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From the ground up: Addressing Buffalo’s health disparities

University at Buffalo

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A formal connection between the Center for Urban Studies and the Community Health Equity Research Institute at UB is sharpening the focus on Buffalo’s built environment and its impact on the city’s social determinants of health.

To effect transformational change in Buffalo, UB’s Center for Urban Studies is joining the Community Health Equity Research Institute

Ellen Goldbaum

Read the full article from University at Buffalo, here.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – To more powerfully address and reverse Buffalo’s entrenched health disparities, a University at Buffalo center dedicated to regenerating underdeveloped neighborhoods is joining the Community Health Equity Research Institute at UB.

“The Harder We Run” Panel Discussion

In case you missed the panel discussion for the Center’s most recent report, “The Harder We Run”, here is a zoom recording of the panel discussion:

Mark Scheer interviews researcher Henry-Louis Taylor on new report

Reporter Mark Scheer interviews Henry-Louis Taylor, director of the Center for Urban Studies, on “The Harder We Run: The State of Black Buffalo in 1990 and the Present,” a 2021 report to the Buffalo Center for Health Equity.

Lottery for $500 monthly checks part of proposal for Buffalo’s stimulus spending

Deidre Williams

Read the full article from Buffalo News here.

“That’s a joke: $500 for 1,600 families that are probably making about $15,000 or $16,000 dollars a year?” Taylor said.

Some 68% of African-American residents in the city are renters, along with about 78% of the Latino population and 62% of the Asian-American community, he said, citing census figures.

“These families are faced with two issues: They’re paying 40, 50, 60% of their income on housing, and … many of these families, especially those who don’t own a car, have almost no money left over to do anything with,” Taylor said.


Faculty weigh in on Chauvin verdict, fight for equality

UBNow Staff

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“This victory reflected the people’s power. It was made possible by the millions who drew a line in the sand and said ‘enough.’ But history teaches us, the retrogressive forces in this country will resist. Even as they say, ‘justice was served, and this is the beginning of a new beginning,’ they will block efforts to defund the police and recreate policing as we know it. These same forces will fight reforms to improve the quality of neighborhood life among Blacks, Indigenous and people of color. They will work tirelessly to maintain the status quo. And the fightback will continue. The people will build on this ‘shining moment.’ The people will continue to the quest for that day when BIPOC will cry ‘free at last, free at last.’ This victory will cause them to keep the faith and raise the battle cry, ‘Remember George Floyd. Power to the People.’”

New UB website aims to help reverse health inequities in Buffalo

Ellen Goldbaum

Read the full article from UBNow here.

“‘The partnership between the task force and the Community Health Equity Research Institute was instrumental in partially mitigating the deadly impact of the pandemic in communities of color in Buffalo,’ Murphy says. The vision of the website was guided chiefly by contributions from three members of the institute’s Steering Committee: Henry Louis Taylor Jr., professor of urban and regional planning, School of Architecture and Planning, and associate director of the institute; Kelly Wofford, community engagement coordinator in UB’s Center for Nursing Research in the School of Nursing; and Christopher St. Vil, assistant professor in the School of Social Work.”

Marijuana legalization in NY to lead to automatic expungement of some drug convictions

Tiffany Cusaac-Smith

Read the full article from Democrat and Chronicle here.

“Henry Louis Taylor Jr., director of the University at Buffalo Center for Urban Studies,said expungement ‘begins to close the road from the neighborhood to the jail.’ But to create substantive change, he said, the funding set aside in the legislation must include connecting people who were incarcerated to job opportunities and other resources, as well as repairing harms done to communities by marijuana prohibition.The changes, he said, that need to come from funding have to be transformative and may include items such as housing subsidies for communities and cooperatives.Importantly,he said, the community should have a say in how the money is spent.”

Race and multicultural experts and area residents weigh-in on Rob Lederman’s use of a racial slur

Angelica Morrison

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“Experts say the racial slur is meant to describe people who are mixed race and it dates back to slavery and the practice of raping female slaves. ‘Rape was institutionalized, and it meant that women were the plaything of the plantation owner to be taken whenever he chose to. As I always say, when I look in the mirror I see the color of rape,’ said Henry Louis Taylor Jr., UB director of the university’s Center for urban studies. ‘It’s a reminder of a time when African American women had no control over their bodies.'”

Dynamic student + committed med school = real progress on equity

Rod Watson

Read the full article from The Buffalo News here.

“Collier credits the medical school’s interdisciplinary Health in the Neighborhood course taught by instructors including Henry L. Taylor Jr., director of UB’s Center for Urban Studies, and the Rev. Kinzer M. Pointer of the African American Health Equity Task Force…She ticked off a number of such social and economic issues that can impact health: redlining, older homes with lead paint, transportation inequities that make it hard to seek care, living in a food desert or a neighborhood that makes it impractical to exercise. ‘You can’t say to a person, “Go run outside” if they don’t have sidewalks,’ Collier said.”

