HERI hosts second Florida Health Disparities Summit
By C. Griggs
Florida Health Equity Research Institute (HERI) hosted its second Health Disparities Summit last week at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. The goal of the summit was to explore collaborative partnerships among HERI and other contributors to strengthen health disparities research. The summit also provided insight into the impact of community advocates and their role in leading edge health disparities research, locally and nationally.
HERI was established to implement the recommendations from the Health Disparities Research Agenda (HDR). The need for HERI arises from the lack of large multi-university, multi-disciplinary efforts to improve health in these populations. The overall purpose of HERI is to implement the HDR Agenda for Florida through proactive collaborations among academic institutions, health care providers, government organizations, community-based organizations and funding organizations. Through this effort, HERI will facilitate the design of broad-based studies to address health disparities in medically underserved populations and to evaluate the outcomes consistent its mission. For more information visit www.FLHERI.org. Pictured are left to right: Charles Griggs, HERI Steering Committee Chair and President 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc., Dr. Adewale Troutman, HERI Steering Committee member and Associate Dean for Health Equity and Community Engagement at the College of Public Health University of South Florida, and Dr. B. Lee Green, HERI Administrative Core and Vice President, Diversity and Community Engagement, Co-Director, USF/Moffitt Center for Equal Health