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Conference to Address Veterans' Health Services Needs

"Access to Culturally Competent Health Services: Serving Military Veterans from a Holistic Perspective" is a half-day conference scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in UNC Charlotte’s Cone University Center McKnight Hall.

Registration is open for this free, public event, which will bring together national experts on veteran’s issues as well as students, faculty, service providers and members of the general public to share information on military culture and coordination of health care services to meet the needs of veterans returning from active military service and to support their success at UNC Charlotte and their transition to civilian life.

Keynote speakers for the conference will be retired Maj. Gen. Marianne Mathewson-Chapman and Ilario Pantano, director of the N.C. Division of Veterans Affairs and a former U.S. Marine Corps second lieutenant.

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.