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. (Please see members below.)

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 of Population Health Services and SDOH
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 Director of Population Health Services and SDOH

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.

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