Dr. Charles R. Rogers is not only an esteemed behavioral scientist, but also a master certified health education specialist (MCHES®). Currently an Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Social Sciences in the Institute for Health & Equity at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), he has made remarkable contributions to his field. Dr. Rogers is also the visionary Founding Director of the Men’s Health Inequities Research Lab, and an invited Associate Member of the world-renowned University of Michigan-Mixed Methods Program. Through his illustrious career, Dr. Rogers has prioritized addressing health disparities among various underserved and socially vulnerable groups. He has been a tireless advocate for community-dwelling older adults, African Americans, the homeless, Somali individuals, adolescents and young adults, Hispanics, rural communities, Indigenous populations, and sexual minorities. His dedication to these communities has left an indelible impact. Furthermore, Dr. Rogers has held esteemed leadership positions, such as the inaugural Associate Director of Community Outreach & Engagement for MCW’s Cancer Center, as well as serving as an MCW Cancer Center Research Scholar Endowed Chair.
Dr. Rogers is committed to dismantling systems of oppression to ensure equitable health for all. 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 $3.3M from the National Cancer Institute, the Research Foundation of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Exact Sciences, the Medical College of Wisconsin, 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.
Dr. Rogers is highly respected in the field of cancer health disparities, with over 20 years of experience. He has shared his expertise across various regions, including North America, Jamaica, East Africa, and Japan, as well as through platforms such as newspapers, minority health fairs, national conferences, peer-reviewed publications, and community dialogue sessions. For over 13 years, Dr. Rogers has contributed to translational solutions that tackle the underlying causes of inequities in men’s health, particularly focusing on CRC awareness and prevention among African-American men. Recognized as a thought leader in CRC, his research foci also include cancer health disparities, behavioral and community-based implementation science, mixed methods, and survey methodology.
In March 2021, Dr. Rogers founded the Colorectal Cancer Equity Foundation, which aims to address obstacles to CRC equity among African-American men and other populations underserved in medicne by increasing awareness of CRC– a preventable, treatable, and beatable disease no one should die from. In addition to his role as President of the Foundation, he is also the Founder and CEO of Rogers Solutions Group: a premium consulting firm dedicated to providing community-oriented, data-driven, and equity-centric solutions.
Dr. Rogers’ passion for making a positive impact is evident in his work and accomplishments. His research and servant leadership has received recognition from esteemed organizations and media outlets like NPR, the Utah Jazz, ESPN, and the World Health Organization. Dr. Rogers has also received numerous honors as an influential researcher and advocate for improved cancer outcomes (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, 2022 Cancer Community Catalyst for Change Award).