Join us during University Research Week as we honor Carmen Samuel-Hodge, RD, PhD, the inaugural winner of the Gillings Health Equity Faculty Research Award. This award recognizes faculty who demonstrate excellence in research that has made a substantial impact on improved equitable outcomes or sustained reduction in inequities in a pressing public health issue.

This session on health equity research is co-sponsored by the Gillings School, the Center for Health Equity Research and the Institute of African American Research. Dr. Samuel-Hodge will receive her award and give a presentation, followed by presentations from Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD, of the Department of Social Medicine and Shauna Cooper, PhD, of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. Moderators include Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence Kauline Cipriani, PhD, and Associate Dean for Research Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD.

Advancing Health Equity Solutions at UNC (October 21, 2020)

Presentations: Carmen Samuel-Hodge, PhD, Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD, Shauna Cooper, PhD
Moderators: Kauline Cipriani, PhD, Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD.

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Dr. Carmen Samuel-Hodge

Dr. Carmen Samuel-Hodge

Gillings Faculty Award for Excellence in Health Equity Research Winner
Carmen Samuel-Hodge, RD, PhD
Associate Professor, Nutrition
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Title of Talk: Research Translation, Implementation and Mentoring to Address the Health of Those at Highest Risk

Dr. Samuel-Hodge is an associate professor of nutrition in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Her research involves (1) psychosocial and behavioral issues related to lifestyle behavior change (diet and physical activity) and weight management; (2) intervention research focused on nutrition issues related to chronic disease risk reduction and self-management; (3) health disparities and translational research; (4) diabetes self-management education strategies using lay diabetes advisors and (5) family and community-based interventions.

Dr. Laura Brinkley-Rubinstein

Dr. Laura Brinkley-Rubinstein

Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD
Assistant Professor, Social Medicine
UNC School of Medicine
Core Faculty Member
UNC Center for Health Equity Research

Title of Talk: COVID-19 in American Correctional Facilities: Advancing Health Equity Solutions

Dr. Brinkley-Rubinstein is an assistant professor in social medicine in the UNC School of Medicine. She also is a core faculty member of the UNC Center for Health Equity Research. Her research examines how incarceration can impact health outcomes.

Dr. Shauna Cooper

Dr. Shauna Cooper

Shauna Cooper, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience
Faculty Affiliate and Advisory Board Member, Institute of African American Research
UNC-Chapel Hill

Title of Talk: Fathering and Wellbeing Among African American Men: The COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

Dr. Cooper is an associate professor in Psychology and Neuroscience in the UNC College of Arts & Sciences. She also is a faculty affiliate and advisory board member of the UNC Institute of African American Research. Her research focuses on how cultural and contextual factors contribute to family processes and youth development, with a specific focus on African American children and families.

Dr. Kauline Cipriani

Dr. Kauline Cipriani

Kauline Cipriani, PhD
Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence
Associate Professor, Public Health Leadership Program
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Dr. Kauline Cipriani is the associate dean for inclusive excellence and associate professor of Public Health Leadership at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She leads strategic planning, development and implementation of programs and approaches to enhance access, diversity, equity and inclusion across Gillings; and she facilitates the development of inclusive leadership across the Gillings School’s Dean’s Council.

Penny Gordon-Larsen

Dr. Penny Gordon-Larsen

Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD
Associate Dean for Research
Professor, Nutrition
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Dr. Penny Gordon-Larsen is the associate dean for research and professor of Nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She provides intellectual and strategic leadership and vision for research programs and for supporting and enhancing the School’s research enterprise. Much of her research focuses on issues related to ethnicity, disparities and development of obesity over the lifecycle, with attention to pathways linking environment and behavior to cardiometabolic risk. Her portfolio ranges from molecular and genetic to environmental and societal-level factors that influence health.