The Office of Community Outreach and Engagement Staff

Faculty

Elizabeth A Shenkman

Elizabeth A Shenkman Ph.D.

Department Chair And Professor
Department: MD-HOBI-GENERAL
Phone: (352) 294-5975

Elizabeth Shenkman, PhD is the Chair of the Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics and also is the Co-Director of the University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement for the UF Health Cancer Center. Dr. Shenkman is a health outcomes researcher with a research focus on: 1) determining which combinations of health care delivery, community, and patient factors influence quality and outcomes of care; and 2) developing and testing corresponding evidence-based strategies to reduce disparities in health outcomes among underserved populations.

In her role as CTSI Co-Director and Co-Principle Investigator, Dr. Shenkman leads the Learning Health System initiative, including interfacing with clinicians, health system leaders, researchers, and patients to align research and clinical operations to systematically improve health outcomes and advance health equity using real world data combined with implementation and improvement science methodologies. In addition, Dr. Shenkman leads the OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium, which was developed through the CTSI.

The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute-funded OneFlorida Clinical Research Network is comprised of 10 different health system partners caring for over 15 M Floridians or approximately 60% of the population in the 3rd largest state in the US. The Floridians in this network include vulnerable populations who are rarely or minimally included in traditional clinical trials (e.g., those of lower socioeconomic status, racial and ethnic minorities, children, and older adults). A hallmark of OneFlorida is its centralized Data Trust, which contains linked health care claims, electronic health record, tumor registry, vital statistics, and census data from its health system partners for cohort discovery, study feasibility determination, and to augment primary data collection activities. Dr. Shenkman facilitates investigators’ access to OneFlorida clinical settings and the Data Trust for a wide range of studies including cancer-focused interventional trials.

Dr. Shenkman is an MPI for the NIH Office of the Director-funded All of Us Precision Medicine cohort initiative in collaboration with the University of Miami, Emory University and Morehouse School of Medicine. In that capacity, she is responsible for overseeing community engagement and recruitment and retention efforts focused on rural and underserved populations in North Florida. Dr. Shenkman also is the PI of an R01 funded by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality examining the effects of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals with chronic conditions. The project uses electronic health record data to better measure health care use and clinical outcomes for adults with T2 diabetes and/or hypertension and who have intersecting identities (e.g., women who are black and residing in rural areas).

Dr. Shenkman’s research is funded by PCORI, the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, NIH, and the National Cancer Institute. Her work is published in such journals as Pediatrics, Health Services Research, Clinical Epidemiology, Pediatric Blood and Cancer, and the American Journal of Public Health. Dr. Shenkman is an elected member of the Society for Pediatric Research and the American Pediatric Society.

