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Join the UNC Program for Precision Medicine in Healthcare (PPMH) for Precision Health @UNC: Precision Medicine Approaches to Addressing Social Determinants of Health, a virtual mini-symposium on Wednesday June 30th from 1:00 to 2:45pm. At this interactive event, you will engage in discussion with leading Precision Medicine researchers at UNC. Presenters will explore the complex relationships between where people live and work and their health.



Gail Henderson, PhD: It shouldn’t take a pandemic: Social determinants of health in the U.S.

            Professor, Department of Social Medicine and Director, Center for Genomics & Society

This talk will begin with a short version of the long story of health disparities in the U.S., covering the relationship between race/ethnicity, social class, and health and then focus on Covid-19.  It will conclude with inadequacies of current available data to understand what is happening with Covid-19.



Emily Vander Schaaf, MD: Healthcare or Health? Clinicians’ Emerging Roles in Addressing Social Needs

            Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of General Pediatrics

This talk will examine clinicians’ roles in addressing social factors affecting health. It will explore national, statewide, and local efforts and policies meant to promote identifying and addressing unmet social needs from the clinical setting. 




Karamarie Fecho, PhD: Leveraging Integrated Clinical and Environmental Exposures Data to Democratize and Accelerate Open Translational Research

            President, Copperline Professional Solutions & Research Collaborator, UNC-CH

This presentation will focus on methods and approaches to democratize and drive innovation in open translational science. It will focus on a use case based on environmental determinants of asthma and related pulmonary disorders, and begin with background on the motivation behind the work.


This dynamic discussion forum will explore the breadth of Precision Health initiatives at UNC and facilitate connections between colleagues with similar research interests. We hope to see you there!

Event Agenda:

1:00-1:05 Introductions
1:05-1:30 Gail Henderson presentation
1:30-1:55 Emily Vander Schaaf presentation
1:55-2:20 Karamarie Fecho presentation
2:20-2:30 Breakout rooms – Q&A with individual speakers
2:30-2:45 Whole-group discussion


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Click here to download the event flyer: Mini-symposium poster June2021