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.  

CEMHD Research Project Receives $15,000 Grant from

the Galvin Foundation of Hudson


The Galvin Foundation, which provides grants to support programs for disadvantaged populations and historic presevation in Hudson, NY has granted $15,000 to CEMHD's Women's Health Project so that it can continue to run for one more year. We congratulate Professors Annis Golden and Matthew Matsaganis of the Communication Department, who developed and run the project, for this achievement.

Dr. Golden expressed her gratitude to the foundation:

“We are deeply grateful for the Galvan Foundation’s generous support of the Women’s Health Project. Their funding will help to enable the Women's Health Project to continue its work in Hudson, and promote healthcare seeking among underserved women, in collaboration with our community partners, including the Columbia County Community Healthcare Consortium, the Hudson River Healthcare Center, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, the Columbia County Department of Health, the Medical Imaging Department at Columbia Memorial Hospital, the AIDS Council of Northeastern NY, the Hudson Housing Authority, Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center, Columbia Opportunities, and the Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties."

Save the Date!
August 11th



Confirmed speakers:

Sidney Hankerson, M.D., M.B.A., Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University, and the
New York State Psychiatric Institution 

Mr. Greg Owens, LMSW, Capital District Campaign for Black Male Empowerment, Macedonia Initiatives in Community Development, Inc.; Associate, Center for the Elimination of Health Disparities, University at Albany

Mr. Hakeem Rahim, Ed.M, M.A., Founder, Live Breathe, LLC

Alex Pieterse, Ph,D., School of Education, University at Albany; 
Associate,Center for the Elimination of Health Disparities, University at Albany 

Thurmon Myers, LMSW, Retired, New York State Office for the Aging, 
Coordinator, Planning and Systems Support 

Dwight C. Williams, Clinical Professor, Director, Undergraduate Public Health Major Program; Associate, Center for the Elimination of Health Disparities, University at Albany

Kelvin Sapp, M.P.H., New York State Department of Health


For the full program and to register, please click here.



An Eventful Spring Semester!

CEMHD has had a busy Spring Semester. It hosted two major events and co-sponsored a major student-to- community outreach initiative, the later of which drew local television, radio and print news coverage. 

The Urban Hassle Index Workshop with Dr. David Miller

In mid-March the Center hosted a workshop with Dr. David Miller from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Miller has developed an Urban Hassle Index to measure the levels of the toxic levels of stress that urban African Americans experience in their daily lives. Members of the faculty, community and staff from the NYS Department of Health attended this interactive workshop and planned to continue working with Dr. Miller as the index evolves. 

Tenth Anniversary Health Disparities Symposium

Later that month, the Center organized a very well-attended health disparities symposium in honor of its tenth anniversary. Faculty members who did projects funded through the Center gave presentations on their research. Dr. Bruce Link, of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and a member of CEMHD's Program Advisory Committee, gave the keynote presentation, which was entitled, "Social Conditions as Fundamental Causes of Health Disparities." The complete program for the symposium is available here.   


University at Albany President, Dr. Robert Jones, addressing the symposium




Audience members discuss the presentations

A Walk to Cure Violence

With a Diversity Transformation Fund award, the Center also facilitated a connection between the student organization, Doctors 4 Hope, and Albany Cure Violence to plan and implement a Walk to Cure Violence on April 26th. Many different student groups supported with walk and associated events. CEMHD interns Cory DeSole, Meaghan Farley, Brittany Kong, and Anita Sam-King also assisted Cure Violence in organizing the event, along with their other duties.

The students walked through the West Hill section of Arbor Hill with members of the community.  The walk started at the Cure Violence office on the corner of Henry Johnson Blvd and Clinton Ave, proceeded through West Hill, and ended at the Lake House in Washington Park with a program that was emceed by the Cure Violence Director, Clarence Jackson, and Toyin Ben-Shidah the Outreach Director of Doctors 4 Hope. The program included a speech by Mayor Sheehan, talks by victims of violence, and dance performances by two student groups. Doctors 4 Hope also organized children's activities inside of the Lake House. We are very proud of Doctors 4 Hope for proposing and implementing this project, and thankful to the other student organizations that supported it.



Students gather at Cure Violence office with community members



Students at the Cure Violence office with community members before the walk



March through West Hill led by Cure Violence Director, Clarence Jackson



Mayor Sheehan addressed the rally


Umoji dancers



Toyin Ben-Shidah from Doctors 4 Hope addressing the crowd


Doctors 4 Hope Executive Board 2014


CEMHD Interns Go to Work with 
Albany 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, Cure Violence (formally known as SNUG, which is “guns” spelled backwards).  Modeled after Chicago Cease Fire, the organization uses a public health approach to interrupt the epidemic of gun violence before it spreads, which makes it of particular interest to the Center. 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.


Interns Cory DeSole and Brittany Kong at the Walk to Cure 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 sent 4 students to work with SNUG and are assisting with a collaboration between SNUG and the student group Doctors 4 Hope.

Spring interns: Cory DeSole, Meaghan Farley, Brittany Kong, and Anita Sam-King 


Fall interns: Yerusa Asher, Patrisha Kritchman and Shanice Saunders

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, ecampisi@albany.edu.


The 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? OR 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! CEMHD has a writing group whose aim is to provide support to people with writing projects that need completion.  These projects may include doctoral essays, doctoral proposals, drafts of various dissertation chapters, or manuscripts for publication, and 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 

If you would like to join the writing group, 

please contact Dr. Robert Miller at rmiller@albany.edu

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. She 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, Dr. Porter 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.



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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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