Publications:
Grants:
  • Dec 2020 ACTIVE
    Novel, High-Impact Studies Evaluating Health System and Healthcare Professional Responsiveness to COVID-19
    AGCY HEALTHCARE RES AND QUALITY · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2020 ACTIVE
    Using Real-world Data to Assess the Burden of Diabetes in Children and Adolescents in Florida
    CTRS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2020 ACTIVE
    Florida Community-Engaged Research Alliance Against COVID-19 in Disproportionately Affected Communities (CEAL)
    UNIV OF MIAMI · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2020 ACTIVE
    Linking VA and non-VA data to study the risk of suicide in chronic pain patients
    WEILL MED COLLEGE OF CORNELL UNIV NY · Co-Investigator
  • Aug 2020 ACTIVE
    The External Exposome and COVID-19 Severity
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIEHS · Co-Investigator
  • Jul 2020 ACTIVE
    Sunshine Portal Year 2
    FL OFFICE OF EARLY LEARNING · Co-Investigator
  • Jul 2020 ACTIVE
    Together Transforming and Translating Discovery to Improve Health
    NATL INST OF HLTH NCATS · Co-Investigator
  • Jul 2020 ACTIVE
    ACTIV-4 Infected Outpatient Study
    UNIV OF PITTSBURGH · Project Manager
  • May 2020 ACTIVE
    Prevention of Vaping and Tobacco Product Use Among Rural Youth in Florida
    AETNA FOUNDATION · Co-Investigator
  • May 2020 ACTIVE
    Development and Validation of Computational Algorithms to Assess Kidney Health in Electronic Health Records
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIDDK · Other
  • Apr 2020 – Sep 2020
    IBM Task Order – Development of New and Innovative Methods for Automated Reporting for CBER-Regulated Biological Products – FDA Task Order 2, Order # 75F40119F19002
    IBM CORP · Principal Investigator
  • Apr 2020 ACTIVE
    PCORI_Transfer from PCRF OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium
    PATIENT-CENTERED OUTCOMES RES INST · Principal Investigator
  • Mar 2020 ACTIVE
    Family Planning Waiver (FPW – MED 206)
    FL STATE UNIV · Principal Investigator
  • Feb 2020 – Mar 2021
    Comparative Effectiveness of Alternative Approaches for Wound Closure
    CHILDRENS HOSP PHILADELPHIA · Co-Investigator
  • Oct 2019 ACTIVE
    Clinically-Efficient Strategies to Address Tobacco Smoke Exposure in Pediatric Practice
    FL DEPT OF HLTH BIOMED RES PGM/J&E KING · Co-Investigator
  • Oct 2019 – Jun 2020
    Annual Sunshine State Early Childhood Information Portal Project Plan
    FL OFFICE OF EARLY LEARNING · Co-Investigator
  • Oct 2019 – May 2020
    Miami Center for AIDS Research
    UNIV OF MIAMI · Co-Investigator
  • Sep 2019 – Aug 2020
    PRagmatic EValuation of evENTs And Benefits of Lipid-lowering in oldEr Adults (PREVENTABLE)
    DUKE UNIV · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2019 ACTIVE
    Texas External Quality Review Organization
    STATE OF TEXAS HLTH HUMAN SERV COM · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2019 ACTIVE
    Together: Transforming and Translating Discovery to Improve Health
    NATL INST OF HLTH NCATS · Project Manager
  • Jul 2019 ACTIVE
    Text and Talk: A multi-level intervention to increase provider HPV vaccine recommendation effectiveness
    NATL INST OF HLTH NCI · Co-Investigator
  • Jul 2019 – May 2020
    GORE ? EXCLUDER? Iliac Branch Endoprosthesis: NESTcc Test-Cases: Determining Feasibility
    WEILL MED COLLEGE OF CORNELL UNIV NY · Principal Investigator
  • Jan 2019 – Sep 2020
    PCRF: OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium
    PEOPLE CENTERED RES FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Nov 2018 – Oct 2019
    DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESSION OF COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH GROUP (CRG) PROJECT
    UNIV OF IOWA · Principal Investigator
  • Oct 2018 – Sep 2019
    External Quality Review for Children's Medical Services Plan
    FL DEPT OF HLTH CHILDRENS MED SERVS · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2018 ACTIVE
    A 3D Tissue Map of the Human Lymphatic System
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIAID · Project Manager
  • Sep 2018 – Dec 2019
    Identifying and Predicting Patients with Preventable High Utilization
    WEILL MED COLLEGE OF CORNELL UNIV NY · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2018 ACTIVE
    Southeast Enrollment Center (SEEC)
    UNIV OF MIAMI · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2018 ACTIVE
    Florida Medicaid Maternal and Child Health Status Indicators Project
    AGCY FOR HLTH CARE ADMN · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2018 ACTIVE
    KidCare Evaluation
    AGCY FOR HLTH CARE ADMN · Principal Investigator
  • Jun 2018 – Nov 2019
    Health Systems PCORnet Health Demonstration Project Phase II
