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The 2023 Health Equity Research Intensive (HERI) was September 18 & 19 and October 10.

The Center for Health Equity Research’s Health Equity Research Intensive (HERI) is a unique opportunity to join others to learn how to design more inclusive health equity research projects.

HERI will introduce you to research methods and tools that emphasize partnership and engagement across all stages of research, from idea conception to budgeting to dissemination. Participating in HERI will equip attendees to effectively center equity in their work.

This three-day intensive aligns with the center’s mission by creating space for community leaders, health care professionals, faculty, staff and students to learn and apply new tools for inclusive health equity research. HERI connects partnership and engagement with innovative approaches and methods.

HERI ultimately seeks to help participants understand their role in addressing important questions related to health disparities and health equity. It will also help researchers develop skills to establish and maintain meaningful partnerships with communities that will lead to the improvement of the health and lives of communities historically excluded from research benefits.

A special feature of this year’s Health Equity Research Intensive is a collaborative workshop on day 3 where attendees will explore approaches and strategies to strengthen and sustain partnerships in health research. Through interactive activities and small group break-outs, attendees will have opportunity to learn, share and, most importantly, connect with others who are committed to advancing health equity and authentic community partnership through their work.

2023 Highlights

Wish we had more time to discuss everything!​

The speakers were very knowledgeable and experienced​.

The speakers were encouraging to hear from!​


  • Whole Community Connections
  • UNC Rural
  • UNC School of Medicine Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Community-Campus Partnerships for Health


If you have any questions about the Health Equity Research Intensive, please email us at