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.
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
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)
- Public health & environmental data retrieval & analysis
- Meeting with community partners & their constituents
- Policy research: federal, state & local statutes & regulations
- ArcGIS mapping
- Survey development & implementation
Miami-Dade County: A Legacy of Environmental Injustice
Created by Brown University Students: Mia Mitchell '23 and Reese Fry '22