Buffalo Documentary Shares COVID-19 Pandemic Experiences Through Voices Of Women Of Color In Healthcare Leadership

pictured above:  LaVonne Ansari, CHCB Executive Director and CEO.

“We are truly blessed to have this opportunity to share what we believe are some of the most important conversations of our time. We are but one, and with others, we quickly become many and our power to affect change is infused with significance and possibility.” Dr. LaVonne Ansari, CHCB Executive Director and CEO

The Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc., in collaboration with the Buffalo Documentary Project, will premiere FIGHT FOR GOOD, a 20-minute film documenting the Federally Qualified Health Center’s efforts to provide continuous care to underserved patients of color in the face of inequity and systemic racism during the COVID-19 pandemic. The documentary also explores the impact of Covid-19 on health centers and doctors in the “Fight”; the leadership role of women of color; and the challenges presented by healthcare disparities.

In partnership with the Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State College, the premiere will take place Thursday, April 22  at the Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave.  Due to social distancing mandates, live audience size is limited. 

A virtual premiere of FIGHT FOR GOOD will be available for online viewing beginning at 7:30 PM at  https:// buffalodocumentaryproject.com/fight-for-good/.  There will be a short panel discussion immediately following the film presentation. 

The film can also be viewed on WBBZ MeTV on Thursday, April 29th, May 6th and May 13th , 2021 at 12:30 PM.   

“In the summer of 2020, the Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc. was approached by the Buffalo Documentary Project   to explore the possibility of sharing our stories with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic that was plaguing the world and severely threatening the lives of the communities that we serve,” said    Dr. LaVonne Ansari, CHCB Executive director and  CEO. “Fast forward to the Spring of 2021 and we are both humbled and honored to benefit from the tremendous film-making artistry of the BDP team; and indeed, extremely grateful to have this opportunity to share the experiences and voices of our all too often unheard women, men and children of color. By dedicating ourselves to serving them, we stand with them. But much more than that, in body, mind and spirit, we are them.” 

Founded by director Mani Mehrvarz, the Buffalo Documentary Project tells the untold stories of Buffalo and Western New York through documentary filmmaking. Maryam Muliaee, a media artist-scholar and educator based in Buffalo, serves as its  art director, researcher and animator. Naila Ansari, an assistant professor in Theatre and Africana studies at Buffalo State College and an original and former principal dancer for the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble, serves as documentary interviewer. 

The Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc. (CHCB), operates four patient centers across Western New York in Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Lockport, and Niagara Falls, and a Mobile Healthcare Unit. CHCB, Inc. is committed to serving all patients, regardless of ability to pay; offering discounted fees for patients who qualify.  The centers  accepts most all insurance including Medicaid, Medicare, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  Focused on Patient Centered Medical Care, the Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc. is also an LGBTQIF friendly organization.  For more information visit  www.chcb.net

“We are truly blessed to have this opportunity to share what we believe are some of the most important conversations of our time. We are but one, and with others, we quickly become many and our power to affect change is infused with significance and possibility.”

Dr. LaVonne Ansari, CHCB Executive Director and CEO