strokes, and related deaths in Chautauqua County in the coming year. 250 lives is our part in helping the Million Hearts Initiative prevent a million heart attacks and strokes nationwide. 

CHQ 250 is an initiative of the Chautauqua Health Action Team (CHAT), encouraging you to take action to be one of at least 250 strokes, heart attacks, or related deaths prevented in Chautauqua County in the coming year. 
 
Join their Save Hearts Pledge and choose any of the following actions to do your part:

  • Host a Hands-Only CPR training. It takes just minutes to learn, and they'll facilitate it at no cost to you!
  • Encourage blood pressure control by distributing blood-pressure control cards and encouraging self-monitoring either at home or with a cuff at your workplaces.
  • Promote the CHQ 250 message and logo with weekly or monthly email tips. (They provide these!)
  • Change one thing in your workplace for the healthier: start a weekly walk.
  • Change one thing in your workplace: always serve water or other unsweetened drinks and eliminate soda.
  • Change one thing in your workplace: eliminate candy jars.
  • Change one thing in your workplace: promote taking stairs. OR taking short daily exercise break.
  • Make sure everyone in your organization knows symptoms of heart attack and stroke and what to do. They can do short presentation or provide infographics!
  • Like and ask 5 local friends to "like" their FB page or follow them on Twitter @chq250.


?Check back next week for more information from CHQ 250!

Feb 10, 2017

WNY Still Standing: Providing Support For Addiction and Recovery

The mission of WNY Still Standing (W.S.S.) is to provide community support, bereavement support, education, information, and resources to anyone concerned about issues related to Addiction and Recovery and the conversation surrounding it. 

They are a private online Facebook group that currently meets monthly to share their personal stories and find support, while also discussing advocacy efforts and ways to educate the community on addiction and recovery. Anyone can request to join the growing group of over 300 members, by clicking the button below.

Two other groups have formed out of the WNY Still Standing group: WNY Coalition for Excellence and 716 Parents, Families, and Friends:

  • The WNY Coalition for Excellence works to identify areas for improvement in the substance abuse community and to take action to illicit change for the better. They aim to improve communication to the general public and help all to better understand the disease of addiction.
  • The goal of the 716 Parents, Families, and Friends is to get any and all information that is available out to the general public and specifically to those affected by addiction. They work with many other groups and organizations to compile the most accessible data base of info. This group is for any and all individuals, whether you have been affected by a family member, a friend, or even your own battle with addiction. They are there to help each other and to see that the proper care is given to every individual in need. You can follow them:


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Jan 06, 2017

New to Keys to Health!

We have been busy! This month we bring you more indicators to Keys to Health. Here's some of what you can now find:

  1. Children disability rate
  2. Children and youth receiving SNAP benefits
  3. ?Child abuse/maltreatment rate
  4. Annual? public school dropout rate
  5. Newborn drug-related diagnosis
  6. Alcohol related vehicle injuries and deaths
  7. Hospitalizations due to falls
  8. Infants fed any breast milk in delivery hospital rate
  9. Infants fed exclusively breast milk in delivery hospital rate
  10. Rate of premature deaths (aged less than 75 years)
  11. Adults living in homes where smoking prohibited
  12. Adults with regular health care provider (PCP)
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Jan 06, 2017

January Healthy Happenings

Olean General Hospital Diabetes Education Workshops

Olean General Hospital’s Diabetes Education Workshops are designed as a comprehensive program, addressing all aspects of diabetes management.

 

 

Diabetes Support Group Schedule 

 

Diabetes Support group is free and open to the public. Click below for dates and more information. For more information, please call (716) 375-4127. FREE Diet Hotline 375-6270 10am-2pmMonday through Friday

 

Cancer Services Program?

Do you know someone in need of screening who is underinsured or uninsured? New York State has resources that are greatly underutilized! The Cancer Services Program (CSP) provides breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings and diagnostic services at NO COST to women and men who:

  • Live in New York State
  • Do not have health insurance
  • Have health insurance with a cost share that may prevent a person from obtaining screening and/or diagnostic services
  • Meet income eligibility requirements
  • Meet age requirements?



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Jan 09, 2017

Looking at Local Efforts During Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

The United States Congress designated January as Cervical Health Awareness Month. During January, the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) and its many local chapters across the country highlight issues related to cervical cancer, HPV disease, and the importance of early detection. This month, we take a look at the local data and what is happening around our region.

