Access to high-quality healthcare is a cornerstone of an equitable, inclusive community. In Western New York, improving our health outcomes (many of which continue to fall below national standards) can lead to lower costs, longer lifespans, and a wealth of social, economic, and human benefits—especially for those in underserved neighborhoods and groups.
The John R. Oishei Foundation promotes health and improves systems of care by supporting primary care, promoting improvements in behavioral/mental health, and addressing developmental/intellectual disabilities (DD/ID), with a priority on serving at-risk and underserved populations. In addition, we provide education and assistance to community partners regarding changing healthcare delivery systems and reimbursement infrastructures.
The Foundation played a critical, early role in supporting the development of the strategic plan to create the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and has funded both capital and research initiatives at the major campus institutions including Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Hauptman Woodward Institute, University at Buffalo, and Kaleida Health.
We also support community and neighborhood health by providing funding for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) such as the Neighborhood Health Center, Jericho Road, and Buffalo Community Health—and for the Community Health Worker Network, which works directly with residents to identify health issues and connect them to care.
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