Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities

2012 Events 

June 12
10:00am - 2:00pm

The Black Leadership Commission on AIDS of Albany
Capital District Faith Leaders Summit

  “Healing Begins Here – An Ecumenical Approach to Health Disparities”

   Keynote Speaker & Summit Facilitator:
Rev. Dr. Carl I. Washington
New Zion Baptist Church, Harlem, NY  

A cross-section of religious leaders, lay ministry workers, and community stakeholders will meet to build the capacity of religious leaders and lay persons to incorporate their respective faith principles and unique positions as faith leaders to educate, raise the level of awareness and mobilize their congregants to develop courses of action to combat health disparities.

Location: Macedonia Baptist Church 
                                                    26 Wilson Avenue                                                             
Albany, New York   
Cost: FREE   
Continental Breakfast & Lunch provided
Seating is Limited
Please pre-register by June 9th.
For information and pre-registration call
Jacqui C. Williams 518.227.1523
or email [email protected]

June 14
5:30 - 9:00 pm

The Interrupters
Acclaimed documentary that tells the story of 3 violence interrupters in Chicago who try to protect their communities from the violence in which they once participated.

Special Guest:
Ameena Matthews
one of the stars of the film
Discussion Moderator:
Susan Arbetter
News & Public Affairs Director, WCNY Public Broadcasting

5:30 - 6:00 pm  Reception
6:00 - 8:15 pm  Film Screening
8:15 - 9:00 pm  Discussion

To register, go HERE
Suggested donation is $10 in support of Albany SNUG/CeaseFire
For more information, call: 518-591-8795

Sponsored by Albany Medical Center, Key Bank, and SEFCU in support of Albany SNUG/CeaseFire

May 16
6-8 pm

Youth Voices/Voices of Youth
Round Table Discussion with local Youth
What's Going On: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Albany Housing Authority
200 S. Pearl St., Albany NY

Sponsored by CEMHD's community partner, The Black Child Development Institute of Albany
For more information contact:
Barry Walston - 441-9877 or
John Harris – 937-4120

May 17
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Heal Thy Self: A Spiritual Awakening
Wisdom from our Heroes and Sheroes:

A roundtable discussion with faith leaders, psychologists, social workers and other helpers.

Location: Albany Housing Authority
Community Room

Sponsored by CEMHD's community partner: The Black Child Development Institute of Albany

May 18
4:30 - 6:00 pm

Young Moms on a Mission

CEMHD and the
WMHT Public Television Family Literacy Program
"Gregory the Terrible Eater"

Open to families with children from 1-5 years of age.

Watch a story.
Read books.
Make hands-on crafts to take home. 
Each family receives a child’s book 

A light dinner will follow

Please arrive to check in at 4:00!   

A light dinner will follow. 

Located at:  Inman Center 53 Guy Park Avenue Amsterdam, NY (Rear parking lot entrance)
RSVP Soon!  Reservations must be received no later than May 15, 2012
To register please contact:  Lynda Peckowitz at Tel: 518-442-4904   Fax: 518-442-4563.  Email: [email protected]

For additional information please contact: Nilda Giraldi at 518-842-1205 or [email protected]  

April 27
9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Downtown Campus

Clinical Competency with Trans Individuals and Families
Shannon Sennott, LICSW
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

FREE for SUNY Students

Admission: $35 professionals/$10 non-SUNY students
Please Register in Advance/ Lunch will be Served

To register call: (518) 462-6138 (Box 12) or email: [email protected]

This workshop series is made possible through the generous support of the SUNY Office of Diversity and Educational Equity, School of Social Welfare, Counseling Psychology program, Women’s Studies Department, Disability Resource Center, CEMHD, Office of Multicultural Student Success’ Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, SWARE, the Student Association, Northeast Division NASW NYS, Rainbow Access Initiative & the Pride Center of the Capital Region.

*These events are open to all students. Your GSO funds at work!

April 25
2:00 - 4:00 pm

A Road Less Traveled: Diabetes and Depression Among Ethnic Minorities

Dr. Michelle Owens-Gary from the Centers for Disease Control will lead the discussion.

Husted Hall Auditorium,
Downtown Campus

For more information contact
Dr. Lani V. Jones at 442-5167
[email protected]

April 24
6:00 - 7:30 pm

U Albany welcomes Dr. Michelle Gary-Owens from the Centers for Disease Control.
On Tuesday evening she will lead an informative discussion on her career trajectory in minority health disparities.

