Health Equity Project

Dr. Timothy Loftus and Rev. Nathaniel Robinson, Pastor of Saint Paul AME Church
Dr. Timothy Loftus and Rev. Nathaniel Robinson, pastor of Saint Paul AME Church

Launched in 2020 in collaboration with the School of Medicine’s MD/MPH Program, the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and a coalition of community partners, the Health Equity Project engages in community-centered health law and policy research, advocacy, and education. In 2022-2023, Project fellows and interns conducted policy research on the public health effects of housing displacement and neighborhood resegregation, and, moreover, helped shape a panel discussion on the Intersection of Housing, Race & Climate at the Second Annual Black Health Summit, sponsored by the Health Foundation of South Florida and held at Florida Memorial University. Fellows and interns attended the Summit, provided research for Summit panels on Black Maternal Health and Toxic Stress and Healing, served as reporters for all workshops, and were instrumental in the production of the Summit’s Final Report.


Miller School of Medicine

  • Shirin Shafazand, MD, MS - Professor of Medicine, Deputy Director of MD/MPH Program, Director of Pulmonary Hypertension Program
  • Zinzi Bailey, ScD, MSPH - Epidemiologist, Research Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Oncology, Department of Medicine

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

  • Erin Kobetz, PhD, MPH - Vice Provost for Research, Professor, Associate Director for Population Science and Cancer Disparity
  • Brandon Mahal, MD - Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, Assistant Director of Community Outreach and Engagement

University of Miami Richter Library

Department of Geography and Regional Studies

  • Justin Stoler, PhD, MPH - Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Regional Studies, Department of Public Health Sciences; Faculty Scholar, Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy (2019-2020)

In the News

Health Care Law: Miami Law Students Partner with Community Alliances and Miller School of Medicine on Health Disparities Project


 Dr. Timothy Loftus on the Miami Law Explainer podcast

LISTEN IN: Dr. Loftus and Health Disparity Fellows Discuss Project Launch in Miami Law Explainer Podcast

Project Activities

  • Community and stakeholder engagement and partnership
  • Law and policy research at federal, state, and local levels
  • ArcGIS mapping to link social determinants of health to geographical displacement
  • Health survey development and implementation
  • Community-centered solution development and advocacy
  • Related curriculum development

Polarity and Disparities in the COVID-19 Pandemic

A Story Map by Douglas Sirutis MS, MD/MPH Candidate 2023

Miami-Dade County: A Legacy of Environmental Injustice

Created by Brown University Students: Mia Mitchell '23 and Reese Fry '22