2021 Press Releases

Press Releases


Press releases for 2021

April 2, 2021: Birthday Box donations sought by BPS high school students to help younger children in need celebrate their special day
Tenth grade Buffalo Public School student members of the Independent Health Foundation’s Student Peer Advocate Program are seeking to support local children in need by encouraging donations to the Buffalo Birthday Box Initiative online.

March 15, 2021: “Independent Health Giving Day” to benefit United Way’s Join the Fight Fund for COVID-19 relief
On Tuesday, March 16, Independent Health and the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County (UWBEC) will seek to mobilize community members for one day of giving to support UWBEC’s Join the Fight Fund. All donations made will support UWBEC’s efforts to respond, recover, reimagine and rebuild a more equitable, resilient Erie County in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

February 22, 2021: Independent Health offers new Diabetes Prevention Program through Brook+
Independent Health is partnering with Brook – a leading digital health platform for chronic disease management – to offer a CDC-recognized Diabetes Prevention Program called Brook+. This structured, year-long lifestyle change program is now available as a covered benefit with a $0 member cost share under all of Independent Health’s fully insured, commercial plans.

February 17, 2021: Reddy Bikeshare, in partnership with Independent Health, reports 222% increase in sign-ups between Niagara Falls and Buffalo in 2021
Reddy Bikeshare and Independent Health officials announced ridership results from the program’s 5th season, in which more people signed up to ride in 2020 than in the previous four seasons combined. Indicating significant growth in the popularity of biking in Western New York, sign-ups to the program increased by 222% from 2019 to 2020.

February 4, 2021: United Way of Buffalo & Erie County Receives $100,000 Matching Grant from Independent Health to Support Long-Term COVID-19 Relief
United Way of Buffalo & Erie County (UWBEC) announced today a matching grant of $100,000 from Independent Health to encourage contributions from individuals and companies across Erie County to UWBEC’s Join the Fight campaign. This is the second matching grant of $100,000 UWBEC has received from a corporate partner. The first was awarded by the National Fuel Gas Company Foundation.

January 28, 2021: Health & Wellness Challenge surpasses 40,000 registrant mark
More than 40,000 individuals have now registered for the Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge. This exciting milestone was reached during the 13th round of the popular community program, which ran from October 19 through November 29.