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ICYMI Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture (delivered in honor of Dr. Ada Adimora) – ▶️ recording available

June 20; Roper Hall Active Learning Theater (UNC) and livestreamed

Michelle Floris-Moore, M.D., M.S., will deliver the lecture in honor of Adaora A. Adimora, M.D., MPH. Adimora was slated to deliver the 2023 lecture, which was postponed in September 2023. Adimora passed away this past winter.

Watch the Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture.

ICYMI ELSI and the Virome: Bugs, Drugs, and Precision Viral Care | CGS Seminar – ▶️ recording available

recording available via Panopto

Center for Genomics and Society Seminar, co-hosted by the Center for Bioethics

This was an in-person event only. It was recorded via Lecture Capture.

Advancing understanding of the human virome (all viruses that live in and on us) is a national scientific priority. Commensal relationships with viruses prompt questions of what it means to be human and healthy, shifting with new understandings of our complex cohabitation with the most abundant replicating entity on the planet.  Applications of human viromics include the capacity to detect directionality of disease transmission, bacteriophage therapy development, and virulence factor studies. In this presentation, ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of these viromics topics will be presented via vignettes which comprise textual scenarios designed to elicit attendee reflection.  We will discuss the ELSI implications of each, soliciting feedback on draft vignettes which will be used in future research.

Lunch will be provided for the first 50 attendees. For more information, contact the event administrator: Kriste Kuczynski at

Watch ELSI and the Virome.

Demonstrating Trustworthiness: Community-Academic Partnerships Improving Health Together

July 1; July 29; online

Local organizations and leaders, which often have the deepest understanding of their own community’s health challenges, are best positioned to provide effective solutions. Through this interactive learning series, the AAMC Center for Health Justice aims to highlight approaches to building stronger collaboration between community organizations and academic medicine institutions to improve population health, especially in underserved communities.

Learn more and register for Demonstrating Trustworthiness sessions.

Make Waves in Medical Education

July 8-9; Scripps Seaside Forum, San Diego, CA

The Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion is proud to present the inaugural Compassion in Medical Education (C-MEd) Forum, offering a unique opportunity for other schools of medicine to learn about our innovative empathy and compassion programming and curricula directly from our experts. The goal: to help attendees transform learning at their respective institutions.

C-MEd is intended for medical educators, deans/academic leadership, and anatomy lab directors at schools of medicine, as well as healthcare practitioners at teaching hospitals.

Register for Make Waves in Medical Education by July 2.

NINR Director’s Lecture – Maternal Health

July 11; online

Dr. Mahasin Mujahid, Professor at the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, will present her work on the social and structural determinants of maternal health and health disparities and risk reduction interventions to address the complex and growing morbidity and mortality concerns. She will then join Dr. Shannon Zenk for a discussion on the role of nursing research in advancing science in this area.

Hosted by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR).

Register for the NINR Director’s Lecture.

Talking Data Equity series

July 12; July 19; online

Talking Data Equity is a series of weekly drop-in conversations addressing questions with people who are working on operationalizing data equity. Hosted by We All Count.

As a community, we share our experiences going from wanting to embed equity in your data work to actually feeling competent doing so.

Feel free to join every week or occasionally and stay as long as you like. There are opportunities to ask questions live from experts and beginners alike.

  • July 12:  Direct Community Involvement in Causal Analysis (and Program Evaluation Models). Heather and the group will work together on an example, exploring the pros, cons, and possibilities.
  • July 19: Amalie Zinn will join us as a special guest to discuss their work on racism in health and housing in data analysis.

Register for Talking Data Equity sessions.

Access for All: Centering the Perspectives of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Health Equity

July 16; online

This webinar will bring together cross-sector voices, including experts on intellectual and developmental disabilities, to share their insights on the unmet health needs of people with IDD and how to best serve them. Speakers will discuss ways that policy makers, health care providers, communities, advocates, and academics can collaborate to center individuals with IDD when designing and implementing equitable health interventions.

Hosted by Partners for Advancing Health Equity.

Register for Access for All.

Employing Restorative Practices and Civil Discourse to Heal an Institution

July 17; online

The Uniformed Services University (USU) F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine has struggled with community building, communicating across differences, and managing harms to students and faculty, and they are not alone. In this webinar, USU faculty will introduce participants to the tenets of restorative practices and demonstrate the benefits of community circles. They will then introduce the principles of civil discourse to include the importance of psychological safety, active listening, finding common ground, being willing to rethink perspectives and beliefs, and practicing constructive conversational skills.

