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A man gets his COVID-19 vaccination. Source: The American Medical Association.

In-depth: Why doctors believe the racial disparity in COVID-related deaths is smaller now than ever before

Local epidemiologists have said the racial disparity in COVID-related deaths is smaller now than ever before. Some epidemiologists credit the rapid increase in vaccination rates among people of color. “So, the distance between the number of people that were vaccinated or not vaccinated in African American communities and that in our Caucasian counterparts has significantly narrowed during the past year,” said Dr. Kevin Sneed with USF Health. He also credits the work of organizations such as We Care and ReachUp, Inc. for the increase in local vaccination rates among people of color.

July 22, 2022Research and Funding, University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Mobile clinic will address health disparities in St. Pete

With the help of a four-year $3.85 million grant, the University of South Florida College of Nursing will soon provide access to mobile healthcare in medically underserved communities like South St. Petersburg. The grant, awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), enables the USF College of Nursing to build a 21-foot mobile health unit (MHU), complete with two exam rooms, a bathroom and a pop-up awning. The MHU will serve areas in Tampa Bay desperate for holistic health care, and provide invaluable educational opportunities for students.

July 21, 2022Community Engagement, Research and Funding, St. Petersburg Campus

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

USF professors participate in Center for PAInT’s museum studies initiative in Montgomery, Ala.

The University of South Florida Center for Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching (PAInT) and Arts Schools Network (ASN) are convening USF researchers, teachers, teaching artists and administrators for a Civil Rights Museum Studies initiative, July 25–29, 2022, hosted by Experience Montgomery, a division of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce in Montgomery, Ala. The museum studies initiative is being funded with part of an $8.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the Center for PAInT’s Race, Equity, Arts and Cultural History, or REACH, project.

July 21, 2022Research and Funding, Sarasota-Manatee Campus

College of Education

College of Education receives grant to support underrepresented students in pursuing careers in STEM fields

A new $75,000 grant from Duke Energy will allow USF’s St. Petersburg campus to establish programming that supports underrepresented students in finding pathways into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

July 18, 2022Research and Funding, St. Petersburg Campus

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

How Educational Attainment Impacted COVID-19 Mortality Rates Among African Americans

A study led by senior author Jason Salemia, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of South Florida, provides strong evidence on why COVID-19 death rates were higher among Blacks and other groups that on average have lower levels of education and lower incomes.

July 11, 2022Research and Funding

Fawn Ngo

Boundless Bulls: Fawn Ngo

Fawn Ngo, an associate professor of criminology on the University of South Florida’s Sarasota-Manatee campus, sees it as her responsibility to prepare her students for careers in the criminal justice system as it exists today. Inspired by a desire to promote racial equity and justice for crime victims, her pedagogy and research interests continue to engage her in the local community.

July 7, 2022Research and Funding, Sarasota-Manatee Campus

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Professor holds this truth to be self evident; Lincoln tops list of five best presidents for Black people

Presidents who fought for the equal rights, safety and representation of Black Americans had a lasting effect on their lives. Stephanie Williams, a former staff assistant to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, (D- Mass.), teaches issues related to race in the honors college at the University of South Florida. TheGrio asked for her opinion on the best U.S. presidents for Black America. Her opinions of the best presidents, in order, are below and in her words.

July 4, 2022Research and Funding, Tampa Campus

A member of the University of South Florida's research time searches for unmarked graves at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in 2018

USF anthropologist tells the story of ‘throwaway’ boys

After spending several years unearthing graves and crimes at an infamous, state-operated “school for boys” in Florida’s panhandle, University of South Florida anthropologist Erin Kimmerle has released her harrowing findings to the masses.

July 1, 2022Research and Funding, University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Education studies to examine students’ performance

The Ministry of Education has allocated more than $2.5 million for two studies to examine students’ performances in mathematics in The Bahamas and the factors contributing to their underperformance in the public school system, Minister of Education Glenys Hanna-Martin said yesterday. This research will be conducted by the University of South Florida and led by Bahamian professor and mathematician Dr. Ruthmae Sears, herself a product of the public school system.

June 14, 2022Research and Funding

Haywood Brown

Black women more likely to die from breast cancer

Black women continue to experience disparities in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, leading to increased mortality. “The realities are that breast cancer is diagnosed at a later stage in Black women than white women, and the reality is that Black women are more likely to die from breast cancer,” said Haywood L. Brown, MD, vice president for institutional equity and associate dean of the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida.

May 8, 2022Community Engagement, Research and Funding

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

UFF condemns Viewpoint Diversity Survey

The United Faculty of Florida (UFF) released a statement April 5 urging community members of Florida universities to ignore the Intellectual Freedom and Viewpoint Diversity survey that was sent out by the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) on April 4.

April 10, 2022Research and Funding

Diane Price-Herndl

Empowerment through representation: Diane Price-Herndl raises visibility through literature

During Diane Price-Herndl’s childhood, her hometown of St. Jo, Texas was still racially segregated with many being unable to pursue higher education. Refusing to let her be tethered down by the town’s hatred, her mother, a passionate supporter of civil rights and education, encouraged her to aim higher than her current reality.

March 31, 2022Curriculum, Research and Funding

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