- Continue the development and dissemination of general and Center-specific health information
- Encourage and equip the community for participation and partnership in research studies and interventions
- Empower the communities with responsibility and ownership of addressing health disparities
2011 Progress and Accomplishments
STUDIES AND RESULTS
As in Year 2, the Outreach Committee continued to
partner with health care organizations, community organizations and
individuals to maintain a robust network of supporters who provide
health-related support services to minority communities.
The Outreach Committee continues to engage the community via
presentations and the coordination and hosting of community events to
disseminate general and Center-specific health information:
Cultural Perspectives of Health, Disability and
Wellness. Russell Sage College School of Health Sciences Health Science
Program, Troy, NY., March 2011
- Minority Health Disparities, Health Access and
Outcomes. Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA), Hudson,
NY. March 2011
- Language Access Resources in the Health Care
Community. Russell Sage College School of Health Sciences Health
Science Program, Troy, NY, April 2011
- Emergency Preparedness and Mental Health and the
Impact of Cultural and Linguistic barriers. National Council on
Interpreting in Health Care, New Orleans, LA May 2011
Addressing Health Disparities- Justice Works: A Conference for
Progressive New York Citizens in Action, Albany, NY. June 2011
- New York State Office of Mental Health Town Hall
Meeting: Addressing Mental Health Disparities Albany, NY July 2011
· The Legacy of Women’s Lives-Trauma, Abuse and
Violence: Health Impact and Strategies for Healing in the Community.
The Women’s Building Albany, NY September 2011
- Webinar: Interpreters: Why Language and Culture
Matters in Behavioral Health Sciences New York State Office of Mental
Health, Bureau of Cultural Competency Albany, NY September 2011
- Healthy Choices/Healthy Outcomes. 4th Annual Latino
Youth Conference Capital District YMCA, Albany, NY October 2011
In Year 2, the Outreach Core resolved organizational issues
involving the roles of the Outreach Core co-director and Albany Minority
Health Task Force Community Liaison. Filling the vacancy of Albany Minority Health Task
Force Liaison was easily remedied by including Mr. Owens in this role in
addition to his role as co-director. His analytical community building
skills, expertise and knowledge have resulted in newly formed
partnerships within the African-American community in Albany.
community liaison for Amsterdam, NY, Nilda Giraldi, remains with the
Outreach Core as an independent consultant with relationship building
skills and sophisticated knowledge of the needs of the Latino community.
The Outreach Core task force groups continue to serve as a
communication bridge between the community and the University. The
Task Force groups have not changed since Year 1.
Upon review and reflection of the work conducted during Year 1
and 2, and with feedback provided by the Albany and Amsterdam
communities, the Outreach Core focused on concerns involving youth and
With newly formed partnerships, the Outreach Core has been
able to partner with local K-12 organizations to create an awareness of
the issues involving health disparities within the youth of the Capital
Albany Education, Awareness and Empowerment
- Albany High School Mentoring Program Presentation- A
presentation on Minority Health Disparities was given to the Albany
High School (AHS) Mentoring Program, which is sponsored by AHS and the
Capital Region Chapter of the National Black Child Development
Institute. The group that the Core presented to consisted of mentees,
their mentors, program support staff, and some parents. Evaluations
indicated that the presentation was well received and follow up sessions
were requested. January 2011
- Albany High School Health Education Day – The Outreach
Co-directors presented to four Health classrooms (grades 10-12) at
Albany HS as part of their Black History Month celebration. February
- Siena College /Macedonia Baptist Church Urban Scholars
Mentoring Program-Outreach Core Co-directors presented to the students
and staff of the Siena College/Macedonia Baptist Church Urban Scholars
Mentoring Program with an invitation to return to do another
presentation. The program has provided mentoring and tutoring services
for youth from local elementary schools in Albany for more than 7
years. February 2011
- Take Your Child to School Day – Approximately 13
schools are involved throughout the Capital District to support the role
of fathers or father figures. The Outreach Committee presented on health disparities and
assisted in collecting materials on prevention from the NYS Department
of Health for distribution to the participants. September 2011
Amsterdam Minority Health Task Force (AMHTF)
Adolescent Health Project
The Latino community members of Amsterdam identified an increase
in adolescent sexual activity resulting in an increased pregnancy rate
for females as young as 12 years old. In response, the AMHTF members
developed a series of workshops aimed at females within the Latino
community to build a trusting and nonjudgmental environment among them.
The first of the series “Moms on a Mission” was aimed at
females and their partners no longer enrolled in school due to pregnancy
and who encountered challenges such as a lack of adequate health care
for themselves and their infant. The AMHTF identified academic, not-
for-profit and state agencies which provided resources on health and
education, reproductive health care options, in addition to mental and
primary health services and peer and family support.
To date, participants have enrolled in CNA programs and GED
classes in response to information presented during the first workshop.
Evaluations have included requests by the participants to address issues
such as domestic violence, education, adolescent health, mental health
and healthy financial practices.
Feedback for all four workshops has been reviewed by the
AMHTF to determine future topics and to identify steps needed to conduct
focus groups for research purposes.
- Continue to clarify healthcare concerns within African American and the Latino communities.
- Continue to clarify needs for health education information among various age groups.
- Continue to involve CEMHD researchers in task force meetings with the community.
- Continue to ensure target community collaboration with
Research Core studies by developing a process for community
participation in research design, data collection, data analysis and
results proliferation strategies; and to partner with the Mentoring,
Training and Education Core to encourage faculty to develop research
prioritized by minority communities.