Richard G. Roetzheim, MD, MSPH

Desiree Rivers, Ph.D., MSPH

Thometta Cozart Brooks, MS, CGMP

The University of South Florida and Moffitt Cancer Center were awarded a highly competitive, $6-million National Institutes of Health grant in 2009 to create a National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Center of Excellence, entitled the Center for Equal Health: Community Partnerships in Research, Education and Training.  The five-year grant focuses on research, education and training, and community outreach to reduce cancer-related health disparities among minority and underserved communities in Florida.

Richard Roetzheim, MD, MSPH, professor and director of research for the USF Department of Family Medicine, and B. Lee Green, PhD, Vice President of Moffitt Diversity, are co-directors of the Center for Equal Health. Leslene Gordon, PhD, Community Health Director for the Hillsborough County Health Department, and Maria Pinzon, Executive Director for Hispanic Services Council, are community co-directors for the Center.

USF and Moffitt have a longstanding track record of working together in the area of health disparities research. The two institutions have collaborated on several studies documenting gaps in cancer care and outcomes across ethnic, racial and socioeconomic groups in Florida.