Conversations

A top priority for the Reaching for Excellence effort was to capture the full range of community perspectives and priorities for health care in Western New York.

Toward this end, the project team traveled across the eight-county region between January 2008 and March 2009 to convene more than 100 community conversations with over 1,700 Western New Yorkers. Forums, primarily small groups, included block clubs, church groups, health centers, employers, schools, senior centers and community and advocacy groups.

Engaging the Community through Conversations

To ensure community-driven health priorities elicited by One Friday: Four Futures reflected the full spectrum of perspectives in Western New York, the project team worked aggressively to engage the broadest possible cross-section of regional residents. In all, 114 community conversations brought together 1,732 community members of all ages, races and ethnicities, income levels, education levels and geographic locations. Held across the region - from Buffalo and Batavia to Williamsville and Warsaw - the conversations reached populations facing some of the most severe health care challenges, including low-income residents, racial and ethnic minorities and seniors. Conversation participants closely mirrored the demographics of the overall Western New York population.

114 Community Conversations
21 community groups 21 service providers 16 senior groups
13 general audiences 10 faith-based groups 10 hospitals, clinician groups
8 health advocate groups 7 college student groups 4 higher education
faculty/staff 2 government groups 2 employer-sponsored groups

Locations Across the Region
Buffalo Niagara Falls Batavia
Cheektowaga Jamestown Amherst
Lewiston Warsaw Wheatfield
Albion Cassadaga Dunkirk
Lackawanna Olean Grand Island
Allegany Gowanda Evans
Depew Salamanca Alden
Plus other towns, villages and cities across WNY

1,732 Western New Yorkers
Gender Male
Female
25%
75%
Age 18-34
35-54
55+
20%
40%
39%
Educational Level GED or High School
College Degree
26%
74%
Household Income Less than $25,000
$25,000 to $74,999
$75,000 or more
26%
39%
35%
Race White
African-American/Black
Asian
American Indian or Alaska Native
Other
80%
16%
2%
1%
1%
Ethnicity Hispanic
Non-Hispanic
6%
94%

One Friday: Four Futures

Learn how 1,700 Western New Yorkers engaged in a dialogue about the region's health care future: