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The BSCH Department Welcomes Newest Faculty Member, Dr. Shalewa Noel-Thomas

Published: July 30th, 2012

Category: Faculty News

The Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health (BSCH) welcomes Dr. Shalewa Noel-Thomas as their newest faculty member. Dr. Noel-Thomas received her MPH and PhD degrees from the University of South Florida and is presently a Clinical Assistant Professor for the BSCH Department.

Dr. Noel-Thomas’ research interests include community-based participatory research, health disparities, HIV and chronic disease prevention, minority health, sexual health, women’s health, immigrant health, health literacy and psychosocial and ecological determinants of health.

Dr. Noel-Thomas brings extensive experience to the BSCH department including program management, implementation and community-based participatory research. She has worked with public health professionals, health care providers, and community partners to address health disparities in cancer and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Noel-Thomas served as the Center Coordinator and Outreach Core Co-Director for the Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network (TBCCN), an NCI-funded Community Network Program Center. Moreover, she also served as the program coordinator for a perinatal HIV prevention program at the University of South Florida where she coordinated HIV educational programs for health care providers. Through a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funded program, she worked closely with the Florida Department of Health to coordinate the implementation of rapid HIV testing in labor and delivery within birthing hospitals throughout the state of Florida.

In addition, to Dr. Noel-Thomas’ faculty position, she is also the Coordinator of the Rural South Public Health Training Center (RSPHTC), a collaborative project between the University of Florida, College of Public Health and Health Professions and the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Institute of Public Health. The RSPHTC serves public health workers and communities in medically underserved, rural areas of the state. The goals of the center are to provide competency-based training for the public health workforce, especially those workers in underserved areas of the state, and to enhance public health services and decrease disparities in access to services in medically underserved areas.