    CINCINNATI CHILDRENS HOSPITAL MED CTR · Principal Investigator
  • Apr 2018 – Jul 2019
    Together: Transforming and Translating Discovery to Improve Health
    NATL INST OF HLTH NCATS · Co-Investigator
  • Apr 2018 – Oct 2018
    Stakeholder Engagement and Multi-Risk Assessment in Dental Care Settings
    UNIV OF ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM · Principal Investigator
  • Nov 2017 – Oct 2018
    Safety of Direct Acting Antiviral Medications for Hepatitis C
    KAISER FOU RESEARCH INSTITUTE · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2017 – Jun 2018
    Molecular Diagnosis and Targeted Therapy in Cancer
    UNIV OF KANSAS CNTR FOR RESEARCH · Principal Investigator
  • Aug 2017 – Jul 2018
    Precision Medicine Initiative-South-East Enrollment Center (SEEC)
    UNIV OF MIAMI · Principal Investigator
  • Apr 2017 – Mar 2018
    The National Dental PBRN FY18
    UNIV OF ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM · Principal Investigator
  • Nov 2016 – Oct 2017
    Planning for congenital Zika syndrome surveillance in PCORnet and Sentinel
    PATIENT-CENTERED OUTCOMES RES INST · Co-Investigator
  • Oct 2016 – Mar 2020
    FL's Next Gen of Prescription Drug Related Surveillance: Data into Insights that Enhance PDMP Best Practices
    US DEPT OF JUSTICE · Co-Investigator
  • Sep 2016 – Sep 2020
    The Child Health Quality (CHeQ) Partnership Program
    AGCY HEALTHCARE RES AND QUALITY · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2016 – Dec 2016
    Florida Healthy Kids: External Quality Review Medical Quality Auditing Services
    FL HEALTHY KIDS CORP · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2016 – Feb 2018
    PCORI Health Systems Demonstration Project NYC Capricorn
    WEILL MED COLLEGE OF CORNELL UNIV NY · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2016 – Sep 2017
    PCORI Health Systems Demonstration Project OCHIN
    OCHIN · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2016 – Aug 2017
    PCORI Health Systems Demonstration Project PedsNet
    CINCINNATI CHILDRENS HOSPITAL MED CTR · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2016 – Nov 2016
    PCORnet Health Systems Collaborative Research Group
    CORNELL UNIV · Principal Investigator
  • Mar 2016 – Oct 2018
    A national pediatric learning health system: phase II
    CHILDRENS HOSP PHILADELPHIA · Principal Investigator
  • Jan 2016 – Apr 2017
    The National Dental PBRN
    UNIV OF ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM · Principal Investigator
  • Oct 2015 – Mar 2019
    OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium Phase II
    PATIENT-CENTERED OUTCOMES RES INST · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2015 ACTIVE
    Florida Academic Cancer Center Alliance Seed Grants
    UF HEALTH SHANDS HOSPITAL · Project Manager
  • Mar 2015 – Apr 2020
    Texas External Quality Review Organization Vendor and Quality Vendor
    STATE OF TEXAS HLTH HUMAN SERV COM · Principal Investigator
  • Mar 2015 – Apr 2020
    DSR Match – Texas External Quality Review Organization Vendor and Quality Vendor
    UF DIV OF SPONSORED RES MATCHING FUNDS · Principal Investigator
  • Feb 2015 ACTIVE
    UF Health Cancer Center Pilot Project Grants funded through the Florida Consortium of National Cancer Institute Centers Program
    UF HEALTH SHANDS HOSPITAL · Project Manager
  • Feb 2015 – May 2018
    Comparative effect of managed care on quality and costs of care for Medicaid adults with co-occurring mental and physical illness
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIMH · Principal Investigator
  • Aug 2014 – Jun 2016
    VA IPA – Bruce Vogel
    US DEPT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2014 – Jun 2020
    Florida Poison Information Center, COQVA
    FL DEPT OF HLTH · Project Manager
  • Jun 2014 – Dec 2017
    OneFlorida Cancer Control Network
    FL DEPT OF HLTH BIOMED RES PGM/J&E KING · Principal Investigator
  • Jun 2014 – Jun 2016
    Treo/3M Data Project
    3M COMPANY · Principal Investigator
  • Jun 2014 – May 2016
    VA IPA – Jonathan Shuster
    US DEPT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS · Principal Investigator
  • May 2014 ACTIVE
    Quality of Care Review and Assessment Services
    STATE OF TEXAS DEPT AGING & DISABLED SER · Principal Investigator
  • Jan 2014 – Dec 2017
    External Quality Review Medical Quality Auditing Services
    FL HEALTHY KIDS CORP · Principal Investigator
  • Jan 2013 – Sep 2018
    Evaluation of Quality of Care in CMS Network
    FL DEPT OF HLTH CHILDRENS MED SERVS · Principal Investigator
  • Nov 2012 – Jun 2018
    Florida KidCare Evaluation
    AGCY FOR HLTH CARE ADMN · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2007 – Aug 2016
    Clinical and Translational Science Institute
    UF RESEARCH FOU · Project Manager
Sarah M Szurek

