CEMHD Events

Events 2013


Community Engaged Research Workshop

Oct. 23

10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Campus Center Assembly Hall

The session will provide a brief introduction to community‐engaged research and examples of such work by an emerging group of interdisciplinary faculty and staff at UAlbany focused on community‐based paricipatory research, including the the CEMHD Director and three of its research associates. Additionally, small group discussions will give you a chance to discuss your own ideas and projects and how to incorporate community engagement into your research efforts.


Moderator: Annis Golden, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor, Dept. of Communication


Janine Jurkowski, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Public Health – Research example: working with Head Start parents to help prevent childhood obesity
Christine T. Bozlak, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health – Research focus: Adolescents in a Chicago and community

Virginia Eubanks, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Women's Studies. Research example: Participatory research on technology and women's poverty at the YWCA of Troy‐Cohoes

Juliana Svistova, Ph.D. candidate, School of Social Welfare ‐‐ Research example: Disaster recovery and local participation in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake

Lawrence M. Schell, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Anthropology and School of Public Health; Director, Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities ‐‐ Research example: Working in partnership with Native Americans.


Why use it; types of community‐engaged research and degrees of community participation; appropriate ways to develop, implement, and sustain community‐engaged research; impacts on research and the community.


Workshop attendees discuss their own projects or ideas and how community‐engaged research might be incorporated.

Oct. 30


Christine Bozlak


ssessing and Mobilizing Faith Communities to Address Childhood Obesity:

Lessons Learned from the Chicago FAITH Initiative.

Downtown Campus
Rudolph Room, Husted 110


Christine Bozlak is a newly-appointed
Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health

Light refreshments will be provided but if you would like a boxed lunch,
please register HERE by 10/23


Sept. 6
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Campus Center Assembly Hall
Uptown Campus

Our Communities and the New York Health Benefit Exchange

Join us for a lively discussion with community experts as they share information about the New York Health Benefit Exchange, the In-Person Assistors/Navigators and their community partnerships. This workshop is designed specifically for professionals, community members, faculty and students and everyone interested in practice, policy, research and advocacy as it relates to the Health Disparities issues in the Capital District.


Kelvin S. Sapp, Project Coordinator, New York Health Benefit Exchange
Bob Cohen, Policy Director, Citizens Action of New York
Bruce Stanley, School of Social Welfare, University at Albany, SUNY

Click HERE to register

This event is FREE and open to the public, but seating is limited, so please register.
Registration is required by Tuesday, September 3, 2013.

Contact Lynda Peckowtiz at 518-442-4904

or email us at CEMHD@albany.edu

April 8
12:30 - 1:30 pm
Standish Room

Investigating Health Disparities in Immigrant Communities in the U.K

Noel Cameron, PhD

Professor of Human Biology
Loughburg University, Leicestershire, UK

One aftermath of the loss of the British Empire is the immigration of former colonial populations to the UK in search of economic and social betterment. These immigrant groups characteristically settle in the major urban conurbations. Their communities have a health profile that not only reflects the factors that shaped their health in their country of origin, but also new factors in their host country. This talk will primarily address the case of South Asian immigrants in an industrialized city the UK (Bradford) and Africans living in Soweto in South Africa.

Noël Cameron obtained his Ph.D. in Medicine at London University's Institute of Child Health in 1978 under the supervision of Professor James Tanner. From 1984 to 1997 he was a member of the Department of Anatomy at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. In 1997 he returned to the UK to became Professor of Human Biology at Loughborough University.

Dr. Cameron has published widely on the health and growth of children in developing countries. He initiated and was Director of the Birth to Ten birth-cohort study in Soweto,-Johannesburg, South Africa, which has investigated the effect of the urban environment on the growth, development, health and wellbeing of over 3000 children.

April 18

12:15 - 1:30
Leavitt Room,
Downtown Campus


Efforts of the NYS Office of Children & Family Services to
Address Racial Disparity in Child Welfare Presented

Greg Owens, LMSW
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.
Co-sponsored by the School of Social Welfare and CEMHD

To see photos of this event click here

April 25-27

Various times and locations, see below

Capital District Summit on Black Men and Boys

Thursday, April 25th
Unveiling the Truth, Dispelling the Myths
Screening of "Hoodwinked"
4:30 - 6:00 pm - Reception
6:00 - 8:00 pm - Program

Schenectady County Community College
78 Washington Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12305

There are many distortions and misrepresentations of the facts concerning Black males in America today. On Thursday afternoon, we will offer a presentation of the movie "Hoodwinked," followed by a discussion lead by the author and creator, Janks Morton.


Friday, April 26

Perspectives on Policy
This session by invitation only

University at Albany, Uptown Campus

Dr. Sydney Hankerson from Columbia University will present a keynote address on Black Males and Mental Health. This will be followed by a presentation on the work done recently by Fathers Inc., and the Urban Institute to revisit the 1965 Moynihan Report that provides an update on current perspectives on the Black family.

We will then host a dialogue about promising strategies with local strategy and policy makers, from the public and private sectors, education, faith community and political arenas.

A Celebration of Local Advocates of Black Male Empowerment
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Macedonia Baptist Church
26 Wilson Ave., Colonie, NY 12205

On Friday evening, the Capital Region will lift up the work of supporting and encouraging black males with a spirit filled program of music and word, and recognition of our local advocates who with their time and talents, encourage black males to seek excellence.

Saturday, April 27

What Must be Done?
Promising Approaches to Support Black Males
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
405 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12206

Leonard Dunston, former president of the National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc. will provide the keynote presentation. Workshops will address the health and well-being of Black Males and strategies to support and encourage empowerment of Black males, families, neighborhoods and re-build communities, focusing on Faith, Education, Health, the Black Family, and Youth.

A project of: Macedonia Baptist Church; Black Child Development Inst; Rho Sigma Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; Mu Iota Chapter, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity; Sigma Pi Phi/Beta PSI Boule UAlbany; Fathers Inc;. and Schenectady County Community College in partnership with CEMHD Summit Locations: University at Albany Schenectady County Community College First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany

For more information and to register (FREE), click HERE
March 7

6:00 - 8:30pm
Leavitt Room, Page Hall
Downtown Campus

The Role of Gender in the Analysis of Health Disparities
Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Ph.D.

Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Ph.D. is the founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center
at Spelman College and Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies there.

March 8

6:00 -8:00 pm
Room 200, Milne Hall
Downtown Campus

Screening and discussion of the film:
"Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide"

Discussants: Wilma Alvarado-Little, Outreach Director, CEMHD Jean Fei, NYS Victims Assistance Academy Nadya Lawson, Holding Our Own and The Women's Building Loretta Pyles, Associate Professor, School of Social Work Sponsored by WMHT For more information contact Amanda Lester: alester@wmht.org

March 13

12:00 - 2:00 pm

The Successful Elimination of Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Children’s Health
Dr. Glen Flores

Professor of Pediatrics, Clinical Sciences, and Public Health; Director of the Division of General Pediatrics; the Judith and Charles Ginsburg Endowed Chair in Pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern and Children’s Medical Center Dallas School of Public Health
Room 110 A, Atrium of the East Campus,
1 University Place
Rensselaer, NY 12144

For more information : Professor Janine Jurkowski jjurkowski@albany.edu

For flyer click HERE
March 15

8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Campus Center Assembly Hall

Our Communities and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Join us for a lively event with 3 community experts as they discuss what the Affordable Care Act means for women's health, health exchanges, and the LBGT community.

Lea Webb,
Webb Consulting
Jonathan Lang,
Director of Governmental Projects & Community Development, Empire State Pride Agenda
Georgana Hanson,
Assistant Vice President of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Family Planning Advocates of New York State

FREE, but registration is required.
Click HERE for more information and to register.





Feb 24

8:45 pm
Humanities 129

UAlbany Student groups:
Doctors for Hope and the NAACP Health Committee present:
"Health Disparities in the Black Community"

Featuring a presentation by
Wilma Alvarado-Little, MA, MSW, Outreach Director
Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities

Feb 22

4:30 - 5:30 pm
Young Moms on a Mission
"Let's Talk about Healthy Practices"
Planning session for 2013 workshops
Inman Center
53 Guy Park Ave Amsterdam, New York (Rear parking lot entrance)
Advance Registration required
Contact: Nilda Giraldi: 518.842.1205, ngiraldi@aol.com or
Lynda Peckowitz: 518.442.4904, cemhd@albany.edu

For more information, click HERE

February 21

1:00 - 3:30 pm

Native American Health Disparities Symposium
Dr. Donald Warne, MD
Oglala Lakota Tribe Director, North Dakota State University MPH Program
Wendy Stoddart
Program Director, NYSDOH American Indian Health Program
Lawrence Schell, PhD
Director, Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities
Punkin Clay Stephens, PhD
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
formerly of the NYSDOH AIDS Institute

School of Public Health Auditorium
2:00 - 5:00 pm