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Poteat and Colleagues Publish Transgender Women and HIV Research in BMC Public Health

Tonia Poteat, CHER Core Faculty, and colleagues have published research on transgender women’s intervention preferences for addressing HIV vulnerability determinants. According to Poteat et al., “[t]ransgender women in the United States (U.S.) experience a disproportionate burden of HIV infection and … Continued

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Poteat and Colleagues Publish Breast Cancer Care Research in Cancer

Tonia Poteat, CHER Core Faculty, and colleagues have published research on delays in breast cancer care by race and sexual orientation. While “breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women…not all women face the same risk” … Continued

CHER Student Spotlight: Savinna Mangalindan

Savinna Mangalindan is a UNC Center for Health Equity Research Communications Assistant. Why is health equity or health equity research important to you? It has become very apparent to us the kinds of disparities that exist in healthcare which quite … Continued

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CHER Staff Spotlight: Shikira Thomas

Shikira Thomas, MSPH is a UNC Center for Health Equity Research Research Program Manager. Why is health equity or health equity research important to you? Favorable health is a basic right that should be afforded to all, but often is … Continued

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Brinkley-Rubinstein on the News: March 2021

Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD, CHER Core Faculty and co-founder of COVID Prison Project, is quoted in several national and local news articles published in March addressing COVID-19 in correctional institutions. Click the links below to read more from each of these … Continued

Corbie-Smith Discuss Vaccine Hesitancy on WRAL’s On The Record

March 13, 2021 –  Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc, CHER Director, appeared on this past Saturday’s “On The Record” episode with Lena Tillett. Dr. Corbie-Smith appeared on the show along with Dr. Deepak Kumar from North Carolina Central University and Dr. Robin … Continued

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Brinkley-Rubinstein on the News: February 2021

Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD, CHER Core Faculty and co-founder of COVID Prison Project, is quoted in several national and local news articles published in February addressing COVID-19 in correctional institutions. Click the links below to read more from each of these … Continued

CHER Trainee Spotlight: Zoe Denise Atkinson

Zoe Denise Atkinson is a UNC Center for Health Equity Research Undergraduate Research Assistant. Why is health equity or health equity research important to you? Health equity research is critical because I have witnessed the impact of its success in … Continued

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“The Case for Prioritizing COVID-19 Vaccines in Prisons and Jails” Published on The Appeal

February 22, 2021 – Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD, CHER core faculty, and colleagues from the COVID Prison Project published their report, “The Case for Prioritizing COVID-19 Vaccines in Prisons and Jails” on The Appeal. The report provides evidence of the importance … Continued

Kaplan Publishes Op-Ed in the Annals of Family Medicine

January 14, 2021 – Ben Kaplan, MPH, UNC CHER student associate and fourth-year medical student at the UNC School of Medicine recently published an op-ed in the Annals of Family Medicine journal. In the article, Ben describes the role of … Continued

Research Team Led by Berkowitz Receives $3.25 Million Grant

January 12, 2021 (UNC SOM News) – “A new five-year “R01” $3.25 million grant announced today is the second major grant awarded to the “food is medicine” research team, led by Seth Berkowitz, MD, MPH.  In July 2020, the NIH … Continued

Senator Warren, Brinkley-Rubinstein & Nowotny release Op-Ed about COVID-19 and Prison Data

  January 5, 2021 – Senator Elizabeth Warren, CHER’s Core Faculty Dr. Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein and colleague, Dr. Kathryn Nowotny, Co-Founders of The COVID Prison Project, released an Op-Ed calling for more comprehensive data collection of incarcerated individuals and staff through … Continued

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Brinkley-Rubinstein on the News: January 2021

Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD, CHER Core Faculty and co-founder of COVID Prison Project. January 11, 2021 – Dr. Brinkley-Rubinstein is featured in the CNN article, “Jails and prisons were hit hard by Covid-19 and experts say they need to be prioritized for … Continued

Brinkley-Rubinstein and Colleagues Publish White Paper on Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccine in Correctional Institutions

  December 16, 2020 – Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD,  UNC CHER Core Faculty, and colleagues from Yale University and Columbia University have released a white paper on “Recommendations for Prioritization and Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccine in Prisons and Jails.” The paper … Continued

