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Kaleida Health
Community Health
726 Exchange St.
Second floor - Suite #255
Buffalo, NY 14210

  • (716) 859-8045
  • (716) 859-8686
Heart to Heart

Services & Programs

Health Fair ImageKaleida Health’s Community Health Department serves the 1.5 million people in the eight counties of Western New York by facilitating, developing, coordinating, and communicating a myriad of health education programs, outreach services, speakers and community referrals.

Community Health works to provide education and wellness opportunities for all area residents - from school-aged children to senior citizens.   

Community Outreach

Kaleida Heath offers health education and wellness opportunities for you, your friends, neighbors and colleagues.  Topics range from health insurance enrollment to diabetes, stroke, and heart disease information; blood pressure screening to discussions about careers on healthcare.  If you would like Kaleida Health to participate in an upcoming event please submit a request for outreach services.

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Health Programming

Kaleida Health has several in-depth training opportunities that promote the reduction of health disparities, increase effective use of health services, and promote overall community health. Topics are presented in multiple formats including “train-the trainer” where a non-healthcare person can learn to deliver the information to others supported by consumer-friendly materials.

Topics (available for presentation and training)

A patient education program designed to promote better communication between health care providers and patients. Program empowers patients and encourages them to ask and understand the answers to 3 questions at each patient-provider encounter: "What is my main problem," "What do I need to do," and "Why is it important for me to do this?

Teaches the risk factors for heart disease, what a heart attack is, why it is important to seek treatment quickly if a heart attack happens, and the benefits of calling emergency medical services if a heart attack is suspected.

Teaches facts and risk factors of prehypertension, hypertension and stroke, including what the numbers mean (BP, total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, triglycerides), warning signs of a stroke, information on the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, facts about cholesterol, and importance of healthy nutrition.

Maintaining a healthy weight, the healthy way to loose weight, importance and benefits of regular physical activity.

Instructs on why it is important to choose a heart healthy diet, which foods are heart healthy, which are not, how to read food labels, eating healthy when there are time constraints, living smoke free, facts about second hand smoke, diseases caused or exacerbated by smoking, how to quit smoking, and where to go for assistance.

Education to raise awareness among women on risk factors, signs and symptoms heart disease in women, and lifestyle behaviors women should embrace to reduce their risk of heart disease.

Various reproductive health topics aimed at reducing and/or preventing STIs, HIV/AIDS, and unwanted pregnancies.

Parent/guardian education on recognizing developmental delays, how and where to obtain resources and support for families of children with suspected or diagnosed developmental disabilities, understanding the special education system, laws, regulations and parent rights, and tips on being an effective parent member of the Committee on Special Education; instruction on the early warning signs of ADHD.

Middle and high school-aged students are engaged with guest speakers, MASH camps (in collaboration with hospital personnel) and other interactive learning with health care professionals to understand the variety of health-related (professional, clinical, technical, support) and business (technology, computers, management) careers available in the health care industry.

* Teaching materials are from the National Heart Lung Blood Institute, the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, American Stroke Association, Spirit of Women and HeartCaring®, New York State Department of Health, and New York State Education Department.