Community Engagement Team Update

Millennium Collaborative Care, PPS, in partnership with Greater Buffalo United Ministries and the University at Buffalo School of Nursing, kicked off 2017 cardiovascular health initiatives by hosting five Million Hearts® health screening events throughout the month of April at Buffalo-area churches and community centers.

“Cardiovascular disease which includes heart attacks and strokes is the leading reason for death across our eight Western New York counties,” said Kenneth Lee Gayles. M.D., Cardiologist, Gayles Medical; and Project Champion, Cardiovascular Disease/Million Hearts®.

“The goal really is to control blood pressure, because blood pressure If not treated, can result in people having heart attacks and strokes” added Priti Bangia, Population Health Manager, Millennium Collaborative Care.

Several locations hosted adults for free health screenings including:

  • Sat., April 1 – Sat Yes Buffalo
    Herman Badillo 3, 15 Carolina Street, Buffalo NY 14201
  • Sat., April 8 — Matt Urban Hope Center
    385 Paderewski Drive, Buffalo, NY, 14212
  • Sat. April 15 — Mount Olive Baptist Church
    701 East Delavan Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215
  • Sat., April 22 — Say Yes Buffalo
    Harvey Austin, 1405 Sycamore Ave, Buffalo 14211
  • Fri., April 28 — Friendship Baptist Church
    402 Clinton Street, Buffalo , NY 14202

In addition to blood pressure screening by UB Nursing students, attendees also had the opportunity to visit five additional stations including: Personal Health Survey: Height and Weight; along with education and resources for nutrition and exercise.

After completing testing and screenings, a community navigator also assisted attendees with checking their eligibility for Medicaid, as well as helping them find a primary care provider if they currently did not have one.

Million Hearts®, a community-based cardiovascular health initiative (project 3.b.i.) led by Millennium Collaborative Care, PPS in partnership with Greater Buffalo United Ministries (GRUM) and the University at Buffalo School of Nursing, was awarded a 2016 Spotlight on Population Health Initiatives (SOPHi) Award by P² Collaborative of Western New York at the 2nd annual SOPHi Awards held last October. The winning team included, from left, Al Hammonds, CSSBB, Executive Director, Millennium Collaborative Care; Pastor Kinzer Pointer, Greater Buffalo United Ministries; Dr. Loralee Sessanna, DNS, RN, CNS, AHN-BC Clinical Associate Professor, University at Buffalo School of Nursing; Priti Bangia, Population Health Manager, Millennium; Dr. Susan Grinslade, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs; Clinical Professor, University at Buffalo School of Nursing; Dr. Ju Joh, Resident, Erie County Medical Center; Michele Mercer, RN, MSHSA, Chief Clinical Integration Officer, Millennium; Dr. Kenneth Gayles, Project Champion, Cardiovascular Disease/Million Hearts®; Vice President of the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network.

Millennium Health Matters Radio Show – Collaborating with Buffalo Healthy Living Magazine

Millennium Health Matters radio show — heard every Monday at 1:30 PM on WUFO 1080 AM, has launched a collaboration with Buffalo Healthy Living Magazine, WNY’s premiere health, fitness and nutrition magazine for people of all ages.

In addition to collaborating on content and potential guests, the health information outlets are cross promoting their media outlets on radio,print advertisements, and on each other’s websites.

“Millennium Health Matters” weekly radio show and “Healthy Living” monthly magazine have a common mission to communicate audience-specific “health improvement” information to underserved populations across Western New York’s eight counties,” said Rita Hubbard-Robinson JD, Health Matters host and Project Director, Patient Activation Measures and Engagement, Millennium Collaborative Care.

“Listeners can continue the healthy focused learning by picking up a free copy of Buffalo Healthy Living Magazine, at Tops, Wegmans and over 2,000 Western New York locations or online at”


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