?So what is cervical cancer? It's a type of cancer that begins in the cervix and is the easiest form of gynecologic cancer to prevent if regular screening tests are performed. There are two main tests that can either assist prevent cervical cancer or diagnose it early: pap test and HPV test. It is also easily cured if diagnosed and treated early. 

Though cervical cancer often occurs in women over age 30, all women are at risk of getting cervical cancer. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the main cause of cervical cancer. And each year about 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the United States. In NYS, about 859 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed annually and almost 300 women die from the disease each year. In Western New York, the incidence of cervical cancer vary from 4.6 cases per 100,000 females (Orleans County) to 10.1 cases per 100,000 females (Allegany County). Rate of mortality in Western New York vary from 0 deaths per 100,000 females (Wyoming County) to 2.1 deaths per 100,000 females (Chautauqua County). 

 

Changing Policies

Have you seen the community spotlights on Keys to Health? Last month we highlighted GBUAHN as they implemented a PTO policy for health services listed by their insurance company as “$0 copay preventive services.”  Through PHIP, we have been working with the cancer screening workgroup on policies for paid time off (PTO) for cancer screenings. Well, we decided to practice what we preach and have adopted our own policy allowing for eight (8) hours paid leave annually for all current, full-time staff, to undergo cancer screenings. The paid leave may be used for screening any form of cancer, including but not limited to breast cancer, prostate cancer, cervical cancer, skin cancer, colon cancer, ovarian cancer, bladder cancer, or lung cancer.  

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States.  Early detection of breast, colorectal and cervical cancer dramatically improves treatment outcomes.  However, employees without access to paid time off for cancer screenings are less likely to obtain recommended screening tests.  Failure to detect cancer early affects employers: Each cancer diagnosis is estimated to annually cost a business $1,601 in lost productivity.

By providing paid leave for cancer screenings, employers may realize a healthier workforce and reduce spending on worker compensation and disability costs, replacement costs for ill or injured employees who are absent, and recruitment and training costs for new employees.

Is your organization interested in how they can add PTO time for cancer screenings? Contact Karen Hall.

 

Local Resources

  • Live in New York State
  • Do not have health insurance
  • Have health insurance with a cost share that may prevent a person from obtaining screening and/or diagnostic services
  • Meet income eligibility requirements
  • Meet age requirements
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Jan 09, 2017

P² COLLABORATIVE OF WESTERN NEW YORK ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS FOR 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Tara Maving-Community Outreach
P² Collaborative of Western New York
716.923.6572 | info@p2wny.org

P² COLLABORATIVE OF WESTERN NEW YORK ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS FOR 2017

BUFFALO, NY (December 21) -The P² Collaborative of WNY Board of Directors voted to approve the addition of Elyse Burgher, Elizabeth “Betsy” Lansing and Don Lee to their 2017 Board of Directors. 

Elyse Burgher is the Field Nutritionist with the Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables Program at the Food Bank of Western New York. She teaches food pantry clients healthy eating techniques, and food resource management.  Elizabeth “Betsy" Lansing is the Manager for Associate Well-being Initiatives at Rich Products. Betsy oversees all programs and approaches to workplace health promotion and wellness-related initiatives. Don Lee, President for Glide Health, LLC, is a recognized Health IT thought leader and social media influencer. Don brings his passion for driving change in the healthcare system and moving towards the Quadruple Aim.

The P² Board of Directors and staff are delighted to add the expertise, passion and commitment of these recognized individuals.

The full 2017 Board of Directors includes:

  • Elyse Burgher, Food Bank of WNY
  • Michael W. Cropp, M.D., Independent Health
  • Michael Edbauer, DO, Catholic Medical Partners, Catholic Health System
  • John Fudyma, M.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Richard D. Hague Jr., Mount Erie Baptist Church
  • Elizabeth “Betsy” Lansing, Rich Products
  • Don Lee, Glide Health IT, LLC
  • George Nicholas, Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church
  • Nancy Nielsen, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Robert Patterson, Bond, Schoeneck and King, PLLC
  • Patrick Reen, Consumer
  • Thomas Schenk, MD, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York
  • Jeffrey Streb, Ingram Micro
  • Gregg Shutts, EdD PA-C DFAAPA, Daemen College
  • Franca Trincia, Consumer             
  • Arthur Wingerter, Univera Healthcare

 
About P² Collaborative:
The P² Collaborative of Western New York is a regional health collaborative that serves the eight county area of Western New York.  Our mission is to “align resources to measurably improve health and healthcare delivery, increase access to care, and reduce health disparities in Western New York.”  The P² Collaborative was initially supported through a number of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant programs, and we have been recognized for our work as a leading neutral convener in our region.  www.p2wny.org

 

Aug 31, 2017

Community Spotlight: Breastfeeding Friendly Program

It’s been almost a year since the Breastfeeding Friendly Program was nominated for the Spotlight on Population Health (SOPHi) Awards. We followed up with Courtney Gfroerer, Marketing & Community Impact Specialist for the Child Care Resource Network to learn more about the program.

Tell us about the Breastfeeding Friendly Program.
Child care programs can apply to become Breast Feeding Friendly Certified. By doing this, child care programs can help moms and babies successfully develop and maintain a breastfeeding routine. While there are many great reasons to become BFF Certified, like the fact that breastfeeding can help keep costs down for families, one of the best reasons is that meals containing breast milk are reimbursed by the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) – the federal food program that many child care providers already participate in, and all are welcome to join.
 
What need is this program addressing?
This program is helping families who need or choose to use child care continue their home routines. Just because children are cared for in a different environment while their parents or guardians are at work doesn’t mean they can’t still be breastfed.
 
Who is your target clientele?
We hope to attract all child care providers in Erie County to become a part of this program. That’s hundreds of child care providers affecting thousands of children and families!
 
How many people do you serve?
277 individual child care programs.
 
What is something you’re proud of regarding this project?
Child Care Resource Network has helped the highest percentage of family and group family child care providers in New York State become BFF Certified – Erie County is #1! In Erie County, 57% of family and group family child care programs are BFF, largely through the efforts of CCRN’s CACFP program, compared to a rate of just 12% throughout New York State.
 
What’s the best way for someone to contact you if they have more questions?
Child care programs, parents, or families can always call us for information or questions about the BFF program. It is free and simple for child care providers to become certified! We can be reached at 716-877-6666.

Mar 16, 2017

MEIPASS System Opens for MU 2015 & 2016

Kalan Brown

Chautauqua County Health Network
?The MEIPASS system opened March 10th for attesting to Meaningful Use for both 2015 and 2016.  This will be a hybrid attestation.  First, providers will attest within MEIPASS for eligibility and clinical quality measures.  Afterwards, an Excel-based MU Workbook needs to be filled out and emailed to NYS using attestation@health.ny.gov.  The workbook must be sent from the provider’s email that is registered with CMS.  A practice or provider can confirm which email was registered by logging into MEIPASS or by contacting Medicare directly.  NYS has also requested that each provider’s workbook be sent in individual emails, not in batches. Once NYS confirms, then the Excel workbook and an Attestation Signature page will need to be physically mailed to the state with the provider’s signature.  Note that if a provider wishes to attest to both 2015 and 2016, they must submit for 2015 first and receive payment before submitting another attestation for 2016. 

The deadlines for attestation are as follows:

  • 2016 AIU: 5/31/2017
  • 2015 MU: 6/30/2017
  • 2016 MU: 9/15/2017
Note that NYS has stated that 2015 attestations will be prioritized to accommodate the requirement for payment to be issued before 2016 attestations can be made.
 
The NY Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Support can be reach by phone using 877.646.5410, option 2, by email at hit@health.ny.gov and their new website is located at https://health.ny.gov/ehr.
Mar 21, 2017

Pick Your Proxy Campaign

The Quality Living to the End of Life coalition aims to encourage Western New York residents and their loved ones to consider, discuss and document their values and choices and to facilitate processes within the community that ensures that those values and choices are honored.  April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), which focuses on making future healthcare decisions known to family, friends, and healthcare providers.

We're launching a social media campaign to encourage you and your family and friends to share your wishes and complete your advance directive. Check out the Conversation Project’s website for their starter kit for tips on how to have the conversation.

How to participate?

