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October 2, 2023; Friday Conference Center

The Health Equity & Inclusion Conference brings together prominent members of the healthcare community to recognize inclusivity in the medical field and discuss changes that must take place for the advancement of inclusion in the healthcare system. This three-day event will include presentations, symposiums, panels, training, and networking events focused on diversity in healthcare. The event is welcome to all healthcare practitioners, medical professionals, and students with the goal of raising awareness on the value of diversity and inclusion in the medical world.

Learn more about the Health Equity & Inclusion Conference.

Community Forum: Co-Creating Community-Centered Emergency Action Plans

October 3, 23 & 25, 2023; virtual

Starting in October, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health will host community forums where community leaders, organizations and partners will gather to share and respond to resources and ideas that mitigate the spread of emerging infections and address social determinants of health.

Community Forum: Co-Creating Community-Centered Emergency Action Plans facilitates discussion to create and implement action plans in preparation for pandemic/emergent pathogens.

Join one of the three online meetings.

–  Tuesday, October 3, 2023, from 5:00 – 6:30 pm ET

–  Monday, October 23, 2023, from 5:00 – 6:30 pm ET

–  Wednesday, October 25, 2023, from 5:00 – 6:30 pm ET

Register for the Community Forum Zoom sessions.

Community Benefit 101 Virtual Conference

October 24-26, 2023; virtual

Planning and reporting community benefit are key functions of Catholic-sponsored and other not-for-profit health care organizations. The Catholic Health Association’s highly regarded Community Benefit 101 program provides new community benefit professionals and others who want to learn about community benefit with the basics of community benefit programing.

This virtual program is taught by experienced community benefit leaders and provides ample opportunities for participant questions and engagement as well as access to practical tools and resources.

Learn more about the conference and register.

Building an Insurer-Driven, Performance-Based LGBTQ+ Provider Directory – IDEAS Learning Series Webinar

October 25, 2023; virtual

Finding providers who are able to treat LGBTQ+ individuals seeking healthcare with dignity and respect is a paramount priority for LGBTQ+ patients. Close to 10 percent of LGBTQ+ patients and over 20% of transgender patients report harsh or abusive language when receiving treatment, and nearly as many have been refused care due to sexual orientation or gender identity. These experiences discourage LGBTQ+ patients from seeking healthcare. Many have sought to address this gap by creating LGBTQ+ provider directories connecting LGBTQ+ patients to non-discriminatory providers.

The UPMC Health Plan sought to address these concerns by launching the UPMC LGBTQ+ Affirming Provider directory in June 2022, an accredited, opt-in, training-based provider directory allowing LGBTQ+ patients to identify providers who can validate the LGBTQ+ patient experience and create a safe and welcoming patient-provider relationship. This webinar will review the 1-year impact and initial positive feedback of this designation as well as the value and best practices of LGBTQ+ provider directories.

Learn more about the webinar and register.

APHA 2023 Annual Meeting – Digital Meeting

November 9-15, 2023; virtual.

APHA 2023 will be hosting a digital expo for those unable to travel to the in-person expo. The online component of APHA 2023 includes live virtual sessions on Nov. 9 and access to all scientific session recordings from the in-person meeting. You’ll even be able to participate live in the Featured and General Sessions from Nov. 12–15.

APHA’s 2023 Annual Meeting and Expo is the premier public health event of the year offering innovative and exciting opportunities to help you reach your personal and professional goals. Engage with public health experts, collaborate with other advocates and grow professionally.

Register for the APHA Annual Meeting and learn more about the virtual component of the event.

Transdisciplinary Conference for Future Leaders in Precision Public Health

November 9 & 16, 2023; virtual.

Attend the 2023 Transdisciplinary Conference for Future Leaders in Precision Public Health this November! THe theme of the conference this year is Applying Implementation Science to Precision Public Health.

The conference is a free, virtual event and is open to all professionals interested in advancing precision public health. Connect with researchers, policymakers and clinicians interested in the field, sharing recent advances in research and discussing opportunities for capacity building.

Learn more about the conference and register.

APHA 2023 Annual Meeting – In-Person Expo

November 12-15, 2023; George World Congress Center in Atlanta.

