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Local Powerlifter is Training Other Athletes to Win

In his early teens, Steve Helmicki considered himself a bit of an undersized football player, which led him to begin training in his parents’ attic with a DP vinyl and sand weight set and a Bill Grant fitness manual. While countless other young athletes might have a similar story to tell, very few — if any — have ever taken it quite as far as Helmicki.

Free Flu Vaccinations at ECMC on Friday

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Free flu vaccinations will be available to area residents at Erie County Medical Center, 462 Grider Street, on Friday, October 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vaccines will be administered in a tent in Parking Lot A, across from Litchfield.

Each year, the influenza viruses in the flu vaccine are modified based on the international surveillance of the strains of viruses likely to circulate. Everyone six months and older should be vaccinated, but more importantly those who are more susceptible should have the vaccine administered.  More susceptible individuals include: pregnant women, children two to five years of age, adults 50 years of age and older, those with chronic medical conditions, and those living in long term care facilities.  

 

 

Community Health Center of Buffalo Receives $500,000 for Reinvestment in Health Care

Part of New York State $38.5 Million Awards to Hospitals and Clinics to Improve Mental Health Services

ALBANY, N.Y. – Nineteen hospitals and clinics across New York state have been awarded grants totaling $38.5 million to improve the coordination and delivery of inpatient and outpatient mental health services.

Among the recipients was the Community Health Center of Buffalo on Grider Street, which received $500,000 grant to enhance coordination and delivery of care.

The awards are the latest in a series of funding initiatives provided through the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers (HEAL NY) and the Federal-State Health Reform Partnership (F-SHRP). The New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) will jointly administer the funding in conjunction with the State Office of Mental Health.

$445,000 Federal Grant Awarded for Regional Project to Support & Develop New High Tech Businesses

Public, Private Venture, Modeled After Successful Ohio Program, to Focus on New Economy Business Job Growth

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28) and Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26) announced $445,000 for a new joint initiative covering nineteen counties in Western and Central New York to support new economy business development and job growth across the region. The funding awarded to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) and JumpStart Inc. through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) will provide the resources for the New York counties to create a Regional Entrepreneurship Action Plan (REAP) modeled after a successful program creating jobs and boosting economic growth in Northeast Ohio.

WCHOB is Leading Practice for Medication Safety Among Pediatric Facilities in NYS

BUFFALO, NY -Women & Children’s Hospital was named the only leading practice for medication safety among pediatric facilities in results gathered from a survey of hospital pharmacy systems directed by the New York State Patient Safety Center. 

The Patient Safety Center working with the Health Research, Inc. awarded a grant to Deloitte Consulting to survey 149 pharmacy directors representing 218 hospitals throughout New York State to identify the statewide best practices in specific areas that can be replicated by a variety of hospital types in diverse locations. This first-time survey was administered to develop evidence-based hospital specific recommendations to assist hospitals in developing strategies to reduce medication errors and improve patient safety. All together, the survey consisted of 15 categories of leading practices.

The Matt Urban Center's Urban Farm Is Up & Running

The Matt Urban Center's Anna Walentynowicz Apartments Tenants Association, at 185 Rother in East Buffalo, has been busy working on their urban agriculture farm project. This project is helping provide our East Buffalo residents with access to healthy foods. Our tenants are growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. These items are being grown on raised beds in back of our building (lots are on Sycamore). The goal is to show our tenants how to grow their own healthy, safe and affordable food.

HEALTHeLINK Unveils $16.1 Million Beacon Community Initiative to Fight Diabetes

BUFFALO, N.Y. – In June 2010, HEALTHeLINK received the largest Beacon Community Award in the United States from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Beacon Project was created to help communities use health information technology to forge cooperation and use resources effectively toward local priority health goals.

HEALTHeLINK was joined today by Dr. David Blumenthal, the point person for the national health information technology initiative, as well as other dignitaries, including Congressman Brian Higgins and New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard F.