community health center of buffalo, inc.

Health Equity

Collaboration, Innovation, Service.


The Office of Health Equity (OHE) at the Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc. is driven by the community through service to all impacted by the root causes of health disparities. The OHE will commit its efforts to ensuring that racism and systemic oppression that predominantly impact BIPOC, LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, and other marginalized groups are not barriers to receiving high quality care. This high-quality care is delivered in the form of social care which involves collaboration, innovation, and shared services between health care and community-based organizations.  


Health Equity Defined.
Health Equity is the absence of disparities or avoidable differences among socioeconomic and demographic groups or geographical areas in health status and health outcomes such as disease, disability, or mortality (Health Resources & Services Administration, 2022).


Health Equity Mission:

To use stories and measurable data to identify health inequities, reduce health disparities, and advance Health Equity for Erie and Niagara Counties, through integrated, coordinated, and high-quality patient and family centered care.


Health Equity Vision:

The day to day lives of the people and communities we serve are improved in their health, well-being, and mental health. The individualized and just access to culturally and linguistically centered care is effective in meeting the unique health and wellness needs of our community.


Health Equity Values:

  • Anti-Racism
  • Social Justice
  • Intersectionality
  • Cultural Humility
  • Wellness

Contact Information:

Rahsaan DeLain M.S.

Executive Director COPE WNY/ Project Coordinator Health Equity

Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc.

34 Benwood Ave. Buffalo NY 14214

716-986-9199 ext. 8019 | [email protected]

Rahsaan H. DeLain M.S.

Rahsaan Delain is Executive Director Collaboration on Poverty Elimination Western New York (COPE WNY)/Project Coordinator-Health Equity, Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc. 

“I will be primarily responsible for working both internally and externally to build CHCB’s capacity for expanding community partnerships through building coalitions,” said Rahsaan. “These efforts will be to address health inequities and systemic racism in social care access, delivery, and outcomes.” 

Rahsaan holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo; and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. John Fisher University in Rochester, NY. 

He is a Doctoral Candidate completing a PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education at Syracuse University where his teaching, clinical, and research focus is on equity, anti-racism, and social justice in school and mental health counseling. Rahsaan is a faculty at St. John Fisher University in the Graduate Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in the Wegmans School of Nursing.

Prior to joining CHCB, Inc., Rahsaan served as the Diversity and Inclusion Manager for the Diversity and Inclusion Office at Kaleida Health. Prior to Kaleida, he was an Assistant Director for the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) in Rochester NY, working in Juvenile Justice and Community Engagement, while leading statewide OCFS Race, Equity, and LGBTQ+ strategy.


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