Highmark Awards $2.67M to Address Racial and Health Inequities

Highmark Western and Northeastern New York today announced a $2.67 million investment focused on addressing racial and health inequities in the communities it serves.

These awards bring the not-for-profit health plans’ 2021 community investments and partnerships to more than $7 million, as part of a commitment to invest $70 million over the next decade. 

Major grant recipients include Buffalo Center for Health Equity, Buffalo Go Green and the Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Center in Albany.              The local health plan’s commitment to the success of the Buffalo Center for Health Equity goes beyond financial support, to include in-kind real estate that will facilitate the relocation and expansion of the Center’s offices to Highmark Western New York’s downtown headquarters at 257 W. Genesee St.  

 “We believe our role as the region’s largest health plan is to ensure equitable access to quality health care and to help remove barriers that prevent individuals from improving their health. After extensive input from stakeholders and community leaders, we feel confident that we’ve identified like-minded trusted community partners who are making meaningful differences in addressing racial and health disparities,” said Michael Edbauer, D.O., president, Highmark Western and Northeastern New York.