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The UNC Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) brings together collaborative, multidisciplinary teams of stakeholders to improve health in North Carolina communities with a shared commitment to innovation, collaboration, and health equity.

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  • CHER Trainee Spotlight: Zoe Denise Atkinson

    Zoe Denise Atkinson is a UNC Center for Health Equity Research Undergraduate Research Assistant. Why is health equity or health equity research important to you? Health equity research is critical because I have witnessed the impact of its success in a community. I am a past resident of a community that is closely partnered with … Continued

  • Kaplan Publishes Op-Ed in the Annals of Family Medicine

    January 14, 2021 – Ben Kaplan, MPH, UNC CHER student associate and fourth-year medical student at the UNC School of Medicine recently published an op-ed in the Annals of Family Medicine journal. In the article, Ben describes the role of telehealth in increasing healthcare access to communities that have historically faced barriers to healthcare. Ben … Continued

  • Senator Warren, Brinkley-Rubinstein & Nowotny release Op-Ed about COVID-19 and Prison Data

      January 5, 2021 – Senator Elizabeth Warren, CHER’s Core Faculty Dr. Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein and colleague, Dr. Kathryn Nowotny, Co-Founders of The COVID Prison Project, released an Op-Ed calling for more comprehensive data collection of incarcerated individuals and staff through the current bill, COVID-19 in Corrections Data Transparency Act. Mandated data collection would help with … Continued

  • Brinkley-Rubinstein and Colleagues Publish White Paper on Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccine in Correctional Institutions

      December 16, 2020 – Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD,  UNC CHER Core Faculty, and colleagues from Yale University and Columbia University have released a white paper on “Recommendations for Prioritization and Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccine in Prisons and Jails.” The paper discusses 4 recommendations by the authors on how states can craft and strategize a vaccine … Continued


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