J.C. Seneca Foundation and G-Health Enterprises
Seneca Nation businessman, J.C. Seneca, and Raul Vazquez, founder of G-Health Enterprises, have agreed to collaborate in bringing healthcare and medical services to Native territories and their surrounding communities across Western New York.
According to Dr. Vazquez, the partnership was launched with a COVID vaccination program Feb. 20 at Native American Community Services (NACS) in Buffalo, New York. The pop-up event was held in cooperation with The J.C. Seneca Foundation, NACS and The Seneca Nation Health System.
The team vaccinated 350 members of the Native community from Buffalo, the Cattaraugus and Allegany Territories, as well as essential workers from Seneca businesses in those areas.
“While I am always working to get COVID vaccines into the community, I am particularly determined to ensure vaccinations for Native people," Vazquez said. "Going forward, I look forward to partnering with J.C. Seneca and his foundation in bringing my mobile medical unit to the rural areas of Southern Erie, Chautauqua, and Cattaraugus Counties in our shared goal of providing needed medical and health care services to Native people, and others in that area, who are often forgotten and continually underserved.”
Vazquez and Seneca began discussing a potential collaboration in late 2020. Seneca notes their discussions quickly advanced to an agreed-upon plan of action as the two men realized their shared goal of providing health care and medical services to southern tier rural areas.
“Dr. Vazquez and I are of one mind in our mission to provide healthcare and medical services to people on the Native territories and surrounding communities across Western New York where there is such a lack of available care," Seneca said.
When the team is able to secure additional vaccines, they will be brought to Seneca's Tallchief Territory Native Pride business where they will create a pop-up vaccine site.
"I am most grateful to Dr. Vazquez and his G-Health Associates who have worked with me and my J.C. Seneca Foundation Team to make this collaboration possible,” Seneca said.
The J.C. Seneca Foundation is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to advance healthy living in body, mind, and spirit for the people of the Seneca Nation and surrounding communities. The foundation also sponsors programs such as It Takes A Tribe, a foster care project.
Seneca is a member of the Seneca Nation and owner of Tallchief Territory, home of Native Pride Travel Plaza, located on the Seneca Nation in Irving, New York.
G-Health Enterprises is a health care organization consisting of the following affiliates: The Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network, The Greater Buffalo United Accountable Care Organization, Urban Family Practice, The Greater Buffalo United Independent Physician’s Association, The Raul & Toni Vazquez Foundation and The Greater Buffalo United Association Incorporated.
Dr. Vazquez opened Urban Family Practice in 1996. As president of The Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network, he leads a team of experts with 40 years of combined medical experience providing care to the poor through a single physician-patient relationship. He serves as the Governor's appointed representative to the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, and the NYS Medical Advisory Committee. He serves as President of the Buffalo Chapter of the National Medical Association. He also serves as a board member of Health-e-link.