Hector Ramirez, Director

Hector Ramirez, MSW, joined the Center in April of this year. 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 social entrepreneurship, public welfare services and management coaching.

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.

Outreach Mission

Our mission is to improve lines of communication about health and healthcare among UAlbany researchers, 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 and disseminate health information
  • Equip community leaders to participate in community-based research and partner with investigators in research studies and interventions
  • Empower communities to address health disparities