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.




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UNC Welcomes the Center for Health Equity Research (CHER)
The work of the Center brings together scholars, trainees, and community members from diverse disciplines by forming collaborative multidisciplinary teams with a shared commitment to health equity, innovation and translational research; this shared commitment serves as a bridge among their disciplines and levels of experience. Center members generate new knowledge and contribute to the science of health equity research thus driving innovation in collaboration with underserved communities to improve health.

Obama administration moves forward to implement health care law, ban discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions


“New rules will make it illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, ensure families buying their own coverage get basic essential benefits similar to what private insurers offer, and help employers promote wellness.”


Ethnic differences in susceptibility to movie smoking


“Results from a US study suggest that there are significant ethnic and socioeconomic differences among adolescents in susceptibility to the portrayal of smoking in movies.”



U.S. Diabetes Rates Soaring: CDC


Numbers have doubled over 15 years across 18 states, and all states now have rates of 6 percent or more


Report: Extending insurance coverage could reduce longstanding racial disparities in health care
“Racial disparities in health outcomes and access to health care have persisted for many years in North Carolina, with inconsistent or little improvement under the current health care system, according to a new report by the Budget and Tax Center, a project of the North Carolina Justice Center.”




ECHO Welcomes Professor Karla Slocum as the New Director of UNC’s Institute of African American Research
As of July 1, 2013, anthropologist Karla Slocum, Ph.D will be the new director of the Institute of African American Research at UNC. She has been an associate professor of anthropology and Afro-American studies at UNC. As an anthropologist, Slocum is interested in globalization, place, rural lifeways, and race and history as they relate to groups within the African diaspora.