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Save the dates! The 2024 Paul A. Godley Health Equity Research Week (HERW) will be March 18-21, 2024.

The Paul A. Godley Health Equity Research Week (HERW), hosted by the Center for Health Equity Research, brings faculty, staff, students and community members together to share health equity research at UNC. HERW is an opportunity to facilitate collaboration, innovation and equity in the UNC School of Medicine, across Carolina’s communities and beyond. All sessions are open to the entire Carolina community and the general public.

In 2020, the UNC School of Medicine collaborated with CHER to host the first Paul A. Godley Health Equity Symposium. In 2023, the symposium expanded into a week dedicated to highlighting health equity research at Carolina. HERW 2024 will include research presentations and panel discussions.

HERW is co-sponsored by the UNC School of Medicine Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Submit an Abstract for the 2024 HERW

Submissions for the 2024 HERW closed January 31.

We invite UNC faculty, staff, partners and/or students to submit abstracts reflecting their health equity work in and beyond North Carolina communities. Proposed abstracts should reflect community-based research projects that are working to eliminate health disparities.

We encourage creative approaches to health equity research.

Areas of focus

  • Understanding, addressing and/or improving social determinants of health (SDOH).
  • Addressing and/or improving health outcomes in one or more marginalized populations.
  • Understanding, addressing and/or improving disparities for specific health concerns.
  • Epidemiological work.
  • Diagnostics and treatment outcomes.
  • Interdisciplinary and/or intersectional research approaches.

2023 Program Recordings


Keynote Panel: Conducting Health Equity Research in the Current Social and Political Environment

June 7 from 11:00 a.m. – noon Eastern.

Recently the topics of diversity, equity, gender and theory have been brought into the sociopolitical sphere. In this panel, UNC leaders will discuss considerations in advancing health equity research in this environment, why this work matters, and the pathways forward.

Giselle Corbie, M.D., M.Sc., will moderate this panel.

This panel was not recorded.


Project GRACE: Community-academic partnership for health equity

June 6 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Eastern.

This panel features members from the Project GRACE community-academic partnership. Panelists will discuss the history of Project GRACE, how they’ve sustained a long-term partnership and the impact this partnership has had on their community.

WATCH THE PROJECT GRACE PANEL


Special Session: Southeastern American Indian Cancer Health Equity Partnership (SAICEP)

June 7 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern.

This special session will spotlight the Southeastern American Indian Cancer Health Equity Partnership (SAICEP), a recent collaborative formed through the Community Outreach and Engagement teams at the NCI Comprehensive Cancer Centers at Duke, UNC Lineberger and Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist.

WATCH THE SAICEP PANEL


Role reflections: Hearing from health equity research staff

June 8 from 11:00 a.m. – noon Eastern.

This panel will bring together staff from across UNC to discuss their perspectives on health equity and community-engaged research given their specific role in it. Panelists will reflect on what challenges and sustains them in this work, as well as the future of health equity as a field.

WATCH THE ROLE REFLECTIONS PANEL


Full 2023 HERW Schedule of Events

The full schedule of events for the 2023 Paul A. Godley Health Equity Research Week is below. Details, including registration links, will be added as they are finalized.

Date & TimeTitleSpeaker(s)Event type
Monday
June 5
11:00 a.m. Eastern
Networking for HERW

This session was not recorded.
Networking
Monday
June 5
1:00 p.m. Eastern
Recruiting Young Latino Sexual Minority Men in North Carolina for an HIV Prevention and Stigma Reduction Study: Strategies and Challenges
WATCH RECRUITING
Dicky Baruah (she/they) (School of Social Work)Presentation
Tuesday
June 6
10:00 a.m. Eastern
Project GRACE: Community-academic partnership for health equity
WATCH PROJECT GRACE
Shirley McFarlin (James McFarlin Community Development), Mysha Wynn (Project Momentum, Inc.), Don Cavellini (Freedom Hill Community Health Center in Princeville, retired)Panel
Tuesday
June 6
11:00 a.m. Eastern
Social Workers' Impact on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice
WATCH JUVENILE JUSTICE
Jenny Afkinich (School of Social Work)Presentation
Tuesday
June 6
1:00 p.m. Eastern
Accountability for Cancer Care through Undoing Racism and Equity (ACCURE): A Community-Academic Partnership Leading to Treatment Equity and Improved Care for All
WATCH ACCURE
Sam Cykert (UNC School of Medicine), Christina Yongue (UNC Greensboro)Presentation
Wednesday
June 7
11:00 a.m. Eastern
Conducting Health Equity Research in the Current Social and Political Environment

This session was not recorded.
Giselle Corbie (SOM/CHER/Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs) (moderator), Nate Thomas (SOM/Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion), Audrea Caesar (UNC Health), Penny Gordon-Larsen (Interim Vice Chancellor for Research), Leah Cox (Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer)Panel

321 MacNider & Zoom
Wednesday
June 7
1:00 p.m. Eastern
Addressing Unmet Social Needs in Rural Eastern North Carolina Through Implementing a Digital Community Resource Referral System

This session was not recorded.
Christina Carilli (School of Medicine)Presentation
Wednesday
June 7
4:00 p.m. Eastern
Southeastern American Indian Cancer Health Equity Partnership (SAICEP)
WATCH SAICEP
Ronny A. Bell (Professor and Chair, Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy), Stephanie B. Wheeler (Associate Director of Community Outreach and Engagement, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center), Tomi Akinyemiju (Associate Professor of Population Health and Global Health, Vice-Chair, Diversity and Inclusion, Duke University Department of Population Health Sciences, Associate Director, Community Outreach, Engagement, and Equity, Duke Cancer Institute), Charlene Hunt (Project Manager, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist)Special session
Thursday
June 8
11:00 a.m. Eastern
Role reflections: Hearing from health equity research staff
WATCH ROLE REFLECTIONS
Lauren Matthews (Lineberger), J. Tommy White (TraCS), Shikira Flounory (CHER), Maura Drewry (CHER), Breanna Williams (CHER)Panel
Thursday
June 8
1:00 p.m. Eastern
Food Insecurity and Hypertension: Lesson Learned from Recruitment and Enrollment in the Healthy Food First Study
WATCH FOOD INSECURITY
Robert E. Anderson, III (Gillings)Presentation

About Dr. Paul A. Godley


HERW is named in honor of the late Dr. Paul A. Godley, Rush S. Dickson Professor of Hematology/Oncology in the UNC Department of Medicine and Vice Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the UNC School of Medicine.

Dr. Godley directed the Ethnicity, Culture, and Health Outcomes (ECHO) program from its founding in 2001. His research and leadership helped improve identification, understanding and elimination of racial health disparities.

We are proud to honor his legacy through HERW to inspire impactful research on advancing access to quality healthcare for all.

Learn more about Dr. Godley at this page maintained by Victor J. Schoenbach, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Thank you


Thank you to the 2024 Paul A. Godley Steering Committee:

  • Stephanie Brown, Ph.D.
  • Audrea Caesar, Ph.D.
  • Giselle Corbie, M.D., M.Sc.
  • Michelle Floris-Moore, M.D., M.S.
  • Benny Joyner Jr., M.D., MPH
  • Raúl Necochea, Ph.D., M.Sc.
  • E. Nate Thomas III, Ph.D.
  • Becky White, M.D., MPH
  • Monique C. Bethell, Ph.D., MPH
  • Essie Torres, Ph.D., MPH

Thank you to the 2024 Paul A. Godley Health Equity Research Week co-sponsor: