Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities

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. For more on who we are please click here.

June 22nd, 2020
Associate News Feature:
Dr. Wayne Lawrence's Article in the Times Union
Commentary: Public Health Experts Can't 'Stay Out of Politics', Nor Should They

Dr. Wayne Lawrence recently published an opinion article with the Times Union discussing the impact and importance of public health officials in the political landscape. To read the article, please click the link here.

Black/African Americans Outside NYC Suffer Even Greater Health Disparities in the Impact of COVID-19 than NYC Black/African-Americans According to Data from the NYS Department of Health

For ease of access, the position paper is also available as a PDF here.

Albany Minority Health Task Force
Position Paper on Racial Disparities in COVID-19

Please read the Albany Minority Health Task Force Position Paper on Racial Disparities in regards to COVID-19 below. For ease of access, the position paper is also available as a PDF here.

Alzheimer's Association: Ask the Expert

June 17th, 2020
COVID-19 and the Bla
ck Community

Congratulations to Our New Health Disparities Fellows!

Justin Clayton


Justin Clayton is a native of Durham, North Carolina. He is a second-year PhD student at the UAlbany School of Criminal Justice, as well as a graduate certificate student in Economic Forecasting. Justin previously attended North Carolina Central University, earning a MA and a BA in Psychology. He became interested in health disparities research while working at Duke University on a team-based ethnography. The project sought to understand inequality in public and private healthcare settings, while examining how patients navigate barriers to service. Justin used the data he collected for this study to write his Master’s thesis. As a Presidential Doctoral Fellow, he plans to continue studying the health disparities and inequality that un(der)insured blacks and Latinos face. He is particularly interested in the relationship between minority health outcomes and contact with the criminal justice apparatus. Additionally, Justin would like to study this relationship cross-nationally.

Alexis Chamorro-Ortiz

Alexis Chamorro-Ortiz is an upcoming doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology at the University at Albany, SUNY. He completed his B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Central Florida, focusing on Anthropology, Biomedical Sciences, and History.

His college career began at the University of Puerto Rico in Ponce, where he became interested in researching health disparities by attending a series of discussion panels that pertained to the identity and personal experiences, primarily within healthcare, of Puerto Rican transgender women. They shared extraordinary details regarding their own agency and production of knowledge by relying on self-medication to aid their gender transitions.

Chamorro’s research interests consider how Puerto Rican transgender women’s mistrust of physicians, and a severely discriminatory healthcare system, continues to redirect them to alternative therapeutic spaces. In the metropolitan region of Puerto Rico, transwomen have long relied upon what they refer to as a “black market” to access hormonal therapy administered by “inyeccionistas” to facilitate their gender transition. Signs of social justice changes in health is grimmer than ever given the shortage of doctors in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, stringent fiscal policies, rising hate crimes, a series of devastating earthquakes, and, now, the COVID-19 pandemic.

This disadvantaged population suffers from sociocultural dilemmas that can only be fully explored through a transdisciplinary approach that considers their experiences within a heteronormative Caribbean (and American) society. Through the Presidential Doctoral Fellowship for Research Training in Health Disparities, and his doctoral training, Alexis aims to contribute towards the lives of Puerto Rican transgender women.

May 2nd, 2020

Associate News Feature:

Dr. Kaydian Reid's Article in the Hartford Courant

"Why the coronavirus hits harder in communities of color"


Former Health Disparities Fellow, Dr. Kaydian Reid, recently published a special op-ed in the Hartford Courant discussing how COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted communities of color. Dr. Reid is currently an assistant professor and program director for the Master of Publich Health Program at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford.

Read her article here!


May 1st, 2020

Reminder: Complete the 2020 Census Today!


Census information is an important source for research into assessing various community needs as well as informing federal funding for local school programs. Be sure to complete your 2020 Census! More information on how to send in your response can be found here.


Associate News Feature:

Five Questions with Elizabeth Vasquez

Dr. V Snippet

Our very own Dr. Vasquez was featured in a Five Questions article with the UAlbany News Center. Check out the full article here!

March 5th, 2020
AVillage's Celebration of Progress

Save the date for AVillage's Celebration of Progress! The 10-year anniversary of the group's work in Albany's South End will be celebrated at their seventh annual Celebration of Progress and Annual Fundraising Dinner.

It will be held Thursday, March 5th, 2020 at:
The New York State Museum
Theater and Adirondack Hall
5:30pm Registration
6-7:00pm Program
7:00pm Dinner, mingling, and conversation

Registration is due by February 27th, 2020 and can be done online at:

November 15th, 2019
President's Forum on Health Disparities
October 24th, 2019
Latino/Hispanic Health Disparities Conference
September 19th, 2019
Congratulations to Dr. Julia Hastings on 
Receiving the 2019-2020
 APHA Insley-Evans Award

"Dr. Julia Hastings, assistant professor at the University at Albany Schools of Public Health and Social Welfare, has been named as the 2019-2020 Insley-Evans Public Health Social Worker of the Year by the Public Health Social Work (PHSW) Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

This award, which recognizes excellence in public health social work, is named after Ms. Virginia Insley and Ms. Juanita Evans, who both held significant roles in the founding of public health social work education.

Dr. Hastings is recognized for her contributions through community service, organization and planning, administration, education, research, publications, and professional organizations. She holds a strong commitment to elevating health outcomes for underserved and underrepresented racial and ethnic populations."



Announcing the President's Forum
The Annual President’s Forum on Health Disparities is a centerpiece of UAlbany’s prestigious $10 million NIH/NIMHD-funded Endowment for Community-based Health Disparities Research and Training program.
Addressing health disparities is a critical public health priority for New York State as well as our entire nation. New York has an exceptionally diverse population spanning race and ethnicity with people living in very rural to very urban places and coming from very wealthy to very poor socioeconomic conditions. Regrettably, equally good health is not afforded to all New Yorkers.
Members of our campus community, colleagues from across institutions of higher education, along with partners from healthcare providers and community groups will be invited to the President’s Forum. In addition to the exchange of ideas, new concepts and solutions, the Forum will also provide professional development and networking opportunities to foster future research and scholarly collaboration.
This year's forum is slated to be held on Friday, November 15th, 2019 from 9am - 5pm in the Campus Center Board Room at SUNY Albany's Uptown Campus. Any changes to the schedule or location, as well as any updates for the event will be posted to this page.







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