Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities

Wilma Alvarado-Little

Wilma Alvarado-Little is CEMHD's Director of the Community Engagement/Outreach Core, whose mission is to improve the lines of communication about health information and research for the minority communities of the Capital region and their healthcare providers.  She is a medical interpreter and trainer with over 25 years of experience in the healthcare field. Ms. Alvarado-Little trains and educates healthcare institutions on the implementation of hospital and community-based interpreter programs and the role of the medical interpreter. She has also been involved with media initiatives on the importance of identifying linguistic and cultural barriers in the provision of quality health care services.

Ms. Alvarado-Little has also been instrumental in the implementation of hospital and clinic based interpreter programs and has participated in efforts led by the Joint Commission, American Medical Association and the Office of Minority Health. Serving on various state and national advisory boards, she is immediate past co-chair of the Multicultural Advisory Committee of the New York State Office of Mental Health, the immediate past co-chair of the board of the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care, and a National Project Advisory Committee member. She dedicates her time to the issues involving health disparities and language access for the limited English speaking population. She has a Master of Arts degree in Spanish Literature and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Psychology.

Contact information:

Wilma Alvarado-Little, MA
Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities
University at Albany, SUNY
ES 0028
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Tel: 518-442-5976
Fax: 518-442-4563