The HPPAE is a national initiative to recruit and train the next generation of social workers by transforming how geriatric education is taught in Masters of Social Work programs nationwide. The program equips social workers with the knowledge, skills and competencies to improve care and well-being of older adults and their families.

Partnering with community agencies

HPPAE is anchored by partnerships between universities and community-based agencies that develop their own local model to best fit their needs.

At its heart is a unique fieldwork model that rotates students through different agencies so they gain a rich understanding of the full spectrum of aging and the diverse services that older adults and their caregivers need.

Students in the UB program will experience a minimum of three distinct models of service delivery and programming for older adults within an agency setting.

Internship opportunities

Hartford interns have gained field experience at a variety of agencies in the Buffalo-Niagara region, including:

A regional network of experts

The UB program is part of a larger, regional network called the Buffalo-Rochester Consortium for Gerontological Social Work.

Consortium-wide seminars are conducted via distance learning technology and feature presentations by field educators who serve as “master teachers” and introduce both the issues and diverse populations found within their specialties in the Buffalo-Rochester region.

Regional seminars are required for HPPAE interns, but all MSW students are invited to attend.

Questions? Contact:

Louann Bakk

Clinical Assistant Professor


Margie Quartley

Assistant Director of Field Education