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“The Black Male doesn’t exist in the co-op movement”

Alluding to “culinary privilege” - the under-representation of people of color in the health food and lifestyle arenas - Raynardo Williams, knows he’s a bit of an anomaly. As Manager of Seward Co-op’s new Friendship store, he was part of an intentional effort to build a diverse team reflective of the Bryant-Central neighborhood where the store is located. Williams believes increased presence and participation of Black men in the health food movement will stem the tide of health disparities in communities of color and ultimately foster improved health.

“I hope to open doors for others, from a healthy eating perspective,”


As a behavioral scientist and certified health education specialist (CHES), Dr. Rogers’ pre-doctoral training in applied mathematics and statistics, coupled with his doctoral health education and behavior training, provides a unique perspective for conducting and translating colorectal cancer prevention & control research.

He has supplemented his education with 15+ extensive research projects across the U.S. and East Africa over the past 12 years, and currently serves as a Post Doctoral Associate with the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Program in Health Disparities Research. Dr. Rogers is completing an MPH degree focusing on Public Health Administration & Policy to expand his research expertise in evaluating and informing public policy that positively impacts population health.

Dr. Rogers has published several articles on the effects of racism, male role norms, masculinity and other cultural and behavioral factors affecting colorectal cancers in men.

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