Outreach Mission
Our mission is to improve lines of communication about health and healthcare among UAlbany faculty, local minority communities and health care providers. We work with community-based organizations, healthcare practitioners, students, and K-12 schools serving high percentages of minority populations.



  • Develop, define, disseminate and measure key health challenges
  • Equip community leaders to participate in community-based research and partner with investigators in research studies and interventions
  • Empower, organize and support communities to address health disparities
  • Develop a framework needed to achieve resolutions and outcomes to identified challenges

Blanca Ramos, Community Outreach Liaison 
Amsterdam Community Health Task Force,
Ph: 518-442-5365
[email protected]


Blanca Ramos' scholarly interests are centered on cross-cultural social work, gerontology, and domestic violence with a focus on US Latinos. Dr. Ramos holds an affiliate appointment in the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She teaches courses on clinical social work, diversity, immigrants, Hispanic cultures in the U.S., and research in Latino communities. Her international work includes partnership building with higher education institutions and communications and with the national association of social workers in Peru. Dr. Ramos serves a variety of local, regional, and national boards and commissions and has extensive experience as a practitioner and community organizer. Blanca Ramos is past Vice President of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and has served on the National Board of the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research. She is a current member of the editorial board of Social Work and the NASW National Committee on Inquiry. She is originally from Lima, Peru. 

Greg Owens Co-Director,
Liaison from Macedonia Baptist Church Initiatives in Community Development

Greg Owens, LMSW, specializes in Criminal and Juvenile Justice. He has worked as a clinician and manager in various settings including residential treatment and community-based organizations and has worked for NYS Division for Youth/Office for Children and Family Services for 25 years. He is currently the Director of Special Populations and is responsible for statewide initiatives including mentoring, youth gangs and violence, disproportionate minority representation, cultural competence and responsible fatherhood.


Olivia Mata, Community Outreach Support
Email: [email protected]

Olivia is a doctoral student studying talk-in-interaction in the Department of Communication at the University at Albany. She uses conversation analysis to investigate the practical procedures by which people establish order and understanding when communicating with one another. Her research interests lie in the intersection of interpersonal and health communication, with a special interest in understanding how we make talk about mental health relevant and recognizable in non-clinical interactions. Working for the Center and its two task forces has taught Olivia that community-engaged research is essential for promoting realistic and effective healthcare interventions.