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Brinkley-Rubinstein Awarded Funding by RWJF to Expand COVID Prison Project Work

Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, Ph.D., CHER Core faculty, has been awarded $250,000 in funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to support “expanding data collection under the COVID Prison Project to help transform public health data systems and advance health equity.” Learn … Continued

Berkowitz Publishes Study on Unemployment Insurance in JAMA

December 8, 2020 – Seth Berkowitz, MD, MPH, UNC CHER Faculty Associate, publishes a study titled “Losing Jobless Benefits Is Not Only Stressful, It Might Be Harmful to Health.” in JAMA. The study “focused on unemployment insurance, health-related social needs, … Continued

Dr. Corbie-Smith and Dr. Essien on Dr. Shapiro’s Explore the Space Podcast

November 9, 2020 – Mark Shapiro, MD’s Explore the Space released a new podcast episode where Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc, CHER Director and Kenan Distinguished Professor of Social Medicine and Medicine was recently interviewed by Utibe R. Essien, MD, MPH, … Continued

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Dr. Corbie-Smith on MSNBC’s Velshi Across America 2020 to Discuss COVID-19 in North Carolina

https://www.med.unc.edu/cher/wp-content/uploads/sites/1048/2020/10/msnbc-clip.mp4   “My concern with these kinds of comments and the misinformation that we have out there is the way it’s undermining the trust in science and our healthcare systems at the very time we need our people and our … Continued

NIH Awards $12 Million for Community Engagement Research in Areas Disproportionately Affected by COVID-19

Original publish date: October 19, 2020 “The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced a $12 million award for outreach and engagement efforts in ethnic and racial minority communities that are being disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The award … Continued

Community Approach to Mobile COVID-19 Testing Improves Health Equity

Original publish date: October 20, 2020 CHAPEL HILL, NC – In May 2020, UNC Health launched a mobile COVID-19 testing unit to underserved areas in central North Carolina. The mobile unit was successful for several reasons, the first of which … Continued

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Releases its Report on Understanding the Well-Being of LGBTQI+ Populations

Source: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will be releasing its report on Understanding the Well-Being of LGBTQI+ Populations on October 21st, 2020 with a report release webinar. “This report … Continued

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Duke Clinical Research Institute, UNC Center for Health Equity Research, and Partners Receive $80 million NIH Grant to Expand COVID-19 Testing

Original press release date: September 30, 2020 “The Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), in partnership with the Center for Health Equity Research at UNC-Chapel Hill and Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, has received an $80 million award to serve as the … Continued

Dr. Brinkley-Rubinstein to Lead 2-Year $5 Million NIH Project for COVID-19 Testing

Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD, CHER core faculty and Assistant Professor of Social Medicine is leading the $5 million project, “COVID-19 Testing and Prevention in Correctional Settings” with researchers at Yale University and Brown University through a National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) … Continued

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This doctor’s new job at UNC Health System is to make health care more equitable in NC

  By Richard Stradling August 13, 2020 05:30 AM CHAPEL HILL North Carolina has some of the most sophisticated health care in the world, but people’s access to that care still varies based on where they live, how much money … Continued

Dr. Cheryl Woods-Giscombe interviewed by Medical News Today on highlighting Racial Disparities in Healthcare Access and Quality

‘We must educate healthcare providers’ about Black women’s experience Medical News Today has interviewed Prof. Cheryl Giscombé, an expert on stress-related health disparities among African Americans, about a source of pressure that many African American women experience: the obligation to … Continued

Berkowitz to Present ADA Webinar on Food Insecurity and Health Disparities, CME Credits Offered

Seth Berkowitz, MD, MPH, CHER Associate, assistant professor in the division of general medicine, will lead a health disparities education webinar with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) on July 9, from 1 pm to 2:30 pm EST. The webinar is … Continued

Research Scientist Position

Application Deadline: July 15, 2020 Position Summary: The Research Scientist will work in the Center for Health Equity Research (CHER), in the Department of Social Medicine. Under the supervision of Research Scientist and in collaboration with the Director, Associate Director, … Continued

