In summer 2013, University at Buffalo signed an MOU with the Indian Health Service committing the university to the tasks of improving the health of the indigenous people of Western New York and making active efforts to improve access to UB for Native students. I have served as the dean’s point person for the execution of this MOU. My work to date has been focussed on reaching out to the Six Nations, making them aware of UB’s interest in forming partnerships, and working with the Indian Health Service to identify potentially important UB services and programs that could be directed toward improving the health of indigenous people.
Tours of the Brain Museum are given on the South Campus to adults and schools, both local and distant. Tours involve viewing brain specimens in our museum and educational discussion about brain function and brain disorders.
UB on the Green is a free, outdoor, family-friendly festival of music, dance and fun, celebrating summer in the South Campus neighborhood. Community residents bring their own lawn chairs, food and drinks to Hayes Hall Lawn, and enjoy great entertainment, hands-on activities, and dynamic demonstrations and workshops. UB on the Green features an exciting theme each night, including “Unity in the Community & Health Care Fair Night,” “Arts & Culture Night” and “Athletics Night.”
Act as medical consultant to project providing education and program evaluation to refugee women in Erie County.
Conduct forensic exams of asylum seekers and refugees for court testimony. Medical students act as scribes, schedule all exams and are involved in evaluation research.
High-Tech CEL provides support and guidance to key team members of early-stage and established companies pursuing the high-tech and life sciences commercialization pathway through a combination of interactive educational sessions, mentoring and networking opportunities with other entrepreneurs and people important to long-term success, such as investors.
Students volunteer at a free clinic that provides physical exams to those in need.
Students volunteer at a free medical clinic located in Vive La Casa, which is a shelter for undocumented refugees seeking asylum. Free primary care is offered to adults and children who are staying in the shelter.
Students volunteer at a faith-based clinic located in Cornerstone Manor, a homeless shelter for women and children. Primary medical care is provided free of charge to the women and children staying in the shelter.
Students volunteer to serve in various capacities at Good Neighbors Health Care. This is a faith-based free clinic in Buffalo’s lower east side. It provides free health care to those without health insurance. Specific services include primary care, dental care, optometry exams (with free eyeglasses), chiropractic care, health education, mental health counseling and assistance with applying for health insurance.