Joanne E. Haefner

Joanne E. Haefner joined the Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2013.

Working in healthcare for more than 30 years, Joanne Haefner, FNP is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Neighborhood Health Center of WNY, Inc., the region’s longest tenured Federally Qualified Health Center in Erie County. Under Joanne’s leadership, the Health Center has experienced significant growth with an expanded footprint that includes four brick and mortar locations and one mobile unit providing primary care, dental, behavioral health, nutrition, podiatry, pharmacy services on site, and healthcare to anyone residing in underserved and other designated communities in the Buffalo-Niagara region, regardless of ability to pay. Currently, Neighborhood Health Center is the primary care home to more than 25,000 Western New Yorkers.

As CEO, Joanne is responsible for carrying out the organization’s vision for improving the health and health care needs of the community. She also continues her clinical practice by seeing patients at the Health Center.

Joanne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, a master’s degree and a Family Nurse Practitioner degree from D’Youville College. She is a recipient of the D’Youville Delta Sigma Award and an inductee of the Marguerite D’Youville honor society. Additionally, she completed a Healthcare Leadership Fellowship through the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York in 2009, and in 2018 was awarded Business First’s Health Care Leader of Excellence award.

Among other volunteer activities, Joanne served as the board president of Ronald McDonald House Charity of Western New York. She currently serves on the board of the Univera Healthcare Regional Advisory Committee, Community Health Care Association of New York State and Health Foundation for Western and Central NY, and past president and current board member of the Safety Net Association of Primary Care Providers (SNAPCAP). Joanne is an activist for social justice and equity, the needs of the whole patient, implementing models of care that engage the patient and the family with a strong emphasis on teaching self-care, and advocating for projects that build a stronger community.