BUFFALO, NY — Kinzer M. Pointer, Jr., Pastor of Agape Fellowship Baptist Church (347 Peckham St., Buffalo, 14206) has been appointed Chair, Board of Managers, Millennium Collaborative Care PPS, effective Jan. 1, 2018.
Pastor Pointer succeeds Anne D. Constantino, President and Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Corporations, who will remain on the Millennium Board and continue to serve in a committee leadership capacity.
“We look forward to Pastor Pointer’s inspired leadership in the year ahead as we strive to provide innovative Population Health services in collaboration with our trusted partners from across Western New York’s eight counties,” said Al Hammonds, CSSBB, Executive Director, Millennium Collaborative Care.
“Pastor Pointer is both deeply rooted in the greater Buffalo community and closely in touch with the needs of Medicaid clients across our region as evidenced by his life-long commitment to pastoral service, community engagement. and the advancement of quality and equitable education for all.
“We also extend our sincerest thanks and appreciation to Anne Constantino for her outstanding leadership,” Hammonds continued. “We are thrilled Anne will remain on our Board and will continue to serve in a committee leadership capacity.”
Millennium Board Member Tom Quatroche, Jr., PhD, President & CEO, Erie County Medical Center Corporation, with Anne Constantino and Al Hammonds at Millennium’s 2017 Population Health Conference.
Governed by Community Healthcare Leaders
Millennium Collaborative Care Performing Provider System (PPS) is a collaboration of health care providers, community organizations, non-profit and governmental agencies established as part of the New York State Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (“DSRIP”) program and serving the eight counties of Western New York with a common goal of improving the availability, accessibility and quality of the health services provided to the Medicaid, Medicaid Managed Care and Uninsured population and promoting better health, lower costs, and reduced health disparities through an integrated delivery system (“IDS”).
Millennium drives all organizational initiatives from a community-based perspective. In addition to the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) serving as the lead entity in the MCC Performing Provider System, Millennium is governed by a highly diverse Board of Managers supported by Steering and Advisory Committees and Geographic Councils as follows:
Board of Managers
- 18 members representing community-based organizations
- Governance Committee
- Finance Committee
- Clinical Quality Committee
- Niagara Orleans Healthcare Organization
- Southern Tier Council
- Workforce Development Work Group
- IT Data Committee
- Compliance Committee
- Project Advisory Committee
- Physician Steering Committee
- “Voice of the Consumer” Sub-Committee
- Community-Based Organizations Task Force
- Max Series Team
About Pastor Kinzer M. Pointer
Buffalo native Kinzer Mark Pointer graduated from Hutchinson-Central Technical High School and Canisius College of Buffalo where he completed classes in the All-College Honors program for History while also actively participating in campus life as the official scorer for the Men’s Basketball Team, and member of the Historical Society and African-American Student Society.
At 18 years of age and as member of the Calvary Baptist Church of Buffalo, he was licensed into the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He served for three years as the Executive Assistant to the Reverend Doctor Allen A. Stanley, President of the Empire Missionary Baptist Convention of New York, Inc. He also served three years as the Assistant Pastor of the Bethel Baptist Church of Troy New York.
In March of 1987, he was ordained into the Ministry of the Gospel at the recommendation of his Pastor, Reverend Doctor L. T. Boyce, by an ordination council under the auspices of the Calvary Baptist Church and the Baptist Minister’s Conference of Buffalo and Vicinity, Inc. He returned to Buffalo at the end of 1988, to assist his Mentor and Pastor, the Reverend Doctor L. T. Boyce. He became the Protestant Chaplain at the Erie County Correctional Facility in March 1989 and served until the end of 1995.
In February of 2000, he was elected President of the District Parent Coordinating Council of the Buffalo Public Schools and served four two-year terms of office. He was joined to the Board of Trustees of the Western New York Maritime Charter School in 2004 and served through 2007. He served there as Chairman of the Real Estate Committee and worked tirelessly with Tatanka Development Corporation to get the school’s current location developed and open, a $6.4 million-dollar project. In February of 2007 he was appointed to complete a term on the Buffalo Board of Education and served for seven years as the Coordinator of Parent and Community Services at the Enterprise Charter School of Buffalo, NY.
Pastor Pointer is a Member of the Saint John’s Lodge #16 Free and Accepted Masons of Buffalo. As a Freemason, he has served seven years as the Secretary of his Lodge; two years as President of the Seventh Masonic District Association and six years as President of the Seventh Masonic District Voluntary Immediate Relief Fund. In May 2009, he received the 33rd and last degree of Freemasonry.
In June of 2010, he organized the Agape Fellowship Baptist Church where he currently serves as Pastor.
In early 2014, Pastor Pointer began to lay the groundwork to establish Greater Buffalo United Ministries, LLC (GRUM, pronounced: “groom”). He currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. GRUM is a collaborative of 65 churches dedicated to working with the safety net Physicians of the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN) to deliberately decrease health disparities in Buffalo’s black and brown communities.
GRUM engaged Dr. Henry Louis Taylor, Jr. to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment. This document is complete and is entitled: “Striving for a Healthier Buffalo,” providing a research based framework to improve health outcomes among Buffalo’s minority populations.
In September 2014, GRUM invited 14 National Institute of Health Scholars to participate in a Faith-Based Health Symposium. Led by Dr. John Ruffin, the founding Director of the National Institutes of Health Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, it was a resounding success and produced yet another published document entitled: “Towards a Healthier Buffalo.”
In December of 2014, in response to the “no bill” actions of Grand Juries in Saint Louis County (Ferguson), MO and Richmond County (Staten Island), NY, Reverend Pointer convened what has become the Concerned Clergy Coalition of Western New York (CCC of WNY). CCC of WNY has concerned itself with the social ills that continue to disenfranchise citizens in Western New York and beyond. It is a broad multi-denominational collaboration seeking “justice for all!”
In addition to appointment as Chair of the Board of Managers of Millennium Collaborative Care, Pastor Pointer has also recently been appointed to an Adjunct Faculty position at the State University of New York at Buffalo; and he has returned to the classroom, currently matriculating at the Rochester Centre for Theological and Biblical Studies where he is pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Ministry.
Pastor Pointer is the husband of the former Alicia B. Webster and the father of Ibrahim, Sarah, Kassandra, Marcus, Krystyn, Ashle’, Harold, Alexcee’ and Jeremiah. He resides, with his family, in the University Heights neighborhood in his beloved Buffalo, NY.
Millennium Collaborative Care: Igniting Healthcare Change in Western New York
Millennium Collaborative Care (MCC), is a Performing Provider System (PPS) under New York State’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program, a statewide initiative championed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to fundamentally restructure the health care delivery system by reinvesting in the Medicaid program, with the primary goal of reducing avoidable hospital use by 25 percent over five years.
The mission of Millennium Collaborative Care is to collaborate and partner with physicians, healthcare providers and community-based organizations to improve the delivery of healthcare to Medicaid clients across Western New York’s eight counties (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming).
To follow our progress visit www.millenniumcc.org.
For further information on New York State’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program visit: https://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/redesign/dsrip/