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About Endeavor

Endeavor Health Services is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development of accessible and effective services, driven towards improving the emotional wellness and behavioral health of residents of Western New York, Rochester, and the surrounding communities.

We are a highly-respected behavioral health organization, one of only 13 Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) located in New York State. This certification was granted due to Endeavor’s evidence-based and holistic practices. We embrace an “integrated treatment model,” where all issues related to behavioral health are coordinated seamlessly by the primary clinician, resulting in a consistent synergy of services.

We got our start almost 60 years ago, when the Federal Community Mental Health Center Act of 1963 and amendments in 1965 led to New York State’s plan for centers like Endeavor. The Erie County Department of Mental Health determined that these centers should be designed so that providers would give accountability to clients, communities, and established mental health authorities while minimizing disruptions of clients’ freedom of access to normal community life. The county was divided into six pie shaped divisions (catchment areas) radiating out of the city to cut across urban, suburban, and rural areas and to contain all socioeconomic groups to ensure equitable service. Each of these catchment areas was set up to be a manageable size for mental health planning and service delivery with approximately 200,000 people in each. Endeavor was directed to serve Catchment Area IV, which centered around Walden Avenue from Buffalo to Alden.

In December of 1972, Endeavor incorporated under the name Mid-Erie Mental Health Services, Inc. A board of directors was selected and convened, and in April of 1973 the first Executive Director, Dr. Albert Zavala, and twelve staff began the initial service delivery. Endeavor has since grown nearly twenty times that size, and has been served by the following Executive Directors:

Dr. George Dietz (1977-1986)

Michael Venezia (1986-1999)

Sarlyn Tate (1999-2006)

Elizabeth Mauro has been our Chief Executive Officer since 2006, and started with Endeavor Health Services as an intern.

In 2017, Mid-Erie Mental Health Services, Inc. rebranded and became Endeavor Health Services. We feel our new name and look represent the future of behavioral health services, and we’re proud to serve the communities that have continually supported us for so many years.

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About the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network

Founded in 2012, the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN) is the fifth largest health home in New York State. The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) recently named GBUAHN a Five-Star Health Home. Health homes like GBUAHN were established under the Affordable Care Act of 2010 to coordinate care for people with Medicaid who have two or more chronic health conditions, have a serious mental or behavioral health condition, and/or HIV/AIDS. This free service integrates all primary care, acute, behavioral health and long-term services and supports to treat the whole person. Care teams work closely with patients to get them all the services they need in the community. For more information on GBUAHN, visit

About the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Care Organization

Established in 2016, collaborative care sets an accountable care organization (ACO) apart from the system of health care that most patients are used to interacting with. In an ACO, your primary care doctor, along with any specialists other healthcare providers, will work together with you to address your health-related wants and needs. GBUACO aims to provide the right care at the right time in the right place. We believe that you, the patient, always have a voice. Our healthcare providers are ready to work with you to choose the best path to achieving your health and wellness, visit

About Urban Family Practice  / Urban Family Practice at Jefferson

We opened our doors to the community and began to provide quality health care on August 5th, 1996. Since that time, our office has expanded to include an array of health services.

Among other services, our site is fully-equipped and available to provide on-site lab services, x-rays, EKGs, spirometry tests, ultrasounds, venous doppler studies, holters, echos, stress tests and physical therapy. In addition, we offer on-site appointments for specialist’s consultations and follow-ups.

We are always expanding in this area of providing “quality and total health care under one roof.”

Dr. Raul Vazquez, M.D. and his entire staff and consulting specialists welcome you and your family to our facility. We are devoted to improving and maintaining your total health and well-being in a friendly, bilingual, comfortable, private practice setting. We are proudly the oldest and longest private practice on the west side of Buffalo, visit