Dr. Adewale Troutman said he believes strongly in the power of one.
The USF College of Public Health associate dean of health equity and community engagement and professor in the department of community and family health uses that notion as his motivation. Dr. Troutman has spent the last 30 years of his academic and professional career dedicated to examining differences in health status and outcomes, including differences in race and socioeconomic status. His passion for health equity and applying a social determinants lens to health care was recently honored by 100 Black Men of America, Inc. at their 30th Annual Conference in Atlanta, June 15-19.
“The structures associated with health inequities are unnatural, unfair and unjust,” he said. “They can be corrected and new systems put in place that guarantee the notion that health is a basic human right.”
He was one of four recipients to receive the Champion of the Year in Health & Wellness Award.
The organization aims to improve the quality of life within African-American communities through mentoring, education, health and wellness and economic empowerment.
“Since I’ve come into the organization, I’ve seen a shift that makes me feel that you can make a difference,” Dr. Troutman said.