Community Engagement

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Millennium Collaborative Care is dedicated to promoting and empowering the Western New York community by engaging local, state, regional, and community partners through activities, resources, and linkages to improve health and promote wellness behaviors.

Millennium is the only Performing Provider System in New York State to be guided by a Community-Based Organization Task Force

Master Barber Howard Ivey assists Pastor Raymond Allen with a blood pressure selfcheck at his shop in Niagara Falls.

Beauty & Barber Shops Blood Pressure Self Screening Initiative Expands to Six Erie County/Buffalo Locations. Niagara Falls Success Brings to 12 Number of Locations Now Participating.

Buffalo, N.Y. – Millennium Collaborative Care, in partnership with Community Health Center of Niagara and The National Witness Project, has expanded the “Beauty & Barber Shops Blood Pressure Self Screening Initiative” to Erie County, adding six new City of Buffalo locations.

Adults 18-years of age and older can now visit Beauty and Barber Shop locations to access a free blood pressure self-screening.

B&B Locaton: Black Butterfly Salon & Spa International, LLC. 1695 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14216

Kimberly Backey, EMBA
Director, Population Health Services and Social Determinants of Health
Office: 716.898.6423



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IT’S WORKING: HEALTHeLINK completed its 12th year in 2018, celebrating long-standing, shared collaboration among hospitals, physicians, health plans, and other health care providers that facilitate the secure exchange of clinical information. This exchange improves quality of care, enhances patient safety, and mitigates increasing health care costs across Western New York and beyond through the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY). It all adds up to more timely and effective treatment at the point of care.

Millennium Health Matters, hosted by Rita Hubbard-Robinson, features weekly health and community experts including Dr. Michael Manka, Chief of Emergency Medicine at ECMC; Mia Thornton, MA, LMSW, Director of Outpatient Services, BryLin Behavioral Health System; Eric J. Rosser, PhD, Associate Superintendent for Support Services, Buffalo Public Schools; Marlene Schillinger, President & CEO, Jewish Family Services of Buffalo & Erie County, just to name a few! Find our Podcasts Online at:

Cultural Competency and Health Literacy

Danise C. Wilson, MPH, Executive Director, Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center (ENAHEC) and Kimberly Backey, Millennium Manager of Cultural Competency & Diversity Initiatives.

To continue to meet the increasing need for service providers to both understand and overcome today’s “Cultural Competency/Health Literacy” challenges, Millennium Collaborative Care has continued to collaborate with training development and delivery experts Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center (ENAHEC). Over the last 18 months, approximately 5,500 individuals from attested partner organizations including hospitals, primary care providers, community based organizations and the faith-based community have received CCHL training to enable them to better understand and serve their clients. Key training topics included:

■ Cultural Competency Introduction*
■ Cultural Competency Intermediate*
■ Health Literacy Introduction
■ Health Literacy Intermediate
■ Health Literacy—Medication Compliance
■ Providing Quality Care to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Patients
■ Improving Patient Experience
■ Improving Care Transition Model
■ Social Determinants of Health—Improving Health Outcomes with Health Literacy
■ Teach-Back Method for your Patients

*Trainings are OASAS approved. All trainings
eligible for CME and CEU credits.

Shealyn McCoy, MPH, Program Coordinator, Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center delivers “Health Literacy” training.

Community-Based Organization Task Force/Voice of the Community

Ann Abdella Chautauqua County Health Network
Cheri Alvarez Compeer
Skylar Amari WNY Independent Living
Kim Backey Millennium Collaborative Care
Susan Barlow Parent Network
Ann Battaglia Healthy Community Alliance
Tim Boling Compeer
Ellen Breslin Renaissance Addiction Services
Heather Brown The Resource Center
LuAnne Brown Buffalo Prenatal–Perinatal Network
Mia Burse Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers
Mindy Cervoni Community Services for Every1
Anne Constantino Horizon Health
William Covington Healthcare Education Project
John Craik Population Health Collaborative
Michele Curto Horizon Health
Robert DeBereaux Buffalo Municipal Housing
Allison DeHonney Urban Fruits and Veggies
Alicia Fellows Community Services for Every1
Elizabeth Flemming Salvation Army
Melanie Goehle Independent Health Foundation
Kaitlyn Griffin Jericho Road Community Health Center
Sue Hannon Directions in Independent Living Inc.
Nate Hare CAO of WNY
Ricardo Herrera (Co-Chair) Buffalo Federation of
Neighborhood Centers
Howard Hitzel BestSelf
Rita Hubbard-Robinson Millennium Collaborative Care
Dee Johnson The National Witness Project
Kathryn Kaiser Cazenovia Recovery
Pamela Kefi Deaf Access Services
Katie Knaak CAO of WNY
Katie Kosmerl Healthy Community Alliance
Robyn Krueger Community Missions of Niagara
Robin Mann Erie County Council for Prevention of
Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Phyllis McBride CAO of WNY
Francesca Mesiah Near East and West Side Task Force
Mary Lou Montanari Mental Health Advocates of WNY
David Mussen Prevention Focus
Bruce Nisbet Spectrum Health & Human Services
Carol Nottingham Parent Network
Rev. Kinzer M. Pointer Greater Buffalo United
Ministries/Agape Fellowship Baptist Church
Catherine Roberts CAO of WNY
Marixsa Sanchez-Feliciano Buffalo
Prenatal–Perinatal Network
Heron Simmonds African Heritage Co-op
Chris Spicer (Co-Chair) Planned Parenthood
of Western and Central NY
Anne Spisiak Cantalician Center for Learning
Grace Tate Buffalo Urban League
Kristen Vincent Housing Options Made Easy Inc.
Star Wheeler Native American Community Services
Roby Wiktorski Crisis Services
Danise Wilson (Co-Chair) Erie Niagara AHEC
Lynn Wirgen Chautauqua County Health Network
Alexander Wright African Heritage Co-op

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