The Buffalo Center for Health Equity has a mission to eliminate race, economic, and geographic-based health inequities in Western New York by changing the social and economic conditions that cause illness and shorten lives among the sickest of the region.
Both the Buffalo Center for Health Equity and the UB Community Health Equity Research Institute have their roots in the African-American Health Equity Task Force, which was formed in 2014, and is a growing group of concerned citizens who have come together across, racial, professional and educational backgrounds to bring change to our community.
The Center’s activities are based on four pillars or cores to eliminate health inequitie: Community Engagement, Research, Policy Development, and Advocacys. Working collaboratively with community members and organizations as well as the public and faith-based sectors, the Center is advancing this multi-level agenda.
The work of the Buffalo Center for Health Equity focuses primarily in the 14204, 14206, 14211, 14212, 14215 ZIP codes where African Americans are dying at three times the rate as their white counterparts. Like in many American cities, the health inequities affecting Buffalonians, are the downstream effect of poverty, failing schools, high unemployment, low property values, poor access to public transportation, absence of grocery stores, lead contamination in homes, brownfields, and poor access to healthcare. These social and economic conditions are the primary drivers of health.
The vision of the Buffalo Center for Health Equity is that Buffalo will lead New York and the nation in achieving racial and ethnic health equity in our region.