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Explore Buffalo’s Winter Speaker Series Continues in January

Explore Buffalo’s Winter Speaker Series Continues in January

Explore Buffalo’s popular Winter Speakers Series will continue from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, in First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle, Buffalo. The cost of the event is just $10, or free for Explore Buffalo’s Explorer Pass holders!

Topics will include:

Learning, Caring & Curing: Medical History in Buffalo
Since the mid-1800s, Buffalo has developed quality clinical care, educational and medical research facilities. With the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital and the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences continuing this tradition on the expanding Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, this presentation takes a look back at the evolution of the medical school, hospitals and research facilities within the city. Highlights of Buffalo’s history of medical excellence, innovations and inventions will be showcased.

Rural Outreach Center to Launch ‘ROC Resolutions’ Community Challenge in January

Rural Outreach Center to Launch ‘ROC Resolutions’ Community Challenge in January

Imagine having only $6.36 a day to spend on food, living in a house that only heated up to 60 degrees, not having reliable transportation, or not owning a winter coat or boots. For more than 200,000 Western New Yorkers, this is daily life.  

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), which serves the southern communities of Western New York, is raising awareness about the challenges of living in poverty through a new community-wide campaign during the month of January 2017 called “ROC Resolutions.” During each week of the month, the spotlight will shine on a different obstacle often encountered by those living in poverty. Week one (Jan. 2-8) will focus on food, while week two (Jan. 9-15) will focus on utilities, week three (Jan. 16-22) on transportation, and week four (Jan. 23-30) on clothing.

BlueCross BlueShield to Offer Free Healthcare Marketplace Sessions at the ROC

BlueCross BlueShield to Offer Free Healthcare Marketplace Sessions at the ROC

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and the Rural Outreach Center (ROC) are teaming up to offer free informational sessions on Medicaid and Child Health Plus, which are now being offered on the New York State of Health. These enrollment-assistance sessions will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, until further notice, at the ROC, 730 Olean Road, East Aurora.

“BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York is pleased to announce that we are offering Medicaid and Child Health Plus effective immediately,” said Community Relations Representative Anna Michotek. “As always, BlueCross BlueShield offers a provider network of over 90 percent of physicians, including specialists. In addition, we offer coverage for all Western New York hospitals, including Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Trained Facilitated Enrollers will be available at the ROC to assist those in need of health insurance.”

ROC Receives Grant From Ronald McDonald House Charities

ROC Receives Grant From Ronald McDonald House Charities

McDonald’s franchise owner Joe Ferrino, left, recently presented a check for $3,500 on behalf of Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY to Frank Cerny, executive director of the Rural Outreach Center (ROC) in East Aurora. The funds will support the ROC’s outreach to and support of children, including the play therapy, winter readiness and back-to-school backpack programs. Part of the ROC's strategic plan is to focus on children to break the cycle of generational poverty. 

Michael Wooten of WGRZ to Compete in the Suneel’s Light's Dancing With The Stars Themed Charity Gala

Michael Wooten of WGRZ to Compete in the Suneel’s Light's Dancing With The Stars Themed Charity Gala

 

The Suneel’s Light Foundation, a local non-profit dedicated to raising funds for research that will lead to the treatment and a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), while increasing public awareness of the genetic disease, is proud to announce that the fourth annual Suneel’s Celebrity Gala will be held on October 29th, from 6 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. in the elegant grand ballroom of Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew. The “Dancing with the Stars” inspired event will feature six, well-known, local celebrities from across Western New York showcasing their dancing prowess in a head-to-head competition. Tickets for Suneel’s Celebrity Gala are $175 per person or $325 a couple.

Daemen Transitions to Tobacco-Free Campus

Daemen Transitions to Tobacco-Free Campus

As a major initiative in fostering a healthy college environment, Daemen College has implemented a new tobacco-free policy, effective Sept. 6, 2016.

In doing so, Daemen joins more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the U.S. that have made a strong commitment to promoting the health and well-being of their college community by creating a 100 percent tobacco-free campus.

“In light of the many health risks associated with tobacco use, creating a campus environment that’s clean and free from tobacco products is key to the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “The courtesy and cooperation of everyone on campus will contribute to making this a successful transition, and we will provide the collegial support needed to members of the Daemen community who may find this change to be challenging.”

New Initiative Aims to Reduce Repeat Heart Attacks

New Initiative Aims to Reduce Repeat Heart Attacks

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Every 42 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a heart attack — but you needn’t be among them. 

Consider this: Julie Kubala was one of those statistics. She’s working now to ensure she doesn’t become a different stat — about 21 percent of women and 17 percent of men age 45 and older will have another heart attack within five years of their first one.

To help, the American Heart Association (AHA) launched a new educational campaign aimed at reducing the number of repeat or recurrent heart attacks by arming survivors with simple but effective steps.