Projects and Programs

Community Health Worker (CHW) Institute: The CHW Institute provides an integrated training approach that includes didactics and hands-on training to prepare women to be eligible for the Florida CHW certification exam and join the healthcare workforce. We are recruiting up to 5 women for the program and they will receive a stipend for participating in the 6 month program and completing the certification exam. This initiative is supported by funding from the Women’s Giving Alliance. For more information, contact Lori Bilello at

Florida Registry for Aging Studies: Researchers from Florida International University (Principal Investigator), University of Central Florida, and the University of Florida are investigating how to increase recruitment, engagement, and retention of older African American (AA), Latino/Hispanic (LH), and Caribbean (CN) adults into clinical research. Specific aims of this study are 1) to identify strategies that promote recruitment and enrollment of diverse older adults into aging research; 2) implement a communication plan to increase awareness of and willingness to participate in research; and 3) implement a statewide registry of AA, LH, and CN older adults ready to participate in NIA funded clinical research. This research is funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Engagement Award: The purpose of the PCORI Engagement Award is to support the development of a Patient Centered Research Collaborative (PCRC) that is built on the knowledge, experiences, and insight of patients, providers and community stakeholders to develop a meaningful patient-centered and community engaged research agenda. Key activities for the project include:

  • Convening patients, stakeholders and community leaders to identify and develop strategic initiatives to reduce health disparities;
  • Creating a sustainable organizational structure, including a PCRC, for the University of Florida's Urban Health Alliance to implement initiatives to reduce health disparities;
  • Adapting group decision making processes with patient and community partners to elicit prioritized research questions to guide research;
  • Providing the infrastructure for the collection and sharing of data within the PCRC as well as other partners.

For more information, contact CHEER at

Florida-California Cancer Research, Education and Engagement (CaRE2) Health Equity Center: The long-term goals of the Florida-California CaRE2 Health Equity Center are to:

  • Eliminate cancer disparities in Blacks and Latinos,
  • Train and increase the pool of underrepresented Black and Latino scientists conducting health disparity research,
  • Increase research capacity at Florida A & M University and to increase cancer disparity research at the University of Florida and University of Southern California-Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

This project is financially supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).