RIM: Research and Research Education

Disparities & Community Outreach

Meet the Team

Erin Kobetz-Kerman, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Director, Disparities and Community Outreach Core and the Jay Weiss Institute for Health Equity at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Kobetz-Kerman joined the University faculty in 2004. She has a Ph.D. from the Department of Health Behavior and Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master’s degree in public health from Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health. Her research uses Community-Based Participatory Research methodologies to address racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in health outcomes. She has received numerous federal, state and foundation grants.

In 2004, she developed “Partners in Action,” the first funded campus-community partnership between the Cancer Center and South Florida’s Haitian community. In 2010, she and Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo, Chief of General Medicine, established the South Florida Center for Reducing Cancer Disparities (SUCCESS) with funding from a National Cancer Institute’s Community Networks Project. The grant compares several educational and screening strategies involving Community Health Workers to reduce cervical cancer in Miami-Dade County’s Hispanic and Haitian communities.

In 2011, Drs. Kobetz-Kerman and Carrasquillo received a Florida Bankhead Coley Team Science grant to use similar strategies to increase awareness and screening for colorectal cancer. Dr. Kobetz-Kerman is also involved with other community research initiatives, and is a Co-Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Initiative’s Community Engagement and Cultural Diversity Core.

Martha Gonzalez, M.A.
Core Manager
Martha Gonzalez joined the Core in 2010. She has been at the University since 2000 with the Cancer Information Service and Redes en Acción, both NCI-funded programs. Her expertise includes community education, outreach and partnerships, Community-Based Participatory Research, project management, interviewing and focus groups, training, health communication and social marketing. She currently works on studies that utilize Community Health Workers to increase screening for cervical and colorecal cancers in Hialeah and West Perrine. She has a master’s degree in Liberal Studies from the University of Miami. She is fluent in Spanish.

Dinah Trevil
Research Associate
Dinah Trevil joined the DCO Core in 2011. She has been with the University since 2006 with the Department of Pediatrics. Her expertise is in Community Based Participatory Research, training and managing community health workers, facilitating community advisory boards, developing study materials, interviewing and data management. She currently works on studies that utilize Community Health Workers to increase screening for cervical and colorecal cancers in Little Haiti and West Perrine. She has bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Miami and is completing her MPH at FIU. She is fluent in Haitian Creole and Spanish.

Claudia Gordon
Outreach Coordinator
Claudia Gordon joined the Jay Weiss Institute in January 2014. She has worked at the University since 2002 in various research and administrative positions. Her recent research and outreach experience includes providing clinical research support staff for an oral cancer and smoking cessation study, and other projects that involve community-based participatory research and training and managing community health workers. She is involved with the Liberty City Community Advisory Board and conducts community education throughout the Liberty City area on oral cancer risk factors. She is currently working on her Associate degree and certificate for Clinical Research Professionals (CRP).

Cynthia Lebron
Research Associate
Cynthia Lebron joined the DCO Core in 2014. She has prior experience as a teacher, community health worker and in research support. Her expertise is in community based research targeting minorities, specifically disease prevention in Hispanics. She currently works on clinical and community interventions to increase cancer screening. She has a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from Florida International University and a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Miami.

Community Health Workers
The DCO Core staff includes Community Health Workers who work on investigations involving specific cultural/linguistic populations such as Hispanic, Haitian and American communities.

Disparities & Community Outreach Services

The Disparities and Community Outreach Core offers a variety of services to investigators at all stages of the research process, from providing data for grant proposals to helping with outreach and recruitment of study participants. The core offers the following services:

To inquire about services of the Disparities and Community Outreach Core, contact:

Dr. Erin Kobetz
Director
Phone: (305) 243-6185
Email: ekobetz@med.miami.edu

Martha Gonzalez
Manager
Phone: (305) 243-4064
Email: mgonzalez16@med.miami.edu

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