Sarah M Szurek

Sarah M Szurek, Ph.D.

Program Director, Community Outreach And Engagement, UF Health Cancer Center & Assistant Research Scientist

Business Phone: (352) 627-9143
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About Sarah M Szurek

Dr. Sarah M. Szurek is a medical anthropologist who holds a faculty position as an assistant research scientist in the College of Medicine’s Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics. She also serves as program director for the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement at the UF Health Cancer Center.

Dr. Szurek’s work focuses on understanding the social and cultural factors that influence health outcomes among marginalized populations to then develop targeted, evidence-based programs to positively affect health in community settings. She has worked with Mexican immigrants in Alabama to examine how personal social networks affect diabetes risk, and with African Americans in Florida on community-based participatory research projects related to racism, cardiovascular disease, and the local food environment. Dr. Szurek previously directed the Florida Healthy Kids Program evaluation, which examined the quality of care that children receive in the state.

She currently is responsible for developing and managing community-based programs that identify cancer-relevant needs, target cancer prevention, and improve health outcomes in twenty-three counties in Florida. Dr. Szurek is a voting member of the Scientific Review and Monitoring Committee within the UF Health Cancer Center’s Clinical Research Office. She also serves on the Steering Committees for the North Central Florida Cancer Control Collaborative and the ABOUT Network – Project COGENT (Customizing Consumer GENerated Tools to Engage Researchers).


Behavioral Weight Loss Intervention Preferences of Adolescents with Overweight/Obesity.
Childhood obesity (Print). 17(3):160-168 [DOI] 10.1089/chi.2020.0296. [PMID] 33646015.
The role of sex and rurality in cancer fatalistic beliefs and cancer screening utilization in Florida.
Cancer medicine. 10(17):6048-6057 [DOI] 10.1002/cam4.4122. [PMID] 34254469.
Perceived barriers/facilitators to a healthy lifestyle among diverse adolescents with overweight/obesity: A qualitative study.
Obesity science & practice. 6(6):638-648 [DOI] 10.1002/osp4.448. [PMID] 33354342.
Promoting community health collaboration between CTSA programs and Cooperative Extension to advance rural health equity: Insights from a national Un-Meeting.
Journal of clinical and translational science. 4(5):377-383 [DOI] 10.1017/cts.2020.13. [PMID] 33244425.
Association Between Culturally Relevant Measures of Stress and Telomere Length
American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 156(60, SI)
Cultural Meaning, Social Structure, and the Health Effects of Systemic Racism: the Heat Heart Health Study
American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 156(60, SI)
Integrating Methods Training and Community-Based Participatory Research: The NSF-Supported Ethnographic Field School in Tallahassee, Florida
Practicing Anthropology. 37(4):28-32
Interdisciplinary Anthropology Approaches To Health Disparities Research: Sociocultural and Genetic Contributions To Variation in Blood Pressure Among African Americans in the Health Equity Alliance Tallahassee (Heat) Heart Health Study
American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 156(60, SI)
Introduction to the Special Issue: Community Academic Partnerships and Ethnographic Field Training
Practicing Anthropology. 37(4):2-3
Social Identity and Food Choice in the Southeastern United States
Nutritional Anthropology. 26-27(1-2/1-2):23-37

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
ANT2301 Human Sexuality and Culture

Contact Details

(352) 627-9143