Health and Wellness

UB’s students, faculty and staff throughout the health sciences are continuously addressing the health and wellness needs of our surrounding communities. Students, faculty and clinicians provide year-round public medical clinics and engage in programs and initiatives that seek to foster and advance health and wellness throughout Western New York.

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  • Buffalo Outreach and Community Assistance (BOCA)

    Buffalo Outreach and Community Assistance (BOCA) is an international public health organization that recruits students and dental professionals to promote dental education and implement free dental care in those areas of the world that lack adequate access to care. The word BOCA, which means “mouth” in Spanish, signifies our dedication to oral health care, as well as our goal of advocating for more universal access to dental care worldwide. 


    The CARES Program (Counseling, Advocacy, Referral, Education, and Service), a nationally recognized collaboration between the University at Buffalo schools of Dental Medicine and Social Work, was created as an innovative solution to address access to oral health care issues faced by a diverse population in Western New York.

  • Center for Assistive Technology (CAT)


    The Center for Assistive Technology (CAT) Client Services team provides awareness of the use of Assistive Technology (AT). They help people of all ages with various disabilities, illnesses and functional impairments apply AT for daily living, school, work, recreational and leisure activities. Their services can help people live more independent lives and also facilitate improved health, wellness and disease prevention. The program serves many counties in WNY, and is a part of the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions.


  • Clean Sweep

    Through the Clean Sweep program, dental students help reduce crime and improve the quality of life in some of the most challenged neighborhoods throughout the City of Buffalo.

  • Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab

    The Food Systems Planning and Healthy Community Lab is dedicated to research that critically examines the role of planning and policy in facilitating sustainable food systems and healthy communities. Under the leadership of Dr. Samina Raja, Associate Professor, the ‘Food Lab’ team conducts research, builds capacity of planners through education and training, and engages in community-based efforts to build sustainable food systems and healthy communities.

  • Human Rights Initiative

    This student-run organization helps facilitate medical and psychiatric forensic evaluations for survivors of torture and political violence who are seeking asylum in the United States.

  • Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care (ITTIC)

    ITTIC provides research and training for organizations regarding trauma and trauma-informed care through evaluation, trauma-specific treatment interventions, training, technical assistance, research and consultation.

  • Lighthouse Free Medical Clinic

    This nonprofit, drop-in clinic provides free, routine health care and preventive services to uninsured patients on Buffalo’s East Side. It is entirely managed and funded through the work of eight UB medical students each year, working in partnership with the community service organization Group Ministries.

  • Mobile Dental Van

    UB's School of Dental Medicine has served the oral health care needs of Chautauqua County’s children for 15 years with its school-based mobile dental van. Thanks to a federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration and gifts from the Lenna Foundation and the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, the school has been able to purchase S-Miles To Go, a state-of-the-art mobile dental unit equipped with three dental chairs.

  • OpiEducate

    OpiEducate provides resources to students in order to prevent opioid abuse. This initiative was developed by UB students from the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences who partnered with students from Sacred Heart Academy to prevent opioid abuse and addiction through education. 

  • Prescription for Warmth

    Prescription for Warmth (P4W) was founded by UB medical students in 2016 and uses 100 percent of the funds donated by the community to purchase hats, gloves and socks in bulk. This nonprofit organization provides hats, gloves and socks for frostbite victims and those in need in Buffalo area hospitals and free clinics.