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Meet the USF Covering Florida Navigator Team

Florida Covering Kids & Families at the University of South Florida partners with multiple agencies across the state, collectively referred to as the Covering Florida consortium, to provide Navigator services at no charge to consumers.
Our trained and certified Navigators provide outreach and enrollment services to any Floridian looking to enroll in health care coverage in the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace. We pride ourselves on being a multifaceted team who understands the urgent needs of our consumers and are dedicated to conducting activities geared toward the consumer population. Our multi-lingual Navigator team has extensive experience working with diverse populations. We focus largely on advocating for and increasing access to care and services for individuals with limited English proficiency, individuals with disabilities, underserved populations in the current private health insurance market, and vulnerable populations. We are driven by the goal to find everyone affordable and comprehensive healthcare coverage.

Making an impactful difference

Why We’re Nationally Recognized

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We provide high-quality service to the community

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Lead the country in the number of covered consumers

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Provide solutions due to acute needs related to the pandemic

Meet Covering
Florida’s Director

Ms. Ray has received seven federal grants from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to enroll children into health coverage through CHIP and Medicaid. More recently, Ms. Ray has received ten awards from The Department of Health and Human Services for providing Navigators throughout the state of Florida that educate and enroll consumers into the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace.
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Ms. Ray currently oversees the largest federally funded HHS Navigator grant in the country. In addition, Ms. Ray manages: a statewide community outreach and enrollment effort that serves active duty military and veteran families who are in need of health coverage; CHIP and Medicaid enrollment assistance training to community partners ; and coalition building and strategic outreach planning with individual communities. Ms. Ray has been recognized throughout her career for her accomplishments. She was a recipient of a National Education in Children’s Health Outreach and Enrollment (ECHOE) Honor from HHS, a Healthy Hero Award from the Amerigroup Foundation for education and communication coordination with the community partners during the Florida KidCare open enrollment period, as well a Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Health Care Community Outreach award for working with families to help them gain health care coverage for their children through Medicaid and CHIP. Ms. Ray earned a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication from the University of South Florida and B.A. from Florida State University in Creative Writing and is completing a Doctorate in Public Health Practice. Ms. Ray is the proud mother of two children: Noah and Hannah.
Jodi Ray

Director & Principal Investigator

Our Staff

Our team works effortlessly to provide free and quality services to Floridians when it comes to education and outreach activities, as well as all steps of the Federal Marketplace Application. We hope to meet you personally through our outreach program and educational activities we initiate throughout the community. If you have any questions on how we can serve your organization, business, or family, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here to help!

Principal Investigator & Director

Jodi A. Ray, M.A.
jray@usf.edu

Assistant Director

Dr. Sabrina Watson
sabrinawatson@usf.edu

Research Support
Specialist & Navigator

Ginger Williams
gingerw@usf.edu

Military Veteran Outreach
Coordinator & Navigator

Tammy Watson
tammyw@usf.edu

Evaluation Coordinator &
Navigator
Program Manager &
Navigator

Lawanda Davis
Lawanda29@usf.edu

LEP Outreach Coordinator
& Navigator

Lucette Cardona
cardonal@usf.edu

Evaluation Coordinator &
Navigator

Sabrinia Burns
Sburns5@usf.edu

Outreach Coordinator
& Navigator
Outreach Coordinator
& Navigator
Outreach Coordinator
& Navigator

Darlene Classen
classend@usf.edu

LEP Outreach Coordinator
& Navigator

Cassandra Garza
Cmg7@usf.edu

Navigator Program
Manager & Navigator

Allison Torres-Sabetti, MPA
Allisont2@usf.edu

Outreach Coordinator
& Navigator

Charles Richardson
ctrichardson@usf.edu

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