Political Power, Policy and Health Equity

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Overview

In its 22nd year, the National Health Equity Research Webcast, hosted by the Gillings School of Global Public Health in partnership with campus units, discussed importance of policy for advancing health equity, importance of political power for policy development and implementation, and factors that influence distribution of political power such as: public relations, media and lobbying, partisan voter redistricting, voter disqualification, accessibility of polling times and places, handling of absentee and provisional ballots; and vote counting irregularities.


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Speakers
Abstracts & Slides
Sponsors
Credits

Panelists

Mildred Thompson

Mildred Thompson, Senior Director and Director of the PolicyLink Center for Health Equity and Place

Mildred Thompson, Senior Director and Director of the PolicyLink Center for Health Equity and Place – Thompson leads the organization’s health team, with work focusing on healthy food access, improving the built environment, and the systemic integration of health equity. A significant component of her work involves exploring community factors that impact health and identifying effective solutions. Prior to joining PolicyLink, she was director of community health services for Alameda County’s Public Health Department; director of Healthy Start; and director of the San Antonio Neighborhood Health Center. Mildred has degrees in nursing, psychology, and social work. She has taught at Mills College and San Francisco State University, and also worked as an organizational development consultant. Mildred is a frequent speaker on topics related to health equity and serves on several boards and commissions including The Zellerbach Family Foundation and she is co-chair of The Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and Elimination of Health Disparities.


Malia Villegas, Director, National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center

Malia Villegas, Director, National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center – Dr. Villegas is Sugpiaq/Alutiiq (Alaska Native) with family from Kodiak and Afognak Islands in Alaska and O’ahu and Lana’i in Hawai’i. She is an enrolled member of the Native Village of Afognak in Alaska. Malia earned her master’s degree and doctorate in Culture, Communities, and Education at Harvard University and completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University. She developed extensive relationships in the South Pacific through her Fulbright-funded dissertation research in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, serving as part of a team evaluating the first, national, longitudinal Indigenous education initiative since the 2008 Apology to the Stolen Generations – the Stronger Smarter Learning Communities Project that seeks to improve the leadership culture of schools serving Indigenous Australians.


Lydia Camarillo, vice president of Southwest Voter Registration Education Project

Lydia Camarillo, Vice President of Southwest Voter Registration Education Project

Lydia Camarillo, Vice-President, Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP) – Camarillo plays a key role in developing and executing strategies for SVREP’s nonpartisan mobilization efforts. Lydia serves as Chair of the Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force. She serves as Chair of the Texas Senate Latino Caucus and Mexican American Legislative Caucus Civic Engagement Taskforce. Lydia serves on the board of directors for MPMC and ACLU of Texas, Audit and Development Committees. She has served on numerous boards and commissions including on the National Board of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Los Angeles Based City Project, Latino Issues Forum, Monterey County United Way Allocations Committee, Immigrant Rights Coalition for the Central Coast, Santa Cruz County Affirmative Action Commission, Salinas Affirmative Action Committee and the California Task Force on Hispanics and the Civil Service. Lydia has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz.


Moderator

Thomas W. Ross, President Emeritus, The University of North Carolina

Thomas W. Ross, President Emeritus, The University of North Carolina

Thomas W. Ross, President Emeritus, The University of North Carolina, Professor of Public Law and Government, School of Government, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Terry Sanford Distinguished Fellow, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University – Ross joined the School of Government, then the Institute of Government, in 1975 as assistant professor of public law and government. He became a partner in a Greensboro law firm, chief of staff to a member of Congress, a superior court judge, director of the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, president of Davidson College, and the fifth president of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system. He then returned to the School of Government in 2015 as professor of public law and government. Ross earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Davidson and JD from UNC School of Law.

Mildred Thompson (Abstract of Presentation)

  • Role of social determinants in impacting health
  • Intersections between race, class, ethnicity and health outcomes
  • Health disparities on the rise despite advancements in educational attainment
  • Advancing a solution based in collective engagement within communities

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Malia Villegas  (Abstract of Presentation)

  • Overview of the history of legislation related to indigenous people and tribal nations
  • Introduction of health sovereignty to leverage cultural capital
  • Native population gap analysis and health disparities
  • Advancing a model that is grounded in equity and sovereignty

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Lydia Camarillo (Abstract of Presentation)

  • Introduction to redistricting in the United States
  • Overview of Latina/o demographics and civic participation
  • Southwest Voter Registration Education Project’s grassroots effort to engage Latina/o political participation

View the slides here.

