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FEATURED Where Ethics Meets Law: Clinical Ethics Network of North Carolina (CENNC) Clinical Ethics Conference

April 19; Winston-Salem, NC

Save the date for the 2024 Clinical Ethics Conference, hosted by CENNC, a collaboration of the UNC Center for Bioethics with the bioethics centers from Duke, Wake Forest and East Carolina.Medical and hospital staff often encounter ethical tensions in practice arising from understandings of relevant law, as well as from a variety of other sources such as institutional policy, risk avoidance, financial concerns, professional guidelines and political influences.This highly interactive conference will examine these constraints using case presentation, small group discussion, lecture, expert panel interaction and networking.

Register for Where Ethics Meets Law.

Disability Representation and Inclusion within Academic Medicine

April 2; April 9; April 22; April 30; online

(April 2024 AAMC IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Anti-racism) Learning Series)

This webinar series during April 2024 will feature members of the disability community and disability experts from across the continuum to discuss the need for increased representation and inclusion of people with disabilities in academic medicine. These webinars are open to all and will include topics relevant to both physicians and researchers, as well as those individuals in the education and training stages of their career.

From this series, attendees can gain key information on how they can support the inclusion of students and faculty at their institutions as well as their disability resource offices.

The four sessions are:

  1. Becoming a Researcher: Inclusion and Accessibility in the Lab Environment (April 2)
  2. Sharing the Experiences of Faculty with Disabilities in Academic Medicine (April 9)
  3. Disability Resource Professionals (DRPs): Supporting Disability Equity and Accessibility (April 22)
  4. Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders: Medical Students and Residents with Disabilities (April 30)

Register for Disability Representation and Inclusion within Academic Medicine sessions.

Overdose Prevention Sites: Global and Domestic Research, Policy and Implementation

April 4; online

Join the Minority Health Disparities Initiative (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) for their April Health Equity Grand Rounds event on “Overdose Prevention Sites: Global and Domestic Research, Policy and Implementation” presented by Alex Kral! Alex H. Kral, a Distinguished Fellow at the nonprofit RTI International, is an epidemiologist with expertise in community-based research with urban poor populations and drug policy.

This presentation will provide an overview of harm reduction principles, review of global evaluations of overdose prevention sites, and provide a deep dive into community-based research methods and results from US-based evaluations of overdose prevention sites.

Register for Overdose Prevention Sites.

15th Annual James E. Clyburn Health Equity Lecture – Jamila Michener

April 5; Columbia, SC

Jamila Michener, Inaugural Director of the Center for Racial Justice and Equitable Futures at Cornell University, will headline the 15th Annual James E. Clyburn Health Equity Lecture on April 5. Michener will present “Building Power for Health: Advocacy, Organizing, and Equity.”

The lecture is hosted by the Arnold School of Public Health and the Department of Health Services Policy and Management, both at the University of South Carolina. Reception to follow the keynote address.

7th Annual Black Maternal Health Conference

April 5 & 6; Columbia, SC

Join the Center for Black Maternal Health & Reproductive Justice for the largest Black Maternal Health Conference in the nation! Centered on the role of technology in addressing Black maternal health disparities, this year’s conference will create a one-of-a-kind space to discuss innovations to end the adverse maternal health outcomes experienced by Black Women.

Experience Black Motherhood Through the Lens, an award-winning documentary by filmmaker/producer Dr. Adeiyewunmi (Ade) Osinubi, focusing on the birthing experiences of four Black women, from conception to postpartum.

Register for the 7th Annual Black Maternal Health Conference.

Talking Data Equity series

April 5; April 12; April 19; April 26; 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.

  • April 5: Award-winning journalist and data visual specialist Dr. Alberto Cairo joins us to discuss ethics and equity.
  • April 12: Join us for special guest Dr. Kien Lee from Community Science on Equity in Program Evaluation.
  • April 19: Dr. Joanna Redden, Director of the Data Justice Lab, joins us to discuss their Data Harms Record.
  • April 26: Special guest Dr. Amalie Zinn on Racism, Housing, and Equity in US data.

Register for Talking Data Equity sessions.

Equity Amplified: United Toward Social Mission Transformation

April 8-10; Durham, North Carolina

The Social Mission Alliance (SMA) Conference is an opportunity for clinical educators, administrators, clinicians, trainees, and students to engage on top issues related to health equity and social justice through health professions education. Together, we will discuss topics such as the social determinants of health, community engagement, reducing inequities, workforce diversity, and value-based health care.

SMA 2024 will feature prominent keynote speakers, plenary sessions, educational sessions, student posters, networking opportunities, and more. If your hope is to learn from top health equity experts, share and discuss solutions for advancing health equity, and engage in networking – you won’t want to miss this opportunity.

