Program on Ethnicity, Culture and Health Outcomes (ECHO)

ECHO collaborated with the Office of Student Affairs to host an Undergraduate Training Program. The all-day event allowed students from around the state to present on health disparities projects, network with leaders and learn more about opportunities at the School.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Program on Ethnicity, Culture and Health Outcomes (ECHO) explores and facilitates new and innovative partnerships and collaborative opportunities to improve the health of North Carolina communities by eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities through its multidisciplinary and culturally sensitive research, education and training initiatives.

Our program offers resources for faculty, students and the general community interested in racial/ethnic health disparities which includes the:

  • Interdisciplinary Certificate in Health Disparities
  • Health Disparities Seminar Series
  • Weekly Health Disparities E-bulletin



Study examines direct and indirect costs associated with health inequalities for minority men in the US

African-American men incurred $341.8 billion in excess medical costs due to health inequalities between 2006 and 2009, and Hispanic men incurred an additional $115 billion over the four-year period, according to a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Read more.


UNC ECHO would like to congratulate one of its previous Pilot Awardees, Jennie C. De Gagne, PhD, on publishing the following article below. (Photo courtesy of Duke University.)

[Excerpt] The healthcare experiences of Koreans living in North Carolina: a mixed methods study.

“This study examined the healthcare experiences of Korean immigrants aged 40–64 living in the North Carolina Triangle area of the Southeastern United States. Using a mixed methods design, we collected quantitative data via a questionnaire from 125 participants and conducted a focus group with 10 interviewees from December 2010 to February 2011.” Read more.

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