Presented ‘Legacy Award’ at Annual Youth & Community Award Ceremony

Rita Hubbard-Robinson, Millennium Patient Activation Measure Director/Consultant and host of “Millennium Health Matters”, has been honored with the Hope Buffalo “Legacy Award”.

The award was presented March 22, 2018 at HOPE Buffalo’s Annual Awards Ceremony to recognize youth, key community stakeholders and partners, health care providers, and representatives from the Buffalo Public School District and the Buffalo School Board of Education for their efforts in promoting adolescent health and wellness for teens in nine selected zip code areas in Buffalo (14201, 14204, 14206, 14207, 14208, 14209, 14211, 14213 & 14215).

Kinzer M. Pointer, Jr., Pastor of Agape Fellowship Baptist Church and Chair, Board of Managers, Millennium Collaborative Care PPS, left, joins Stan Martin, Director of HOPE Buffalo, right, in congratulating Rita Hubbard-Robinson on receiving HOPE Buffalo’s “Legacy Award.”

Hubbard-Robison was recognized for outstanding community leadership and service over a career spanning over 30 years. In addition to leading and supporting Millennium community engagement initiatives, and hosting Millennium’s radio show heard Mondays at 7:30 PM on WUFO; she was also recognized for her role as Chief Executive Officer  of NeuWater & Associates  a company focused on improving population health with expertise in social determinants of health and community development.

Current NeuWater projects include:


  • Medicaid Reform Project, focusing on individuals who are not engaged with a primary care provider.


  • Using best practices and collaboration, working to reduce teen pregnancy in five years by 30%.


  • Community based organizations, government, community stakeholders and businesses, design healthy corner stores project, providing refrigeration and education to store owners and a healthy behaviors curricula and food demonstrations for block clubs and community groups.


  • Started in 2009, addressing food desert in the Delavan Grider community in Buffalo, NY with a seasonal market that offers food demonstrations, wellness & fitness activities as well as community events.


  • Addressing population health in Buffalo, NY through food access, wellness and education.


About Hope Buffalo 

Despite national cuts to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Teen Pregnancy Prevention funding, HOPE Buffalo continues to demonstrate its firm commitment to teen pregnancy prevention.

HOPE Buffalo, a partnership between CAI (Cicatelli Associates Inc.) and the Erie County Department of Health (“ECDOH”) is a youth and community-led collaborative of over 40 diverse stakeholders: teens, adults, health care providers, educators, faith-based and community leaders. This collaboration works together to promote equitable access to high-quality and comprehensive sexuality education and reproductive health services.

HOPE Buffalo’s primary objective is to reduce teen pregnancy in Buffalo by 30% over a five-year period among females ages 15 to19.  If current trends continue, we estimate that by 2020 the teen pregnancy rate could be as low as 26.1 (26.1 pregnancies for every 1,000 adolescent females ages 15-19) in our nine targeted areas.  However, this trend is threatened due to a loss in funding, and teen pregnancy rates could easily rise again,” said Stan Martin, Director of HOPE Buffalo. “Today is a time for us to recognize our achievements, address the ongoing disparities and highlight the opportunities that exist to sustain our work for generations to come.”

“The efforts of ECDOH and HOPE Buffalo have not only led to reducing teen pregnancy rates, these efforts also foster a sense of purpose and hope for the future in our youth,” said Dr. Gale Burstein, Commissioner of Health, ECDOH.

The HOPE Buffalo project is supported through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health to the Erie County Department of Health and CAI (Cicatelli Associates Inc.).




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