APHA’s 2023 Annual Meeting and Expo is the premier public health event of the year offering innovative and exciting opportunities to help you reach your personal and professional goals. Engage with public health experts, collaborate with other advocates and grow professionally.

In-person registration includes four days of inspirational speakers, thought-provoking panel discussions, expert leadership advice, networking opportunities and the chance to connect with exhibitors in the exhibit hall.

You can also enhance your experience with pre-conference Learning Institutes and community engagement online, as well as post-event videos on demand to catch anything you’ve missed.

Register for the APHA Annual Meeting and learn more about the in-person event.

Establishing Equitable Models of Prenatal Care: The Elevating Voices, Addressing Depression, Toxic Stress and Equity (EleVATE) Collaborative

November 14, 2023; virtual.

This is part of the AAMC Maternal Mental Health Learning Series.

Developed by an interdisciplinary team of Black patients, obstetric clinicians, and mental health professionals, EleVATE Group Care aims to reduce preterm birth rates among Black women by incorporating evidence-based behavioral techniques. Additionally, its framework for health equity promotion involves three main components: Patients – reduce inequitable adverse pregnancy outcomes, Systems Change – elevate and integrate perspectives from communities and health care institutions, Clinicians – provide training to support patients experiencing trauma, depression, and psychosocial stress because of racism. Through this work at seven sites across Missouri (and growing), EleVATE has already shown a significant improvement in health outcomes. This webinar will showcase the success of the program, their plans for the future, and the challenges they have faced along the way.

Register for other sessions in the series as they become available here. Please note that you may participate in multiple forums or choose individual sessions to attend.

Register for the webinar and learn more.

CEAL Symposium

November 14-15, 2023; in-person.

NIH CEAL will host an in-person Symposium during the APHA Annual Meeting. The Symposium will take place on Tuesday, November 14th from 1:00 – 5:00 PM (ET).

In addition to the Symposium, NIH CEAL will also host an in-person session highlighting research findings from the American Journal of Public Health’s CEAL supplemental issue. This session will take place on Wednesday, November 15th from 10:00 – 11:00 AM (ET).

Additional details about the CEAL Symposium will be forthcoming.


Jobs & Professional Development

SGM Cancer CARE Workshop
Applications due October 18.

Funded by an NIH/NCI R25 (R25CA265802) award, the Sexual and Gender Minority Cancer Curricula to Advance Research & Education (SGM Cancer CARE) program is a 3-day in-person workshop and ten monthly online seminars for early career professionals offered annually, at no cost to participants.


SGM Cancer CARE provides early career professionals seeking knowledge and skills to conduct quality, culturally appropriate research to improve care for SGM groups across the cancer continuum, from prevention to survivorship. Topics include epidemiology and population research, behavioral science and intervention development, clinical cancer research, community-based participatory cancer research, mHealth/eHealth. Participants will receive feedback on their emerging research, ideas, and specific aims, in addition to networking with peers and senior cancer researchers conducting SGM cancer research, with the goal of sparking research collaborations.


This is a 3-day in-person workshop, beginning on Thursday, February 29, Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, 2024. We invite early career professionals who have completed their doctoral degree or equivalent degree and are interested in conducting SGM-focused cancer research or integrating SGM populations into broader cancer research, to access more information about the workshop and to apply at: Applications are due on Wednesday, October 18, 2023. To answer any questions you have about this program, please click on this link- SGM Cancer CARE Workshop Information to watch the short video clip or contact us at


Sponsored participants will receive hotel accommodation, breakfast, and lunch for the three (3) days, ground transportation from the airport to the hotel and back, and from the hotel to the conference location and back.

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.


“Black Men and Pain” Research Study

If you’re eligible, consider joining the “Black Men in Pain” research study. Help increase awareness and address the lack of information on Black men currently experiencing chronic physical pain or experienced physical pain for 30+ days (consecutive or intermittent) within the past 3 (three) years.

If you would like to learn more about this project, you can email Tamara Baker at

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.


ICYMI: 2022 National Health Equity Research Webcast Recording

CHER was proud to co-sponsor the National Health Equity Research Webcast: “Environmental Justice: The Science, the People, the Politics.” If you missed the September 16, 2022 webcast, you can now watch the recording.


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.