Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education

Janelle Thiessen, MSW ’07, participated in the Total Aging in Place Program at the Weinberg Campus

The Hartford Partnership Program in Aging Education (HPPAE) is a unique and exciting opportunity that is designed to enhance students’ direct practice and leadership skills in gerontology.

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.

Questions? Contact:

Louanne Bakk
Clinical Assistant Professor

Margie Quartley
Assistant Director of Field Education

Internship opportunities

Hartford interns have had field experience at a variety of agencies in the Buffalo Niagara region, including:
  • Amherst Center for Senior Services
  • Alzheimer’s Association of WNY
  • Legal Services for the Elderly
  • Greenfields Continuum of Care
  • Fallon Health-Weinberg
  • Complete Senior Care
  • The Maguire Group Journey’s Program
  • Hospice of Buffalo
  • Schofield Health Care

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.

Submit an Application for the Hartford Partnership for Aging Education Program

Download the application instructions