Frequently Asked Questions
1. When is the Webcast?
The 2015 National Health Equity Research Webcast will be held on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015, 1:30pm – 4:00pm EDT. The Webcast is traditionally held on the first Tuesday of June each year.
This full audience webcast, hosted on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus, is an annual interactive, live-streamed symposium that explores the intersection of health, policy, and diversity through expert panel discussions with a question-and-answer segment. This webcast is an interdisciplinary and community effort with representatives from the UNC School of Social Work, Gillings School of Global Public Health, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, UNC Student Wellness, UNC American Indian Center, UNC School of Information and Library Sciences and the UNC School of Education. Registration will open soon.
2. How can I participate?
There are several ways for you to be involved in the webcast. You can be part of the studio audience at the Tate-Turner-Kuralt auditorium in the UNC School of Social Work or you can view the live webcast from whichever part of the globe you are via your personal viewing device such as a laptop or computer. You will need to register for either of those options. If you are unable to view the webcast live, an archived version is also available a week after the webcast. You can also view it as part of a group at your workplace, institution or interest group.
3. Is there a charge to attend or register?
There is no charge to participate at the auditorium, at most viewing sites, or for the webcast. Viewing sites that charge a registration fee are asked to indicate that in the list of sites.
4. Where can I find information about participating in the studio audience (at the TTK auditorium)?
You have to register to be part of the studio audience. you can register as an individual or as a group/program to attend. Please see additional information on the directions to the UNC School of Social Work; parking options on UNC campus and Chapel Hill transit information
5. How do I register to participate?
There are on-line registration forms to participate in the studio audience at TTK auditorium or via webcast. Registrations for the 2015 webcast will be open on March 30th 2015. Please connect with us via our social media sites (Facebook, Twitter)to stay updated about the latest information about the webcast.
6. How do I register a group viewing site?
There are on-line registration forms to participate as a site. Registrations for the 2015 webcast will open soon
6.a. Are there any requirements for those participating in the group viewing site?
Group viewing sites are requested to (1) inform us whether they did in fact receive the program, encountered any problems, and recorded the session, (2) tell us the number of participants at their site (site facilitator evaluation form) and (3) send a completed attendance sheet. We ask all participants to complete the participant evaluation form. We need this information to evaluate the broadcast and make our case for continued support to keep the webcast free and accessible to everyone interested in health equity issues..
7. May we record the broadcast?
The broadcast may not be recorded. Please see below for information about DVDs and ways to view the archived version of the webcast.
8. Will there be any materials available for those who cannot see the live webcast?
We will post materials online and announce their availability to registered participants. We do not usually receive presenters’ Powerpoint slides until shortly before the event. We will post presentation abstracts, citations, and slides as soon as we receive them on the main webcast page. If the presenters provide us with additional resources, we will have those on the main viewing site too. Please connect with us via our social media sites (Facebook, Twitter)to stay updated about the latest information about the webcast.
9. What is Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, the Gillings School of Global Public Health and its partners commitment to the webcast?
The Webcast is one demonstration of the institution’s commitment to advancing public health in the area of health disparities, which over the course of these years has been officially recognized as a national priority (the second listed goal in Healthy People 2010, the nation’s health promotion planning documents). When the Annual Institute (the forerunner to the Webcast) began in 1995, it was one of very few (or the only) nationally-available training activities on conducting research on health disparities, and over the next five years became the largest national educational program on that topic. Thankfully other large conferences now take place, but the Webcast is widely viewed and highly regarded.
10. What has been the impact of past conferences?
The Webcast is a significant national event for health disparities researchers and students. The presentations inform and inspire. Well over 2,000 people participate in the live broadcast, and thousands have visited our past webcasts, some of which are assigned in university courses, or viewed on DVD.
11. What can participants (in person and remote) expect from the conference experience?
Participants receive up-to-date information on early childhood development research and programs. Ensuring healthful and positive early childhood development is critical for giving children the best chance in life, reducing disparities, and promoting equity. The Webcast also provides inspiration and role models for young people wondering how they can contribute to improving society. The Webcast will be attended by several programs designed to facilitate the entrance of young people into health careers, such as the NC Health Careers Access Program (NC-HCAP), UNC Summer Public Health Fellowship Program (SPHF), and the Medical Education Development (MED) Program (MED).
12. Who will find the issues/approach/insights offered by this event to be especially relevant to their work/concerns?
People involved in research or education in public health, education, psychology, sociology, health economics, health care, and policy; people in upper-level administrative positions in academia, health care organizations, and government.
13. What level/type of student, educators and public health workers will be most interested in the content of this conference?
What members of the general public might be especially interested? The topic and its treatment should be of broad interest, since it will not be regionally or occupationally defined and will address specific issues relevant to at least several major ethnic groups. Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students will be more able to understand some of the material, but there should be plenty to interest high school students as well.
14. Can I obtain continuing education credits?
We regret that we do not have the staff resources to make arrangements for continuing education certifications. Sometimes participants can find an organization willing to grant credits to participants in this Webcast.
15. Can I obtain a DVD?
If a registered viewing site is unable to view the program or if someone wishes to show the program to a class or other group, we are usually able to send a complimentary DVD of the program. Email firstname.lastname@example.org after the webcast to obtain a DVD or link to the archived webcast for 2014.
16. How can I find out more about the Webcast?
More information about the Webcast and the Minority Health Project are available at their webpages. For other information, please write to email@example.com. We also have a listserv (send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added), facebook (https://www.facebook.com/nherw) and twitter (https://twitter.com/NHERW2015) account. Please consider being connected to us for the rest of the year and stay updated about interesting research and resources related to health disparities
17. I sent an email to email@example.com and have not received a reply.
Most email addresses on the web receive hundreds of spam emails every week, so all incoming messages are filtered. Please use an informative subject line, and if your email has not been acknowledged within a few days, please feel free reach out one more time.