El Centro works with a network of local (South Florida), state, national and academic partners to provide a true collaborative effort in the field of Health Disparities research.

El Centro’s Community Engagement, Dissemination & Implementation Core (CEDI) has established a set of bi-directional and collaborative relationships with key stakeholders in the community to create a network that seeks to identify and utilize health information and practical research findings, and engage the community into clinical trials and projects focused on implementation of evidence-based interventions. 

This approach is consistent with a community-based participatory research model in which the community is an equal partner in the selection, design and implementation of strategies needed to identify, prevent, reduce and eliminate health disparities in our community.  The CEDI core seeks to narrow the gap between what has been discovered through research and the community’s level of utilization of evidence-based information and practices. Rather than assume that the failure to adopt and implement evidence-based practices is the fault of any one set of entities (e.g., community agencies, academic institutions), the CEDI Core acknowledges, identifies, and attempts to work through the many challenging processes and barriers that make implementation difficult.

The CEDI Core takes full advantage of the scientific expertise of our faculty and academic partners, the large number of struggling (due to severe budget cuts) but committed minority serving agencies and networks in our community, and the diverse populations of South Florida. 

To accomplish these goals the CEDI Core relies on the expertise of its Core Co-Directors, Dr. Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda and Dr. Jessica Roberts Williams, and community participants in: 1) engaging community partners and hard to reach populations, 2) identifying and sharing health information that is practical and culturally informed, 3) establishing large community-university partnerships, and 4) identifying and engaging national developers of evidence-based practices.  The CEDI Core will benefit from the existing network of relationships with multiple stakeholders in the community to create successful translational experiences and to strengthen sustainable mechanisms to prevent and/or eliminate HD.

El Centro Community Partners


Banyan Health Systems

Our mission is to advance the health and well-being of healthcare consumers in all walks of life with thoughtfully integrated services that combine the best of prevention, disease control, consumer education, research, and evidenced based clinical services across the historically separate disciplines of behavioral and physical healthcare.

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Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement

CREATE is a multidisciplinary, collaborative Center, funded by the National Institute on Aging, dedicated to studying issues surrounding interactions between older adults and technology systems.

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Coordinated Victim Assistance Center

The mission of the CVAC is to provide coordinated, comprehensive and compassionate services to victims, their children and the general community it serves. The services that are provided at CVAC are delivered by an interdisciplinary team of experts.

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Dade Health - HIV/AIDS Services

The Office HIV/AIDS has formed many partnerships to conduct research projects, among them Amigas, Project SABA (Study of factors that affect Adherence to HIV therapy and safer sex Behaviors among women in Miami-Dade County’s ADAP), Project SHARE (Sharing HIV/AIDS Research Education).

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Health Council of South Florida

For 41 years, the Health Council has set the standard for excellence in health planning by serving as an objective source of healthcare information, fostering community dialogue on contemporary health issues and developing solutions for emerging health needs. The Health Council also values race, ethnic, and cultural diversity and the utilization of evidence-based practices. Establishing community health indicators and evaluating the outcomes and impact of health programs and services are important mechanisms for ensuring quality, effectiveness, and accountability.

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Health Foundation of South Florida (HFSF)

The mission of Health Foundation of South Florida is to improve the health status of people in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. This straightforward statement reflects our results-oriented approach to grantmaking.  Informing efforts and supporting programs to promote health and prevent disease, we make measurable and sustainable differences in the health of South Floridians.

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Hispanic/Latino Health Disparities National Focus Area ATTC

The purpose of the National Hispanic and Latino ATTC is to develop and strengthen the workforce that provides addiction treatment and recovery support services to Hispanic and Latino populations across the United States. This will be accomplished by using diverse technology transfer strategies, services, and practices that have demonstrated effectiveness and are appropriate to Hispanic and Latino populations in need of substance abuse treatment services.

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Institute for Child & Family Health

The Institute for Child and Family Health is committed to empowering the children, youth & families of our community by providing services that enhance their emotional, physical, and educational well-being.

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Regis House

The center, located in the heart of Miami and the Hispanic community offers substance abuse, mental health, and recreation programs including programs designed to increase drug and alcohol awareness, and programs serving low income-at-risk children at several local elementary schools.

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Salud al Dia

SALUD al dia magazine is a Spanish magazine exclusively about health and has been publishing positive messages to its readers since 2004. SALUD al dia magazine became a member of the “Public & Community Relations Committee” of South Florida Hospital & Healthcare Association and has maintained very close and excellent relations with hospitals, universities, health providers, foundations, government healthcare institutions, pharmacological laboratories, health insurance and medical discount programs providers, becoming a channel of diffusion of these organizations for the Hispanic community in general.

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The Dunspaugh‐Dalton Community & Educational Wellbeing Research Center

The CEW’s mission is to prevent emotional, educational, physical, and social problems and to promote well-being in individuals, relationships, institutions, and communities through interdisciplinary research and services, university community partnerships, leadership and organizational capacity training, and consultation services.

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The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment

The Melissa Institute is recognized locally and nationally for the work they do in the area of violence prevention and treatment. For example, they were recently recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) for their website for school administrators, teachers, school counselors and parents to access information and resources regarding bullying and school violence.

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Thelma Gibson Health Initiative

Youth prevention intervention programs provide outreach, assessment of need, individual counseling, group counseling, family counseling, case management, information and referral, crisis intervention, advocacy and education to all youth and their parents/primary caretakers, siblings and extended family members.

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University of Miami Hospital

The UM Hospital came to existence in 2007 when UM purchased Cedars Medical Center. The 560-bed facility became the region’s first university owned, multi-specialty, acute care hospital and the flagship facility of UHealth, UM’s Health System. Today at UM hospital, physicians on the faculty of the Miller School of Medicine partner with community physicians to plan and provide care, investigate new treatments still in the clinical research phase, and utilize the most advanced technologies available.

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