Dr. Noel-Thomas is the Coordinator of the Rural South Public Health Training Center, a HRSA-funded program at the University of Florida, College of Public Health and Health Professions. She also serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health. Dr. Noel-Thomas received her MPH and PhD degrees from the University of South Florida. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Florida, 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. She has experience in 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 has 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.
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.