Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities

Lectures and Colloquia

April 6, 2006

AIRE Faculty (M & T) Grant Writing Workshop
Sara Anderson, Jennifer Doherty, Adrienne Bonilla

March 23, 2006

Disparities in Diabetes in the Communities of Upstate New York
Research Core Faculty (M & T) Brown Bag Presentation:
Alba & Strogatz,

March 2, 2006

Measures of Minority Health Disparities and their determinants: U.S. and the state of New York
Research Core Faculty (M & T) Brown Bag Presentation: Lahiri

February 24, 2006

Community Immersion Project

January 27, 2006

Center for Social and Demographic Analysis and Lewis Mumford Center

Social Construction of Children’s Exposure to Toxic Pollutants: What Can Be Done?

Lawrence M. Schell, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Director, Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities

Lawrence M. Schell is Professor of Anthropology and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University at Albany, SUNY. He also is the Director of the Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities. His current research projects concern the social factors involved in exposure to detrimental pollutants, and their influence on the development of children. In recent years he has worked with the Akwesasne Mohawk community and disadvantaged mothers and children in Albany using both partnership and traditional research models.

November 16, 2005

Preparing Proposals: Scope of work, budgets and completing the proposal

Sara Anderson
Nancy Denton

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Workshop on Participatory Action Research

“Social and Physical Environmental Factors and Cardiovascular Risk: The Healthy Environments Partnership” by Amy Schulz & Carmen Stokes

Amy Schulz, PhD
Associate Director, Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health
Research Associate Scientist, Health Behavior and Health Education
University of Michigan School of Public Health
HEP website is

Carmen Stokes, MSN, FNP
Instructional Assistant
Wayne State University , Detroit Michigan

Responders: Virginia Eubanks , Ph.D., Department of Women’s Studies (UAlbany); Janine Jurkowski , MPH, Ph.D., Department of Health Policy, Administration, and Behavior, SPH (UAlbany)

Select publications:

Schulz, A.J., Zenk, S.N., Kannan, S., Israel , B.A., Koch, M.A., Stokes, C. 2005. CBPR approach to survey design and implementation. The Healthy Environments Partnership Survey. In B.A. Israel, E. Eng, A.J. Schulz, E.A. Parker (eds.) Methods in Community-Based Participatory Research for Health. San Francisco : Jossey-Bass. pp. 107-127.

Israel , B.A., Schultz, A.J., Parker, E.A., Becker, A.B. (1998) Review of Community-based research: Assessing Partnership Approaches to Improve Public Health. Annu. Rev. Public Health, 19:173-202.

Friday, October 28, 2005

The Environment of Childhood Poverty

Gary W. Evans, Ph.D. (Cornell University)

Dr. Gary W. Evans is a Professor of Design and Environmental Analysis and of Human Development at Cornell University , Ithaca New York. He is an environmental and developmental psychologist interested in how the physical environment affects the health and well being of children and families. His current work is focused on environmental stress, children's environments, and the developmental consequences of poverty.

Select Publications:

Evans, G. W., Gonnella, C., Marcynyszyn. L.A. , Gentile, L., & Salpekar, N. (2005). The role of chaos in poverty and children’s socioemotional adjustment. Psychological Science, 16, 560-565.

Evans, G. W.   (2004). The environment of childhood poverty. American Psychologist, 59, 77-92.

Evans, G. W. (2003) A multimethodological analysis of cumulative risk and allostatic load among rural children. Developmental Psychology, 39, 924-933.

Evans, G. W., & English, K.  (2002). The environment of poverty: Multiple stressor exposure, psychophysiological stress and socioemotional adjustment. Child Development, 73, 1238-1248 .

More of his publications can be found at

Contact him at

October 20, 2005

Getting Started: An Introduction to Grant Writing process

Nancy Denton
Sara Anderson
Adrienne Bonilla

Thursday, May 26, 2005

President Hall's Inauguration of UAlbany's New Health Disparities Center

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Click here to read ASPH Newsletter article.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Workshop on Participatory Action Research

"Capitalize on Community" by Hayward Derrick Horton, PhD, Department of Sociology, University at Albany

What Is Capitalize on Community? A 5-year collaborative community development project designed to enhance HIV prevention in the African American community in Albany, New York. This project will be instrumental in the design & implementation of policies, programs and initiatives to address and reduce the spread of AIDS in the Albany's Black Community.


    • Lawrence Schell, Ph.D., Director of CEMHD, Department of Anthropology, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    • Janine Jurkowski, Ph.D., Department of Health Policy, Administration, and Behavior, SPH

Monday, April 18th, 2005

PAR Colloquium

"Conducting Interdisciplinary Occupational Health Disparities Research: Some Lessons Learned" by Craig Slatin, Sc.D., MPH, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Craig Slatin, Sc.D., MPH, is Assistant Professor of Health Education and Policy, Department of Community Health and Sustainability, School of Health and Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML). His current work is an interdisciplinary research project funded by the Trans NIH-NIOSH health disparities research initiative. It seeks to understand how the restructuring of healthcare has shaped the healthcare work environment and influences workforce injury patterns. Contact him at

Recent Publication: Slatin, C., Galizzi, G., Devereaux-Melillo, K., Mawn, B. "Interdisciplinary Research to Promote Healthy and Safe Employment in Healthcare: Promises and Pitfalls." Public Health Reports, Vol. 119, No. 1 > (Jan/Feb2004):60-72

Monday, April 4, 2005

Amsterdam Community Leaders & CEMHD Staff Community Meeting

The University at Albany is proud to announce the first community meeting of the Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities (CEMHD). The purpose of the Center is to build capacity for health disparities research at the University at Albany by identifying community needs, focusing on barriers to utilization of prevention programs and health care, and to begin scientific projects with community groups to test programs that may reduce barriers and improve utilization, and ultimately health. Following up on the Memorandum of Understanding between the University at Albany and Amsterdam's Council of Latino Service Providers the CEMHD has designated Amsterdam as one of the two communities it will prioritize. We would like to invite you to a meeting of key community leaders with CEMHD staff. The primary purpose of the meeting is for CEMHD staff to learn from Amsterdam community leaders about the community's needs, strengths, and priorities. We would also like to share information on CEMHD's plans and resources. We look forward to begin developing partnerships with local agencies and organizations to develop and implement specific solutions that reduce health disparities in Amsterdam. Please feel free to forward the information to others whom you feel would be interested in attending.


Friday, February 18, 2005


“Doing PAR: Experiences, Pitfalls, and Rewards”

Lawrence Schell, Ph.D.; Janine Jurkowski, Ph.D.; Virginia Eubanks, Ph.D. (Department of Women’s Studies); Nancy A. Denton, Ph.D. (Former-Director of Mentoring and Training Core CEMHD, Associate Professor of Sociology, Associate Director of the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis)

Friday, March 4, 2005


“The Family Ecology and Childhood Obesity” by Kirsten Davison, Ph.D.

Dr. Davison completed her doctoral and postdoctoral work at Pennsylvania State University in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Her current research focuses on parenting approaches that may place children and adolescents at risk of becoming overweight and ways in which parents and families can foster healthy lifestyles among all family members. In her work she adopts a strong multidisciplinary approach that incorporates theories and methodologies from the fields of Psychology, Public Health, Nutrition, Exercise Science and Nutrition.

Co-Sponsored by Center for Social and Demographic Analysis

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