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University of South Florida

Dr. Kevin Sneed earns regional award for his community impact across the pandemic

Kevin B. Sneed, PharmD, recently received the Francisco Rodriguez Award from the George Edgecomb Bar Association (GEBA) for his efforts across the pandemic to quell skepticism and misinformation within the African American community, encourage the African American community to get vaccinated, and advocate for better access to the vaccine.

Dr. Sneed, who is senior associate vice president for USF Health and dean of the USF Health Taneja College of Pharmacy, was presented with the award April 26 as part of GEBA’s 38th Annual Scholarship Banquet, which was held virtually this year.

In the nomination for Dr. Sneed it was noted it is “his leadership in the face of a global pandemic that makes him beyond worthy for this specific award.”

In addition, it noted: “Since the beginning of the pandemic, Dr. Sneed has written and spoken publicly about not only the virus itself, but how it is impacting communities of color. Early in the pandemic, Dr. Sneed rang the alarm about how the virus would highlight healthcare and other inequities in this country and encouraged medical professionals, in combatting coronavirus by creating vaccines, medications and effective testing, to aggressively address these inequities. He has been the voice of calm in a season of chaos, providing sound guidance and leadership. He has been transparent in his dissemination of information regarding the virus, its short- and long-term effects, and its deleterious impact on communities of color and poor people. With the vaccine rollout, Dr. Sneed is a trusted face in the Bay area, encouraging the African American community to get vaccinated and advocating for better access to the vaccine. Whether on local news media or national news media, at a community webinar or speaking with local organizations, Dr. Sneed is using his professional skills beyond his ‘assigned duties’ as Dean of USF School of Pharmacy. In this time, he is more than Dean Sneed – he is a servant and community leader – combatting misinformation, calming fears, countering mistrust – all aimed at encouraging vaccinations in the Black community.”

GEBA is the largest predominantly African-American voluntary bar association in the Tampa Bay area.

The Francisco Rodriguez Award, which is named after the Tampa civil rights activist, is presented annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the improvement of the administration of justice as it impacts African-Americans or the improvement of the status of African-Americans generally. Notable award winners include Sen. Arthenia Joyner, Derrick Brooks, and Thaddeus Bullard.