Welcome to GBUCBO


a 501c3 community-based non-profit organization that is dedicated to addressing health inequalities and the social determinants of health within Black and Brown communities in Buffalo, NY. We believe that every individual has the right to live a healthy and fulfilling life, and it is our mission to empower and support those who have been historically marginalized and disadvantaged in accessing quality healthcare.

The Greater Buffalo United Community Based Organization (GBU)

is dedicated to promoting health equity and addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) in Western New York. Through research, education, and advocacy, GBU works to ensure that all members of the community have the opportunity to live healthy, fulfilling lives.

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One of the key issues GBU focuses on is the impact of racial and ethnic disparities on health outcomes. As discussed in “Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care,” these disparities can have serious consequences for patients, leading to poorer health outcomes and even premature death. GBU works to address these disparities by advocating for policies that promote equitable access to healthcare and addressing the root causes of these inequities.

However, GBU recognizes that healthcare is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to promoting health equity. As outlined in “The Social Determinants of Health: A Political Economy Perspective,” factors such as economic status, education, and living conditions can also have a significant impact on an individual’s health. GBU works to address these SDOH through a variety of initiatives, including supporting access to affordable housing, promoting education and job training programs, and advocating for policies that address economic inequality.

GBU also recognizes the importance of actively combating racism in order to promote health equity. As discussed in “Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups,” racism can have both direct and indirect impacts on health, and addressing it is crucial to creating a more equitable society. GBU works with community members to educate them about the ways in which racism can impact health and to provide tools and resources for combating it.

Through its efforts, GBU hopes to create a Western New York where all members of the community have the opportunity to live healthy, fulfilling lives, regardless of their race or ethnicity. By addressing the social determinants of health and actively combating racism, GBU is working to reduce health disparities and promote health equity for all.

Mission and Vision for the GBUCBO to guide its efforts in deploying social determinants to improve health outcomes in USA, South America and Africa.


The GBUCBO is committed to improving health outcomes in USA, South America and Africa by addressing social determinants through sustainable and equitable solutions. Our mission is to promote access to health-promoting resources and reduce health inequities for vulnerable populations in USA, South America and Africa .


Our vision is a USA, South America and Africa where all individuals have access to the social, economic, and environmental resources needed to achieve optimal health and well-being. We envision a world where social determinants are no longer a barrier to good health and where all communities are empowered to address their own health needs in a sustainable and equitable manner.



  • Equity: We believe in creating a fair and just society where everyone has access to the resources they need to achieve good health.
  • Empowerment: We believe in empowering communities to take ownership of their health and well-being by promoting participatory decision-making and capacity building.
  • Sustainability: We believe in promoting long-term solutions that are economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable.
  • Collaboration: We believe in working in partnership with local communities, governments, and healthcare providers to create meaningful change.

Through these values, we will work towards our mission and vision, and continue to support USA, South America and Africa in achieving improved health outcomes through addressing social determinants.

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GBUCBO Promoting Health Equity

Mission and Vision of GBUCBO: A Commitment to Health Equity

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St Bonaventure with Out Borders Program

The St Bonaventure Students with Out Borders program is an excellent example of what can be accomplished when people come together to make a difference. Every year, GBUCBO sponsors a group of students to provide free medical care to those in need in the Dominican Republic. From March 18-25, 2023, the program provided free medical care to 3-400 patients and free food to 100 families.

This program has had a profound impact on the Dominican people. In many cases, this was the first time the patients had seen a doctor in many years. St Bonaventure students were able to diagnose and treat a wide range of illnesses, ranging from infections to chronic conditions. Furthermore, they provided preventative care, such as vaccinations and health education.

However, the program did not end there. Additionally, St Bonaventure students provided free food to families in need. It is an essential service in a country where many people struggle to make ends meet. As a result of providing this support, the students were able to make a real difference in the lives of these families.

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OUR MISSION, To transform health care by removing barriers created by social determinants of health in underserved communities.

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Values of CBO are Collaboration, Openness, Respect and Empowerment. Healthcare is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to promoting health equity.


GBUCBO Main Office:
555 Niagara St, Buffalo NY 14201

Contact Us: 716 440-2566
Monday to Friday : 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM


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