Dr. Folakemi Odedina Coordinates COVID-19 Research Collaboration in Florida

Folakemi Odedina, Ph.DUniversities and health care entities throughout the state of Florida are now providing outreach and engagement to ethnic and racial minority communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to a $1 million award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Folakemi Odedina, Ph.D., UF joint professor in radiation oncology, pharmacotherapy and translational research, is director of the CaRE2 Health Equity Center (right), which will coordinate COVID-19 outreach efforts in some of the hardest-hit communities in northern and central Florida. These areas include Alachua, Duval, Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.

“We know that this virus does not discriminate,” said Dr. Odedina. “We also know that COVID-19 significantly impacts minority communities. Joining together with our partners around the state to support to some of the hardest hit communities is a crucial step in achieving our common goal of eradicating coronavirus in Black and Latinx communities.”

Read more about this important partnership, the “Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities,” or the Florida CEAL Team, online.


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