Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities
CEMHD is a
collaborative effort focusing on minority health disparities in the smaller
cities and towns of New York. We work toward eliminating health disparities by
developing capacity in faculty at the University at Albany and partnering
with community groups to identify their health concerns and the sources of
disparities, and then plan, implement and test strategies to alleviate them.
From left to right: Annis Golden, Jacqueline Fason, Arylee
Tiffany Garriga, Barbara Hall, and Anita Pomerantz.
UAlbany Honors The Women's Health Project as a
Community Partner Making a Difference
On May 13, President Jones honored the Women's Health Project with one of the 2013 President's Awards for Exemplary Community Engagement. The award is given to local partnerships between UAlbany and community groups that work to meet important public needs in the Capital Region and beyond. A total of nine partnerships were honored this year. The awards are part of President Robert Jones’ efforts to advance UAlbany’s progress as a community-engaged research university.
We extend our congratulations to all of the researchers involved with the project: Drs. Annis Golden, Matthew Matsaganis, and Anita Pomerantz, of the Communication Department. Dr. Jennifer Manganello of the School of Public Health also provided support. We also congratulate the local peer educators and Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, the major community partner in this endeavor.
Led by Dr. Annis Golden, the Women's Health Project is a community-based participatory research project working to meet the reproductive healthcare needs of low-income, under-served women in Hudson by devising and implementing strategies to overcome barriers to care. This has included strengthening their connections to community-based health and human service organizations.
CEMHD Researchers Partner with the
Department of Health on Technology Use Survey
The the NYS Department of Health has a number of initiatives underway that are designed to reduce minority health disparities. One of them involves a partnership between two Center-affiliated researchers from the School of Public Health: David Strogatz, Director of the Research Core, and CEMHD Associate and Research Development Award recipient, Jennifer Manganello.
The two professors are working with the Department of Health on the New York State Media and Technology Use Survey, which is focused on rural and Hispanic/Latino residents throughout the state. The goal of the survey is to understand the patterns of technology use to receive health information, and to gauge attitudes about the credibility of those sources of health information. The data will be used to improve key health messaging in program planning and health information dissemination, including website design.
Dissertation and Article Writing Assistance Available
CEMHD sponsors a faculty-facilitated interactive writing group that provides support to individuals with health disparities writing projects that require completion. The only requirements for participation are a need and the commitment to complete a writing project, and a willingness to engage in critical intellectual discourse with group members.
For additional information please contact:
Dr. Robert Miller Jr.
School of Social Welfare
CEMHD has been cited in the following effort:
UAlbany’s Community Service Efforts Improve Region’s Quality of Life While Earning Place on U.S. Community Service Honor Roll
The University at Albany has been named to the President's Honor Roll for Community Service. The University chose CEMHD as one of three projects to highlight in its application, and, in turn the Center then highlighted three of own projects. CEMHD extends its congratulations to the faculty, staff and students involved in the three projects below:
Congratulations to Dr. Janine Jurkowski
We extend our congratulations to Dr. Janine Jurkowski, who has received the
2012 Tom Bruce Award of Honor.
At each of its annual meetings, the Community Based Public Health Caucus of the American Public Health Association presents the award to an individual who exemplifies leadership in community-based public health and who has made a significant contribution to the Caucus and the community-based public health movement.
Dr. Jurkowski’s research approach helped her earn this award. Her project, Communities for Healthy Living (CHL), engages low-income parents of Head Start children as experts and decision makers. It was the lead program of the three that helped the University at Albany be named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes efforts that address community issues and involve extensive student engagement.
Dr. Jurkowski is an Associate Professor of Health Policy, Management and Behavior at the School of Public Health, and a long-time CEMHD Associate. We are very pleased with this public recognition of her many contributions to the field of public health.
Our new address is: ES 0028, University at Albany, Albany NY 12222.
Our main phone number remains the same: 518-442-4904.