WHAT: A free public workshop sponsored by the University
at Buffalo Civic Engagement and Public Policy (CEPP) Research
Initiative. Participants will propose and discuss new
community-based participatory research projects to improve health
in Buffalo and Western New York.
WHO: Members of the community, nonprofits, UB
students and faculty members.
WHEN: Friday, May 17, 9-11 a.m.
WHERE: UB’s Downtown Gateway (the former M. Wile
building), Room 208, 77 Goodell St., Buffalo. On-site
contact: Laura Mangan, 716-645-5376, Lmangan@buffalo.edu
- The workshop will introduce the concept of community-based
participatory research and discuss prior successful Western New
York projects designed and conducted by UB faculty members,
students, community partners.
- An address and discussion, “Community-Based
Participatory Research and Asset-Based Community Development”
led by Deborah Puntenney, associate director, Asset-Based Community
Development Institute, and research associate professor,
The community-based participatory research (CBCR) movement
develops projects to, for example, determine causes of specific
illnesses, assess community organizing and policy advocacy on
environmental justice, prevent lead exposure among children, help
promote the transitioning of disabled people out of nursing homes
and into the community and hundreds of other projects that have
benefited communities in Western New York and throughout the
The CBPR process begins with the selection of a research topic
of importance to the community. It aims to combine knowledge with
action to achieve social change that will improve health outcomes
and eliminate health disparities. It is an approach to research
that equitably involves all partners in the research process and
recognizes the unique strengths that each brings.