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by Abby Arcuri

This fall, we’re welcoming an undergraduate student to our communications team, and we’re excited to have her help share the story of CHER.

As an undergrad with goals of studying health equity, Abby Arcuri is excited to join our team at CHER. She is eager to learn and can’t wait to get to know all the staff at CHER.

Get to know Abby and learn what she is excited to do at CHER.

Tell us a bit about yourself. What do you study?

Currently, I am an undergraduate at UNC majoring in Health Policy and Management and minoring in Medical Anthropology. I love learning about different health systems around the world and how to understand the health needs of specific communities.

Tell us about your role at CHER.

At CHER, my position is a Science Communications Writer through UNC’s Work-Study program. In this position, I write stories, staff spotlights and help with various communications projects that CHER has.

How has working at CHER impacted your time at UNC?

Working at CHER while at UNC has made me a lot more aware of how to communicate health information to my peers.

It has given me a broader understanding of what it means to spread information about health equity and how to communicate that information in a way that’s easily understood by different communities.

How does working at CHER tie in with your plans for after graduation?

After graduation, I hope to be able to work at a health organization where I can research health communications. I have always been interested in learning about the most effective ways of communicating health information to the public, which CHER has already taught me a great deal about.

In the future, I hope to be able to use my skills learned from CHER to effectively distribute information to lower socioeconomic groups that may not have access and knowledge about health topics.

I also hope to receive my Masters of Public Health in the future, and all the knowledge I gain from this job will help me succeed as I pursue the MPH.

What might other students want to know about CHER?

Other students would want to know that the research that CHER does is beneficial and can be utilized in a variety of situations. The researchers and staff are all lovely people, and they are very passionate about their work, which is a fantastic thing to see in a workplace.

What’s a fun fact about you?

I like to crochet in my free time, and I know how to make some tote bags, blankets and clothes.