Thometta Cozart, MS, MPH, CPH, CHES
Department: Health Equity | National Implementation
Title: Assistant Health Equity Dir.| Communications Mgr.
Thometta Cozart has nearly 10 years of public health experience and nearly 15 years of experience in event planning and public relations. She recently completed the DHPE Fellowship as part of Cohort III, where she was placed at the Ohio Commission on Minority Health in Columbus, Ohio.
While at the Commission, Thometta served on several statewide health equity initiatives, including the Ohio Collaborative to Prevent Infant Mortality, the Ohio Statewide Disparities Collaborative, and the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. During her year placement, she wrote testimony in favor of prostate cancer screening for the Ohio Senate Medicaid Committee; established Access to Care and Equity measures for a pending statewide Ohio Health Dashboard; and created a Patient Engagement Resource Toolbox for the Ohio Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative.
Prior to her fellowship appointment, Thometta served as the Cross Core Coordinator and Research Administrator for the Center for Equal Health (CEH). The Center is a six-million dollar National Instiute of Health (NIH) cancer disparities grant located at the Univeristy of South Florida and Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. Her main responsibilities included increasing the number of minorities interested in health disparities research careers by coordinating an internship program for undergraduates; a mentoring and travel assistance program for graduate students; a post-doctoral fellowship and a pilot research project program for junior faculty.
Before relocating to Tampa, she was the coordinator of the statewide Women’s Health Program at the Florida Department of Health in Tallahassee, Florida. Working for the Department for six years, Ms. Cozart led the state-level public relations and marketing efforts for the Office of Minority Health and also served as the deputy press secretary for the agency. She has valuable experience in community health, community-based research, coalition building and partnership development. Furthermore, she has had the privilege of working with public health experts, such as Dr. Adewale Troutman, immediate past president of the American Public Health Association.
The Washington State and North Carolina native has a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Bethune-Cookman College (now University), a master’s degree in Public Relations from Florida A&M University, and a master’s in Public Health from the University of South Florida. She is also certified in public health, health education and government meeting planning.