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Community Engagement

Community-Based Research

A Message from the Associate Dean for Research and Practice

The College of Public Health’s commitment to community-engaged research has strong roots in the college’s history as the original academic program in public health opened expressly for the citizens of Florida. Since its beginning, the college has led efforts across Florida to address infant mortality rates, worker safety, improved air and water quality, infectious disease control, cancer prevention and child safety.

The faculty and students here in the college are deeply committed to working with a multitude of partners and projects aimed at improving the health of our community, whether that community is down the street, across the Tampa Bay bridges, in another part of the county, or across the world. Projects that engage community partners and address critical research questions include topics aimed at improving the health of mothers and babies, assessing barriers to vaccination among children and the elderly, eradicating malaria, improving infant feeding practices and expanding access to health care to name just a few.

The College of Public Health’s Office of Research and Practice welcomes community partners and students interested in working on these and other important projects. We are a community-engaged college and our practice is our passion!

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How do we provide supportive care throughout pregnancy? MCHSO aims to address this question at annual symposium

How do we provide supportive care throughout pregnancy? MCHSO aims to address this question at annual symposium

The COPH's Maternal Child Health Student Organization will host its 15th annual spring symposium this year from March 21-22. This year’s event titled, “Supportive Care Throughout Pregnancy: How We All Come Together," centers on how everyone has a part to play in ensuring mothers, birthing people and children are equitably cared for to become well and flourish.

Florida Covering Kids & Families names COPH alum as new director

Florida Covering Kids & Families names COPH alum as new director

Dr. Xonjenese Jacobs, who received her DrPH degree from the USF College of Public Health (COPH) in 2022, has been named faculty administrator/director of Florida Covering Kids & Families (FL-CKF).