Community Engagement

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The Center for Successful Aging (UBCSA) is committed to fostering a transdisciplinary approach to topics in aging, meaning that we prioritize meaningful community participation in each of the pillars of our mission: research, education, programming, and service. 

Buffalo and Erie County

The University at Buffalo has goals to deepen its impact and outreach in the regional community and strengthen programs and partnerships that contribute to the social, cultural and economic vitality of Western New York. In addition, the University sets forth to align strategically the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the other health science schools with key health-related and research partners to improve health-care outcomes for the region. 

The Center for Successful Aging parallels the University's goals to ensure the scholarly and clinical activities of the Center not only benefit and include the community in our region, but that the goals and vision are informed and driven, in part, by our own community needs.  

Community Partnerships

UB CSA has existing partnerships with the City of Buffalo Division of Senior Services, Erie County Department of Senior Services, AARP-NY, the Buffalo African American Health Disparities Task Force, and and the collaborative network of organizations in Western New York that make up Age Friendly Erie County.  

Through these and other already well-established community-based research partnerships the Center advances community engagement throughout its activities:

  • Community engagement in research - research priorities, participation, knowledge translation, implementation 
  • Community engagement in education and training - learning in the community, lived experiences in the classroom, training with community members.
  • Community engagement in programming where community members are included in events not just to listen and attend but to present and inform.

Ideas for further community engagement are always welcome.  Please contact Brittany Perez, director of community engagement at bperez4@buffalo.edu, with your ideas or opportunities.