Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities

  Who We Are

CEMHD (Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities), 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. CEMHD is a partnership among community groups, hospitals, state and county health departments, the State of New York and the University at Albany.


CEMHD's focus on minorities and under-served populations in the smaller cities and towns of Upstate New York is premised upon the notion that health disparities found in these areas differ from those in the larger cities, and that the appropriate solutions will also differ. Since most of the research on minority health disparities, and the programs that have resulted from it, has focused on populations in large cities, relatively little is known about the distinct causes of poorer health among minorities in smaller cities. Therefore, another reason for our geographical emphasis is to fill in a gap in the research and to initiate and test the appropriate solutions.


“Did you Know?”

Although, the cesarean delivery rate declined slightly in 2013, to 32.7% of U.S. births from 32.8% for 2010–2012 (Figure 3). the cesarean delivery rate amongst non-Hispanic black women were significantly higher than other racial groups.

Martin JA, Hamilton BE, Osterman MJK. Births in the United States, 2013. NCHS data brief, no 175. Hyattsville

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Center News

CEMHD is very pleased to announce some personnel additions.

Two outstanding people have joined CEMHD primarily to support the community engagement mission of the center. Each will be responsible for supporting the center’s engagement with the community health task forces in Albany and Amsterdam.

RAVEN PROFIT received a dual Bachelor's degree of Arts and Science 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.  


PATRICA CABRERA is originally from Tampa Florida. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Prior to her graduate training, she worked as a research coordinator at Moffitt Cancer Hospital, which sparked her interest in better understanding the intersection of physical and mental health outcomes. Since beginning her training in the Counseling Psychology doctoral program in 2011, Patricia has collaborated on several research projects, engaged in clinical work, and continued her active involvement in community service. Currently, her research interests focus on better understanding quality of life outcomes and resiliency building in populations with physical health deterioration and trauma, with particular attention to the ways in which such conditions influence romantic relationships, families, and treatment outcomes. 






Find Us on Campus


Our address is: ES 0028, University at Albany, Albany NY 12222. 

Our main phone number remains the same: 518-442-4904.