Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Special Thanks to St Jude Medical

Major contributer to Health Fair 2008
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Pictures from the Health Fair 2008

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Health Fair 2008 Winners

Winners of Computers and Trip to Puerto Rico 2008
Special Thanks to Assemblyman Sam Hoyt and NYS Senator Antoine Thompson
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Winner of Hispanic Health Fair 2008 Van

Emily Aponte winner Special Thanks to Mayor Byron Brown
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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

An unhealthy situation: Being poor and young

Stories like these illustrate “a two-tier system” of health care, says Dr. Raul Vazquez, in which children of poverty and those near the poverty line are often treated unfavorably.
Unequal access to medical care strongly affects Buffalo, the nation’s second poorest big city, where nearly 43 percent of children — mostly black and Hispanic — are poor.
But it’s also a problem for all of Western New York, where 24,800 kids are uninsured, 92,585 receive Medicaid and 23,304 get state-subsidized Child Health Plus, according to the state Department of Health.
The problem of access is increasingly affecting the middle class, especially those whose incomes leave them underinsured. But it lands particularly hard on poor children, medical professionals say, because of their susceptibility to such chronic health maladies as asthma, diabetes, obesity, poor dental health, trauma, behavioral disorders, sexually transmitted diseases and exposure to lead paint.
“Health care for children in Buffalo is horrible, and it’s getting worse,” said Vazquez, a family doctor.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Buffalo Physician


Less Paper More Practice Area physicians tap technology to improve patient care.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Progressive Democrats of WNY


Senator Thompson presented the Caucus’ first-ever Community Healthcare Award to Dr. Raul Vazquez, MD F.A.A.F.P., founder of Urban Family Practice. Dr. Vazquez received the award in recognition of his efforts to provide effective medical service to roughly 10,000 patients and their families within Buffalo’s inner-city communities, many of whom are low-income and/or un-insured. This annual awards ceremony is sponsored by the NYS Association of Black & Puerto Rican Legislators.