Videoconference examines new legislation’s potential impact upon minority health disparities

June 14, 2010
More than 1,000 people from across the country participated June 8 in the 16th annual UNC Summer Public Health Research Institute and Videoconference on Minority Health. The program — “What Will Health Care Reform Mean for Minority Health Disparities?” — was presented live to a studio audience of 125 in UNC’s Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building and as an interactive webcast at multiple sites.
 
The webcast is now available online.
 
Moderated by Howard Lee, MSW, executive director of the North Carolina Education Cabinet and past chair of the North Carolina Board of Education, the panel of presenters included:

  • Mayra Alvarez, MHA, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna and legislative assistant for health in the office of Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.);
  • Ralph Forquera, MPH, executive director of the Seattle Indian Health Board and clinical assistant professor in The University of Washington School of Public Health; and
  • Tony Whitehead, PhD, professor of medical anthropology and founding director of the Cultural Systems Analysis Group at The University of Maryland.
Presenters at the 2010 UNC Summer Public Health Research Institute and Videoconference included (l-r) Mayra Alvarez, Ralph Forquera and Dr. Tony Whitehead.

The annual UNC Summer Public Health Research Institute and Videoconference is a unique forum that enables experts in the area of health disparities to reach an audience of several hundred researchers, educators, administrators, practitioners and students throughout the U.S. One of its aims is to identify and reduce barriers to conducting research in minority communities.

 
Presented by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, UNC’s Minority Health Project and UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, this year’s videoconference also was sponsored by Norfolk State University’s Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work and others. A full list of sponsors is available online.
 
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UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: Ramona DuBose, director of communications, (919) 966-7467 or ramona_dubose@unc.edu.