Sarah M Szurek Ph.D.

Program Director, Community Outreach And Engagement, UF Health Cancer Center & Assistant Research Scientist
Department: MD-HOBI-GENERAL
Phone: (352) 627-9143

Dr. Sarah M. Szurek is a medical anthropologist who holds a faculty position as an assistant research scientist in the College of Medicine’s Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics. She also serves as program director for the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement at the UF Health Cancer Center.

Dr. Szurek’s work focuses on understanding the social and cultural factors that influence health outcomes among marginalized populations to then develop targeted, evidence-based programs to positively affect health in community settings. She has worked with Mexican immigrants in Alabama to examine how personal social networks affect diabetes risk, and with African Americans in Florida on community-based participatory research projects related to racism, cardiovascular disease, and the local food environment. Dr. Szurek previously directed the Florida Healthy Kids Program evaluation, which examined the quality of care that children receive in the state.

She currently is responsible for developing and managing community-based programs that identify cancer-relevant needs, target cancer prevention, and improve health outcomes in twenty-three counties in Florida. Dr. Szurek is a voting member of the Scientific Review and Monitoring Committee within the UF Health Cancer Center’s Clinical Research Office. She also serves on the Steering Committees for the North Central Florida Cancer Control Collaborative and the ABOUT Network – Project COGENT (Customizing Consumer GENerated Tools to Engage Researchers).

Staff

Jodian A Blake

Jodian A Blake

Community Health Resource Coordinator
Department: MD-CANCER CTR GENRL OPERATIONS
Phone: (352) 273-9004

Jodian Blake, MPH, CTTS, is a Community Health Resource Coordinator for the Office of Community Outreach, Engagement and Equity at the UF Health Cancer Center. In COEE she is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders in the UFHCC catchment area to identify the cancer-relevant needs of the community. She partners with UFHCC researchers and cancer focused organizations on identifying appropriate research studies, resources and programs for community members, those diagnosed with cancer, their family members, and other cancer caregivers. In addition to these activities, she is also the leader of key community education initiatives within the COEE office, most notably the monthly Cancer Connections lecture series. Jodian has been a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist for over seven years facilitating group tobacco cessation counseling sessions using motivational interviewing techniques and evidence-based tobacco cessation interventions. Most recently she served as the Tobacco and Health Program Manager at Suwannee River AHEC overseeing the Tobacco Free Florida AHEC Cessation Programs for 12 North Central Florida counties.

Education:
  • 2011
    Master of Public Health
    University of Florida
LaTrina Massey

LaTrina Massey MPH

Community Health Resource Coordinator
Department: MD-CANCER CTR GENRL OPERATIONS
Phone: (352) 273-8010

LaTrina Massey, MPH, is a Community Health Resource Coordinator at the University of Florida Health Cancer Center and is located in Tallahassee at the Bond Community Health Center (a Federally Qualified Health Center). She got her BA and MPH at FAMU (an HBCU), and was a Community Health Worker in Tallahassee, which means she has a broad preexisting network in the health sector (clinics, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital) as well as among many grassroots organizations. Massey has experience with clinical trials after her work with the United States Army at Ft. Benning, GA. She has worked alongside research professionals, military leadership, stakeholders, policy makers, and community members. As a community health worker, she spent much of her time providing health education, care coordination and navigation, and addressing social determinants of health to close health gaps. Given this experience, LaTrina is responsible for many key activities related to integrating COEE metrics into the interventional cancer clinical trials that are reviewed by the Scientific Monitoring Review Board (SRMC), and the Disease Site Groups (DSGs) at the UFHCC.

Education:
  • 2014
    Masters of Public Health
    Florida A & M University