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Guiding Investments in Collaborative Rural Health Care Systems

Community is at the very core of the Community Foundation For Greater Buffalo, its philanthropic mission and the stewardship of the William F. Thiel Trust. It was within that context that the foundation contracted with HMS Associates, to assess the community health needs of Wyoming County residents and develop a framework for grant making recommendations for Wyoming County residents. The project was awarded through a competitive bidding process in February 2006, featured a multi-faceted methodology with strong inter-linked statistical and qualitative components, and concluded in mid July 2006

A hallmark of this study and the implementation of its investment guide was community participation. Over 120 county residents and health care leaders helped to identify priority needs and select the best solutions to address those needs. Successive efforts will generate an understanding of priority needs and services through broad distribution of the study and its findings.

The central theme of the investment guide is balance. Productive health care investments have to be balanced like most other investment strategies. In this case, investments addressing priority needs, should be spread across three major types of program solutions: Community Care, Health Services Infrastructure and Health Services Expansion. Priority needs must be addressed by investments across multiple types of solutions not just one type of solution alone.

Click the following link to download a pdf version of the Executive Summary of the study (large file 3.4Mb):

Advancing The Health of Wyoming County Residents - A Report for the Community

For additional copies or supporting documentation go to:

HMS Associates
Suite B, Box 374
2280 Millersport Highway,
Getzville, NY 14068
Tel. (716) 688 - 8448
Fax (716) 688 - 0395


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