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Johnson Foundation Poll Recognizes Research

"Por Nuestros Ojos: Understanding Social Determinants of Health through the Eyes of Youth," co-authored by a number of UNC Charlotte researchers, was named among the four most influential research pieces related to health care disparities for 2014, according to the Culture of Health Reader Poll by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, considered the largest philanthropic efforts devoted to public health.

The article details a "photo voice" project conducted by the Mecklenburg Partnership for Primary care Research (MAPPR) as part of a National Institutes of Health-funded study on the social determinants of health of the Hispanic community in Charlotte. Photo voice is a participatory technique used to illustrate the lived experience of groups from their perspective. Hispanic youth were paired with UNC Charlotte students and asked to take pictures of elements in their neighborhoods that positively or negatively influence their health and explain what they are portraying. Their work influenced the development of nine Community Wellness Fairs and two community health groups.

MAPPR is a trans-disciplinary team studying the barriers to health care access for underserved and vulnerable populations in Charlotte. The team’s mission is to bring together community members, organizations and researchers to improve community health and quality of life. MAPPR is a multi-institutional network with researchers from Carolinas Healthcare System’s Department of Family Medicine and UNC Charlotte’s Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Metropolitan Studies and Extended Academic Programs Office and the College of Health and Human Services.

N.C. Humanities Council Moves to Center City

The North Carolina Humanities Council (NCHC) will move its administrative offices to Charlotte in early 2015, to take advantage of what its leaders believe are new and exciting opportunities for organizational development and collaborations in the state’s largest city. Effective Jan. 31, 2015, the council’s new offices will be in UNC Charlotte's Center City building.

Jerry Coughter, executive director of UNC Charlotte Center City, said the NCHC will be a welcome addition to the facility. "UNC Charlotte Center City has been essential to supporting the University’s broader mission of community engagement, urban research and contributing to the economic development of the region. I anticipate the North Carolina Humanities Council will develop a broad partnership with our College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and will help us grow our lifelong learning opportunities that we offer across the region."

NCHC is a statewide nonprofit agency that provides advocacy, grant-making and activities to support understanding of the humanities, especially literature, history, art, music and philosophy. It has been in Greensboro since its inception in 1972. Among the programs funded by NCHC are the "Let’s Talk About It" book discussion series, Roads Scholars speakers series and Museum on Main Street exhibit in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution.