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UNC Cancer Center

Global Public Health, Radiology, and Health Equity

Global Radiology and health equity include issues that transcend national boundaries, like cancer, and that require worldwide, multidisciplinary cooperation — so our partnerships have a Local to Global approach. Our efforts within North Carolina support the vision of UNC Health and advance 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

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We partner with Piedmont Health Services, a network of federally qualified community health centers, to reduce wait-times for Piedmont breast cancer screening by strengthening referral coordination into UNC Radiology and by increasing communication between entities.

Additionally, we are evaluating patterns in access to interventional radiology services for the management of vascular malformations for the children of North Carolina.

Finally, we aim to increase access to lung cancer screening by creating solutions through health services delivery implementation.