Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Community Foundation Hosts Wyoming County Healthcare Forum

Sep 09, 2014 | Posted in News

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo is hosting the 2014 Wyoming County Healthcare Forum on October 8, 2014. The Forum will bring together residents, community leaders and healthcare professionals to learn more about the health needs of Wyoming County residents. Through presentations, roundtable discussions and facilitated dialogue, the Forum will also report on the latest results from the Wyoming County Health Needs Assessment and provide updates on actions taken to address critical health issues.

The Forum is made possible because of the generosity and foresight of longtime Wyoming County philanthropist, William F. Thiel. In 1974, Mr. Thiel left a significant legacy to the County through the creation of the William F. Thiel Trust, a fund held at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo to benefit the health needs of Wyoming County residents.
Since 2008 and under the Community Foundation’s stewardship, three Wyoming County Healthcare Forums have been held in honor of Mr. Thiel’s request.

The Thiel Fund also supports the Wyoming County Health Needs Assessment, which was originally commissioned in 2006 and updated in 2012. The Needs Assessment was created to identify strategic priorities to honor Mr. Thiel’s request with a goal of improving health outcomes for Wyoming County residents.

The Thiel Fund grant process prioritizes applications for programs identified in the Health Needs Assessment. Since 2006, the Thiel Fund has distributed more than $2 million in grants to healthcare organizations serving Wyoming County.

“Our work to honor Mr. Thiel’s charitable wishes is a great example of how a community foundation can go above and beyond to fulfill a client’s legacy,” said Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, President and CEO of the Community Foundation. “With our knowledge of community needs, history of strong investment performance and unparalleled focus on honoring our clients’ intent, we continue to grow charitable dollars ensuring their investment will have the greatest possible impact today and in the future.”

It is estimated that more than 10,800 Wyoming County residents (*1 in 4*) have benefited from Mr. Thiel’s generosity since the Health Needs Assessment.

The 2014 Wyoming County Healthcare Forum will be held on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Byrncliff Resort and Conference Center, 2357 Humphrey Road, Varysburg, NY 14167. The Forum is free and open to the public. All interested area residents, community leaders and healthcare professionals are encouraged to attend. To register, call Darren Penoyer at (716) 852-2857, ext. 206 or email darrenp@cfgb.org by September 29. Refreshments will be served.

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