Wilma Alvarado-Little, Director
Gregory Owens, Co-Director 

Community Health Resource Brochures

Web Resources for Community-Based Organizations

GOALS

  • 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.

The 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.

SIGNIFICANCE

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 adolescents.

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 District area.

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  2011
  • 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.

D.   PLANS

  • 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.