Brinkley-Rubinstein featured in ‘Obsessed with staying alive’: Inmates describe a prison’s piecemeal response to a fatal Covid-19 outbreak

By Eileen Guo June 12, 2020 California’s Institution for Men. a state prison in Chino, Calif., has had one of the largest outbreaks in the state’s prison system. With 767 cases and counting among inmates, CIM has one of the largest … Continued

UNC Health Media Briefing: Minority health disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic

On June 12, 2020, expert guests Dr. Giselle Corbie-Smith, UNC CHER Director, and Dr. Crystal Wiley Cené, UNC CHER Associate, discussed minority health disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The media briefing had 12 media –related attendees online, including representatives from: Associated Press … Continued

Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, CHER Faculty mentioned in COVID-19 in ICE detention centers article

‘COVID-19 outbreaks in ICE detention centers raise concerns over insufficient testing’ (MSN) May 18, 2020, Dr. Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, CHER Faculty, was mentioned in the article ‘COVID-19 outbreaks in ICE detention centers raise concerns over insufficient testing.’ In the last two … Continued

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Tonia Poteat, ‘Understanding COVID-19 risks and vulnerabilities among black communities in America: the lethal force of syndemics’

UNC CHER Core Faculty, Tonia Poteat, PhD, MPH, PA-C, published an article addresses COVID-19 and health disparities among the black community. “Black communities in the United States are bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic and the underlying conditions that … Continued

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The COVID Prison Project

  Dr. Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, UNC CHER Faculty, is a part of The COVID Prison Project, which tracks data and policy across the country to monitor COVID-19 in correctional facilities. Justice-involved individuals in congregate living facilities are at a high risk … Continued

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COVID-19 Pandemic: The Racial Divide

ABC 11 News segment on ‘COVID-19 Pandemic: The Racial Divide’ Dr. Giselle Corbie-Smith contributed to the ABC 11 News segment on ‘COVID-19 Pandemic: The Racial Divide’ and how preexisting conditions, access to healthcare affect minority communities and whether minority bias … Continued

Crystal Wiley Cene, MD, MPH, Interviewed about COVID-19 and Disparities

CORONAVIRUS ‘The Driving Force Is Institutionalized Racism’: Black North Carolinians Are Getting Hit Hard By COVID-19 African-Americans make up less than a quarter of the state’s population, but nearly 40 percent of its confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths. By Paul … Continued

CHER Associate Spotlight: Crystal Wiley Cene

Crystal Wiley Cené, MD, MPH, Associate Professor and UNC CHER Associate What does health equity mean to you? To me, health equity simply means giving individuals what they need to lead healthy and full lives. Health equity implies that we … Continued

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Brinkley-Rubinstein Op/Ed on NC prisons and jails

NC Policy Watch features Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD, CHER Faculty, Op/Ed on “We must act now to prevent an epidemic in North Carolina’s prisons and jails.” We must act now to prevent an epidemic in North Carolina’s prisons and jails Learn … Continued

Brinkley-Rubinstein Op/Ed on NC prisons and jails

NC Policy Watch features Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD, CHER Faculty, Op/Ed on “We must act now to prevent an epidemic in North Carolina’s prisons and jails.” We must act now to prevent an epidemic in North Carolina’s prisons and jails Learn … Continued

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Brinkley-Rubinstein featured in the Carolina Public Press on COVID-19 in NC jails

The Carolina Public Press features Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD, CHER Faculty, on “UPDATED: Coronavirus raises health, legal concerns for NC jails.” UPDATED: Coronavirus raises health, legal concerns for NC jails Learn how Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD, CHER Faculty talks about how COVID-19 … Continued

ISP’s Krista Perreira and Tonia Poteat awarded R01

Krist Perreira, PhD and Tonia Poteat, PhD, MPH, PA-C, have received an R01 from the National, Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) titled, Cardiovascular Health of Sexual and Gender Minorities in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (SGM HCHS/SOL). … Continued

