Brown Bag Lecture:
Effects of lead exposure on blood pressure
Monica Bastos Paoliello, PhD
State University of Londrina
Parana, Brazilo

Brown Bag Lecture:
Inequalities in Health Service Use among Former Inmates: Implications for Race/ Ethnic Health Disparities
Kathryn M. Nowotny, PhD
University of Miami

NIMHD Awards Endowment to FIU (PIs: Gil, De La Rosa)
Endowment makes FIU regional hub for the study of HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, obesity, and diabetes

NIAAA Awards R01 Grant to Dr. De La Rosa
Study will Examine Alcohol Use among Recent Latino Immigrants

Dr. Kanamori, CRUSADA Postdoctoral Fellow, Awarded NIH K99/R00 Grant
First investigator from College of Public Health & Social Work to receive an NIH Pathway to Independence Award

CRUSADA/C-SALUD PhD Fellow wins at 2016 Florida Research Symposium
Stephanie Diez won 1st Place in Social Sciences Category for presentation on problem videogame play in children & youth

NIH Awards $12.7 Million to FIU
Three CRUSADA Researchers are Members of Interdisciplinary Team

Frank Dillon Awarded R15 grant from NIMHD
Affiliated faculty member Frank Dillion was awarded a R15 to conduct a study of HIV testing among at risk Latino men

USAID Report
C-SALUD Postdoctoral Scholar authors report titled "Indicators of Child Deprivation in Sub-Saharan Africa"

CRUSADA Faculty Featured on NIH Website
Preventing HIV/AIDS in Recent Latino Immigrants


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Trepka, Mary-Jo, MD, MSPH

PI, Research Education and Training Core

Office: HLS II 582
Tel: (305) 348-7186
Fax: (305) 348-4901

Dr. Trepka leads the Research Education and Training Core of the Center. This Core specifically aims to increase the number of researchers and professionals from health disparity backgrounds who are committed to eliminating HIV and substance abuse health disparities in Latino populations. Dr. Trepka's background uniquely qualifies her to lead this Core.

Dr. Trepka's research focuses on health disparities and HIV/AIDS and STDs. She is currently Principal Investigator of an R01 to study the role of socioeconomic status, segregation, and rural residence in causing this survival disadvantage among African Americans living with HIV/AIDS in Florida. Additionally, Dr. Trepka has mentored PhD students in a variety of disciplines including epidemiology, health promotion, dietetics and nutrition, and nursing. Also, prior to arriving at Florida International University, Dr. Trepka worked as the county epidemiologist for Miami-Dade County. In that position, she both came face to face with the health disparities facing Latino populations in the community and also developed relationships with community leaders and an understanding of the challenges facing them and their organizations.


  • Director, Epidemiology and Disease Control, Miami-Dade County Health Department
  • Epidemic Intelligence Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Epidemiologist, Research Center for Health and Environment, Neuherberg, Germany
  • Board Certified Preventive Medicine and Public Health