Online Program

Development of a Statewide Collaborative Research Initiative to Address Health Disparities in Florida

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Penny Ralston, PhD, Center on Better Health and Life for Underserved Populations, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Folakemi Odedina, PhD, Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy, University of Florida, Seminole, FL
Cynthia M. Harris, PhD, DABT, Institute of Public Health, Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, FL
Angela Adams, PharmD, Global Center for Men's Health, Central Florida Pharmacy Council, Ovieda, FL
Desiree Rivers, PhD, MPH, Florida Health Equity Research Institute, USF College of Medicine, Tampa, FL
B. Lee Green, PhD, MEd, Moffitt Diversity, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, FL
Purpose is to describe the development and initial outcomes of the Florida Health Equity Research Institute (HERI). The need for HERI arises from the disproportionate disease burden among medically underserved populations in Florida and the lack of large, multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional efforts to improve health in these populations. The process of establishing HERI included:  a) development of the Health Disparities Research (HDR) Agenda for Florida in 2011; b) advocacy to communicate the HDR Agenda and the need for funding with key decision-makers; c) approval for HERI by the state governing board with performance metrics; d) receipt of a non-recurring state appropriation of $400,000 each year for 2013 and 2014; and d) organization of HERI into four cores:  Administrative, Community Engagement, Education & Training, and Research.  Initial outcomes include:  a) establishing affiliations with over 17 Florida universities and community organizations;  b) hosting two health disparities summits with a total of 310 faculty, students, community representatives and clinicians attending; c) establishing a 10 member Steering Committee and a 15 member Community Leadership Board; d) mentoring of 154 students and 95 faculty/community stakeholders through student symposia and summer research internships; e) establishing a pilot grant program for multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional and community-based (MMC) research with two $50,000 grants awarded; and f)  identifying $11.6M in competitive MMC federal and state grants submitted and $5.9M in awards from HERI investigators.  Lessons learned and future directions will be shared.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership

Learning Objectives:
Describe the development and initial outcomes of the Florida Health Equity Research Institute (HERI). Identify lessons learned and future directions.

Keyword(s): Health Disparities/Inequities, Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dr. Cynthia M. Harris is Director and Professor of the Institute of Public Health of Florida A&M University. Dr. Harris holds a B.A. (Honors) in Biology (1978) and an M.A. in Genetics (1981) from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Meharry Medical College (1985) with concentration in the areas of nutritional biochemistry and toxicology.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.