Creating a Culture of Health in Western New York
At Independent Health, we strive to create an environment that fosters a passion and commitment to service. From the volunteerism of our employees, to the initiatives of the Independent Health Foundation, we're focused on helping to create a culture of health around Western New York.
Independent Health works with key stakeholders on projects and programs to improve the quality, access and affordability of care. To enhance our work, Independent Health created the Independent Health Foundation in 1992 to work on ways to improve the health and well being of Western New York residents through awareness, prevention, education and programs focused on community health priorities.
For close to 20 years, the Independent Health Foundation has been a proud sponsor of First Night Buffalo, Buffalo's biggest drug and alcohol free New Year's celebration. This year's event will be held on Saturday, December 31st from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Buffalo Convention Center.
The annual holiday family tradition has activities for all ages to ring in the New Year. Acts include the comedy of improvisation with Wacky Chad, contortionist Aidan Orange, world famous hypnotist Jerry Valley, rides and amusements, Storybook Land, laser tag, music, exotic reptiles, the grand finale balloon drop with indoor fireworks, and more. Click here for more information, or search "Independent Health Foundation" on Facebook.
Fitness for Kids Challenge
The Foundation also sponsors the Fitness for Kids Challenge, a community-wide initiative in Western New York to combat the rising rates of obesity in our children. The program challenges every elementary school child to increase their physical activity and make good nutrition choices. The Challenge aims at getting kids to complete health and fitness activities, with hopes that healthy eating and fitness will become a part of their lifestyle. For more details on the Fitness for Kids Challenge, click here.
Good for the Neighborhood Program
The Good for the Neighborhood program was launched in 2006 to link residents in economically disadvantaged communities with available resources for health insurance. In addition, the program assists residents in developing and maintaining a relationship with their primary care doctor. It also helps to promote healthier lifestyle choices such as better eating habits, regular exercise and anti-smoking programs. Click here to see the Good for the Neighborhood program in action.
Other events sponsored by the Independent Health Foundation include Kids Run, a free event of family fun and exercise, and the Healthy Options at the Taste of Buffalo.
Helping In the Community
Independent Health's employees are working to help the community. The Independent Health dress down program allows our employees the opportunity to make a charitable contribution in exchange for the privilege of dressing down for a work day. This program has resulted in substantial support for the charitable organizations in our community who share our mission to improve the health and well-being of the community. So far in 2011, Independent Health employees have raised more than $123,000 for 31 organizations throughout WNY. The program is employee-driven with a goal to broadly support many organizations throughout Western New York.
Independent Health's RedShirt volunteers are a positive reflection on both our organization and our community. In 2011, 200 Independent Health employees participated in 23 volunteer events throughout WNY. RedShirt events provide employees an opportunity to volunteer in the community and promote Independent Health as a company that is willing to help give back to Western New York.
Independent Health is committed to improving Western New York. By using innovative approaches to volunteerism, charitable giving, and health programs for the communities in which we serve, Independent Health is making a difference all year in the lives of many.