For NHDD we're asking you to #PickYourProxy. Call on the masses or call on yourself to discuss and document their values and choices for advance care planning. #PickYourProxy and tag @P2WNY via the P² Collaborative Facebook Page.

The #PickYourProxy campaign
National Healthcare Decisions Day exists to inspire, educate, and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. Post a picture of you with your proxy between April 8th and April 22nd, tagging @P2WNY, to be entered in to win a restaurant gift card (value of $50)!

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Mar 29, 2017

Expanding Community Health Workers in Buffalo

We're happy to announce our new partnership with Jericho Road Community Health Center to expand the reach of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in Buffalo. Through the support of the Local IMPACT grant, we're able to sponsor the CHW certification of 5 JRCHC employees who will then work to support patients with hypertension or prediabetes. 

While CHWs hold many different titles and roles, the American Public Health Association’s classification best defines them as “a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member and/or has a close understanding of the community served.”

Jun 11, 2017

Nominate Your Favorite Pop Health Organization!

Do you work for an innovative population health organization? Are your programs collaborative, data-driven, impactful, inclusive, or transparent? Submit your nomination for SOPHi 2017 and get the recognition you deserve!

The winners will be those who best exemplify our population health values. Nominations will be accepted through June 30th online or by mailing the Nomination Form to info@p2wny.org or mail to our office.

We still have space for vendors for demos and health screenings! Join in with our exhibitors: African Heritage Food Co-OpBody Be Well SolutionsFarmers' Market at GriderJazzy TMiddleport Family PharmacyMorrison HealthcareNorwex ProductsWTF Chef, and more!

Interested in being a sponsor or having a table? Click here for more information, or click here to register.

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May 30, 2017

The Power of Good Listening Skills

On March 31st over 60 people attended the Motivational Interviewing (MI) 101 with Dr. Michael MacLean. At the end of the session, individuals had the opportunity to apply for training for their organizations. 9 organizations applied, and through the NYSDOH Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP) grant, we are offering training sessions to 5 organizations free of charge.

We are pleased to announce the following organizations named to receive the training in 2017:

  1. Alzheimer's Association of WNY
  2. Cazenovia Recovery Systems Inc.
  3. Independent Health of WNY
  4. Northpointe Council, Inc
  5. Say Yes Buffalo & Child and Family Services
May 25, 2017

Advancing Health Equity and Inclusive Growth in Buffalo

PolicyLink, a national research institute, released an profile for the City of Buffalo last month, along with a policy brief. The Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at USC, in partnership with Open Buffalo, and with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation completed the Equity Profile.

Equity Profiles are produced in partnership with leaders working for equitable and sustainable regional and state futures. Each profile presents demographic trends and assess how well regions are doing to ensure its diverse residents can participate in the region's economic vitality, contribute to the readiness of the workforce, and connect to the region's assets and opportunities.

?The Partnership for the Public Good highlighted the key findings, which you can find here.

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May 24, 2017

Peer Leaders Wanted!

Living Healthy is an evidence-based program which gives people in your community the tools they need to manage their chronic health conditions in order to live healthy & more active lives.  Erie County Department of Senior Services is looking for volunteers to help provide & grow these important programs.  (Healthcare experience NOT required).

The Living Healthy programs are facilitated by 2 trained Peer Leaders that lead 6 sessions (2.5 hours long) and use a scripted manual, brainstorms, action planning, problem solving and more!

To be a Peer leader you must:

  • Want to make a difference
  • Be friendly & open-minded
  • Enjoy helping people
  • Capable of speaking in front of 10-20 people 
  • Willing to follow a scripted manual when leading
  • Able to lead/facilitate with a co-leader
  • Attend 5 full days of training with two FUN Master Trainers! (Breakfast & Lunch provided)
  • Be dependable and able to Co-lead 2 workshops per year. 


FREE PEER LEADER TRAINING WILL BE HELD:
Location: Essential Solutions
2106 George Urban Blvd, Depew, NY
2017 DatesAugust 29 & 31st ; Sept 5, 7 & 12th
Time8:00-4:30 PM

Please Contact: Nikki Kmicinski for more information:
716-858-8081
Nicole.Kmicinski@Erie.Gov

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May 16, 2017

Tobacco 21, 17 States and Counting

 

On May 1st P² Collaborative participated in Tobacco 21 Lobby Day in Albany.  This proposed state legislation (S3978 (Savino) / A273 (Rosenthal) will raise the minimum tobacco legal sales from 18 to 21 years old. To date, 11 cities and counties in New York have adopted the Tobacco 21 policy, including two of our own counties, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus. You can track New York's progress on the Tobacco Twenty-One website.
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This legislation will protect youth from a lifetime of nicotine and tobacco addiction, and the negative health and economic consequences that will arise from that use.  Raising the sale age of all tobacco products would help prevent more youth from succumbing to an addiction that could cost them their lives from any number of cancers and diseases including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and heart disease.  

