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UNC Cancer Center

Global Public Health, Radiology, and Health Equity

Global health includes issues that transcend national boundaries, like cancer, and that require worldwide, multidisciplinary cooperation — so our partnerships have a Local to Global approach. We have active health equity programs in North Carolina and with international collaborators. As part of the rich, longstanding tradition of UNC community engagement and service, our efforts align with the vision of UNC Health and promote the university’s aims within the Carolina Next strategic plan.

Our Approach

In North Carolina, we seek

  1. to understand access barriers for the people of North Carolina and the surrounding region and
  2. to create systems-level solutions that deliver more equitable care for all. We strive to optimize our own processes within the UNC Department of Radiology, and we work with local community partners to increase engagement through education.

Our Initiatives and Impact

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The UNC Department of Radiology is a national leader and hub of advocacy for women’s health, pediatric care, and equity in screening, including breast imaging, interventional radiology services for vascular malformations and uterine fibroid embolizations, and low-dose computed tomography lung cancer screening. Our local community partners are Piedmont Health Services, a multi-site federally qualified health center, and Sisters Network of the Triangle, a local non-profit focused on breast cancer and African American women. Our collaborative efforts in the southeastern United States improve referral coordination, advance health for all, and create systemic solutions through health services delivery implementation.