Raul Vazquez, MD Honored as EPIC Hero

For Immediate Release: October 24, 2019
Contact: Mary Simpson, Development and Marketing Manager
                                                                                                                                                                                       
Raul Vazquez, MD Honored as
EPIC Hero
Robert M. Bennett Award for Service
to Community
EPIC – Every Person Influences Children
 
BUFFALO (NY) -  EPIC – Every Person Influences Children is delighted to announce that Raul Vazquez, MD will receive the Robert M. Bennett Award for Service to Community.
 
Dr. Vasquez is founder of Urban Family Practice and Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN). As president of GBUAHN, he leads a team of experts with 40 years' of combined medical experience providing care to the poor through a single physician-patient relationship.
 
“All children deserve a healthy start and healthy families”, said Tara N. Burgess, Executive Director, EPIC. “With the founding of Urban Family Practice and the creation of G-Health Enterprises, Dr. Vazquez addresses the needs of quality health care for under-served communities. His commitment to the community deserves to be recognized.”
 
Dr. Vazquez graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine in 1989 and founded Urban Family Practices in 1996, dedicated to serving Buffalo’s Lower West Side. Realizing that economically distressed communities and communities of color do not receive coordinated health management, Dr. Vazquez founded the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN) and Greater Buffalo United Accountable Care Organization (GBUACO). All three organizations have received the highest accreditation from NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH).Under his guidance, GBUAHN has grown to serve several thousand members and employ a staff of approximately 150 individuals. GBUAHN is one of the largest minority employers in Western New York.
 
Dr. Vazquez’s contributions are recognized by local and state organizations. He has won more than 20 awards for his accomplishments in business, the medical field and advocacy groups. He serves as a board member of HEALTHLink, New York State Minority Health Council and the statewide Multicultural Advisory Committee.
 
EPIC Heroes Gala Reception Thursday, November 7, 2019
Dr. Vazquez and other EPIC Heroes will be celebrated at the EPIC Heroes Awards Reception on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 6:00pm at the Atrium @ Rich’s. Major event sponsors include Baillie Lumber Co. L.P. and BlueCross BlueShield. Co-Chairs of the event are Dr. Thomas E. and Susanna Schenk, BlueCross BlueShield and Craig and Lisa Spencer, Rich Products. More information is available at www.epicforchildren.org .  
 
Other awardees include: 
Sandra B. Rifkin, Lifetime Achievement Award
Mary H. Gresham, Ph.D., Robert L. Wilson Award for Exceptional Service and Leadership
State Farm, William B. Hoyt Award for Service to Families
The Gloria J. Parks Community Center, Eugene T. Reville Award for Service to Education.  
                                                                                   
About EPIC                   
EPIC - Every Person Influences Children’s mission is to help families, schools and communities raise children to become responsible and successful adults. EPIC provides year-round programming in Parenting Education, which includes Ready, Set, Parent! (offering support and solutions for parents of newborns), parenting classes for parents of young children, and young adolescents; Families in Transition (helping individuals facing challenges reach their full potential as parents); and Just for Teens (enhancing the skills and confidence of pregnant and parenting teens) and Family Engagement in Education, encouraging early literacy and building parents' capacity to become more actively involved in their children's education, through programs such as Ready, Set, Read! (developing family literacy and early intervention for children's academic success); and Storytime (fun family literacy-based event). For more information about EPIC, please visit www.epicforchildren.org .
 
Robert Wilson, EPIC founder
EPIC was founded by Robert Wilson after his wife, Linda, was murdered by a 15-year-old boy, a neighbor, in 1977. Through his sorrow, Wilson wanted to know why. He explored the boy’s past to find a child who had been abused, neglected, and shuffled between 11 different foster homes. The child’s life was filled with loss, violence and anger; absent was acceptance and love.
 
The tragic death of his wife, Linda, inspired Wilson to dedicate the “rest of my years” to prevent such heartbreak. His vision created EPIC in 1980, committed to uniting home, school and community to help children become responsible and successful adults.