2023 Health Equity Education Summer Program

Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute and Collaborative Center for Social Innovation have partnered to offer a comprehensive and innovative opportunity to youth ages 16-18 in the summer of 2023.  Students will work in teams to develop a solution to the overarching question: “How can we improve cardiovascular disease rates in WNY?”.

Throughout the program, youth innovators will:

  • Learn through transdisciplinary academics to understand the social determinants of health, as well as the historical, nutritional, and cultural drivers of cardiovascular disease rates in WNY;
  • Practice laboratory techniques such as dissections, modeling, and protein purification;
  • Develop social-emotional skills such as empathy, communication, collaboration, and self-awareness; and
  • Engage community members and medical professionals to ideate, iterate, and present a data-based, yet human-centric solution to their health equity question.

This program will run Monday-Thursday from July 10-August 24 from 9am-2pm. Our home base will be at Villa Maria College, however, in throughout the program we may also visit our partners at Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Jacob’s Institute, Roswell Park, UB NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, and the Buffalo Museum of Science.

This program is eligible for 3 sociology credits through Villa Maria College at no cost to participants. (College credit is optional.)

Standard Applicants 

This program will accept up to 20 students, ages 16-18. This program is in person and currently does not offer a virtual model.

In addition to completing the application below, please have a teacher, counselor, or mentor (non-relative) submit a letter of recommendation to connect@collaborativecenterforsocialinnovation.org.

Questions? Please contact Nicole Terranova at nterranova@hwi.buffalo.edu