Health Disparities Project

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In May 2020, the Miami Law Community Equity Lab, housed within the Center for Ethics and Public Service, launched a new initiative to address health disparities in Miami-Dade County. The Center maintains a longstanding relationship with faith, non-profit, and civic leaders in communities of color.

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center’s community partners voiced serious concerns about the pandemic’s ongoing toll in their communities. The Center partnered with Miami’s Miller School of Medicine to begin tracking COVID-19 health disparities in communities of color. We envision a long-term collaboration, with both the medical school and our community partners, to address health equity.

Our initial research focuses on the impact of COVID, tracking social determinants of health of affected individuals for 12 months after infection. Because of the Center’s track record in environmental justice and the interplay between environment and physical health, our research will incorporate environmental health data. Using ArcGIS software, we will interpret our data in combination with available public health and environmental health indicators. We will then engage in legal and policy research. The research seeks to identify the duties and responsibilities of relevant private and government actors. By identifying specific indicators, practices, laws and policies that influence them, the team can focus on entities perpetuating harms either knowingly or unknowingly. Using the full array of law reform and policy remedies, the project will facilitate productive change.

Student Lead:

Timothy C. Loftus, M.D.
William M. Hoeveler Fellow
Center for Ethics and Public Service | Health Disparities Project
J.D. Candidate 2021 | University of Miami School of Law

Partners:

Miller School of Medicine (UMMSM) MD/MPH
Roderick K. King, M.D., M.P.H. - Director, Miller School of Medicine’s M.D./M.P.H. Program, Assistant Dean for Public Health Education
Shirin Shafazand, M.D., MS - Professor of Medicine, Deputy Director, MD/MPH Program, Director of Pulmonary Hypertension Program
Zinzi Bailey, ScD, MSPH - Epidemiologist, Research Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Oncology, Department of Medicine

Department of Public Health Science, Division of Biostatistics
Alejandro Max Antonio, Ph.D., M.A. - Lead Research Analyst, Department of Public Health Science, Division of Biostatistics, Biostatistics Collaboration and Consulting Core (BCCC)

University of Miami Richter Library
Abraham Kaleo Parrish - GIS Services Librarian, University of Miami Richter Library

Department of Geography and Regional Studies
Justin Stoler, Ph.D., M.P.H. - Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Regional Studies, Department of Public Health Sciences; Faculty Scholar, Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy (2019-2020)

Project Components:

  • Public health & environmental data retrieval & analysis
  • Meeting with community partners & their constituents
  • Policy research: federal, state & local statutes & regulations
  • ArcGIS mapping
  • Survey development & implementation

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University of Miami School of Law
Center for Ethics & Public Service
P.O. Box 248087
Coral Gables, Florida 33124-8087

Street Address:
1311 Miller Drive, Room G287
Coral Gables, FL 33146-8087
Phone: 305-284-3934
Fax: 305-284-1588
E-mail: Ebonie Carter, ecarter1@law.miami.edu

THE DIRECTOR
Anthony V. Alfieri is Professor of Law and Dean's Distinguished Scholar and Director of the Center for Ethics and Public Service (CEPS) and Founder and Director of the Historic Black Church Program.

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CONTACT
Mailing Address
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University of Miami School of Law
Center for Ethics & Public Service
P.O. Box 248087
Coral Gables, Florida 33124-8087

Street Address:
1311 Miller Drive, Room G287
Coral Gables, FL 33146-8087
Phone: 305-284-3934
Fax: 305-284-1588
E-mail: Ebonie Carter, ecarter1@law.miami.edu

THE DIRECTOR
Anthony V. Alfieri is Professor of Law and Dean's Distinguished Scholar and Director of the Center for Ethics and Public Service (CEPS) and Founder and Director of the Historic Black Church Program.

PUBLICATIONS