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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

Communicating with Communities, Poetry: Meet Courtney Mcmillian

April 3, 2024

by Abby Arcuri Everyone on CHER’s team brings unique talents. One new employee, Courtney McMillian, works in health communication and has another unique communication skill: poetry! McMillian is working on learning about healthcare barriers in communities. In her free time, she writes poetry. Read our staff spotlight to learn more about McMillian. Tell us about … Read more

“Uplifting Ignored Voices”: Catching Up with CHER Alum Gabby Harris

April 3, 2024

by Abby Arcuri The accomplishments of CHER employees, before and after they work with us, can help others in similar roles. A previous post-doc, Gabby Harris, shared her accomplishments since leaving CHER, and revisited what came before. What was your path to CHER? Findings from my dissertation suggested several social determinants of health contributed to … Read more

Recap: CHER at the 45th Minority Health Conference

March 20, 2024

CHER was proud to have a table (and a presenter) at the 45th Minority Health Conference. Abby Arcuri, our student writer, was on the ground – check out who she met and what they had to say about this year’s MHC.

“Turning An Idea Into Reality”: Catching Up with CHER Alum Ben Kaplan

March 20, 2024

by Abby Arcuri Every part of someone’s career plays a part in their future. CHER is one step in many people’s future. We’re glad to catch up with one CHER alum: former graduate student Ben Kaplan. Kaplan came to CHER for a summer program while attending UNC’s School of Medicine. During this program, he began … Read more

Two Posters, One Conference: Recent Presentations by Blen Biru

March 20, 2024

by Abby Arcuri A core part of CHER is sharing our research. Recently, Blen Biru, a research project manager, got to do so. Learn about Biru’s experience at The MaryAnn Black Distinguished Health Equity Symposium, and the research she shared with attendees. In February, Biru presented at this conference. With not just one but two … Read more

Many Experiences, One Passion: Meet Caroline Taheri

February 21, 2024

by Abby Arcuri Learning about the paths that brought CHER members to the center is a great way to get to know each other. Find out more about the path of a new member, Caroline Taheri. Taheri’s journey involves one summer when she watched 98 movies in only 65 days. Then, more of her experiences … Read more