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Research

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Research faculty statewide retreat

The UNC Family Medicine Research Program aims to lead the nation in producing rigorous, extramurally-funded primary care and population health research. Our interdisciplinary team of clinicians, researchers, and staff work closely together—and with groups across UNC and numerous collaborating universities and organizations—to generate groundbreaking evidence with a focus on advancing the health and quality of life of diverse populations across the lifespan. We engage with key stakeholders in government, industry, and the non-profit sector to ensure that we are asking the right questions and effectively disseminating the evidence we generate to inform both policy and practice. We serve North Carolina, the country, and the global community.

Research News

Our Areas of Excellence

Erin Fraher, PhD

Organization, Financing, & Delivery of Care

Our faculty in this area are known for their expertise related to the health workforce, transition to value-based care, studies related to Medicaid and Medicare policy in North Carolina and nationwide, and the role of primary care in improving health care quality and patient outcomes.

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Students conducting research in the lab at UNAN

Health Promotion & Disease Prevention

We are working to prevent infectious diseases by studying the burden of vaccine-preventable illnesses and the safety and effectiveness of vaccines; shaping policy, practice, and communication to reduce tobacco use; combating child abuse; furthering our understanding of chronic diseases and cancer; and addressing the health and long-term care needs of older adults.

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FMC patient residency education

Health Equity

Our faculty are working to understand how to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in the health workforce; identifying determinants of disparities in tobacco use; combating disparities in the management of chronic diseases; and investigating the role of social determinants of health, insurance coverage, and sources of care as causes of health inequities.

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