October 2000

Bernadette Hoppe

by Joseph RADDER

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Neither grass grows nor snow melts under Bernadette Hoppe’s feet. Her work at Buffalo Perinatal Network gets low-income women and children plugged into state subsidized insurance programs, a monumental task to reach as many as possible. In between, though, Bernadette serves on the Board of Directors for the Northwest Buffalo Community Health Center, Buffalo Neighborhood Network and A Squeaky Wheel. When she’s not tied up with those duties, she’s editing and publishing her magazine, a magazine geared to women in Western New York. That’s, of course, when she’s not producing and hosting “Focus on Women,” a public access TV show.

A native of Poughkeepsie, Bernadette attended UB, receiving a BA in Psychology and Women’s Studies, then continued on to obtain a Masters degree in the field of Women’s Studies. All this knowledge returns to the UB classroom, where she teaches courses in the program, and occasionally at SUNY Brockport, as well. Not content just to attend classes, she joined the US Army Reserves, serving for 4 years.

“My experience is in women’s health, marketing and education to traditionally underserved populations,” writes Bernadette. “I love working in non-profit health care and working to ensure that all people have access to it.” Further to her credit in the field, Bernadette works with the Lesbian Health Care Project and Elder Action in Gay and Lesbian Environments.
So what does she do on her days off? Well, there’s sewing, jewelry crafting, and organizing an annual women’s arts and music festival called “Women’s Gifts,” showcasing local woman artisans.

Joseph Radder is a freelance writer.


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