As a behavioral scientist and master certified health education specialist (MCHES®), Dr. Charles R. Rogers currently serves as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Public Health in the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. In addition to serving as Founding Director of his Men’s Health Inequities Research Lab since 2014, Dr. Rogers is also an Associate Member of Huntsman Cancer Institute and the University of Michigan-Mixed Methods Program.

Because racial inequalities in health are extensive in the U.S., Dr. Rogers is committed to serving various medically underserved and socially vulnerable populations. His transdisciplinary training in applied mathematics & statistics, health education, public health administration & policy, community-based participatory research, and cancer-related health disparities, provide a unique perspective for translating research findings into prevention methods among government agencies, policy makers, private health care organizations, and communities. Dr. Rogers’ capabilities and potential have been recognized locally and nationally by the receipt of several competitive scholarships, grant awards, and fellowships aimed at strengthening his knowledge and skills for a life-long career in health equity research. For instance, since 2018, Dr. Rogers has been awarded over $1.3M from the National Cancer Institute, the Research Foundation of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Exact Sciences, 5 For The Fight, and the V Foundation for Cancer Research for his community-engaged, mixed-methods research aiming to eradicate inequalities in both colorectal cancer (CRC) screening completion among African-American men and early-onset CRC among individuals younger than the previously recommended CRC screening age of 50.

Since African-American men have died from CRC at the highest rates of any racial/ethnic group in the U.S. for more than 25 years, Dr. Rogers founded the Colorectal Cancer Equity Foundation in March 2021 focused on removing obstacles to CRC equity among African-American men and other underrepresented populations by increasing awareness of CRC—a preventable, beatable, and treatable disease no one has to die from. Complementary to his President role with the Foundation, Dr. Rogers’ research agenda has contributed to translational solutions that address the complex underpinnings of inequities in men’s health, with a primary focus on CRC awareness and prevention among African-American men for more than 10 years. In addition to being a thought leader in the CRC space, his research foci also include cancer health disparities, behavioral & community-based implementation science, mixed methods, and survey methodology. As an emerging leader of the cancer health disparities workforce, Dr. Rogers has shared his knowledge across North America, Jamaica, East Africa, Japan, and also via a number of venues including newspapers, radio stations, national conferences, minority health fairs, and television. Additionally, he is the Founder and CEO of Rogers Solutions Group: a premium consulting firm committed to providing clients with community-oriented, data-driven, and equity-centric solutions. Since Dr. Rogers is passionate about paying it forward, he has also received a number of honors acknowledging his servant leadership (e.g., 100 Most Influential Black Alumni at NC State University, 40 Under 40 Leader in Minority Health for 2021 by the National Minority Quality Forum).