Roderick K. King, MD, MPH, is currently Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Florida Institute for Health Innovation (formerly the Florida Public Health Institute) and is Director and Assistant Dean for Public Health Education Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He also has a faculty appointment at Massachusetts General Hospital Disparities Solutions Center at the Mongan Health Policy Institute. He currently is Chairman of the US Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Minority Health and served as the Senior Advisor to the Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services from 2009-2011.
His academic work/teaching and key consulting roles focus on minority health policy and improving the health of under-served communities via leadership and organizational change to address health disparities, health workforce development and diversity. In particular, Dr. King has worked to improve the health of communities nationally through community organizing and collaborative leadership efforts to support leaders in creating aligned actions and measurable results. This includes his work with the California Endowment, Boys of Men and Color Initiative that became the foundation of President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative. His other successes include the “Babies Born Healthy” Leadership action program for Baltimore City in 2007 (supported by the Robert Wood Johnson and Annie E. Casey Foundations) and “Step Up Savannah”(2008), a poverty eradication initiative in Georgia. Dr. King is currently leading the “Liberty City Community Collaborative for Change,” one of 18 American neighborhood projects selected by the BUILD Health Challenge to develop innovative, upstream approaches to improve community health. Working collaboratively with Liberty City neighborhood leaders, Dr. King is leading a multi-sector initiative to address crime and violence in Liberty City as barriers to community health.
He has conducted national program evaluations for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Health Resources and Services Administration/ US DHHS, Connecticut Foundation, California Endowment and the MGH Disparities Solutions Center. Dr. King served from 2006-2009 as an Inaugural Institute of Medicine (IOM) Anniversary Fellow in the National Academy of Sciences where he served on the Board on Global Health and on the study committee, “The US Commitment to Global Health.” In 2011, Dr. King was selected as one of twenty scholars in the Western Hemisphere for the new Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program to engage in collaborative thinking, analysis, and problem-solving with a focus on improving the quality of life for communities in the region.
Prior to his current work, Dr. King was the New England Regional Director for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and a Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service. At HRSA he was responsible for the overall management of $190M in grants, regional staff and agency activities in primary care, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, and health professions development. During his tenure with HRSA, Dr. King was selected as a Council in Excellence in Government Fellow and received numerous awards and citations for his work in developing a performance evaluation system for HRSA grant programs and the development of HRSA´s first Balanced Score Card.