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“Getting the best of both worlds”: Meet Ania Wellere

June 4, 2024

  CHER is an interdisciplinary center. We love the range of experiences and expertise in our team. Some team members focus on community outreach. Others support grant writing. In Abacus, we have a fantastic team of evaluators who do everything from survey creation to deep dives into data analytics. That’s a lot of worlds working … Read more

Engagement, Impact and Tar Heel Sports: Meet Alexy Hernandez

May 22, 2024

Engagement is at the core of what we do at CHER. And that includes bringing in new team members with new experience and expertise. Alexy Hernandez joins us with engagement at the core of her new role. And, when she’s not working toward better healthcare for all, she’s cheering on Tar Heels. Look for her … Read more

Hooking into CHER, Amplifying Voices: Meet Kristen Witkemper

May 22, 2024

  When we hire someone new, we’re always hoping we made a good pick. So, we’re excited to have hooked Kristen Witkemper onto our team! In addition to starting with us, she has (guitar) picks and (crochet) hooks, too. They’re part of how she spends her down time. She’s not just new to CHER, either. … Read more

SOM Professional Development Grants Help CHER Colleagues Grow

May 1, 2024

by Abby Arcuri The UNC School of Medicine awards grants to support professional development among its employees. Recently, many people from CHER were awarded these grants. To support the professional development of its employees, the UNC School of Medicine awards grants. These grants invest in the employees’ talent and prosper growth. Some of CHER’s employees … Read more

Professional Development Grant: Veena Reddy

May 1, 2024

by Abby Arcuri Recently, Veena Reddy was awarded a Staff Professional Development Grant Award from the UNC School of Medicine. Reddy was awarded the grant on account of her work on the Collaborate and Leverage Evidence in African American Rural Network (Co-LEARN) Project. Co-LEARN focuses on reducing rural North Carolina’s cardiovascular disease (CVD) burden. This … Read more

Professional Development Grant: Shikira Flounory

May 1, 2024

by Abby Arcuri One CHER employee awarded a professional development grant is Shikira Flounory. She is a research program manager who works on the New IDEAS Project. Flounory is also part of CHER’s leadership team. With the grant, Flounory will be attending the Technology of Participation (ToP) Facilitation Methods Course. The workshop aims to give … Read more

Professional Development Grant: Shelly Maras

May 1, 2024

by Abby Arcuri One employee awarded a professional development grant was Shelly Maras. She is a research scientist with CHER who works on projects within Abacus Evaluation. With the grant money, Maras will be taking an Intermediate Data Visualization Course through the Data Matters series. This is hosted by UNC’s Odum Institute for Research in … Read more

Med Students Reflect on 10th Biennial Conference of the Society for Humanities, Social Science, and Medicine

May 1, 2024

by Abby Arcuri The 10th Biennial Conference of the Society for Humanities, Social Science and Medicine was recently held on UNC’s campus. This conference celebrates the impact of social sciences and humanities on the practice of medicine and broader public health. Emma Tayloe, a CHER-affiliated medical student who presented at the conference shared information on … Read more

Learning, Sharing Lessons from RADx-UP Project Teams

April 30, 2024

When it comes to evaluating a national research initiative with many projects and many partners, what’s most important? That’s what Abacus evaluators, housed in CHER, looking at RADx® Underserved Populations (RADx-UP), share in two new publications. (RADx-UP was created by the National Institutes of Health to ensure that all Americans have access to COVID-19 testing, … Read more