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    Eliminating Minority Health Disparities in a 21st-Century Pandemic

Gov. Cuomo charged the University at Albany with leading a team of public health, social welfare, emergency preparedness and other experts to engage stakeholders to study the environmental, socioeconomic and occupational factors causing Latinx and Black populations in the state to be disproportionately harmed by COVID-19.

The team is looking at factors such as housing and food security; employment opportunities; how communities learned and responded to the dangers of COVID-19; and the availability and access to health insurance coverage and health care. By further analyzing and building upon research that’s already been done on these disparities, the team will develop data-driven prevention strategies to help inform New York’s response to this and future public health threats. The University is partnering in this work with the NYS Department of Health and Northwell Health, as well as a number of additional community partners. The project is another demonstration of the University’s longstanding commitment to address and eliminate racial and ethnic disparities. Beyond 2020, UAlbany intends to build on its extensive expertise and strong commitment to social and economic justice to expand its health equity research portfolio.

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Researchers
Rukhsana Ahmed
Associate Professor and Department Chair
Communication
Jeanette Altarriba
Professor, Dean of College of Arts and Sciences
Psychology, Latin American, Caribbean & U.S. Latino Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
Cognitive Psychology
Elise Andaya
Associate Professor
Anthropology
DeeDee Bennett
Assistant Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Rajani Bhatia
Associate Professor, Interim Director of Graduate Studies
Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Dev Dalal
Associate Professor
Psychology
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Lindsey Disney
Assistant Professor
School of Social Welfare
Beth J. Feingold
Associate Professor
Environmental Health Sciences
Ashley M. Fox
Associate Professor
Public Administration & Policy, International Affairs, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
Samantha Friedman
Associate Professor
Sociology
Annis Golden
Associate Professor
Communication
Rose Greene
Director and Public Service Professor
Minority Health Disparities
Alex Greer
Associate Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Angela N. Hackstadt
Subject Librarian for Political Science, Public Administration, Public Policy, & Law
Minority Health Disparities
Teresa Harrison
Faculty Fellow
Minority Health Disparities
Julia F. Hastings
Associate Professor
Health Policy, Management and Behavior
David R. Holtgrave
Dean, SUNY Empire Innovation Professor, Distinguished Professor
School of Public Health
Youqin Huang
Professor, Program Director - Geography BA
Geography & Planning, East Asian Studies
Janine M. Jurkowski
Professor
Health Policy, Management and Behavior
Archana Krishnan
Associate Professor, BA/MA Program Coordinator
Communication
Elaine M. Lasda
Coordinator of Scholarly Communication, Associate Librarian
Minority Health Disparities
Rui Li
Assistant Professor
Geography & Planning
Sandra McGinnis, Ph.D
Senior Research Scientist
Minority Health Disparities
Samantha Penta
Assistant Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Alex L. Pieterse
Associate Professor
Educational & Counseling Psychology, School of Education
Feng (Johnson) Qian
Associate Professor
Health Policy, Management and Behavior
Jason Randall
Assistant Professor
Psychology
Industrial / Organizational Psychology
Dina Refki, DA
Clinical Associate Professor
Public Administration & Policy, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
Lawrence M. Schell
Distinguished Professor
Anthropology, Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Kate W. Strully
Associate Professor
Sociology
Tomoko Udo
Associate Professor
Health Policy, Management and Behavior
Lynn A. Warner
Dean
School of Social Welfare
Kristen C. Wilcox
Associate Professor
Educational Policy & Leadership, School of Education
Dwight C. Williams
Clinical Professor
Health Policy, Management and Behavior
Masahiro Yamamoto
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Communication
Advisory Committee to President Havidán Rodríguez

Jeanette Altarriba
James Dias
Annis Golden
Robert Griffin
David Holtgrave
Carol Kim
Theresa Pardo
Karl Rethemeyer
Lawrence Schell
Sheila Seery
Bruce Szelest
Lynn Warner 

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Project Team

Theresa Pardo, Project Director
Kelsey Butz
Jordan Carleo-Evangelist
Robert Griffin
Teresa Harrison
Jane Krumm-Schwan
Kristen Marlow
Jill Reid
Sheila Seery
Julia Singleton
Lynn Warner