Motivated by a strong belief that facilitating partnerships is the best way to address community needs, CCHN staff actively participate in numerous state, local and regional coalitions.  These groups meet regularly to assess need, implement programs and interventions, and facilitate community building around emerging health related issues. Some of CCHN’s partners are small grassroots organizations and others are large established nonprofit entities. In the left and right hand columns is a listing of our partners while the center column provides a few highlights of some of those partnerships. 

Collaborative Highlights

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P2(Pursuing Perfection) Collaborative of Western New York, Inc.

The P2 Collaborative is committed to the good health of the Western New York community.  This nonprofit organization is recognized as a change agent and works effectively with community groups and networks of groups like CCHN to identify and promote healthy lifestyles. Their current partnerships with CCHN focus on quality improvement, provider reimbursement, and chronic disease management. 

Health Foundation for Western and Central NY

The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York is committed to improving the health and health care of the people and communities in their regions. The Foundation focuses primarily on frail elders and young children living in poverty.  Further, their added focus on growing health capacity within these communities, and concentrating their resources on 16 specific counties, maximizes this impact. CCHN works with the Foundation as a community partner in an effort to strengthen the health care system, bolster community supports, promote education and advocacy, and encourage individual behavior change. 

Western New York Rural Area Health Education Center

The Western New York Rural AHEC (R-AHEC) serves as a dynamic link between the resources of teaching schools and the most critical health and program needs of our rural communities. It has been specifically structured to insure maximum community based input and accountability. CCHN has worked closely with R-AHEC to promote the online tool My Health Career to increase high school students' awareness of health care career options.

The Chautauqua Center (TCC)

Through the efforts of CCHN staff, representatives of the Community Health Center Association of NYS, the Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York, Congressman Higgins’ staff and a multitude of other committed individuals and organizations, Chautauqua County is now home to an Federally Qualified Health Center which is slated to open in January 2013. The FQHC located at 319 Central Avenue in Dunkirk, NY provides comprehensive primary care services to low income, uninsured, underserved and otherwise vulnerable populations and facilitates access to a full range of needed medical behavioral health and dental services as well as case management services.

Michael Pease, former program director at CCHN is the Executive Director of this new entity and Ann Abdella, CCHN executive director is a founding board member.  For more information about the FQHC contact

Health Care Action Team (HCAT)

Convened by the City of Jamestown’s Strategic Planning and Partnership Commission, HCAT is working on a common recruitment strategy for physicians and other health care personnel to the City and surrounding area.  CCHN director Ann Morse Abdella is an active member of this important team.

CCHN Partners


Citizen Advisory Board