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Erie Niagara AHEC Celebrates 20 Years of Community Service

Erie Niagara AHEC hosted an evening full of fun, laughter, and good spirits to commemorate the organization’s 20 years in service on August 24, 2023. Over the last 20 years, Erie Niagara AHEC, like most nonprofits, has experienced many changes and challenges, including restructuring, varied financial climates, and of course a global pandemic. These experiences have made our organization stronger, more resilient, and more impactful within our community. More importantly, we are changing the face of healthcare in our respective communities.


Anniversaries are an opportunity to reflect on years past and honor those memories again. As we celebrate our organization’s 20th anniversary, the AHEC team would like to reflect on the support and collaboration from many of our partners. It’s our pleasure to honor some of the people who have made Erie Niagara AHEC what it is today.


Erie Niagara AHEC sincerely thanks each and every one of you for your support during our first 20 years and look forward to seeing how far we can go over the next 20, as we strive towards our vision of a healthcare workforce that is reflective of and responsive to the needs of our local community.


We had the pleasure of honoring the following recipients at this year’s 20th anniversary who have played a significant role in the growth of our organization with their outstanding partnerships and dedication to serving our local area:


Community Partner Awards

  • HOPE Buffalo; accepted by Andrea Hamilton

  • Research Lab High School for Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, Buffalo Public School #366

  • University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions; accepted by Ebehitale Imhobio

  • Calming Nature Doula Service & Center; accepted by Shannon Johns

Individual Awards

  • Brooklyn Hunley & Jayda Cooper, co-recipients; High School Student of the Year

  • Naomi Frisch; Collegiate Student of the Year

  • Sunnii Sharpe; New Doula Excellence

  • Isaiah Gary; Inclusive and Connected Community

Distinguished Service Award

  • Danise Wilson; Former Director of Erie Niagara AHEC now Executive Director of Reproductive Health Access Project

Legacy Award

  • Dr. Mattie L. Rhodes, Erie Niagara AHEC Founding Board Member and Emeritus faculty in the Department of Nursing at the University of Buffalo School of Nursing.


Check out the slideshow below to see the 20th anniversary gala award recipients!



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