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South Florida: Dr. Tricia Penniecook Joins National Effort to Address Health Inequities in Chronic Diseases

To prevent diabetes, University of South Florida College of Public Health’s Dr. Tricia Penniecook says we must start “upstream.”

Dr. Penniecook, vice dean for education and faculty affairs, is currently serving a one-year term as a fellow of the National Leadership Academy for the Public Health’s (NLAPH) cohort 8.

Each year, the NLAPH chooses cohorts of leaders from across the country to address health equity in the community, advance leadership skills and create “healthier environments.”

Cohorts work as a team in their respective states to address an applied population health issue of their choice while also engaging in webinars, retreats, experiential learning, coaching support and peer networking.

For 2019 there are teams from California, Oklahoma, Illinois, Mississippi, Kentucky, North Dakota and two separate team efforts in Florida and Texas. USF is one of only two universities represented in the cohorts, according to Dr. Penniecook.

Cohort project topics range from antibiotic resistance to breastfeeding to improving knowledge of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Members of Dr. Penniecook’s cohort, who are all also based in Tampa, Fla., include: Dr. Leslene Gordon, COPH alumna and community health director for the Florida Department of Health and team leader; Dr. Chrisoula Kiriazis, internal medicine provider at Baycare; Ms. Debra Harris, senior director for Gateway Services, Crisis Center of Tampa Bay; and Ms. Langdon Grace Liggett, health education program consultant in the Office of Health Equity for the Florida Department of Health Hillsborough County and also a COPH alumna.

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