95% of all adult smokers report that they started smoking before the age of 21. Tobacco use is a pediatric epidemic because most tobacco use starts in the high school years. 80% of youth smokers will become adult smokers and one-half of adult smokers will die prematurely from tobacco-related diseases. The developing brain is particularly vulnerable to nicotine exposure. Smoking during adolescence increases the risk of long-term addiction to nicotine and other drugs and makes quitting more difficult. Nicotine exposure in adolescence also increases the risk of developing psychiatric disorders and cognitive impairment in later life.  

Studies show that many underage smokers do not purchase their cigarettes from retailers but instead get their cigarettes from “social sources” such as older friends. Raising the minimum legal sales age to 21 will further reduce such social sources for our children. 90% of those who provide cigarettes to younger teens are under the age of 21.Increasing the sales age dramatically decreases high school and middle school youths’ access to addictive products from older teens.

Public health policies aimed at reducing tobacco use have had tremendous positive impact on the health of local residents over the past several decades. We urge our elected officials to take a leading role in protecting the next generation of New York adults from preventable lung disease and recommend raising the minimum legal sale age to 21 years old.
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May 10, 2017

SOPHi Early Bird Pricing Ends June 2nd!

 

 
 
NOMINATE!
 
 
REGISTER!
 
 
SUPPORT!
 
 
Join us for our 3rd annual Spotlight on Population Health (SOPHi) awards & Expo on Friday, October 13, 2017 at Buffalo RiverWorks! SOPHi is a celebration of organizations across the eight counties of Western New York that focuses on Population Health. Through this award ceremony, we hope to educate the WNY community on all the great work being done around the region, and maybe even create some new collaborations!

Nominations are made by community members, with the Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP) Steering Team selecting the awardees. Nominate a project for SOPHi 2017 and give them the recognition they deserve!
 
What takes place at the Awards & Expo?
A variety of local vendors and exhibitors will be present to promote all aspects of health, wellness, fitness, and lifestyle improvements. Interactive demonstrations and health screenings will be available. WNY has many organizations dedicated to population health improvement across the region. We are dedicated to sharing their resources and expertise to accomplish our goals of a healthier community. The Expo aims to provide additional information on programs that emphasize:
  • Prevention and education
  • Mental and emotional well-being
  • Eating healthy
  • Being proactive about health
  • Honoring the needs of mind, body, and spirit
  • Policies and solutions to address socio-economic and cultural factors.

SOPHi nominees will be on site to give updates on their accomplishments.
This event will bring together local health related organizations with one thing in common: the desire to improve population health for our community. Attendees will be looking for new tools, products, and services that will help them meet this goal. 

Awards ceremony features
Winners for the SOPHI's will be announced live, but (as the saying goes) “it’s an honor just to be nominated.” The winners will be those organizations that best exemplify our population health values of being: data-driven, inclusive, collaborative, having community impact, and transparent.The SOPHi's will kick off with the Community Achievement Award, recognizing an individual's outstanding track record of excellence and service in the Western New York community.The Community Achievement Award will be followed by the SOPHi's. Each winner will have the opportunity for remarks during which they can thank their agent and “all the people who believed in them,” and give some more information about the great work they all do.


SOPHi details
Date: October 13, 2017
Hours: 9am-12pm; registration at 8:30am
Location: Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St, Buffalo NY
Admission: $30/person | $20/person early bird (ends June 2nd)

Who will attend?
With over 350 in attendance last year, this year’s awards is expected to draw an even larger crowd. Attendees include community based organization workers and supporters, health plan executives and representatives, local hospital representatives, and community members. 

Nominations will be open soon! Subscribe to the P2 Newsletter to stay updated!
 