Light refreshments will be served.

University Hall,
Room 306
Uptown Campus

April 13
4:00 - 5:30 pm

Young Moms on a Mission: Communication Leads to Success

Inman Center 53 Guy Park Avenue Amsterdam, NY
Free childcare available

RSVP Soon!  Reservations must be received by April 10

To register please contact:  Lynda Peckowitz at 518-442-4904
Fax: 518-442-4563
[email protected]

For additional information please contact: Nilda Giraldi at 518-842-1205 [email protected]

March 23-25
all day


25th Anniversary SOMOS El Futuro Conference

Empire State Plaza

For more information click here.

March 23
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Husted Hall Auditorium, Room 106
Downtown UAlbany Campus
135 Western Avenue.
For more information contact: Frances S. Priester  
[email protected] or call (518)474-1704

March 19
3:00 - 5:00 pm

Regular meeting of the Capital Region Refugee Roundtable. Language Access & Volunteer Support.

Interpretation in Health Care Settings: Rights, Realities, Resources & Recourse

Guest speakers from CEMHD, Compass Interpreters, and MAMI, the Multicultural Alliance of Medical Interpreters
For more information: Jen Barkan, USCRI 518-459-1790 x 8015
Main Branch of the Albany Public Library
161 Washington Ave., Albany NY 12210

Sponsored by USCRI

March 9
4:30 - 5:30 pm

How Does Your Smile Affect You and Your Relationships, Opportunities and Overall Health?

Inman Center 52 Guy Park Ave. Amsterdam NY 12010

RSVP Early!! Registrations must be received no later than March 5, 2012.

To register please contact: Lynda Peckowitz at 518-442-4904
Fax: 518-442-4563
Email: [email protected]

For more information contact: Nilda Giraldi at 518-842-1205
or [email protected]

March  5
1:00 - 2:30 pm

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Building Resiliency

with Val Maasdorp, clinical director of Africa's first hospice.

Location: The Community Hospice 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY

Sponsored by the Community Hospice Africa AIDS Partnership
Reservations Requested: Mary Beth Clancy-Halayko 518-852-9827 A $20 donation is requested but not required.

Feb 10
4:30 - 5:30 pm

Workshop: Self- Esteem, Self- Care and Your Well-Being

Light dinner to follow.

Inman Center
53 Guy Park Avenue Amsterdam, NY 12010

You must register by Feb 8, 2012

To register contact:  Lynda Peckowitz at 518-442-4904

For more information contact: Nilda Giraldi at 518-842-1205

Feb 7
9:00 - 11:00 pm

Workshop: Community Based Participatory Research
by Dr. Janine Jurkowski.

Location: AS 104
Faculty and staff who are applying for the spring CEMHD research award should attend, but it is open to all faculty and graduate students. Space is limited, so you must call to register by Monday, Feb 6 at noon.
To register call: Betsy Campisi at 442-7769

January 31
10:30 am - 3:00 pm

"Mentoring for Your Health.
"How Mentoring Can Address Health Equity: A Dialogue with Mentoring and Health Advocates  

Campus Center Assembly Hall
Uptown Campus

January 27
4:00 - 5:30 pm

Amsterdam Community Meeting on Reproductive Health

A light dinner will follow
Location: Inman Center 52 Guy Park Ave, Amsterdam.
Registration closes January 23
For more information contact: Nilda Giraldi (518) 842-1205, [email protected]

2011 Events

November 19
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome and Health: A Blueprint for Healing
with Dr. Joy DeGruy

Campus Center Assembly Hall
Advanced Registration Required

For more information and to register,
Click HERE

November 7 and 8
9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Health Disparities in Sexual Minorities Along the Life Cycle:
A Beginning Community Discussion

Page Hall, UA Downtown Campus
Cost: Free

Advanced Registration Required

September 17
9:00 am – 3:30 pm (Sat)

The Legacy of Trauma in Women’s Lives:

Health Impacts and Strategies for Healing in Community

UA Campus Center,
Room 375

Cost: $15 community members and students/ $20 providers

Advance Registration Required

For more information and to register: www.thewomensbuilding.orgor call: 518.462.2871

