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About Reaching for Excellence

As the region shapes the future of its health care system and prepares to make significant investment decisions, there is a fundamental need to engage the perspective of the community - as users of the system - in the current health care debate. Indeed, Western New Yorkers want their voices heard, and an increasing number of community groups in the region are committed to making this happen. Reaching for Excellence: Community Vision and Voices for Western New York Health Care emerged in 2007 as the first region-wide forum for engaging and amplifying the consumer perspective to shape a stronger health care future for Western New York.

Reaching for Excellence: Community Vision and Voices for Western New York Health Care emerged in 2007 as the first region-wide forum for engaging and amplifying the consumer perspective to shape a stronger health care future for Western New York.

During 2008, Reaching for Excellence convened more than 1,700 Western New Yorkers in One Friday: Four Futures, a series of community conversations about what we want for the future of health care in the region. Emerging from more than 100 community conversations were five key health care priorities, reflecting the top concerns of the region across race/ethnicity, age, income and geography.

Reaching for Excellence, is also committed to fostering ongoing dialogue on how to build a stronger health care future for Western New York. To help us learn from what others have done, the "Excellence for Tomorrow" Speaker Series showcases best practices and communities of excellence in areas of health care that challenge Western New York. Events feature expert presentations, research publications on the state of Western New York health system, reactions from Western New York leaders and audience discussion.

Reaching for Excellence is an initiative of the Community Health Foundation of Western & Central New York and The John R. Oishei Foundation, developed in partnership with the P² Collaborative of Western New York and the University at Buffalo Regional Institute.

In 2010, the Reaching for Excellence website was gifted to the P² Collaborative of Western New York as a vehicle to provide consumers with information how to find quality health care in the eight counties of the region.