Hector RamirezDirector
Greg OwensCo-Director- Macedonia Initiatives in Community Development liaison


Our mission is to improve lines of communication about health information and research for the minority communities of the Capital Region and their health care providers. We do this by working with community-based organizations serving minority populations, the healthcare community, including current practitioners as well as the professional schools preparing new practitioners, and K-12 schools serving high percentages of minority populations.


  • Develope and disseminate general and Center-specific health information
  • Encourage and equip the community to participate and partner in research studies and interventions
  • Empower our communities so they take responsibility and ownership of addressing health disparities


CEMHD welcomes its new Core Director, Hector Ramirez, MSW. Mr. Ramirez is an accomplished human services executive recognized for his talents in designing innovative models and services for inner-city communities.  An expert in Public/Private partnerships and Cross-Systems strategies, Hector has helped government agencies, businesses and nonprofits transform people and neighborhoods.  He holds professional certificates in areas of social entrepreneurship, public welfare services and management coaching.