Program on Ethnicity, Culture and Health Outcomes (ECHO)


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Program on Ethnicity, Culture and Health Outcomes (ECHO) explores 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.





Special Call: Cancer Health Disparities Pilot Grants
Release Date: June 13, 2014
Application Deadline: July 28, 2014

The Carolina Community Network Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CCN II) welcomes NIH-defined new or early-stage researchers to apply for small-scale, time-limited pilot research grants that address cancer health disparities. The mission of the Carolina Community Network Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CCN II) is to reduce breast, prostate and colorectal cancers among African American adults in North Carolina by leveraging long-standing university-community relationships. Pilot projects should be completed within 12 months and have the potential to lead to a larger federal or foundation grant application. Projects that utilize some of the principles of community-based participatory research (CBPR) are encouraged.  

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To view application, click here.


Study examines direct and indirect costs associated with health inequalities for minority men in the U.S. 

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.

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Building Trust between Minorities and Researchers

The University of Maryland’s Maryland Center for Health Equity (M-CHE) has launched a new online educational program–Building Trust Between Minorities and Researchers–which seeks to close the gap in racial and ethnic health disparities. The program does so by providing culturally tailored information and skills to minority communities on how to become an informed decision maker for participation in research, including clinical trials.

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

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.

The following themes emerged from the data collected during the focus group: (i) barriers to utilisation of healthcare services; (ii) facilitators of utilisation of healthcare services; and (iii) social support seeking for health management. Our mixed methods study findings indicate that healthcare disparities exist among Korean immigrants and that a number of factors, including health literacy, may contribute to their poor health outcomes. Continued collaboration among community members, healthcare professionals and academicians is needed to discuss the community’s health concerns and to develop sustainable programmes that will ensure meaningful access to care for those with limited English proficiency and medically underserved populations.

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