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OCH to Participate in Engaging Patients of Color to Advance Health Equity Learning Collaborative

Released: 8/3/2021 6:00:00 AM

John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital (OCH) was one of just several healthcare organizations in New York State to be accepted to participate in the Center for Health Care Strategies’ (CHCS) Engaging Patients of Color to Advance Health Equity Learning Collaborative.

With support from the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth), CHCS launched this 12-month learning collaborative for New York-based healthcare organizations and their community partners to explore and develop effective strategies for engaging with patients of color to advance a health equity agenda.

Compared to the rest of New York State, Western New York (WNY) has significant disparities in child health and services based on our region's vast geographic, socioeconomic and racial diversity. As part of this collaborative, OCH will continue to partner with Jericho Road Community Health Center, a federally-funded health center, to better understand the determinants of health and barriers to healthcare access that our children and families face.

OCH’s goal is to expand access to high-quality health care for all children we serve, particularly those experiencing disparities in health and health care, by creating a multidisciplinary network of support that integrates medical services, behavioral health and social services. The team will build off existing community-based equity work at its primary pediatric clinics (Broadway Pediatrics and Niagara Street Pediatrics) to examine the healthcare-seeking behaviors of children and families we serve. Through doing a deep dive into our data, particularly appointment no-show rates, with Jericho Road as a trusted community partner, OCH will learn obstacles our families face in accessing health care, barriers they encounter in making healthcare decisions, and culturally relevant ways of supporting children and families when providing health care.

“The learning collaborative will further our partnership with Jericho Road to increase access and utilization of comprehensive pediatric primary care, early childhood developmental screenings, behavioral health screenings and services, and the pediatric specialty care available at Oishei Children's Hospital for the families on Buffalo's East Side,” said Vicki Landes, senior director, pediatric public health and integrated care, Oishei Healthy Kids.

“By deepening our collaboration, the two principal Medicaid pediatric primary care providers on the East Side of Buffalo will be able to work together to develop pathways to care that improve the health outcomes of all children,” added Dennis Kuo, MD, MHS, medical director of primary care services at Oishei Children's Hospital.

For more information about the collaborative, visit

About the Center for Health Care Strategies
The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is a nonprofit policy center dedicated to improving the health of low-income Americans. CHCS works with state and federal agencies, health plans, providers, and community-based organizations to advance innovative and cost-effective models for organizing, financing, and delivering health care services. Its work focuses on: (1) advancing delivery system and payment reform; (2) integrating services for people with complex needs; and (3) building Medicaid and cross-sector leadership capacity to support high-quality, cost-effective care. For more information, visit

About the New York State Health Foundation
The New York State Health Foundation is a private, statewide foundation dedicated to improving the health of all New Yorkers, especially the most vulnerable. The Foundation is committed to making grants, informing health policy and practice, spreading effective programs to improve the health care system and the health of New Yorkers, serving as a convener of health leaders across the State, and providing technical assistance to its grantees and partners. For more information, visit