Part of the AAMC IDEAS Learning Series.

Register for Employing Restorative Practices.

UNITE Structural Racism Workshop

July 18-19; online

Join an NIH workshop on ways to address the health impacts of structural racism. On July 18-19th, 2024, the NIH UNITE initiative will host a hybrid (NIH campus and online) workshop on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Understanding and Addressing Structural Racism and Health. The workshop will bring together researchers, clinicians, and community organizations to explore what is known about structural racism and health and collaboratively identify:

  • Methodologies and measures for studying structural racism and health disparities
  • Consequences of structural racism that affect health
  • Strategies for productive cross-disciplinary partnerships
  • Interventions to address the impact of structural racism on health

Register for the UNITE Structural Racism Workshop.

FEATURED Health Communication: The Stories of Our Communities (NC CEAL)

July 22; Friday Center (UNC)

Join NC CEAL for their upcoming event on July 22 at the UNC Friday Center where they will be analyzing their recent research findings from their health communications and photovoice research projects.

Register for Health Communication: The Stories of our Communities.

RISE for Equity: Reflect, Inspire, Strengthen & Empower 2024

August 1-3; Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection, Washington, D.C. and online

Prioritizing and addressing diversity, equity and inclusion in workforce development and organizational culture is essential to providing optimal patient care, achieving health equity, and attracting and engaging the workforce of the future. At this groundbreaking CME course, participants join a national healthcare dialogue on this important subject and explore evidence-based solutions and innovative initiatives. Keynote presentations by leading experts and panel discussions cover health disparities, digital equity and much more.

Register for RISE for Equity.

2024 National LGBTQ Health Conference

August 15-17; Emory Conference Center Hotel, Atlanta, GA

The National LGBTQ Health Conference is an interdisciplinary translational research conference bringing together scientists, public health professionals, and healthcare providers to discuss issues affecting the health and wellbeing of the LGBTQ community. The largest scientific gathering of its kind in the United States, the conference also fosters professional development and provides networking opportunities.

Register for the 2024 National LGBTQ Health Conference.


Jobs & Professional Development

NEW Policy and Equity: Collaborative Frameworks for Inclusive Change

Build your policy skill set and connect with colleagues from across the nation in this interactive weekend summit. Featuring addresses from Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Jason Purnell, and other experienced leaders and educators, this two-day Summit is a premier professional development event for public policy professionals, social and public health workers, and those in related fields.

Friday, October 18, and Saturday, October 19, 2024 at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

Register for Policy and Equity by July 31 to save $100.

Become an NIH postdoctoral fellow.

We are seeking one full-time postdoctoral fellow to join the Digital Health & Health Disparities Research Lab. The lab is housed in the Population and Community Health Sciences Branch of the Intramural Research Program at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health. The mission of the lab is to leverage digital technologies for health promotion and disease prevention among minorities and health disparity populations. The main focus is on the design and evaluation of just-in-time adaptive interventions via the collection of real-time ecological momentary assessments and physiological smartphone sensor and wearables data.

Candidates must have completed a PhD in social or behavioral science, biostatistics, epidemiology, or a closely related field and have no more than five years of relevant research experience since receipt of their most recent doctoral degree. Candidates must have expertise or an interest in developing expertise in health disparities and digital health.

Expertise in quantitative research methods and advanced statistical analysis is a must. Expertise in natural language processing, machine learning, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is highly desirable.

The fellow will assist with study design and implementation, data analysis, and publication of study findings. In addition, the fellow will work on secondary data projects. The postdoctoral fellow will develop his/her own research questions related to digital health and health disparities.

Fellows receive multidisciplinary training and mentorship at NIH. They also receive support in developing a K-series or similar grant proposal during their fellowship. They can also apply for internal funding mechanisms. They are encouraged to participate in grant writing courses and trainings. Postdoctoral fellows can participate in journal clubs, in-person speaker series, and webinar series. Travel funds will be available to travel to 2 conferences a year to present their research and network.

Applicants should submit: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a two-page synopsis of their research interest, including a brief description of their career plans related to digital health and health disparities, (3) three representative publications or working papers, and (4) three letters of recommendation.

Email applications to Sherine Eltoukhy with subject line: Last name, First name, Postdoc application.

