November 20, 2020 7:00amOFFICE CLOSURE: All Neighborhood Health Center offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26, 2020 and Friday, November 27, 2020 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen at 8:00 AM on Monday, November 30, 2020.
Meet our Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer
Joanne Haefner, MS, FNP
Internal/Family Medicine, Nurse Practitioner
Year of Hire
Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner D’Youville College, Buffalo, New York
Bachelor of Science, Nursing D’Youville College, Buffalo, New York
Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
Healthcare Leadership Fellowship Cohort III – Health Foundation for Western and Central New York
Buffalo Business First Health Care 50 (2015)
LISC Community Builder Award (2017)
Community Health Care Association of New York State Elisabeth Swain Health Center Impact Award (2017)
Buffalo Business First Excellence in Health Care Award (2018)
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Cooking, being in nature, traveling and reading.
What does Growing Health® at Neighborhood Health Center mean to you?
For me, Growing Health® means responding to the needs of our community. We have noted where access to services are needed and responded to that need. We have added a number of services such as behavioral health, podiatry, pharmacy and added locations all to grow health in our community. We have also focused on specific health and social determinant issues and shown improvement in diabetes, smoking, hypertension, healthy birth outcomes, food access and literacy to name a few.
What is the most inspiring part of your job?
I am inspired by the people we serve and the providers, staff and volunteers who work at NHC. Many of our patients have faced incredible adversity but each day, each person comes here doing the very best they can. Our providers and staff bring with them unique values, diverse past histories and life experiences which help them to see the best in those we serve and in each other every day. It inspires me to do more and be a better person.
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