Information regarding our 2016 Workshop will be posted soon!

Past Workshop:

roundtableHome Health Innovations:
Bridging Research and Practice

May 15, 2014
8:30 AM – 4:15 PM

Center for Home Health and Well-Being through Smart Adaptive
Environments (Home-BASE)

University at Buffalo, SUNY
Student Union
Amherst, NY

Registration is now closed

If you have questions, please contact Victor Paquet at

Innovations in home health are changing the way healthcare is delivered in the United States and abroad.  Home health devices and environmental supports are creating lifestyle choices that improve individual health, support independence for aging or functionally limited populations, and reduce health care costs.

This free 1-day workshop brings together researchers, practitioners  and community advocates who want to impact public health via home health innovations. Our goal is to create new partnerships between UB, the WNY community and other agencies to advance research and practice in home health.  Breakout Group Sessions will focus on funded 2014-2015 grant opportunities for workshop participants.  

Keynote Speakers

The workshop will have two distinguished keynote speakers:

TilakDuttaTilak Dutta, Ph.D. is a Scientist at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-UHN and Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. He leads the Technology Team which is composed of 25 talented individuals with a mix clinical and technical expertise solve practical problems by bringing new products to market, changing building codes and developing new therapies using iterative testing approaches to design, and state-of-the art environmental simulators.



MichaelCorpMichael W. Cropp, M.D., M.B.A.  is President and Chief Executive Officer of Independent Health, an organization delivers products and services that improve the health of almost 375,000 customers and has been consistently recognized nationally for excellence in quality, service and innovation. Dr. Cropp’s approach of engaging physicians as partners, implementing initiatives with community-minded results, and focusing on customer-centric ideals have earned Independent Health both local and national recognition.



Group Breakout Topics

The topics for morning and afternoon breakout sessions will include:

  • Asthma monitoring and prevention
  • Behavior and activity monitoring in the home
  • Home health informatics
  • Home supported physical activity and exercise
  • Monitoring physiologic indicators of health
  • Technologies that support healthy nutrition
  • Technologies that support personal hygiene


The workshop will be held at the University at Buffalo (UB), North Campus (Amherst) in the Student Union.  The venue includes a high-tech auditorium for keynote lectures, meeting rooms for group breakout activities and a social room for afternoon lunch and poster session.  Lunch and coffee will be provided to workshop participants at no cost. Parking passes and directions can be arranged for non-UB employees prior to the workshop.


Parking is available near the UB Student Union in the Furnas Lot, or, if full, in the Jarvis Lots. Non-UB Workshop Participants can obtain a “Visitor Parking Pass” by doing the following: Email Victor Paquet at with the subject heading “Workshop Visitor Parking Pass”
Include your name and mailing address in the email. A visitor parking pass will be mailed to the address before the workshop.

Click here to download a Map of North Campus and Parking Information>>

Tentative Agenda

8:30-9:00 Sign in, Continental Breakfast, Networking

9:00-9:15 Welcome:  Charles F. Zukoski, Provost, University at Buffalo

9:15-10:15 Opening Key Note: “Supporting Successful Aging in the Home”, Tilak Dutta, Ph.D.,

10:15-10:45 Coffee/Networking

10:45-12:00 Group Breakout Activities for Grant Proposals I

  • Asthma monitoring and prevention
  • Home health informatics
  • Home-supported physical activity
  • Technologies that support healthy nutrition

12:00-1:15 Lunch and Poster Session

1:15-2:30 Group Breakout Activities for Grant Proposals II

  • Behavior and activity monitoring in the home
  • Monitoring physiologic indicators of health
  • Technologies that support personal hygiene

2:30-3:00 Coffee/Networking

3:00-4:00 Closing Keynote: “Transforming our Healthcare System”, Michael W. Cropp, M.D., M.B.A. 

4:00-4:15 Final Remarks and Future Plans

Sponsors and Co-Sponsors:
UB Office of Provost, SEAS, PHHP, NS, AP, HomeBASE
UB2020 Civic Engagement and Public Policy, Independent Health