Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center, Inc.
Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center, Inc.

Welcome to Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center, Inc., located in Buffalo!

The Future is Upon Us: Your Genome and your Health



On June 11, 2014 Dr. Norma Nowak will be giving a presentation genomic medicine.  Get a better understanding on how to treat illness and disease based on our genomes.


This presentation will be located on the University at Buffalo's North Campus, Davis Hall room 101.

The ITest Bioinformatics Project




Gina Okussick, Bennett High School

Ann Crittenden, Bennett High School

Bruce C. Allen,  Burgard Vocational High School

Sarah B. Kszanak, Burgard Vocational High School 

Amy Furminger, Burgard Vocational High School

Juliana Evans, Burgard Vocational High School

Sarah Proctor-Bates – Burgard Vocational High School

Katie Olrogga, City Honors School

Kelly Hyla , City Honors School

Lynne Taylor, Cleveland Hill High School

Robert Parry, Depew High School

Patrick McQuaid, East High School 

Jill Roach, East High School

Nicole Welka, East High School

Amanda  Jasper, Global Concepts Charter High School

Christine Masiuliounis, Global Concepts Charter High School

Tatiana Merrick,  IPrep@ School #198

Mary Jo Hellerer, Lafayette High School

Stacey Thomson, Lafayette High School  

Linda Pinzone, Lafayette High School

Robert L. Baish, Leonardo da Vinci

August Privitera , Leonardo da Vinci

Deborah Grine, Leonardo da Vinci High School

Charles Harding, Math, Science & Technology High School

Lori Nirschel, Math, Science & Technology High School

Brianna Widmer, McKinley High School

Katherine Betrus,  McKinley High School

Margaret Diamond, The Park School

Samantha Evans, WNY Maritime Charter School

MaryAnn Roll, WNY Maritime Charter School

Individuals & Families


Beginning January 1, 2014, you and your family will have many new health insurance options available through the Individual Marketplace. You can quickly compare health plan options and apply for assistance that could lower the cost of health coverage. Individuals and families may also qualify for free or low-cost coverage from Medicaid or Child Health Plus through the Marketplace. Anyone who needs health coverage can apply.




What is the Individual marketplace?

New York State of Health, the Official Health Plan Marketplace, is a new way for people to shop for, compare and enroll in health coverage. It is also the only place to get a new kind of financial assistance provided by the federal government to lower the cost of your health coverage.

To shop in the Marketplace, you:

  • Must live in New York
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, national or lawfully present immigrant (Different immigration rules may apply if you are eligible for Child Health Plus or NYS Medicaid based on your income)
  • Cannot be currently incarcerated.


What is available through the individual marketplace?

The Marketplace gives you an easy way to compare health insurance plans so you can choose the one that's right for your health needs and your budget. Health insurance offered through the Marketplace will include a comprehensive set of benefits and coverage. Open enrollment begins October 1, 2013 for coverage that will start as early as January 1, 2014.


What kind of assistance is available?

In the Marketplace, you can apply for help to lower the cost of your health coverage.

You may qualify for new tax credits to help pay for your monthly health insurance premiums. You may qualify for tax credits if you are an individual earning up to $45,900 a year or a family of four earning up to $94,200 a year. You may also be eligible for assistance to help pay for copays, deductibles, and other out-of-pocket costs.

The Marketplace will also see if you qualify for free or low-cost coverage from Medicaid or Child Health Plus.


What are Insurance Affordability Programs?

Insurance Affordability Programs include Medicaid, Child Health Plus, Advance Premium Tax Credits, and Cost-Sharing Reductions. The Marketplace will determine if you qualify for any of these programs, which can lower the cost of your coverage.


Do you need health coverage before January 1, 2014?

If you don'��t have health insurance now and need health care coverage, you don'��t have to wait until the Marketplace opens. You may qualify right now for Medicaid or Child Health Plus. Click here to see where you can apply in your neighborhood.


What is an exemption?

Starting in January 2014, most people will be required to have insurance if they don'��t already have it. Most people who do not have insurance in 2014 will have to pay a penalty to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) when they file their taxes. Some people will not have to pay this penalty if they qualify for a special circumstance. These special circumstances are called exemptions. Click here to learn more about exemptions and how to apply for an exemption.

If you are interested in our organization and want to learn a little bit more, check us out in the about us section.

Interested in Health Care?

Phone: (716) 835-9356

Fax:     (716) 835-9356


Contact Us


New Location


We are no longer at 355 Linwood Ave. You may now find us at 34 Benwood Ave located on the 2nd floor of the Community Health Center of Buffalo.

Looking for speakers or resources? For the latest in healthcare information, education, and career pathways 

Contact us.  We can help! 716-835.9356 or 835.9358



The project which is a partnership with the University of Buffalo, the National Science Foundation and the Area Health Education Center offers students at local high schools the chance to study the marine bacterium Kytococcus sedentarius, thanks to a $1.1 million National Science Foundation grant to the University at Buffalo. Stephen Koury, PhD, and his colleagues in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, received the grant to educate regional high school teachers and recruit high school students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. The new program focuses on bioinformatics, an interdisciplinary field that uses software tools to store, retrieve, organize and analyze biologic information.

Bioinformatics is a field of rapid growth that provides tools for better health care through improvement in prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Koury, research assistant professor in the Department of Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences, notes that new jobs on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus will likely require training in biotechnology and bioinformatics; the new program will provide a pipeline for educator and student recruitment, training and mentorship in STEM fields at the high school level. “For us to be successful, we need to create the environment where children not only want to get involved, but want to stay in Buffalo,” says Norma Nowak, “This needs to be the spark that lights the fire.” Over the next three years, the grant will allow 450 high school students and 90 teachers to conduct and present scientific research in bioinformatics. The program will involve educators and students from 13 counties, including Niagara, Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Wyoming, Genesee, Orleans, Monroe, Livingston, Allegany, Ontario, Wayne and Steuben.


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