Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Disparities & Community Outreach Staff

To inquire about services of the Disparities and Community Outreach Core, contact Director Dr. Erin Kobetz at 305-243-6185 or or Manager Dorothy Parker at 305-243-1120 or

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.

Dorothy F. Parker, M.H.S., Core Manager

Dorothy Parker manages the core and provides services to Cancer Center investigators, primarily for pre-award planning and for establishing partnerships with community organizations. She manages the core’s Community Leadership Board and it’s network of neighborhood Community Advisory Boards. Ms. Parker joined the University in 2000 as the director of the Florida Comprehensive Cancer Control Initiative, a CDC-funded project that laid the groundwork for the Cancer Center’s focus on local disparities and community partnerships. She has a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and over 35 years experience in cancer control and research. Her expertise is the community partnerships, planning and evaluation, developing study materials, data management and management. She represents the Cancer Center on the Florida Cancer Control and Research Advisory Board and on the Southeast Florida Cancer Control Collaborative.

Martha Gonzalez, M.A., Senior Research Associate

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).

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.

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