The mission of the Center for Health and Social (CHSR) is to facilitate the initiation, implementation, and continuation of research and education at Buffalo State College on health and social problems, especially alcohol and drug abuse. To achieve this mission, CHSR competes for and attracts external resources to expand the overall capabilities of SUNY Buffalo State to provide quality education, scholarship, and service. CHSR studies both basic and applied research problems, in which community-based collaborations with service organizations, various governmental agencies, health professionals, and academics at other institutions are an integral component. Over $10,000,000 in support from federal, public, and private agencies has been awarded to the Center since its inception in 1997.
CHSR was founded at SUNY Buffalo State in 1997 by Dr. William F. Wieczorek, who continues to be the director. CHSR is a leader in researching critical issues such as drunk driving, suicide, violence, mental health, substance abuse, and educational reforms. CHSR regularly competes for and has secured funding from a wide variety of national, state, and local entities, while relying on the resources of SUNY Buffalo State for core services and support. Since about 2001, CHSR has become closely involved in behavioral health strategic planning, technical support, evaluation, and service provision in Western New York. The main focus has been on improving the impact of services and programs to prevent substance abuse and mental health problems.
In 2014, the Center for Development of Human Services and the Center for Health and Social Research were combined to form the Institute for Community Health Promotion (ICHP). ICHP’s mission focuses on the health and well-being of individuals—as well as larger communities—through the development and implementation of research and programming. The Institute also seeks to strengthen the influence of SUNY Buffalo State as a driver of health promotion.
CHSR produces research that is relevant to local, statewide, and national behavioral health issues. The main local focus is on Erie County, New York. Notably, CHSR is the lead organization for the West Side Youth Development Coalition, which is funded by a Drug Free Communities grant.
The academic programs housed within the School of Natural and Social Sciences, including those in the Center for Health and Social Research, actively seek to provide our students with the latest technologies and cutting edge, up-to-date intellectual experiences. To accomplish this goal, we depend upon the generosity of those who share our commitment to innovation and leadership in intellectual growth through discovery. Your donations support a wide array of opportunities for students in the Natural and Social Sciences -- from scholarships to internships, from equipment to travel.
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