In the mid-2010s as the opioid crisis was beginning to take hold and opioid overdose deaths were climbing, most emergency rooms treated overdose patients as they always had: stabilize the patient and discharge them with some phone numbers where they might seek help.
Adding fresh fruit and other healthy options to neighborhood corner stores may seem like a smart and relatively simple prospect. For many small stores that serve urban neighborhoods, it may be trickier than it seems which is why the Healthy Corner Store Initiative (HCSI) was formed in 2016.
Since 1998, The John R. Oishei Foundation has awarded local eighth-grade students scholarships to attend private high schools in the area. Administered in partnership with the Education Collaborative of WNY (EdCo), the program was designed to provide financial assistance to talented and yet economically disadvantaged students who aspired to attend private high school. To date, the Foundation has funded scholarships for nearly 300 students, totaling $10 million in education funding.
The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is one of Western New York’s most important success stories and the Oishei Foundation has been a significant contributor to capital projects, research and bridging connections between organizations, people and locations on Campus.