Register for Equity Amplified. Early bird registration through March 1. Registration through April 8.

Trans Health & STS: Perspectives from the Sociology of Science and Knowledge

April 12; online

The Science, Knowledge, and Technology (SKAT) Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA) will host a virtual panel discussion highlighting science and technology studies (STS) approaches to trans health research on April 12, 2024, at 12 pm ET. Moderated by Hayden Fulton (University of South Florida) and featuring the research and perspectives of Christoph Hanssmann (University of California – Davis), stef shuster (Michigan State University), and Xiaogao Zhou (University of Chicago), the panel will explore how these scholars’ work has been influenced by STS and how their research pushes STS in new directions. These scholars’ work on trans health offers important insights into current trends in gender affirming care in the US and beyond, and their conceptual and methodological approaches provide rich examples of what the sociology of science and knowledge contributes to research on trans health and medicine.

Register for Trans Health & STS.

Black Maternal Health Equity Summit

April 14; Cleveland State University

The Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative of Northern Ohio is teaming up with over 25 statewide, regional, and national stakeholders to help advance Black maternal health equity during Black Maternal Health Week (created by Black Mamas Matter Alliance in 2018) through our first Black Maternal Health Equity Summit (BMHES).

Register for Black Maternal Health Equity Summit. Registration through April 9.

The Rise Summit on Social Determinants of Health

April 15-17; New Orleans, LA

The RISE Summit on Social Determinants of Health is the place for cross-sectional thought leaders to discuss actionable, tactical, and scalable solutions to social determinants of health (SDoH) challenges and achieve better outcomes for the most vulnerable populations. It’s not just an event; it’s your chance to be part of the movement to create an impact!

Register for the Rise Summit.

Anti-Racism and Health Equity

April 16; online

Racism is a fundamental cause of racial health inequities. Dismantling systems of oppression will foster racial health equity. However, important issues that impede anti-racism initiatives have been overlooked including intersectionality and anti-Blackness.

This webinar from Partners for Advancing Health Equity and Tulane University will bring together voices from different sectors to share their insights on the effects of anti-Blackness on anti-racism in the advancement of health equity for Black communities. Speakers will discuss ways that organizations across sectors can collaborate to develop, implement, or champion anti-racist health policies and practices that will improve health outcomes for historically disadvantaged populations.

Register for Anti-Racism and Health Equity.

VCBH Lecture Series – Jessica Cook, Ph.D.

April 17; online

Welcome to the VCBH Lecture Series. This lecture series was originally created for the greater UVM community as a way to interact and engage with top researchers in the intersectional fields we often work with at VCBH including, but not limited to, behavior change, addiction, chronic disease, and health disparities for vulnerable populations. Since COVID-19, we have moved these lectures to a webinar format and are pleased to share them with a wider audience.

Learn more about the VCBH Lecture Series.

Promoting Policies that Advance Health Equity

April 24; online and Philadelphia, PA

The Drexel Urban Health Collaborative (UHC) is honored to host Keshia M. Pollack Porter, PhD, MPH, Bloomberg Centennial Professor and the Bloomberg Centennial Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Pollack Porter will present a talk entitled “Promoting Policies that Advance Health Equity” and will be available to answer questions after the talk.

This free event is open to all. Please contact with any questions.

Register to attend in person via Eventbrite.
Register to attend online via Zoom.

C3HE Webinar Series: Community Engaged Research

April 30; online

This series is a four-part webinar series hosted by the Carolinas Collaborative on Climate, Health, and Equity (C3HE).This series is focused on community-engaged research.

The four sessions are:

  1. Toward Equitable Community Resilience Partnerships: Addressing Non-Climate Socio-Economic Stressors, Needs, and Threat Multipliers (March 26)
  2. The Role of Graduate Students in Interdisciplinary Research: Reflecting on Lessons Learned & Next Steps (April 30)
  3. Triple Threat: Addressing Climate Justice, Food Insecurity & Health Disparity in African American Rural SC (May 28)
  4. Coastal Health and Climate Risks: Managing Exposure to Harmful Algal Blooms & Other Threats (June 25)

Register for the C3HE Webinar Series.


Jobs & Professional Development

Addressing Research Gaps at the Intersection of Climate Change, Health, and Equity: Virtual Convening

April 22

This NAM workshop builds on past scoping efforts to engage participants in discussion about research gaps and highlight effective interventions to adapt to and mitigate climate’s impact on health and equity in communities.

Panelists from various research fields will share their work addressing research gaps on the impacts of climate change on health (e.g., heat, air pollution, mental health, maternal/reproductive health, health of older adults, food insecurity, climate migration), and communicating why their work is important to fill these gaps and informing what is needed for implementation at the clinical level, community/local level, etc.; and communicating what additional research is needed. Register for Addressing Research Gaps.

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.