Ethnicity, Culture and Health Outcomes



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.





Minority Health Conference Video

In honor of its 35th year, we’ve put together a short video on the history of the conference, its purpose, and what great things you should expect from this year’s event. Click here to view!


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 Dr. Victor Schoenbach, PhD for being selected as an inaugural recipient of the 2014 MLK Unsung Hero Award for his commitment to diversity and inclusion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill through personal efforts and/or through the support of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

The MLK Unsung Hero Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to social justice, equity, and/or diversity and have made a positive difference in the lives of others, while not being widely recognized for those efforts. We are extremely proud of his accomplishment.

UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs or DMA believes that diversity enriches the journey—our uniqueness provides an opportunity for sharing, learning, and growth. Our efforts extend to programs like the MLK Celebration. UNC’s MLK Jr. Celebration is part of a campus-wide initiative to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his legacy, and his ideals. Carolina began its celebrations of Dr. King’s life and legacy in 1983, long before there was a federal holiday. UNC is the only university ever awarded the “Making of the King Holiday Award” by the former MLK Federal Holiday Commission. The Unsung Hero Award is an addition to honoring King’s legacy through celebrating efforts of individuals like Dr. Victor Schoenbach.