Position available for immediate hire. Applications will be accepted and screened on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

Become a peer reviewer at PCORI

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent, nonprofit research organization. Their goal is to support research that will provide reliable, useful information to help people make informed healthcare decisions and improve patient care and outcomes.

As part of that goal, they conduct peer review of draft final research reports (DFRRs) for all funded research projects. They are searching for individuals to serve as reviewers of these final reports.


NEW 🧰 The Health Equity Inventory

The Health Equity Inventory (HEI) is a coordination tool to help institutions and community organizations communicate about their health equity work and form effective partnerships. The HEI gathers information about health equity-related programs, initiatives, strategies, partnerships, and other activities across institutions’ research, clinical, education, and community engagement missions, and identifies opportunities for alignment and efficiency. The HEI was designed, developed, and tested by academic health systems like yours, using REDCap, a software you already know. It’s a central location where your institution can document health equity work and share the information you want with your community partners so you can take action together for your community’s health.

If you’re ready to get started, fill out the interest form via the button below. Once you submit your response, we’ll reach out to schedule an introductory call. In that call, we’ll get to know you, your team, and more about your institution’s health equity work to make sure the HEI is the right fit. We’ll provide more information about the HEI and next steps for gathering the data we need to build the tool for you. Questions? Contact the AAMC Center for Health Justice!

📖 AJPH Supplement focused on RADx-UP

Yesterday, the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) published a special supplement focused on RADx-UP and its prioritization of community-engaged research.

The supplement includes perspective pieces, editorials, and RADx-UP project summaries that emphasize the vital importance of community-engaged research. These articles demonstrate the mutual trust and tangible benefits that arise from authentic partnerships between community organizations and academic health researchers.

📖 Carolina Public Health Spring 2024 (magazine from the UNC Gillings School)

This issue explores how public health and policy work to achieve healthier communities, with emphasis on evidence-informed strategies and community engagement.

from Matthew Chamberlin, editor and Associate Dean for Communications and Marketing:
“What do we mean when we talk about “health policy?” Sometimes we think of policy as a shorthand for legislation, but that is only a part of how successful policies are created and implemented.

In this issue of Carolina Public Health, we aim to share a 360-degree overview of the inner workings of health policy. This is also the first multimedia edition of the magazine, with live links to video content. As always, thank you for your support of the Gillings School.”

📃 AAMC Center for Health Justice letter to the FDA on race and ethnicity data in clinical trials

The AAMC and the AAMC Center for Health Justice submitted a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 3 in response to the agency’s draft guidance for a standardized approach for collecting race and ethnicity data in clinical trials.

In its letter to the FDA, the Center highlighted key areas in the draft guidance that are consistent with the new updates to The White House Office of Management and Budget’s race and ethnicity data standards, as well as areas that should be reevaluated.

🧰 North Carolina School-Based Medicaid Billing Toolkit

This toolkit is designed for any public school, district or charter, in North Carolina looking to increase their Medicaid billing capabilities. By enhancing the capacity to effectively bill Medicaid for services, schools can boost their revenue and provide more mental health support to students.

With more funds, your school can offer additional mental health services, supporting our studentsʼ wellbeing and success.

▶️ Artificial Intelligence and Health Series (NIHCM) (recordings)

The latest webinar in NIHCM’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Health Series provided a comprehensive exploration of the intersection between AI and health equity. Harnessing AI’s full potential to improve health equity requires developing unbiased, comprehensive solutions. Expert speakers discussed:

  • Identifying biases in different areas of health care AI algorithms and their role in exacerbating health disparities.
  • Emphasizing the importance of keeping humans at the center of AI design, with a focus on community involvement in the development process.
  • Strategies to responsibly build AI that ensures equitable health care, along with methods for addressing existing biases.

#Equity and Data Newsletter Spring 2024 Issue

The latest edition of the #EquityandData newsletter is out! This issue focuses on recognizing the importance of data reflecting women’s needs which is crucial for developing effective programs in health. As we strive for equality in healthcare, it is essential to address disparities in access, treatment, and research that affect women’s health outcomes daily. The newsletter is distributed by the National Collaborative for Health Equity.

New Tip Sheet for Inclusive Recruitment in Clinical Trials (CEAL)

The CEAL Inclusive Participation Work Group (IPWG) shares best practices and community-engaged, evidence-based approaches for recruitment in clinical trials. Check out their new tip sheet for researchers and communities with strategies about how to support effective community engagement.


