Katharine McLaughlin


Katharine (Kate) McLaughlin is the communications director at the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York, an independent private foundation based in Buffalo, NY with a second office in Syracuse, NY.


As communications director, she leads strategic communications efforts to advance the mission of the Health Foundation and support and promote a wide variety of foundation activities and initiatives, including Aging by Design, Health Leadership Fellows and StoryGrowing.


Before joining the Health Foundation, Kate served as public information officer at Erie Community College and as editor of the Cheektowaga Bee newspaper.


She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications and a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from St. Bonaventure University.


Recent Posts by Katharine McLaughlin

Improving Older Adults’ Health: Creating Solutions With—Not For—Them

Why not take the time to ask older adults and caregivers about their everyday experiences and memorable moments to gain better insight into their needs? In this how-to post, a foundation describes its Aging by Design initiative.

Addressing “Triggers Of Decline” In Older Adults’ Physical, Cognitive, Or Mental Health

A foundation in New York State and Syracuse University have developed a model focusing on risk factors that may bring about decline in once healthy older adults.

Preventing Older Adults From Falling: Evaluation Of A New York Foundation’s Initiative Shows Success

A foundation's initiative in seven counties in New York State saw some encouraging results in the rates of older adults hospitalized because of falls.

The State Of Medicaid In New York: Progress And The Road To Value-Based Payments

Jason Helgerson, New York State Medicaid director, spoke to some health and human services providers about the Medicaid Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program. The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York sponsored the event.

Getting the Word Out about New York State’s Health Plan Marketplace: One Foundation’s Experience

Well-known singer Billy Joel may have written a song about being in a “New York State of Mind” years ago, but today state officials are hoping that more than one million uninsured New Yorkers will soon be in “NY State of Health,” the state’s official health plan marketplace (exchange) under the...

Report from New York State: What Is Ahead for Medicaid and Medicare?

GrantWatch Blog invited this staffer from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York to report on two community forums it held earlier this month in Buffalo and Syracuse. With the presidential election over and major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) going into effect just...