Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities
Who We Are
The University at Albany has been awarded a significant public engagement award from the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities to offer transdisciplinary training to students pursuing any Ph.D or Dr.Ph.
CEMHD (Center for the Elimination of Minority Health
Disparities), is a
collaborative effort focusing on minority health disparities in
cities and towns of New York. We work toward eliminating health
developing capacity in faculty at the University at Albany
with community groups to identify their health concerns and the
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.
UAlbany Leads Landmark Public Engagement Initiative to
Address Minority Health Disparities
$10 Million Endowment Grant from NIMHD Positions University as the Leading
Northeast Hub for Health Disparities Education and Research
The endeavor is spearheaded by UAlbany’s Center for the Elimination of Minority
Health Disparities (CEMHD) with support through NIH’s National Institute on Minority
Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).
The project aims to increase the research capacity of the university in health
disparities by increasing the number of graduate students, faculty and
researchers in health disparities from minority populations and
Key components of the program
The University at Albany will:
- Recruit and graduate 10 doctoral students from
minority/underrepresented groups who will receive no-cost training for research
and scholarship using transdisciplinary approaches, semester-long rotations
with different NGOs, departments of health and/or research groups, and
participation in professional societies related to health disparities;
an Endowed Health Disparities Chair with nationally recognized expertise to
anchor and lead the University’s research, training and community outreach
endeavors in health disparities. The Endowed Chair will serve as a
leader-catalyst in building a community of inclusive excellence spanning the
health disparities disciplines, while at the same time, play a critical role in
UAlbany’s plans to further diversify its campus community;
- Provide innovatative transdisciplinary health
disparities education and training including the creation of new curricula to
strengthen academic programs related to health disparities, a new master’s
degree-level program focused on health disparities, and the establishment of an
epigenetics lecture and laboratory course at the graduate level;
- Strengthen community outreach, engagement and
action plans related to the development of health disparities education,
research, practice and policy by supporting the CEMHD’s existing minority
health task forces in Albany and Amsterdam, N.Y., and will create new health
disparities task forces in other regions in the future;
Host conferences, symposia and workshops on
health disparities that attract national leaders in research health disparities
as well as UAlbany students and faculty.
If you are a student interested in applying for the fellowship, more information is available here or in this printable brochure.
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.
Lauren Dasen is currently a fourth-year student in the University at Albany’s Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program. As a first-generation Panamanian/Cuban-American, Lauren’s interest in CEMHD is both personal and professional. Her academic research interests include investigating sociocultural determinants of mental and physical health among Latinos. She incorporates social justice principles into her teaching, research, and clinical work (which she conducts in both Spanish and English). Lauren would like to continue her involvement in these areas after graduation and promote health at both individual and community levels.
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 NYTD data collection efforts.. 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.