Kristin Black, MCH doctoral student, receives UNC’s Bryan Award for public service

April 15, 2015

Kristin Black

Kristin Black

Kristin Black, a doctoral student in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, was recognized on April 7 with a prestigious Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award.

Black’s award acknowledged her work as a graduate student assistant with the Accountability for Cancer Care through Undoing Racism and Equity (ACCURE) study, co-led by Geni Eng, DrPH, professor of health behavior, and Samuel Cykert, MD, adjunct professor of health policy and management, both at the Gillings School.

The study examines a systems-change intervention that optimizes transparency and accountability to achieve racial equity in the completion of cancer treatment among patients with early-stage breast and lung cancer. As part of her research, Black monitored the logistical components of the study.

“It is truly an honor to receive the Bryan Award,” Black said. “I feel that I’m one member of a very dedicated team of academics, community members and medical professionals who are passionate about eliminating inequities in the quality and completion of cancer care.”

Black, who has worked with ACCURE for two years, is also pursuing a doctoral minor in epidemiology. In 2011, she earned a UNC Interdisciplinary Certificate in Health Disparities.

“Kristin is incredibly productive,” said her adviser Diane Rowley, Professor of the Practice in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the Gillings School. “She has been a great contributor to the department’s equity research.”

UNC’s Public Service Awards are presented by the Carolina Center for Public Service. The Center aims to connect the energy and expertise of the University and community to develop collaborative and interdisciplinary solutions to local and global challenges.

Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director of communications, (919) 962-2600 or