Joanne E. Haefner joined the Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2014.
Working in health care for more than 25 year, she is currently the executive director for the Neighborhood Health Center, formerly Northwest Buffalo Community Health Center, which is the oldest Federally Qualified Health Center in Erie County. Under Joanne’s leadership, NHC has grown significantly and expanded its footprint from three locations to four providing primary care, dental, behavioral health, nutrition, podiatry, pharmacy services on site, and health care to anyone residing in underserved and other designated communities in the Buﬀalo Niagara region, regardless of ability to pay. In 2018, NHC provided 100,000 visits to more than 25,000 patients.
As the CEO, Haefner is responsible for carrying out the organization’s vision for improving the health and health care needs of the community. She also continues a weekly clinical practice seeing patients at the Neighborhood Health Center.
Haefner holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing, a master’s degree and a Family Nurse Practitioner degree from D’Youville College. Additionally, she completed a Healthcare Leadership Fellowship through the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York in 2009.
Among other volunteer activities, she served as the board president of Ronald McDonald House Charity of western New York and past chair of the Safety Net Association of Primary Care Providers (SNAPCAP). Haefner is an activist for focusing on 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.
She is a resident of Kenmore, NY.