Will the Current Focus on Black Lives Matter Lead To Lasting Change?

Katti Gray

Read the full article from Diverse Issues in Education here.

“Every sphere — academe, government, business, sports, religion, legal, etcetera — ‘must commit to changing the way they look and function,’ Dr. Lori Martin, interim director of Louisiana State University’s African and African American Studies Program, told Diverse via email. ‘They must be prepared to disrupt and dismantle the policies and practices that perpetuate anti-Black sentiments and demonstrate a commitment that is lifelong.'”

Henry Taylor is a tireless advocate for racial justice through urban planning

Liya Rachal Chandy

Read the full article on the UB School of Architecture and Planning website here.

“As an advocate for centering the work of black heterogeneous communities, [Taylor] urges planners to delve into the mundane, the day-to-day realities of a single mother raising two children, and the varying challenges of multi-generational Black households. In the context of the pandemic and the fight against health disparities he plays a pivotal role as associate director of The Community Health Equity Research Institute, which brings UB faculty members and community leaders in Buffalo to address the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on communities of color.​”

Rachel Lindsay Discusses Chris Harrison’s Apology and ‘Explicit’ Versus ‘Implicit’ Racism

Korin Miller

Read the full article from Parade here.

Being aware that implicit racism exists is crucial, Dr. Taylor says. But, he adds, it’s also important for people to “engage in a lot of self-education.” “I think every white person should have a book on Blacks and Latinx that they read,” Dr. Taylor says. He specifically cites the book, Black Power: The Politics of Liberation, as a good option. Dr. Taylor also urges businesses and schools to host workshops on the issues of racism and bias. “The level of awareness about these kinds of issues is terrible,” he says.

Opponents: School zone speed cameras target ‘Buffalo’s most impoverished residents’

Deidre Williams

Read the full article from Buffalo News here.

“‘We can find no evidence that these speed zone cameras are saving people’s lives, making life safer and making the world better for the children anywhere, not just here in Buffalo. There’s no data to support that. But what there is data to support … revenue generation,’ Taylor said. ‘It’s nothing more than a revenue grabbing scheme … designed to bilk the African American community from resources.'”

Surgery launches anti-racism, health care equity initiative with West lecture

Ellen Goldbaum

Read the full article from UBNow here.

“Cornel West, Harvard University professor, bestselling author, political activist and public intellectual, will speak via Zoom at “Beyond the Knife,” the initiative’s first public event, from 4-5 p.m. on Feb. 18. This event is free and open to the public. Register and submit questions for the question-and-answer session online.”

Buffalo-made ‘The Blackness Project,’ now on Amazon Prime, keeps dialogue open on race relations

Randy Schiff

Read the full article from Buffalo News here.

“University at Buffalo professor Henry Louis Taylor Jr., who narrates the film, contributes considerably to the documentary. Taylor rivetingly condemns Americans’ fateful choice after the Civil War to support ex-Confederates’ interests rather than build up Black Americans’ opportunities, and provides a poignant concluding call to pursue social justice.”

Crumbling Investments: Effort by city to revitalize Homewood has resulted in lingering neglect and frustration

Ashley Murray and Joel Jacobs

Read the full article from Pittsburgh-Post Gazette here.

“‘In this case, I would argue that the city is a slumlord that is consciously participating in the underdevelopment of the community,’ said Henry Louis Taylor Jr., a professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and associate director of the Community Health Equity Research Institute at the University of Buffalo.”

Antoine Thompson Q&A: Promoting Housing in Democracy with the National Association of Real Estate Brokers


Read the full article from MGIC Connects here.

“‘Looking back, who served as role models to you, and what did you learn from them?‘ ‘One of my role models is Dr. Henry Taylor, director of the UB Center of Urban Studies, because of his strong commitment to urban policy and his advocacy for building civic capacity to effect community change. Another is R. Donahue Peebles, who inspires me because of his success in real estate and his understanding of the role of politics in development and building wealth.'”

A snapshot of Homewood history

Ashley Murray

Read the full article from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette here.

“Henry Louis Taylor, Jr., whose research at the University of Buffalo focuses on distressed urban neighborhoods and the health of those who live there, said the trajectory of Homewood follows a familiar pattern. ‘In American cities and suburbs, the way you increase residential land value under the current system in the country [is] as whiteness and social-class exclusivity increases, values go up. As Blackness and people of color increase and social inclusivity increases, values go down,’ he said.”