Research : Research Highlights

Erin Kobetz, Ph.D

Dr. Kobetz has substantial experience with disparities-focused research, and has been involved in multiple community-based participatory research endeavors to understand racial differences in breast and cervical cancer outcomes. In 2004, Dr. Kobetz established Patné en Aksyon (Partners in Action), the campus-community partnership between UM Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and key community-based organizations in Little Haiti, the predominately Haitian area in Miami, Florida. The primary goal of Patné en Aksyon is to reduce the excess disability and death from breast and cervical cancer among Haitian women. To accomplish this goal, university and community partners work together to conduct research, which can inform behavioral and social change. This partnership employs the methods of Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) to address the excess burden of cancer experienced by Haitian women residing in South Florida. Under Dr. Kobetz’s leadership, Patné en Aksyon has since secured over one million dollars in extramural research funding.