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2023 Paul A. Godley Health Equity Research Week: Reflections and Recordings

July 18, 2023

by Rachel Berthiaume The Paul A. Godley Health Equity Research Symposium, an annual CHER event since 2020, was reimagined in 2023 to provide more opportunities to highlight health equity research and promote new collaborations. Shifting from a single day with a keynote presentation and a research presentation, it was expanded to four days of sessions from … Read more

New Role, New Colleague: Meet Rachel Berthiaume

July 18, 2023

At CHER, we believe research shared is research improved. That’s why we’re excited to introduce a new colleague in a new role. Get to know Rachel Berthiaume, MPH, who slowed down for a few minutes to share with us. Tell us about your role at CHER. What’s your position and focus? I’m delighted to step … Read more

Michelle Song Recognized by Peers, Employee Forum for Professional Excellence

July 5, 2023

Michelle Song, Associate Director of Data Science & Analytics for Abacus Evaluation with CHER, is an excellent professional. That’s what the UNC Employee Forum says and we couldn’t agree more.  Song was recently announced as a 2023 recipient of a UNC Employee Forum Peer Recognition Award for Professional Excellence.  “We were very excited to hear … Read more

Shining Light: New Systematic Review Advances the Field and Student Research Experiences

July 5, 2023

New research from CHER is shining light for researchers at every level. New research on electronic Community Resource Referral Systems (CRRSs) is a step forward for experienced researchers and recently graduated student assistants. A systematic review explores what improves or blocks CRRS implementation and connects “structural factors” to “cultural characteristics and financial incentives in the … Read more

Three Languages, One Message: Always Happy to Help: Meet Blen Biru

April 21, 2023

by Melissa Marcus Grant applications might give pause to some academics, but for Blen (rhymes with rain) Biru they’re just another day’s work. From helping with applications to mastering languages, there’s little Blen can’t tackle. We reached out to her to learn more about what she does. Tell us about your role at CHER. What’s … Read more

Making Things, Telling Stories: Meet Josephine McKelvy

April 6, 2023

by Melissa Marcus Josephine McKelvy, Ph.D., has many talents, not the least of which is her role as an Evaluation Research Scientist with Abacus. Her skills range from scrap-booking to making sure programs are sending the message and doing the work they need to do. From a birds-eye view to a ground-level perspective, Josephine has … Read more

Research Support Across Projects is Music to Our Ears: Meet Airianne Posey

March 24, 2023

by Melissa Marcus As an advanced research assistant, Airianne Posey supports a wide variety of projects in the Center for Health Equity Research (CHER). Her skills range across projects and programs, and she even knows how to carry a tune. And even this is only a fraction of what Airianne Posey can do. We reached … Read more

Linking Global and Local Public Health: Meet Stephanie Lola

January 31, 2023

by Melissa Marcus Stephanie Lola engages with healthcare on global and local scales through her graduate studies at the Gillings School of Public Health and her work at Center for Health Equity Research (CHER). Get to know Stephanie and her work. Tell us a bit about yourself and what you study. I grew up in … Read more