UNC Center for Health Equity Research is a vibrant intellectual home for health equity research and innovation at UNC-Chapel Hill and aims for global recognition of its role as a leader in the field. The work of the Center will bring together scholars, trainees, and community members from diverse disciplines to form collaborative multidisciplinary teams with a shared commitment to health equity, innovation, and translational research. This shared commitment will serve as a bridge among their disciplines and levels of experience. Center members generate new knowledge and contribute to the science of health equity research thus driving innovation in collaboration with underserved communities to improve health.

The Center for Health Equity Research is located at the UNC Department of Social Medicine in the School of Medicine.

The UNC School of Medicine has a rich tradition of excellence and care. Our mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of North Carolinians, and others whom we serve. We accomplish this by providing leadership and excellence in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research. We strive to promote faculty, staff, and learner development in a diverse, respectful environment where our colleagues demonstrate professionalism, enhance learning, and create personal and professional sustainability. We optimize our partnership with the UNC Health System through close collaboration and commitment to service. 

Our vision is to be the nation’s leading public school of medicine. We are ranked 2nd in primary care education among all US schools of medicine and 5th among public peers in NIH research funding. Our Allied Health Department is home to five top-ranked divisions, and we are home to 18 top-ranked clinical and basic science departments in NIH research funding.

Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of North Carolinians and others whom we serve. We accomplish this by providing leadership and excellence in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research.
Patient Care: We will promote health and provide superb clinical care while maintaining our strong tradition of reaching underserved populations and reducing health disparities across North Carolina and beyond.

Education: We will prepare tomorrow’s health care professionals and biomedical researchers by facilitating learning within innovative curricula and team-oriented interprofessional education. We will cultivate outstanding teaching and research faculty, and we will recruit outstanding students and trainees from highly diverse backgrounds to create a socially responsible, highly skilled workforce.

Research: We will develop and support a rich array of outstanding health sciences research programs, centers, and resources. We will provide infrastructure and opportunities for collaboration among disciplines throughout and beyond our University to support outstanding research. We will foster programs in the areas of basic, translational, mechanistic, and population research.

Position Summary

This position is a Project Coordinator for the NC CEAL research initiative, one of 21 Community Engagement Research Alliance (CEAL) against COVID-19 in disproportionately affected communities research teams across the country. NC CEAL is committed to increasing trustworthiness in its engaged action with North Carolina’s African American/Black, American Indian/Native American, and Hispanic/Latinx communities through three overarching goals: 1) Disseminate trustworthy and science-based COVID-19 information and resources; 2) Train Community Leaders on Evolving Issues Related to COVID-19 and its Sequelae and Educate others; and 3) Rapidly Assess, Innovate, and Evaluate Efforts to Prevent and Reduce COVID-19 Burden. The research initiative is based out of the Center for Health Equity Research in the Department of Social Medicine at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC. This position will be responsible for the education and training needs of NC CEAL. The research team includes experts from the fields of public health, communications, and medicine with expertise in community-engaged research. 

This position will serve as a Project Coordinator (Community Stakeholder Planning and Implementation). The Project Coordinator will provide needed support to the Community Response Team (CRT), Equity in Access and Uptake Task Force, and liaison closely with the coordinator for the NC CEAL coalition and communications sub-team. This Project Coordinator will coordinate project activities/requests with the business/finance office to ensure timely response to project needs/requests. The person in this position will develop and oversee engagement with African American/Black, American Indian/ Native American and Hispanic/Latinx populations in North Carolina as well as health providers. The ideal candidate will have experience conducting qualitative and quantitative community-engaged and health disparities research.