 August 11

New York State Regional Multicultural Advisory Committee Town Hall Meeting

9:00 am to 1:00 PM

Husted Hall
UA Downtown Campus
135 Western Ave Albany NY 12222

 Co-Sponsored by CEMHD and OMH

August 8

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Young Moms on a Mission: Healthy Relationships lead to Healthy Parenting 

Fulton-Montgomery Community College
1910 Riverfront Center,
Amsterdam, NY

Cost: Free

Dr. Dan Thompson

Chair of the Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects

April 15

   12:15 pm

Brown Bag Seminar
"Considering Race and Racism in Health Disparities:  Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives"

Dr. Alex Pieterse

February 14, March 14, April 11,  & May 9, 2011
appointment only

Statistical Consultation

Dr. Recai Yucel

 March 18, 2011 

3:00 PM

"Because They're Lower to the Ground:  Mexican Migrants and The Naturalization of Social Suffering"

Seth M. Holmes, Ph.D., M.D.

Co-Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities

February 4, 2011 

4:15 pm

Young Moms on a Mission:  Love Your Baby, Love Yourself

Amsterdam Housing Community Center
60 Division Street

For further information:
Nilda Giraldi;

[email protected]

 Keynote Speakers    

 Garth Graham, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health,  USHHS  

Wilma Waithe, Ph.D., Director, Office of Minority Health of NYS Dept. of Health

2008 - 2009 Events

November  23, 2009  

$6.8 Million NIH Grant Bolsters UAlbany Center's Efforts to Reduce Minority Health Disparities in New York State

October 7, 2009

Family Planning Advocates of New York State and CEMHD Present:

Health Care Reform: Engaging Communities of Color

Valda Boyd Ford will inspire communities of color and immigrant communities and their advocates to become more
engaged in the health care reform debate and other important issues impacting them.

 April 16, 2009

The Anthropology Department and CEMHD Present:

Noël Cameron, Ph.D.

Loughborough University , Department of Human Services

"Inequalities in an equal society: South African child health and wellbeing after apartheid"

12:15-1:15 PM,
Humanities Building
Room 354

Noël Cameron obtained his Ph.D. (Medicine) under the supervision of Professor James Tanner, at London University's Institute of Child Health, specializing in the normal and abnormal growth and development of children. 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 became Professor of Human Biology at Loughborough University in the UK. Prof Cameron has published widely in the international press on health of children in developing countries. He initiated (1987-1990) and was Director (1990-1997) of the Birth To Ten birth-cohort study in Soweto-Johannesburg, South Africa which has studied the effect of the urban environment on the growth, development, health and wellbeing of over 3000 children. His current research focuses on issues of fetal programming, and the development of obesity.

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2007-08 Schedule

Small Grant Recipient Presentations

A Black Church ’s Health Ministry: A Model for Delivering Type II Diabetes Self Management Education Program
Sandra Austin, Ed.D.,
School of Social Welfare
November 14th, 12:30-1:30 PM
Richardson 002

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Special Presentations

Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities Annual Symposium
Keynote: George Strait,

Director of Communications & Public Liaison for the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health, Former Chief Medical Correspondent for ABC News
Wednesday, April 16th, 3:30 PM – 5 PM, Campus Center 375

"Strategies to Improve Health Literacy for Diverse Populations"
Wilma Alvarado-Little, Engagement / Outreach Director
Wednesday, April 2, 1:30-2:30 PM
Adirondack Rural Health Network Conference--Health Literacy: The Hidden Risk Factor
Six Flags Great Escape Lodge, Lake George, NY

Risk & Protective Processes among Adolescents from Diverse Ethnocultural Backgrounds
Hazel Prelow, Ph.D., Department of Psychology
Monday, March 3rd 12:30-1:30 PM
LOCATION: Humanities 354
**Light refreshments provided**Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch**
Contact Dr. Robert Miller ([email protected]) for additional information

NYLARNet Symposium on Latino Health Issues in New York
Speakers: Jose E. Cruz, Director, NYLARNet; Jeanette Altarriba, Professor, Psychology Dept.;Janine Jurkowski, Asst. Professor, School of Public Health
November 14, 2:30-5:30
Standish Room, Science Library
sponsored by NYLARNet, co-sponsored by CEMHD & CSDA

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