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  EVENTS


2022 Merrimon Lectureship Series

One of the UNC School of Medicine’s oldest and most prestigious endowed lectureships, the Merrimon Lectureship sponsors an annual event of public lectures and consultations involving a distinguished senior speaker addressing issues in the ethics and history of the health professions. The Center for Bioethics coordinates this lectureship, in collaboration with the UNC School of Medicine Dean’s Office.

  • Driving Down Infant and Child Mortality: Victories, Dilemmas, and Persistent Disparities
    Nov. 3, 12:00 – 1:00p; 321 MacNider Hall (UNC) & Zoom
SEE MORE INFO ON MERRIMON LECTURES

NIH @ NC State grantsmanship series open to TraCS partner institutions

The Proposal Development Unit in the Office of Research and Innovation at NC State University invites everyone in the broader NC TraCS community to participate in the NIH @ NC State Fall Grantsmanship Series. These seminars will acquaint you with the basics of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—from navigating the many institutes that make up the NIH to learning how to use the NIH RePORTER tool and more.

Sessions include:

  • The ABCs of RPGx, Oct. 13
  • RePORTER Tips and Tricks, Nov. 10
REGISTER FOR NIH @ NC STATE

Housing as a Human Right: Next Steps to Health Equity

September 26; virtual

Hosted by P4HE Collaborative. Although housing is a human right, we are far from everyone having access to safe and adequate housing. Large inequities in housing affordability and quality persist in the U.S. and policies continue to perpetuate those injustices. Cross-sector efforts are needed to ensure fairing housing for all. In this webinar, we will learn from cross-sector leaders about efforts at  community, state and national levels to address housing equity.

REGISTER FOR HOUSING AS A HUMAN RIGHT

From COVID to Monkeypox: A Conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci

October 4; virtual

The nation’s top infectious disease specialist will join us for a conversation with national health reporter Dan Diamond of The Washington Post. We’ll talk about the evolving threat posed by monkeypox, the current state of the COVID pandemic, and broader lessons on how we respond to emerging disease

REGISTER FOR COVID TO MONKEYPOX

Age My Way NC Summit

October 5; Raleigh

Governor’s Hometown Strong, the North Carolina DHHS, and AARP North Carolina invite you to join NC policymakers, aging experts, and advocates to plan for the future where, in a few short years, there will be more older residents than younger ones.

REGISTER FOR AGE MY WAY

NIMHD Director’s Seminar Series

October 6; virtual

The next NIMHD Director’s Seminar Series lecture will feature guest speaker Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs at the University of Miami, Guillermo (Willy) Prado, Ph.D. Join NIMHD for his presentation, “Reducing Health Disparities in Hispanic Families: 20 Years of Research, Lessons Learned, and Opportunities.”

WATCH THE NIMHD DIRECTOR SEMINAR

Semi-structured Interviewing (NC TraCS)

October 13

This interactive online workshop from NC TraCS will focus on semi-structured interviewing, a data collection method used in qualitative research. Participants will have the opportunity to practice developing interview questions and using interviewing skills.

REGISTER FOR SEMI-STRUCTURED INTERVIEWING

2nd Annual Columbia Street Lecture

October 13; Fox Auditorium (UNC School of Nursing) and virtual

Monica R. McLemore, R.N., MPH, Ph.D., FAAN, will give the second annual Columbia Street Lecture: “Retrofit, Reform, and Reimagine: Paths to Health Equity.”
The purpose of the lecture is to inspire, interrogate and explore the ideas at the nexus of medicine, nursing, and public health, and to spur actions that move these ideas forward together.

REGISTER FOR THE COLUMBIA STREET LECTURE

AAMC Mid-Career Minority Faculty Leadership Seminar

Oct. 13-15; Washington, DC

This seminar is designed for associate professor level faculty who aspire to the professor and senior leadership levels and identify with a racial, ethnic or other group historically underrepresented in medicine. Discounted registration rates expire Sept. 7.

REGISTER FOR MID-CAREER MINORITY FACULTY LEADERSHIP SEMINAR

How to Protect Healthy Volunteers from Exploitation in Biomedical Research

October 19; virtual

Focusing on North America, this regional seminar will be hosted by the CMORE (The Comparative Model Organism Research Ethics) for Healthy Volunteers Project and the University of North Carolina Center for Bioethics. It will include discussions on real-life situations experienced by attendees from the USA and Canada, including that of healthy volunteers from the USA. Please note that the meeting will be recorded.

REGISTER FOR PROTECTING VOLUNTEERS

Sexual & Gender Minority (SGM) Cancer CARE Workshop

Feb. 23-24 and 27, 2023; virtual

This workshop seeks to provide participants with knowledge and skills to conduct quality and culturally appropriate research to improve care for SGM people across the cancer care continuum.

APPLY FOR SGM CANCER CARE WORKSHOP

  OPPORTUNITIES


RAC Health Equity and Clinical Research in Southeastern NC Awards

Applications due October 4

The Research Advisory Council (RAC) is accepting applications for the promoting Health Equity and Clinical Research in Southeastern NC Awards in two areas of focus – clinical research and health equity research. The RAC is seeking to support collaborative projects, by design, principal investigators and team members for the UNC-SOM and Novant/NHRMC will engage in research projects that help to build our cross-site research portfolios while aiming to advance community health and wellness, access to high quality health care, and health equity in southeastern North Carolina.

APPLY FOR RAC AWARDS

Whole Community Connection Applications Open for Community-Academic Partnerships

Applications due October 18; open to Edgecombe and Robeson County, NC

Whole Community Connection invites applications form existing community-academic partnerships advancing health and well-being in Edgecombe or Robeson County, NC. Selected teams participate in leadership development and receive funding to implement community-led solutions

APPLY FOR WHOLE COMMUNITY CONNECTION

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows

Applications due November 7

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows has offered hands-on policy experience since 1973. Applications are open for the next cohort of Fellows. Preliminary applications are due November 7.
Register for an information session; available September 27, October 12 and October 25.


NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) Application Cycle Open

Applications due November 17

Have you thought about applying for an NIH Extramural LRP award? Do you know someone that should? Awardees can receive up to $100,000 of qualified educational debt repayment with a two-year contract

APPLY FOR NIH LRP

AJPH Call for Papers: Leveraging the Power of Communities in Public Health Crisis

American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), in collaboration with the NIH, intends to publish a supplemental issue on the science of community-engaged research in documenting, understanding, and intervening to reduce or eliminate COVID-19-related health disparities and advance health equity.

SEE THE CALL FOR PAPERS

  RESOURCES


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.

EXPLORE THE WKKF REPORT

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.

EXPLORE THE PUBLIC OPINION POLLING

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.

READ THE REPORT

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.

VISIT THE GRAPEVINE HEALTH WEBSITE

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.

 

BROWSE THE SCORECARD OF STATE PERFORMANCE

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. 

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST

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.

TAKE THE TRAINING & FIND RESOURCES

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.

GET THE REPORT

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.

EXPLORE THE CBPR HUB

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.

BROWSE THE NC RURAL HEALTH SNAPSHOT

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.”

EXPLORE THE COVID-19 VACCINE TOOLKIT

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.

EXPLORE THE HDPULSE DATA PORTAL

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).

BROWSE THE HEALTHY PEOPLE 2030 SITE

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.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NIMHD STRATEGIC PLAN

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.

EXPLORE THE PRINCIPLES OF TRUSTWORTHINESS

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.

DOWNLOAD THE STRUCTURAL RACISM BOOKLET