Corbie-Smith launches podcast: A Different Kind of Leader

Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc, Kenan Distinguished Professor in the UNC Department of Social Medicine and Director for the UNC Center of Health Equity Research, has recently launched a podcast, A Different Kind of Leader. In addition to Corbie-Smith as host, … Continued

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Advocating for Health Equity: PA Focuses Work on HIV and LGBT Health

Providing a Safe Place for All Patients January 17, 2020 By Divya Williams Tonia Poteat, PhD, MPH, PA-C, DFAAPA  Before becoming a PA, or even knowing about the profession, Tonia Poteat, PhD, MPH, PA-C, DFAAPA, knew she wanted to provide … Continued

CHER Post-Doctoral Spotlight: Laura Villa Torres

What path led you to pursue a career in health equity? I grew up in a family of Public Health professionals. Since very early in my life, I would help my parents with their work and I saw first-hand the … Continued

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Brinkley-Rubinstein Guest Editor on AJPH Special Issue

The American Journal of Public Health released a special issue on “Documenting and Addressing the Health Impacts of Carceral Systems”. CHER Faculty, Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein is featured as one of the guest editors for this special issue. Read the full text … Continued

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Brinkley-Rubinstein Guest Editor on AJPH Special Issue

The American Journal of Public Health released a special issue on “Documenting and Addressing the Health Impacts of Carceral Systems”. CHER Faculty, Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein is featured as one of the guest editors for this special issue. Read the full text … Continued

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Publication Alert: Potential impact of ACA and Medicaid on reducing cancer disparities in black men

CHER Faculty Associates, Wizdom Powell, Leah Frerichs, Kristen Hassmiller Lich, and CHER Director and Faculty, Giselle Corbie-Smith, other authors have co-authored a paper on how medicaid expansion reduce cancer and saves lives for African American males. Their publication is featured … Continued

Highlights: Connect, Engage, Transform – Rural Community Partnerships Conference

The Carolina Center for Public Service, UNC RURAL and other partners hosted the Connect, Engage, Transform: Rural Community Partnerships conference to bring together stakeholders from North Carolina’s rural communities and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to highlight … Continued

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Publication Alert: Brinkley-Rubinstein and Colleagues Estimate Impact of Medications for Opioid Use Disorder in Prisons/Jails

CHER Core Faculty, Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein and colleagues publish work that concludes that prison and jail-based programs that screen and provide treatment for Opioid Use Disorder has the potential to reduce overdose post-release and save lives. “Current findings underscore the importance … Continued

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Publication Alert: Poteat highlights ways stigma and stress affect health outcomes for Black and Latina Transgender women

CHER Faculty, Tonia Poteat, PhD, MPH, PA-C, and her team released recent finding on how multiple forms of stigma may increase risk for mental illness and cardiovascular disease among Black and Latina Transgender Women Living with HIV. UNC School of … Continued

Gil Intern Desman Wilson’s Experience in CHER

Check out the following blog post by Desman Wilson, a UNC Gil Intern who spent his Fall Semester as an intern in the UNC Center for Health Equity Research. His worked focused around planning for a health equity hackathon, currently … Continued

Call for Proposals: Rural Community Partnerships Conference

The Carolina Center for Public Service, the Provost’s Initiative on Rural Communities and other partners are hosting the Connect, Engage, Transform: Rural Community Partnerships conference to bring together stakeholders from North Carolina’s rural communities and the University of North Carolina … Continued

Brinkley-Rubinstein: Study on solitary confinement makes a tragic case for restricting it in the U.S.

CHER faculty, Dr. Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, talked to Inverse about her study on solitary confinement in prisons. She found that people held in restrictive housing were 127 percent more likely to die from opioid overdose in the two weeks after their … Continued

CHER and CCPH Directors Deliver Keynote at 2019 PCORI Annual Meeting

CHER Director, Giselle Corbie-Smith, and Executive Director for Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH), Al Richmond, delivered the closing keynote at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Annual Meeting on September 20, 2019.

Poteat featured in Oxford Handbook of Public Health Ethics

The Oxford Handbook of Public Health Ethics is a prestigious international reference collection that publishes reviews of ethical issues in public health solicited from leading scholars around the world. The recently published volume features work by five faculty and two … Continued