Exhibitor Tables
The downstairs area of Buffalo RiverWorks is reserved for attendees to experience and discuss products and services directly with vendors.

Benefits:
•  10’ exhibit table
•  1 ticket to attend the event, and discount pricing for additional tickets
•  Listing and description on registration page
•  Listing and description in the Awards & Expo Program

Seminar/Workshop Space
A limited number of seminar and workshop spaces are available.  All seminars and workshops must be approved by event organizers.

Benefits:
•  Seminar/Workshop Sessions
•  10’ exhibit table
•  1 ticket to attend the event, and discount pricing for additional tickets
•  Listing and description of seminar on the registration page
•  Listing and description of seminar in the Awards & Expo Program
 
Sponsorship Benefits:
  • Logo and link on the P² website, included in social media, and on all promotional materials
  • One complimentary 10’ exhibit table
  • 1 Ticket to attend the event, and discount pricing for additional tickets
  • Listing and description of exhibit on the registration page
  • Listing and description of exhibit in the Awards & Expo Program
  • Opportunity for newsletter article

WTF Chef Pat Koch is joining us this year for a live demonstration. Chef Pat is your go-to guy for everyday meals, intimate dinner parties, cooking classes, corporate wellness, and more! 

Your contribution will enable P² Collaborative to provide important funding for this event, and ensure the success of this annual awards ceremony. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to be part of P²'s unique celebration. Thank you in advance for your support of SOPHi 2017 — we look forward to celebrating with you in October!


Apr 06, 2017

Now Hiring a Project Manager!

JOB TITLE: Project Manager
REPORTS TO: Program Manager
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
APPROVAL DATE: April 2017 

The P² Collaborative’s mission is to align resources to measurably improve health and healthcare delivery, increase access to care, and reduce health disparities in Western New York. 
 
The Project Manager will provide coordination and oversight of the implementation of Linking Interventions for Total Population Health (LIFT) in four counties of Western New York that participate in this program, and coordinate with other staff, other programs and other partners on program execution. Specifically, the Project Manager will focus on overall program evaluation efforts within 3 distinct categories referred to as “buckets” (1) traditional clinical prevention (2) innovative clinical prevention, and (3) total population or community-wide prevention (working with Buffalo State College Institute for Community Health Promotion).?

This is a grant-funded position with a grant period that ends in January 2019.

 ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Manage relationships and monitor progress with LIFT subcontractors.
  • Promote and support lifestyle change evidence-based programs in a health-systems setting.
  • Develop and promote a multi-directional referral system between health care systems, non-clinical supports and community based programs.
  • Communicate with New York State Department of Health for all project activities.


REQUIRED EXPERIENCE

  • Minimum of Bachelor degree; Master degree preferred in Public Health or related field.
  • 3-5 years of experience in program management or program coordination capacities
  • Non-profit and grant management experience
  • Knowledge of Results Based Accountability
  • Knowledge of Expanded Behavior Risk Surveillance Survey


DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to thrive within a team-based setting for decision making and program implementation
  • A strong self-starter, able to work independently, and follow through on own initiative as well
  • Ability to interact with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, including: health care service providers and administrators, community-based organization representatives, community members, etc.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, including the ability to establish consultative relationships within the health care community
  • Comfort and familiarity with major computer programs including word, excel, power point


TRAVEL
Limited, local Western New York area and occasional conferences. Mileage, tolls and parking reimbursement are provided. Please send cover letter, three references and a resume to careers@p2wny.org -no later than Thursday April 20th. The P² Collaborative of Western New York is an equal opportunity employer.

Apr 04, 2017

Receive 50% off your Advance Care Planning Conference Ticket!

The How to Make it Happen: Engaging Patients in Advance Care Planning Conference is just 4 DAYS AWAY (April 8th)! This year's conference will continue the discussion from the September 2016 event on having meaningful conversations on advance care planning for healthcare professionals. Registration closes tomorrow at 5:00pm. Register now using promo code ACP50 and receive 50% off your ticket!

Continued education credits are also be available! Other healthcare professionals include community members and students will receive a certificate of completion. 

  • Have a clear understanding of values-based end of life planning basics.
  • Continue to develop a comfort level of having advance care plan conversations with patients that are based on patient values.
  • Continue the conversation on how to address time, workflow, billing and other logistical impediments to having meaning end of life planning conversations with patients.
  • Understand other issues of end of life decisions, such as psychosocial, spiritual or situational.
  • Become more aware of locally available resources to provide ongoing support for all the above.