Racial Disparities in Lung Cancer Start With Research

Improving lung cancer outcomes in Black communities will take more than lowering the screening age, experts say. Disparities are present in everything from the studies that inform when people should get checked to the availability of care in rural areas


Video: Importance of Multisector Collaboration for Health Justice

The AAMC Center for Health Justice is committed to partnering with public health and community-based organizations, government and health care entities, the private sector, and community members to achieve the goal of better health for all. In 2022, the center convened a Multisector Partner Group to bring together people of diverse backgrounds and sectors to use their expertise and leadership to contribute to the work of the center. A new video features members of the Multisector Partner Group and highlights the importance of collaboration across sectors to achieve health justice.


Find Neighborhoods Facing Health Disadvantages with the Area Deprivation Index

The PolicyMap team added a new dataset to help identify neighborhoods that are most socioeconomically disadvantaged to assist researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in guiding health resources and outreach efforts to areas in need. This information is provided by researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Center for Health Disparities Research, who have published the Area Deprivation Index to summarize the social determinants of health in a precise geographic area – a neighborhood – noting socioeconomic conditions that can contribute to poor health outcomes.


BELIEVE works to improve Black maternal health

A collaboration between Carolina and NC A&T is focused on strengthening birthing teams, including lactation consultants and doulas, and addressing the problem of Black maternal mortality and Black maternal health in general.


Podcast series: Health Equity in Rural Hospitals

This four-part podcast series from the National Rural Health Resource Center brings together a variety of voices to elaborate on the steps rural hospitals can take to implement sustainable health equity programs and efforts.


Health Equity and Behavioral Health Integration

A new resource from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Academy provides a brief overview of the role of behavioral health integration in reducing disparities in health and healthcare, and shares practical strategies and resources for ensuring integrated practices are advancing health equity.


A Playbook for New Rural Healthcare Partnership Models of Investment

From PHI’s Build Healthy Places Network, the Playbook is an action-oriented guide designed for healthcare organizations who want to pursue partnerships with rural communities, economic development and other sectors, to create the community conditions that support improved health. It includes case studies from across the country and four core strategies used by healthcare entities as examples for future multi-sector rural partnerships to follow.


Which strategies will make North Carolinians healthier?

Gillings School researchers say the focus should be on tobacco-use policies and excise taxes to reduce binge-drinking, sugary drinks and smoking.


Critical Term: Why are Black mothers and babies dying?

The latest documentary from WRAL News shines a light on the maternal and infant health crisis and how local programs are working to lower this rate.


Recap and Live Recording of ‘Housing as a Human Right: Next Steps to Health Equity’

If you missed the Housing as a Human Right webinar from Partners for Advancing Health Equity and Tulane University on Sept 26, the live recording is now available for viewing.


Study Demonstrates Black and Hispanic People in NC Have Highest Risk of Dying at Home Due to COVID-19

David Wohl, M.D., member of the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases and professor of medicine in infectious diseases, and first author Jessie Edwards, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, examined the cumulative probability of dying at home from COVID-19 in a new study published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases.


NIH Issues Data Management and Sharing Policy

The National Institutes of Health has issued its Data Management and Sharing Policy, which becomes effective on Jan. 25, 2023. The policy aims to promote the sharing of scientific data.


Advancing Racial Equity in Maternal-Child Health and Addressing Disparities through a Reproductive and Birth Justice Lens

From 2014 to 2015, W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) partnered with the University of New Mexico evaluation team to conduct a study to examine if and how the Foundation’s investments in the strategies of folic acid initiative, home visiting, doulas, breastfeeding peer counselors and baby-friendly hospitals were improving maternal-child health in WKKF’s priority places in New Mexico.


AAMC Health Equity Public Opinion Polling

The AAMC Center for Health Justice conducts regular nationally representative polling to ask the public about the health equity issues that matter to them. Check out these research briefs and infographics to learn more about what communities have to say about their own opportunities for health.


Supporting Communities and Local Public Health Departments During COVID-19 and Beyond: A Roadmap for Equitable and Transformative Change

In this new report, the Public Health Alliance of Southern California and the California Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Equity share policy, program, and resource recommendations and best practice examples to help ensure that local public health departments are adequately prepared to protect communities most vulnerable to the health and socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19, as well as future public health emergencies.


Grapevine Health Media Company

Grapevine Health is a data-driven health media company that delivers trusted health information to people where they are. They use technology and digital media to engage underserved communities in their health through relatable, culturally-appropriate multi-media content. They have a YouTube channel, Twitter account, podcast and more.


Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

North Carolinians can get critical help to pay for high-speed internet from a $3.2 billion federal program opening in May for families and households working, learning and shopping from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Achieving Racial and Ethnic Equity in U.S. Health Care: A Scorecard of State Performance

The Commonwealth Fund has released a scorecard resource reflecting various measures of health care quality and access in all 50 states.

The article includes interactive resources for viewing and analyzing the data. The site includes a number of downloadable resources, including the Scorecard Report, slides and equity profiles by race/ethnicity.



Marketplace podcast features UNC’s Dr. Emily Pfaff on long COVID research

Emily Pfaff, assistant professor of medicine at UNC and co-director of Informatics and Data Science at NC TraCS, talks with Marketplace about using artificial intelligence to analyze electronic health records, looking for patterns that might better identify the syndrome and treat patients. 


Truth Check Social Media Training

The Center for Black Health & Equity’s new Truth Check gives participants the social media fact-checking skills needed to address misinformation, especially as it relates to COVID-19 and the vaccines.


Equity and Inclusion Guiding Engagement Principles

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s Advisory Panel on Patient Engagement has developed the Equity and Inclusion Guiding Engagement Principles, a resource aimed at furthering health equity in research activities. Created after a review of the research practices and materials from a broad range of equity-minded stakeholders, the principles are designed to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is an explicit goal of research partnerships from the start. The principles are intended for any person or organization involved in the research community and include self-assessment questions, as well as practical suggestions for teams to incorporate into activities.


Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Hub

Through an engagement grant from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Institute for Health Equity Research mobilized a taskforce aimed at supporting more CBPR projects on topics that matter to local communities. As a part of this project, they launched this digital research concierge service.


2021 North Carolina Rural Health Snapshot

The NC Rural Health Leadership Alliance has released their 2021 snapshot of rural health in North Carolina. Covering demographics, health and economics, the report provides updated information in a full report and a one-page summary.


COVID-19 Resources for Entrepreneurs

Find information, advice and financial support available from organizations across the region, state and beyond curated by Innovate Carolina.

UNC Research published a COVID-19 funding tracker with research funding opportunities.

Get COVID-19: Entrepreneur Resources from Innovate Carolina.

COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit

“Decisions about health, immunization, and new vaccines should never be unduly rushed without thorough investigation. The good news is that the information we need is available.

The Center for Black Health & Equity is proud to partner with The American Lung Association to provide a guide that will help us clarify scientific facts, answer key questions about vaccines, and make well-informed decisions for our health.”


HDPulse Data Portal

The HDPulse Data Portal is a tool for locating and visualizing data on health disparities and minority health resources. The portal is a service of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.


Healthy People 2030

Healthy People 2030 from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, “identifies public health priorities to help individuals, organizations, and communities across the United States improve health and well-being. Healthy People 2030, the initiative’s fifth iteration, builds on knowledge gained over the first 4 decades.” (from the project page).


NIH’s Minority Health and Health Disparities Strategic Plan 2021-2025: A Path to the Future

In late July 2021, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) published their 2021-2025 strategic plan. The plan includes three core categories with goals:

  • Scientific Research.
  • Research-Sustaining Activities.
  • Outreach, Collaboration, and Dissemination.

The plan can be browsed online or downloaded as a PDF.


The Principles of Trustworthiness

The Principles of Trustworthiness work from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) includes video, toolkit and workshop resources.

from the project website

In 2021, the AAMC Collaborative for Health Equity: Act, Research, Generate Evidence (CHARGE) — the AAMC’s national collaborative of health equity scholars, practitioners and community partners — gathered perspectives from a diverse set of 30 community members from across the United States regarding trust, COVID-19 and clinical trial participation.

These 10 Principles of Trustworthiness integrate local perspectives with established precepts of community engagement to guide health care, public health and other organizations as they work to demonstrate they are worthy of trust. The AAMC Center for Health Justice, launching later in 2021, will continue this work to support organizations right now and in the future as they partner with communities and the many sectors that serve them to develop ways to shift our society toward health equity and justice.


Structural Racism Booklet: Research and Policy Analyses

The National Prevention Science Coalition released a 40-page booklet of factsheets featuring experts in a wide range of fields. The factsheets provide evidence for structural racism across social systems. They include data on negative impacts of racist processes and recommend public policies to change them.