Thometta Cozart Brooks leaves Florida better than she found it

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Ms. Thometta Cozart Brooks knows busy, like Bo knows football.

Communications guru.  Master of all things professional development.  Online MPH alumna.

Thometta Cozart Brooks, MPH, MS, CPH, CGMP

Thometta Cozart Brooks, MPH, MS, CPH, CGMP

 

Thometta blew into the USF College of Public Health in 2009 and has steadily gained strength. An average day for her entailed disseminating training, professional, and funding opportunities to the public health community; working as a cross core research administrator with the Center for Equal Health at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute; and, assisting with for plans the 64th Annual Meeting of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) in Orlando.

Whew!

The online format of the college’s master’s degree in public health practice allowed Thometta to study in her ‘down time’ and actively pursue her practice, her passion—health education.

In the end, matriculating at USF proved to be beneficial for Thometta and the State of Florida.

First, she contributed to a team who successfully re-established the Florida Chapter of SOPHE and serves as treasurer of the organization.

COPH alumna Khaliah Fleming, MPH, LaShonda Coulbertson, MPH, and Thometta Cozart Brooks, MPH, MS, CPH, CGMP, pictured with a certificate reactivating the Florida Chapter of SOPHE. Ms. Coulbertson is president of the chapter, Fleming is president-elect/VP, and Brooks serves as treasurer.

(l,r) USF COPH alumna Khaliah Fleming, MPH, LaShonda Coulbertson, MPH, and Thometta Cozart Brooks, MPH, MS, CPH, CGMP, pictured with a certificate reactivating the Florida Chapter of SOPHE. Ms. Coulbertson is president of the chapter, Fleming is president-elect/VP, and Brooks serves as treasurer.

Second, the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association presented Thometta with the Image Award of Distinction. The honor recognized her successful launch of an educational campaign around the Affordable Care Act.

Finally, she earned a master of public health degree from the University of South Florida.

Although Thometta’s tenure in the college may be complete, her work is far from over. This fall, she begins a one-year health equity fellowship with the Ohio Commission on Minority Health in Columbus.

Written by Natalie D. Preston, USF College of Public Health