Public health advocate Meredith Minkler speaking at UB's
Clinical and Translational Research Center on October 2nd.
UB and community sponsors including the Clean Air Coalition of
Western New York presented a public lecture last week by
pioneering public health advocate Meredith Minkler, professor of
health and social behavior in the School of Public Health, Division
of Community Health and Human Development, at the University of
Her talk, “Building Healthy Environments in Diverse
Settings: The Value Added by Community-Engaged Research,”
took place on Oct. 2 at UB’s Clinical and Translational
Research Center, 875 Ellicott St., Buffalo.
Minkler explored the value and challenges of scientific studies
that engage communities in the research process, and the role this
work plays in developing healthy environments, particularly for
communities that often are overlooked. Among these are communities
of disability, non-English speaking communities and environmental
justice communities with the greatest need of protection from
environmental and health hazards.
Following her talk, Minkler met with graduate students and
faculty in the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions.
She took part in a working dinner with faculty and community
stakeholders to discuss funded research that includes
community-based partnerships in the broad areas of public health,
environmental health and justice, and public policy.
Minkler is a noted scholar and public health expert who
co-authored the first major U.S. study on community-based
participatory research in the health field. She has more than 30
years of experience in developing and implementing community
partnerships, community organizing and community-based
participatory research that engages with diverse community groups,
including the low-income elderly, people with disabilities, youth
and women of color.
The talk was sponsored by the Peter and Elizabeth Tower
Foundation, the School of Public Health and Health Professions, UB
Civic Engagement and Public Policy Research Initiative (which
supports community-engaged research), UB schools of Nursing and
Social Work, UB Department of Family Medicine, the Clinical and
Translational Research Center and Roswell Park Cancer
Institute’s Office of Cancer Health Disparities Research.
Co-sponsors are the Partnership for the Public Good and the UB Food
Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab.