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Holon Solutions and G-Health Partner to Drive More Efficient COVID-19 Vaccination Sites for Underserved Populations
By Holon Solutionson March 2, 2021
Referral technology empowers organization to streamline process to protect more patients in less time, fulfill its mission of improving the well-being of the community.
Several hundred Native Americans get vaccinated at Buffalo pop-up clinic:
Mike McAndrew | Feb 20, 2021
Organizers of a pop-up Covid-19 vaccination clinic expected to immunize more than 300 Native Americans from across Western New York on Saturday in Buffalo.
The event at the Native American Community Services headquarters on Grant Street was limited to Native Americans who meet the state’s vaccination eligibility guidelines or their employees.
Does New York’s Latino Community Distrust the COVID Vaccine?
By Michael Mroziak / WSKE
BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – In recent weeks, state leaders including Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul have insisted New York will distribute its supply of COVID vaccine with community health equity in mind. Leaders in Buffalo’s Black community speak of the need to build trust in the drug, and in the healthcare system.
Greater Buffalo United Accountable Care Organization Explored Growth Options Outside WNY
By Tracey Drury – Reporter, Buffalo Business First, Feb 9, 2021
Despite challenges posed during the pandemic last year, a Buffalo health care group managed to earn $3 million in 2020 in shared savings payments that will be a welcome deposit into the wallets of local physician groups and hospitals.
Roswell Park Helps Get COVID Vaccine Doses to WNY Providers
By Jeff Preval / WGRZ
When several Western New York health care providers were in need of doses of the vaccine, a series of operational moves went into effect to get the doses out.
Testing Capabilities Increase In WNY
BY WGRZ| APRIL 28, 2020
G-HEALTH ENTERPRISE. PARTNERING WITH UNITED HEALTHCARE AND FIDELIS… HAVE ROLLED OUT VANS TO GET TESTING PHYSICALLY CLOSER TO PEOPLE ON BUFFALO’s EAST AND WEST SIDE.
NYS Health Experts Compare Coronavirus and Spanish Flu in Anticipation for New Wave of Infections
BY FADIA PATTERSON | CITY OF BUFFALO | May 25, 2020
After two waves of coronavirus devastated communities across the country, health officials say warmer temperatures will help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Local doctor says people are taking advantage and getting tested for COVID-19
Shannon Smith/WIVB | April 27, 2020
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Dr. Raul Vazquez talks about how people are taking advantage and getting tested. G-Health Enterprises network has offered drive through testing for both types of tests, and have done nearly 400 of them in two weeks. Click below for more information.
Mobile Vans to start Covid-19 testing in poor city neighborhoods
Buffalo News | April 27, 2020
BUFFALO, N.Y. (BN) — Nurses and other health providers spent Monday afternoon outside Urban Family Practice on Jefferson Avenue conducting blood tests on Medicaid patients to see if they’ve already had the new coronavirus and now have antibodies.
Western New York doctor starts drive-in testing clinic for patients
Dr. Raul Vazquez is using his practice to get more tests for people in vulnerable communities
Karys Belger/WGRZ | April 16, 2020
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Dr. Raul Vazquez has been advocating for weeks to get more COVID-19 tests for communities in Buffalo where there are high rates of underlying health conditions and lack of access to resources.
His practice recently began administering tests to try and close the gap.
Buffalo doctor creates coronavirus testing site
Olivia Proia/WKBW | April 16, 2020
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — It all started when Dr. Raul Vazquez’s 24-year-old daughter Nadia got sick. She had a fever and shortness of breath. Three days after coming home from the hospital, she received a call that she was positive for COVID-19.
The process caused him to think: How would this experience have been if he wasn’t a doctor? Or if his family had no doctor at all?
N.Y.C. Death Toll Soars Past 10,000 in Revised Virus Count
David Goodman and William K. Rashbaum/NYT | April 14, 2020
New York City, N.Y. — New York City, already a world epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, sharply increased its death toll by more than 3,700 victims on Tuesday, after officials said they were now including people who had never tested positive for the virus but were presumed to have died of it.
14125 zip code most affected by COVID-19 in Erie County
WGRZ | April 9, 2020
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WGRZ) — BUFFALO, N.Y. — Is a community that’s 80% African American, and the population has a history of chronic illnesses. Dr. Raul Vazquez says these factors present a great risk for the community, because most of these individuals don’t have access to a primary care physician.
Dr. Raul Vazquez is working on a community action plan to help connect patients to doctors amid the coronavirus pandemic
Karys Belgar/WGRZ | April 8, 2020
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WGRZ) — BUFFALO, N.Y. — As more information is released about COVID-19, local community leaders are continuing to raise concerns over how the pandemic will affect communities of color in Buffalo and Erie County.
The African American Health Equity task force recently called on local leaders to take steps toward making sure communities of color, particularly on Buffalo’s East Side, get access to testing. The concern is that the chronic health conditions that already exist in communities of color will cause the COVID-19 pandemic to be even more devastating.
GBUAHN Helping People On Medicaid To Get And Stay Healthier
In Good Health | December 30, 2019
Over 40% of Buffalo residents are on Medicaid, the federally funded healthcare program that covers people because of their low-income status or other factors, according to recent data from Deloitte/DataUSA.
Frequently, people with low income — those living in poverty — experience one or more multiple chronic diseases (such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity).
And, says physician Raul Vazquez, there are things that can be done to both improve their health.
Vazquez is the founder and chief executive officer of the Greater Buffalo United Area Health Network (GBUAHN, pronounced “gee-bawn”), which is a “health home,” created under the Affordable Care Act, Section 2703. Health homes are organizations which provide care coordination and a variety of other services for exactly this population: people on Medicaid who have multiple or severe chronic conditions.
GBUAHN’s mission is to transform health care by removing barriers for people in underserved communities and populations. So, in addition to standard medical care, GBUAHN provides or refers patients for everything from transportation, housing and job training to access to and education about fresh food, how diet affects health, and other opportunities around everything related to those topics, such as eating, cooking, and exercise.
Healthcare firm buys Belmont Shelter headquarters on Main
The Buffalo News | September 20, 2019
A fast-growing West Side-based healthcare organization and insurance provider has acquired the former Main Street headquarters of Belmont Housing Resources of Western New York, paying $2.5 million for a building just north of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
G-Health Enterprises, the parent of the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN) and related entities, closed Thursday on its purchase of the 24,531-square-foot building at 1195 Main St. That’s located two blocks above Buffalo General Medical Center and the Gates Vascular Institute.
The purchase also included an adjacent parcel at 36 Dodge St., around the corner, said David Schiller of Pyramid Brokerage Co., who handled the transaction for Belmont.
Meanwhile, Belmont is planning to move to 2421 Main St., the 72,000-square-foot former headquarters of LPCiminelli, which the nonprofit is buying from the largely-defunct former general contractor for $5.45 million. The sale is expected to close on Sept. 30.
Starting in late January, Belmont will occupy 34,000 square feet in the building, formerly a car dealership and manufacturing facility that later became the headquarters for Greater Buffalo Savings Bank before that was acquired by First Niagara Financial Group. Two other tenants – labor union Local 1199 SEIU and a KeyBank branch – will remain.