The National Health Equity Research Webcast is an interdisciplinary, collaborative effort that builds on the expertise and support of UNC campus partners, community agencies, researchers and practitioners in health and education fields. The webcast appeals to organizations and individuals in North Carolina and across the nation with a focus on health equity, educational achievement and economic stabilization in all areas within our society. Our partners and donors for 2016 are listed below.

 

Patron Sponsor

($10,000 and above)

Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC
Barbara K. Rimer, Dr.P.H.
Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor


Co-Sponsor

($5,000 – $9,999)

Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, UNC
Taffye B. Clayton, Ed.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, UNC
Barbara Entwisle, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Research and Kenan Distinguished Professor

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, UNC
Samuel L. Odom, Ph.D.
Director


Supporter($1,000 – $2,499)

Student Wellness
DeVetta Holman Nash  Ph.D, MPH, NCAS-III
Assistant Director – Health Equity, Inclusion and Advocacy Programs

Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, Wake Forest University
Ronny A. Bell, Ph.D., MS
Director


Special Friend
($500 – $999)
Center for Health Equity Research, UNC
Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc.
Director and Professor of Social Medicine and Medicine, School of Medicine


Friend($100 – $499)

Gillings Global Gateway, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Jim Herrington, M.D.
Professor and Chair

School of Information and Library Science, UNC
Gary Marchionini, Ph.D.
Dean and Boshamer Distinguished Professor

Department of Biostatistics, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Michael R. Kosorok, Ph.D.
Chair and W.R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor

Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Alice Ammerman, Ph.D.
Director and Professor


In-Kind Contributors

School of Social Work, UNC
Jack M. Richman, Ph.D., Dean and Professor


Endorsements and Partners

UNC CHEOP Office, North Carolina Health Career Access Program, UNC

Project IMHOTEP
NCCU-LCCC Partners Public Heath Training Program
Chancellor’s Science Scholars
Health Disparities workgroup of the NC State Collaborative on Children and Families

The 22nd National Health Equity Research Webcast is presented by

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and its Minority Heath Project; Diversity and Multicultural Affairs 

in association with

UNC School of Social Work


Broadcast Chairs

Diane L. Rowley, MD, M.P.H., Professor of the Practice of Public Heath, Department of Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC

Victor J. Schoenbach, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC


Broadcast Co-Directors

Kathy Anderson, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Information Technology & Project Planning, Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC

Elizabeth French, M.A. Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives, Gillings School of Public Health, UNC


Broadcast Coordinators

Adriana Shepherd,  Business Services Coordinator, Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC

Sharbari Dey, M.S,W. Assistant Director, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, UNC

Trinnette Cooper, M.P.H. Coordinator for Diversity Programs and Recruitment, Office of Student Affairs, Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC


Planning Committee

Danny Bell, American Indian Studies Program, American Studies Department, College of Arts and Sciences, UNC

Melissa Green., M.P.H., Administrative Director for NC TraCS CARES, UNC

Amy Locklear Hertel, Ph.D., Director, American Indian Center, UNC & Clinical Assistant Professor, UNC School of Social Work

William C. (“Bill”) Jenkins., M.S., Ph.D., Co-Director, Minority Health Project, UNC

DeVetta Holman Nash., Ph.D., Assistant Director of Student Wellness and Academic Success, Student Affairs, UNC

Sharon Holmes Thomas., M.P.H., Assistant Dean for Recruitment, Admissions and Financial Aid and Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, UNC

O.J. McGhee, Manager, Instructional Media Services, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health


Technical Production Team

Video production Producer / Director: O.J. McGhee, Manager, SPH IIS Instructional Media Services

Moderator: Tom Ross, President Emeritus, UNC; Professor of Public Law and Government, School of Government, UNC; Terry Sanford Distinguished Fellow, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

Q and A Moderator: Andre Brown, Graduate Student , School of Public Health, UNC;

Production Assistants: Cara Person, Graduate Student, School of Public Health, UNC;  Samuel Baxter Graduate Student, School of Public Health, UNC

Camera Operators: Greg Adams, Russell Clemons, Justin Longley and Owen Scott

Floor Director: Cathy Campbell

Audio: Allen Lee

Video Editor: Tom Laney

Live Video Stream Services: Sch1erShot Productions


Marketing and Communications

Program design: Jackson Brantley, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Instructional and Information Systems: Kathy Anderson, Ph.D, Associate Dean for Information Technology and Project Planning

Webcast Page Support: Andrew Ochs

Site facilitators and technical coordinators in group viewing sites


 Special  Thanks

UNC School of Social Work; Business and Finance Office, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

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