Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H. – Panelist

Dr. Erin Kobetz is a Tenured Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Public Health Sciences, Biochemistry, and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Miami (UM) Miller School of Medicine. She is the School’s inaugural Senior Associate Dean for Health Disparities, and the Associate Director for Population Science and Cancer Disparity for the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Additionally, Dr. Kobetz serves as the Program Director for the Community Engagement and Multidisciplinary Team Science Components of the University of Miami’s Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSA).

Dr. Kobetz earned a Master’s in Public Health from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University (1999), and joined UM in September 2004 after completing her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Public Health.
Soon after, Dr. Kobetz established Patnè en Aksyon (Partners in Action), the first campus-community partnership between the University of Miami and community-based organizations in Little Haiti, the largest enclave of Haitian settlement. Dr. Kobetz serves as the Principal Investigator of multiple grants from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparity (NIHMD) to support collaborative science with Patnè en Aksyon. Collectively, they have garnered over 30 million dollars in extramural funding and serve as the University’s model for stakeholder engagement. Dr. Kobetz now collaborates with a number of other South Florida communities, similarly characterized by health disparity and lack of access to the formal healthcare system to develop new community-based models for cancer prevention. She also leads University wide, interdisciplinary initiatives to address disparity from “bench” to “bedside” to “community.” Such efforts have been locally and nationally recognized and serve as an important strategy for working collaboratively with underserved communities to achieve sustainable health and social change.