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Apr 04, 2017

We Dare You!

According to the 2008 End-of-Life Care Survey of Upstate New Yorkers, nearly nine of ten local adults said it is important to have someone close to them making medical decisions for them if they were to have an irreversible terminal condition and were unable to make these decisions. Yet less than half have designated a spokesperson to assure their wishes are carried out. According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nationally, approximately 70% of the population does not have an advanced care plan

?Move over Ice Bucket Challenge.  National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) has "The Dare." That's right.  Let's see if we can create a viral movement that changes the way people think about advance care planning.  We're officially challenging everyone who receives this to a dare. WE DARE YOU to have the talk about advance care planning, Pick Your Proxy, and dare others as well!  When you do, share it on whatever outlet you prefer and use #PickYourProxy (and #NHDD) wherever possible.

National Healthcare Decisions Day exists to inspire, educate, and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. Post a picture of you on Facebook with your proxy between April 8th and April 22nd, tagging @P2WNY, to be entered in to win a restaurant gift card (value of $50)!

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Below are some ways you can help our campaign:

Visit nhdd.org for resources and guidance. 


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Mar 31, 2017

March 2017 WNY Performing Provider Systems: Care for the Future

We hosted an update meeting with the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York and the two Western New York Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program Performing Providers Systems on March 24, 2017 at WNED. 

Community Partners of WNY and Millennium Collaborative Care shared an overview of the last couple of years and recommendations as they move into year three's pay for performance strategies. The slides and recording are now available. 

Mar 30, 2017

Being Mortal Free Movie Screening

In recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day, please join us with Hospice Buffalo and Catholic Health for a free screening and discussion of the PBS FRONTLINE documentary Being Mortal. Based on the best-selling book by Dr. Atul Gawande, this film explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with doctors, nurses and family members who care for them.

Be part of a national conversation taking place in our community that asks: “Have you and your family had these important conversations and planned ahead?” Regardless of age and healthcare status, healthcare conversations should be a priority for all.

Choose from any of these convenient times and locations:

When: Wed., April 19, 5:30-7:00 PM
Where: Hospice Buffalo
Mitchell Campus
Administration Building
225 Como Park Boulevard
Cheektowaga, NY 14227

RSVP: Email info@PalliativeCare.org
or call 686-8070

When: Tues., May 9, 7:00-8:30 PM
Where: St. Joseph University Parish
Community Center
3269 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
RSVP: Call Ann Marie MacIsaac, Parish Nurse at 833-0298 ext. 309

When: Fri., June 16, 3:00-4:30 PM
Where: P² Collaborative of WNY
Erie 1 BOCES
355 Harlem Road
Building B, Room B-1
West Seneca, NY 14224

RSVP: Email info@p2wny.org

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Aug 31, 2017

Creating a Livable Niagara Falls Through Complete Streets

The Complete Streets workshop in Niagara Falls, NY was held on May 13, 2017 at the Niagara Street Elementary School. Justin Booth, Executive Director of GObike Buffalo; facilitated the discussion.

The agenda contained several main elements; an introduction and visioning exercise, a presentation on the key elements of Complete Streets for Niagara Falls, policy recommendations for sustainability and a group exercise to identify actions to address the current challenges inhibiting the community’s ability to walk and bicycle safely.

The following are the participant’s vision statements:

  • A safe place for children to walk to and from school.
  • More crosswalks; less traffic congestion.
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  • Interested in ways to slow traffic, making it safe for children to walk to school and to the park.
  • A Niagara Street where cyclists and pedestrians feel like they have more right of way.
  • Getting more neighborhood residents out into the community and creating place/opportunity for businesses to succeed.
  • To make Niagara Falls more bikeable.
  • Easier for families to use Niagara Street to access the school and Gill Creek Park.
  • Encourage “sharing the road” and helping people understanding what that means.
  • Educating cyclists about the rules of the road; encouraging right behaviors.
  • Better community health, and specifically lower rates of diabetes.
  • Interested in reasonable methods for making the neighborhood more walkable and bikeable.
  • Would like sidewalks to remain more accessible (all-season); safer for kids to walk near park & school.

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