About Us

Community Health Speaks is an initiative that has brought together a diverse group of individuals, including dedicated faculty from the University at Buffalo (UB), Buffalo's key community centers, and residents from various backgrounds. Our mission is clear: to bridge the divide between the scientific community and those from historically marginalized communities. We are driven by a deep commitment to inclusivity and equity. To achieve this, we've formed a collaborative network that extends its reach across sectors. Our stakeholders include non-profit organizations, influential community centers, respected clergy members, and esteemed academics. Together, we have created a platform for meaningful dialogue and action on vital health and wellness issues.

Our primary goal is to raise awareness about health disparities and the transformative potential of research within our community. We understand that the power of research can only be fully harnessed when everyone has a seat at the table. That's why we are dedicated to engaging individuals from all walks of life, encouraging them to actively participate in discussions about research designs, implementation strategies, and outcomes.

By doing so, we ensure that our community is not only involved but also informed about the scientific developments that hold relevance for them. At Community Health Speaks, we are more than just an initiative; we are a movement for change, advocating for a healthier, more informed, and more equitable future for all residents of Buffalo.

Join us in this journey of transformation as we work together to create a brighter and healthier tomorrow, where knowledge and opportunity are accessible to everyone, regardless of their background or circumstances. Together, we can truly make a difference.

Our Initiatives:

Community Workshops: We believe that knowledge is power. Through engaging and accessible workshops, we empower individuals with the information they need to make informed decisions about their health. Our workshops cover everything from the basics of genetics to understanding complex health disparities.

Health Equity: We are driven by a fundamental belief in equitable healthcare access. Our mission is to identify and address disparities that affect underserved communities. We work tirelessly to ensure that healthcare is a universal right, not a privilege.

Genome Education: Genetics can be complex, but it doesn't have to be confusing. Our genome education initiative seeks to demystify genetics and genomics, making this vital field of science accessible to all. We provide resources and support for individuals to navigate the world of genetics and make informed choices about their health.

Environmental & Social Justice: We recognize the interconnectedness of health, the environment, and social justice. Our advocacy extends to issues of environmental and social justice that impact health outcomes. We actively engage in conversations and actions that promote a healthier, fairer world.

Partnerships & Collaborations: We understand the power of collective action. That's why we forge partnerships and collaborations with organizations, academics, and advocates who share our vision. Together, we work towards creating a future where everyone can enjoy good health and well-being.