Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities

CEMHD is a collaborative effort focusing on minority health disparities in the smaller cities and towns of New York. We work toward eliminating health disparities by developing capacity in faculty at the University at Albany and partnering with community groups to identify their health concerns and the sources of disparities, and then plan, implement and test strategies to alleviate them.  

Please join us April 26th 

in this major campus-to-community outreach effort

New time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

CEMHD Interns Go to Work with Albany SNUG/Cure Violence for a Second Semester

In the fall 2013, the Center partnered with the Community and Public Service Program to develop an internship in which students assist the Trinity Alliance’s anti-gun violence program, SNUG (“guns” spelled backwards).  Modeled after Chicago Cease Fire, recently renamed Cure Violence, SNUG uses a public health approach to interrupt the epidemic of gun violence before it spreads.  SNUG is of particular interest to CEMHD because of this approach.

SNUG hires field staff, called Violence Interrupters, from the neighborhoods it serves and trains them to work with people at highest risk for perpetrating or becoming a victim of gun violence. It also conducts community mobilization and outreach activities to create a visible community presence after shootings and to change social norms about gun violence.

These days, college students possess excellent computer and social networking skills that can be put to great use in grassroots community organizations like SNUG, which tend to operate with a bare-bones office staff.  Our enthusiastic CEMHD interns have made real contributions to the organization. Among other things, they have redesigned printed materials, including posters and brochures, helped the Community Outreach and Mobilization coordinator, Charee Tarver, create a website, and have improved information sharing about shooting incidents among SNUG staff.  They also help update SNUG’s Facebook page, assist with planning community events, and have even attended neighborhood shooting responses. Plans are in the works to involve interns in direct involvement with the community, such as working with churches and local businesses. 

In return for sharing their computer skills, the interns learn about SNUG’s public health approach to gun violence, issues facing people in poor neighborhoods, how grassroots organizations do community mobilization, and nonprofit communications. 

In the fall, we sent the first three interns to the program. Everyone was extremely happy with the experience. 

This spring we have sent 5 students to work with SNUG and are assisting with a collaboration between SNUG and the student group Doctors 4 Hope.

Fall interns: 

Yerusa Asher is an international student from Pakistan. Her father is a community organizer who held high-level positions at a number of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) before starting his own.  Yerusa aspires to follow in his footprints.  She wants to be a dentist and form her own international NGO to improve the oral health of people living in poverty around the world. She was interested in being an intern with SNUG in order to learn about how small nonprofits do community outreach and education.  The things she has learned at SNUG have given her good ideas for running her own organization some day in the future. 

Patrisha Kritchman comes from a family affected by gun violence. Her father was shot as a youth and, with guidance counselors discouraging him from continuing his high school education, ended up in jail. Through the SNUG internship, she has been become more aware of how gun violence can have long-term impacts on whole families, not just the shooting victim, and the importance of seeing violence as a public health issue. 

Shanice Saunders is a member of the student group Third World Impact, which helped build a primary school in Uganda. She has also done health volunteer work in Madagascar. This time she wanted to be involved in making a difference locally, and was interested in observing SNUG’s public health model at work. During her internship Shanice has been able to make real-life connections to other health issues discussed in her courses, which given her further enthusiasm for her classes and a health-related career. 

CEMHD has been very proud of the contributions these three students have made to SNUG and will continue to run the internship program next semester. For more information on this internship program contact Dr. Elizabeth Campisi, Special Projects Director, at 442-4918,

This Fall's CEMHD Writing Group

Are you a doctoral student?
Have you completed the comprehensive exams?
Are you in the process of either starting your essay or finalizing the draft of your dissertation? 


Are you a faculty member or someone else with a doctoral degree, who wishes critical discussion partners to assist in developing an idea for your next journal article?

if so

The CEMHD Writing Group Is For You!

The Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities (CEMHD) is sponsoring a Writing Group. The goal of The CEMHD Writing Group is to provide support to people with a writing project that needs completion.  These projects may include doctoral essays, doctoral proposals, drafts of various dissertation chapters, or manuscripts for publication.  The projects can be in various stages of initiation or completion.  

The only requirement for participation is a need and commitment to complete a writing project and a willingness to provide critical intellectual support to group members as they complete their writing projects.

Wednesdays in Husted 219 (Downtown Campus) 

3:30 to 5:00 

starting September 11, 2013

Facilitated by

Cornelia P. Porter Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Dr. Porter, a Fellow of The American Academy of Nursing [FAAN], earned her Ph.D. in Nursing at The University of Arizona in May 1985. Dr. Porter has held faculty positions at various Ivy (i.e., Yale University) and Big 10 (e.g., University of Michigan) Research One academic institutions. Dr. Porter has been the faculty of record for courses across all educational levels and various disciplines. As a member of the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nursing Associations (NCEMNA), she has served as a national mentor of doctoral students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. As a nurse scientist, she has conducted interdisciplinary community-based research in a variety of settings with “tweens” and adolescents, primarily from racial and ethnic backgrounds, about sexual behaviors, socialization into the meanings of black skin tones, and childrearing behaviors and practices. She has both presented and published extensively about methodological issues associated with samples from racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual behaviors, race and racism in nursing, and ‘diversity.’ Currently, she consults with researchers conducting research with African American samples, is a contributing faculty member of the Walden University, Doctor of Nursing Practice [DNP] program, and an Associate in The University at Albany’s Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities.

Find Us on Campus

Our new address is: ES 0028, University at Albany, Albany NY 12222. 

Our main phone number remains the same: 518-442-4904. 

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