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WNY Healthcare Collaborative Receives Grant

By Joyce Kryszak

Buffallo, NY – A western new york agency working to improve health care in the region is getting a one million dollar shot in the arm from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Western New York is one of 14 communities included in the foundation's multi-million dollar effort to revamp health care across the nation. They want to dramatically improve health care deficiencies and disparities. Sadly, Western New York does have some of the highest rates of chronic disease, with even higher rates among its minority communities.

The P2 Collaborative of Western New York was awarded one of the grants to spearhead initiatives locally over the next three years. Robin Mockenhaupt with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was in Buffalo to announce the award. She said the P2 collaborative is well-positioned to meet the Foundation's goals.

Specifically, the collaborative partners with dozens of health care providers, insurers and patient advocates to better align health care. Their efforts include educational campaigns and providing additional medical support in high needs areas.

Shelley Hirshberg is Executive Director for P2. She said there are some concrete things they are doing to improve health care. One of them is developing measurable quality standards for area physicians.

Officials said that, based on the success of its initiatives, the collaborative also would be eligible for additional, significant grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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