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Kobetz Lab

Cancer Healthcare Disparities and Community Outreach & Engagement

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Investigator / Contact Person Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Research Focus

Dr. Kobetz' s research has highlighted the importance of community engagement in cancer prevention, bi-directional learning, and tailoring interventions to specific populations' needs. She has conducted CBPR initiatives in communities like Little Haiti, where the lived experiences of community members informed a culturally tailored intervention to increase cervical cancer screening by utilizing HPV self-sampling from clinical to community settings. Her work has revealed key heterogeneity in cancer risk, awareness, and screening practices among different ethnic and occupational groups, influencing policies and strategies for reducing disparities. Dr. Kobetz has led the development of resources and tools like SCAN360. This data visualization platform bridges the gap between outreach and research, facilitating efforts that match communities' varying cancer burdens. Dr. Kobetz also leads the Firefighter Cancer Initiative, an interdisciplinary program addressing cancer disparities in South Florida firefighters. The initiative focuses on translating research findings for tangible impact on cancer prevention and health outcomes. Her strategic initiatives, notably the Game Changer mobile clinics, have facilitated increased access to critical services and research opportunities for individuals residing in the catchment areas.

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