Social Responsibility & Community Benefit

Social Responsibility & Community Benefit

2022-2024 Erie County Community Health Assessment

The Erie County Department of Health is currently working with community partners to gather information from county residents to help with public health planning. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey. Your responses will help Erie County identify gaps in and barriers to services, as well as the health issues that are most concerning to county residents. The ECDOH will take what we learn and use it to help create a Community Health Improvement Plan. This plan will be completed by December 2022 and will be used to guide county health efforts over the next three years.

Community Health Assessment (CHNA)

As one of the largest health care providers in Western New York, we continually look for ways to improve the health of those who reside in our community. To support this effort, we conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment every three years to understand the health concerns and issues faced by community residents. The latest Assessment is included here.

The assessment process was a collaborative effort between Catholic Health and other local organizations concerned about the health of our community including Catholic Medical Partners, Erie County Department of Health, Buffalo State College, and the University at Buffalo. Additionally, we solicited input from other community organizations, individuals and groups. This input helped develop focused programs and services that best address the health and wellness needs of the people who rely on us for care.

The completed assessment provides the framework for our implementation plans which address the identified and prioritized community needs. One of the areas emphasized in our assessment and plan is the need to address health disparities in our community by improving access to care, especially for the poor and underserved. 

Past Community Health Needs Assessments

2016 Community Health Needs Assessment & Community Service Plan (Erie County)

2016 Community Health Needs Assessment & Community Service Plan (Niagara County)


2015 Update

2014 Update

2013 and Earlier

Community Benefit

As one of the largest healthcare providers in Western New York, Catholic Health is continually looking for ways to improve the health of the local community.

Community Giving

In 2021, we provided more than $210 million in charity care and community benefit activities to help make our community a healthier place, especially for the poor and underserved.

Free Health Screenings

Free health screenings are available at events throughout Western New York. You may be screened for cholesterol, blood pressure, bone health, heart health and more.

Visit our screenings at our events calendar.

Health Education

To help you improve your health, we offer health education programs at no cost. Our nurses and physicians give presentations at venues throughout Western New York.

View our health education events at our events calendar.

Financial Assistance

All patients without insurance can receive healthcare at a reduced cost, based on an income sliding scale.

Learn more about this program.