Welcome to the Southeast Center for Research to Reduce Disparities in Oral Health, a multi-disciplinary center at the University of Florida College of Dentistry built on strong community partnerships. Led by principal investigator Henrietta Logan, Ph.D., the center aims to reduce disparities in oral health among Florida’s rural populations through research, community participation, and intervention projects based on the best science available. Local residents are involved in all phases, from designing research, to collecting data, to publicizing results, and influencing public policy. With the combined forces of community involvement and scientific expertise from researchers across the University of Florida campus. The Center’s goal is to eliminate disparities in head and neck cancer prevention, detection, and survival.
In August 2008 the Southeast Center for Research to Reduce Disparities in Oral Health (SCRRDOH) at the University of Florida was created, through the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). NIDCR is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The 5-year NIDCR grant, number U54DE019261, was awarded to Principal Investigator Dr. Henrietta Logan after a year-long application process. Dr. Logan is the Director of the Center and Dr. Keith Muller is the Associate Director. In April 2011, the Center was officially designated as a research center by the State of Florida and by the Office of Institutional Research at the University of Florida.
The Center has provided over $300,000 in direct benefits to participating communities in North Central Florida through compensation to local vendors, incentives to research participants, and local jobs creation. In addition, the Center has Interacted with over 3400 community members, and participated in local health fairs, and community events.