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America East Conference Spotlights UAlbany's
Dr. Robert L. Miller for Black History Month

School of Social Welfare professor cited for promoting illness-prevention efforts in Africa between faith-based institutions and health-related community-based organizations.

ALBANY, N.Y. (February 16, 2012) -- The NCAA Division I America East Conference, whose membership includes 18 of the University at Albany's varsity sports, has honored a UAlbany School of Social Welfare associate professor as "an ideal representative from the University at Albany for Black History Month."

America East, in putting together a nine-part video series featuring one prominent African-American from each of its members schools, cited Dr. Robert L. Miller Jr. for his research on the "intersection of spirituality, social welfare and public health."

Miller has examined the meaning of piety in the lives of African American gay men living with AIDS. Within this research, he has promoted illness prevention efforts between faith-based institutions and health related community based organizations.

A strong and active participant in the US-Africa Partnership for Stronger Communities, Miller recently traveled to Africa with students to learn about cultural and religious diversity, and to study international social and economic policies and programs that help to promote change and development.

Along with the trip, Dr. Miller created a conference on minority health disparities that featured leading physicians, social workers, and nurses from across the nation and Puerto Rico called, "Health Disparities in Sexual Minorities: Along the Life Cycle: A Beginning Conversation."

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