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
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.
Hartford interns have gained field experience at a variety of
agencies in the Buffalo-Niagara region, including:
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
Regional seminars are required for HPPAE interns, but all MSW
students are invited to attend.