The University at Buffalo has launched the UB Community Health Equity Research Institute, which will conduct research addressing root causes of health disparities among people who live in Buffalo’s East Side. The institute’s activities also include developing and testing innovative solutions to eliminate health inequities in the region.
This inter-professional community of faculty, students and community partners will perform research that employs a community participatory research model to inform regional health and social policy. The vision of the institute is to ensure wellness and social well-being for all people in Buffalo, including people of color residing in underserved neighborhoods and those more likely to have serious, chronic and often preventable diseases, and significantly higher mortality rates.
By uniting UB researchers with a broad range of expertise, the institute aims to negate the effects of decades of federal and local policies that have created racial, residential and educational segregation and disinvestment in communities of color.
The institute comprises faculty and students from 10 UB schools, including the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions. It will also leverage the expertise and resources of UB’s Community for Global Health Equity, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Office of Research Advancement.
Three strategies will guide the institute’s work: