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Health disparities work earns Dr. Adewale Troutman national award

Adewale Troutman, MD, was named the 2012 recipient of the Dr. James T. Black Award from the 100 Black Men of America, Inc., a national organization that implements programs designed to improve the quality of life for African Americans and other minorities.

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Dr. Adewale Troutman

Dr. Troutman, who directs the Public Health Practice and Leadership, the Center for Leadership in Public Health, and the Public Health Practice Masters of Public Health program, was recognized for his accomplishments and community service.

For more than three decades, Dr. Troutman has tracked the social causes of health inequities in the United States, watching the awareness of key issues improve while the gaps in equality continue to widen. His expertise is in health disparities, along with a drive to fully understand why the differences exist.

He will receive the award at the group’s annual conference in Atlanta in June.

Dr. Troutman joined USF in 2010. At USF, he also directs the HRSA Public Health Training Center at USF, which was funded with a five-year, $3.25 million grant from the Health and Human Resources Administration. USF was one of 27 accredited schools of public health and other public and non-profit institutions across the country – the only one in Florida – to receive such an award.

Last year, he was elected president-elect of the American Public Health Association, and was appointed to the national Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality, a group that reports directly to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. His published research has focused on health disparities and health issues affecting African-Americans.

Dr. Troutman served on the HHS National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020. He also co-chairs the Advisory Committee to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on eliminating health disparities.

Prior to joining USF, Dr. Troutman directed the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, was associate professor at the University of Louisville, School of Public Health and filled the Frederick Douglas Visiting Professorship on Pan African Studies at the University of Louisville. He also serves on the executive committee of the National Academy for Health Equity.

Dr. Troutman earned his medical degree from the New Jersey Medical School and his master’s degree in public health from Columbia University. He also has a master’s degree in Black Studies from the State University of New York-Albany. He spent 13 years directing the emergency medicine services at United Hospital’s Medical Center in Newark, NJ.

100 Black Men of America has 116 chapters with more than 10,000 members who work to improve the quality of life in communities and enhance the educational and economic opportunities for African Americans. 100 Black Men of America, Inc. has more than 100,000 youth participants annually in its mentoring and youth development programs.