EWC Biology Professor Appointed to the Florida Health Equity Research Institute

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An Edward Waters College biology professor will have a hand in helping state lawmakers improve the overall health care of Florida. Prabir K. Mandal, Ph.D. was nominated to participate in the Florida Health Equity Research Institute’s Steering Committee. As a member, Dr. Mandal will coordinate with the group to implement the Health Disparities Research Agenda for Florida.

The Health Equity Research Institute (HERI) was approved by the Board of Governors in 2013 to promote and foster collaborative efforts to address health disparities in Florida, especially in areas with limited health care resources.

Florida Rep. Joseph Gibbons (D) of Hallandale Beach created the HERI with the understanding that partnership with academic and research institutions, as well as community, is necessary to identify and eliminate health disparities.

"I believe I can make a difference and carry Edward Waters College and Florida to the next level in terms of the Health Disparity Research Agenda," said Dr. Prabir Mandal.

Dr. Mandal has been teaching biology courses at Edward Waters College since 2008. Dr. Mandal was promoted to the rank of "full professor" in 2012 by President Nathaniel Glover with the approval of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Prabir Mandal was presented with the College's "Distinguished Professor" award in 2013.