We know that our effort to improve the lives of New Yorkers begins in the communities we serve. In order to learn from and support each other in this mission, we are launching our Community Healthcare Conversations event series.
The series will begin with a specific focus on Western New York through an interactive discussion on “Building Healthier Communities in Western NY in the COVID-19 Era.” In this month’s conversation, we’ll be joined by members of Foundation grantees Jericho Road Community Health Center and Buffalo Go Green.
Jericho Road Community Health Center understands what it means to put patients first. Through housing and legal services for asylum seekers, high-quality medical assistance, dental care, educational programs, and more, Jericho Road looks at a person’s health holistically. With a specific focus on underserved, low-income, refugee, and immigrant communities, Jericho Road works to not only support individuals in times of urgent need but set them up for future success.
To aid their efforts, the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation granted Jericho Road $400,000 in support of a new Safety Net Dental Clinic—an effort to increase access to comprehensive, integrated oral health services for underserved patients. This dental clinic will work to fully address the health disparities experienced by those it serves.
Buffalo Go Green (BGG) knows that neighborhood is an essential part of community health. Providing programming and training to underserved populations in Western New York, BGG creates leaders in the Green Industry and Agriculture by engaging individuals, students, and families in the neighborhoods they live in. By developing healthy and sustainable programs, they foster healthy and sustainable individuals.
In support of this mission, the Foundation granted BGG $46,773 to aid in the BGG Greenhouse Expansion project. This grant enables BGG to harvest an additional 80,000 pounds of fresh, nutritious, hydroponically, and soil-grown food and distribute it to 3,750 low-income families throughout the year. Participants not only receive free and low-cost food on a weekly basis but are provided with distinct health and wellness support.