Our mission is to improve lines of communication about health and healthcare among UAlbany faculty, local minority communities and health care providers. We work with community-based organizations, healthcare practitioners, students, and K-12 schools serving high percentages of minority populations.
- Develop, define, disseminate and measure key health challenges
- Equip community leaders to participate in community-based research and partner with investigators in research studies and interventions
- Empower, organize and support communities to address health disparities
- Develop a framework needed to achieve resolutions and outcomes to identified challenges
Blanca Ramos, Community Outreach Liaison
Amsterdam Community Health Task Force,
Blanca Ramos' scholarly interests are centered on
cross-cultural social work, gerontology, and domestic violence with a
focus on US Latinos. Dr. Ramos holds an affiliate appointment in the
Department of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She teaches courses
on clinical social work, diversity, immigrants, Hispanic cultures in the
U.S., and research in Latino communities. Her international work
includes partnership building with higher education institutions and
communications and with the national association of social workers in
Peru. Dr. Ramos serves a variety of local, regional, and national boards
and commissions and has extensive experience as a practitioner and
community organizer. Blanca Ramos is past Vice President of the National
Association of Social Workers (NASW) and has served on the National
Board of the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research. She
is a current member of the editorial board of Social Work and the NASW
National Committee on Inquiry. She is originally from Lima, Peru.
Greg Owens Co-Director, liaison from Macedonia Baptist Church Initiatives in Community Development.
Greg Owens, LMSW, specializes in Criminal and Juvenile Justice. He has worked as a clinician and manager in various settings including residential treatment and community-based organizations and has worked for NYS Division for Youth/Office for Children and Family Services for 25 years. He is currently the Director of Special Populations and is responsible for statewide initiatives including mentoring, youth gangs and violence, disproportionate minority representation, cultural competence and responsible fatherhood.
Raven Profit, Community Outreach Liaison | Graduate Research Assistant
Raven Profit received a dual Bachelor's of Arts and Science degree from the University at Albany. Currently she is a pre-medical post- baccalaureate scholar at the Sage Colleges. She also is a Consultant with two consulting firms in collaboration with the Federal Children’s Bureau where she conducts reviews of states child welfare agencies. Prior to joining CEMHD, Raven studied medical Spanish terminology abroad in Santiago, Chile. Raven is an active participant in child welfare reform efforts and assists foster children by providing them with the tools and resources necessary to navigate the U.S. child welfare system. She is currently studying to become a licensed Physician and is interested in spearheading change in health outcomes through medicine, education and public health. She has been highlighted by UAlbany World of Difference, New York Daily News, Children’s Rights Magazine and CNN News.
Lauren Dasen, Community Outreach Liaison | Graduate Student Assistant
Amsterdam Minority Health Task Force
Lauren Dasen is currently a fourth-year student in the University at Albany's Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program. As a first- generation Panamanian/ Cuban- American, Lauren's interest in CEMHD is both personal and professional. Her academic research interests include investigating social-cultural determinants of mental and physical health among Latinos. She incorporates social justice principles into her teaching, research, and clinical work (which she conducts in both Spanish and English). Lauren would like to continue her involvement in these areas after graduation and promote health at both individual and community levels.