Akiko Hosler receives President’s Award for Exemplary Community Engagement

Akiko Hosler, associate professor of Epidemiology, is the recipient of the University at Albany President’s Award for Exemplary Community Engagement for her work leading a series of community-based collaborative research and public health service projects in Schenectady, NY.   The award is given annually to recognize the work of faculty and staff, as well as community organizations, to foster community engagement and foster solutions to better understand and address public needs, both locally and globally.

The Indo-Guyanese population in Schenectady, NY consists of 8,000 individuals, or 12% of the city’s total population. Dr. Hosler’s project includes an outreach and assessment component of a larger School of Public Health study on diabetes in Schenectady’s Indo-Guyanese community, where individuals have been found to have high rates of Type-2 diabetes regardless of their weight. Her contributions to the study of ethnic disparities in the distribution of diabetes among individuals living in small New York cities provides evidence to support localized efforts to identify and implement accessible, sustainable, and culturally-appropriate interventions to improve diabetes control among individuals of West Indian descent.

The study has produced a paper, “High Prevalence of Diabetes among Indo-Guyanese Adults, Schenectady, New York,” which was featured in Preventing Chronic Disease in 2013.  The Schenectady County Public Health Services and Ellis Hospital have both incorporated Dr. Hosler’s project into their "community health needs assessment and action plans" mandated by the federal Affordable Care Act.

The School of Public Health congratulates Dr. Hosler for receiving this prestigious honor!