The Healthy Communities 2030! Team kicks off its new fiscal year for 2020-21 by appointing Lucy Connery as the new Executive Director! Founder of the Wellness Institute and long-time Executive Director, Phil Haberstro, reflects on his 30+ year journey of Creating Healthy Communities in the Greater Buffalo & Western New York Region, stating “I am very excited to pass the baton to ‘LC’ and am confident she will manage and lead the Healthy Communities 2030! Initiative to do great things for our community health.”
Connery recently graduated from Daemen College’s Master of Public Health Department with dual degrees in Public Health and Spanish, with a concentration in Community Health Education. Not-native to WNY, the new Executive Director came from a small, rural town, Homer, NY, for schooling in Buffalo, and has chosen to stay in our community to enjoy and help to continuously improve the City of Good Neighbors! Connery has been with the Healthy Communities 2030! Team for over 18 months, and has demonstrated leadership and professionalism in her writing, presentations, education, and health promotion in our local communities.
Some of the Executive Director’s first responsibilities will include planning, implementing, and evaluating the WNY WALKS! Second Annual Walkability Summit in 2020, and continuing to partner with the CDC and Cicatelli Associates, Inc. on their REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) Project along the East Ferry Street Corridor. Healthy Communities 2030! was founded on values of collaboration, inclusion, and strategy in order to address community health comprehensively, and Connery will continue to demonstrate these values beginning in July 2020!
To get involved in the Healthy Communities 2030! Initiative, contact the HC2030! Team at (716) 851-4052 or BeActive@City-Buffalo.org.