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PROMOTING LOCAL AND GLOBAL HEALTH EQUITY | october 2019

If you have health disparities work to highlight, or an item to share with the health equity community at Illinois, please submit your e-newsletter ideas to Brandi Barnes, IHSI research development manager. Visit the IHSI website to subscribe to additional health sciences e-newsletters.

JOIN US OCT. 17 FOR ACHIEVING EQUITY: DISPARITIES IN CANCER

Researchers, clinicians, community organizations, agencies, students, and engaged citizens are invited to join us for "Achieving Equity: Disparities in Cancer" on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Room 5602.

This free, half-day event aims to examine how our research, healthcare, and broader communities can work together to address the unequal racial and ethnic burdens of colorectal and prostate cancer. The agenda includes a welcome by Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Sean Garrick; keynotes by Dr. Karriem Watson (UIC) and Dr. Charles Rogers (University of Utah); highlights of current research at Illinois; a prevention and survivorship panel; and a networking lunch to discuss future directions.

Please register by Oct. 11

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HEALTH IDEAS LECTURE | KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM BRANDI BARNES

IHSI, in partnership with the Department of Communication, invited K. "Vish" Viswanath, PhD, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to give the IDEAS lecture, “Scale and Skills: Translational Communication to Address Health Inequities" on Sept. 26. Brandi Barnes served as Dr. Viswanath’s host and attended the talk. She shares her reaction to the event below.  

Barnes: Dr. Viswanath delivered an excellent lecture. It was so exciting to hear his take on translating research into practice and getting the appropriate information into the hands of those who need it. I left this event with three main takeaways: 

1. Using translational communication to address health equities requires a truly interdisciplinary approach. It calls on expertise in communication, data dissemination, and health equity and access. This poses challenges for development of good theory and methodology. That said, there is ample opportunity here for researchers across disciplines to implement translational communication practices in order to get their findings into the hands of those who need it most. 

2. Vish shared findings by Pew Research Center showing inequities in science knowledge across racial/ethnic group persist, despite education level. This raises the question of who we should be bringing to the table to address these disparities.

3. The dissemination of incorrect information doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon. This area is ripe for interdisciplinary research and intervention. Vish talked about how we can leverage communication sciences as well as information and communication technologies to translate evidence and promote change at scale.

Dr. Viswanath Speaks at the Health IDEAS Lecture

APPLICATION PERIOD STARTING OCT. 15 FOR summer 2020 UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARS FOR HEALTH EQUITY

IHSI is excited to open recruitment for the second cohort of undergraduates to pursue community-based research projects in Urbana-Champaign over the summer. The success of our first cohort has led to an expanded Community-Academic Scholars initiative, offering three focused programs for Brain Health, Solving Poverty, and Health Equity. The deadline to apply for all three Community-Academic Scholars programs is Feb. 1, 2020.

Learn more about this unique opportunity for community-engaged research
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RESEARCHER SPOTLIGHT: Carla D. Hunter, PhD

Carla D. Hunter, PhD, is an associate professor of psychology and the principle investigator of the Cultural Heritage and Racial Identity Lab. She is also a member of the Community Healing and Resistance Through Storytelling (C-HeARTS) Collaborative. Through her research, she seeks to identify and analyze individual factors that characterize ethnic minority individuals’ experiences of resilience and risk in the U.S. racial context. She and her students have been recognized for their scholarly contributions to the fields of African American psychology, counseling psychology, and social psychology. 

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HEALTH DISPARITIES IN THE NEWS

Researchers at Illinois advance work addressing health disparities in local, national, and global communities. Here, we highlight news of interest to researchers in this community:

10.3.19 Healthcare challenges faced by transgender people of color

10.3.19 Report: Racial Disparity Continues in Breast Cancer

9.30.19 From genetics to environmental factors, variety of causes lead to health disparities

9.14.19 Utah Department of Health reports community health disparities vary by legislative district

9.13.19 Illinois, NIH host workshop on equity and diversity in genomic data science

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IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES

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