NC TraCS Conference: Partnering with the Community to Reduce Health Disparities

The following was originally published on the "Science in the Triangle" blog on March 24.

North Carolina may be one of the most diverse states in the Union, but it is still not immune to the health disparities that plague the rest of the nation. Minorities in the Tar Heel state experience significant gaps in health and health care when it comes to cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and HIV/AIDS. Over a lifetime, even minor disadvantages can add up, cutting short the lives of those in the minority.

Translating new discoveries into better health outcomes for all NC residents was the topic of a conference last Friday that brought together researchers and community advocates from around the state.

“We are looking at ways – all across the spectrum — to improve the health of North Carolina,” said Giselle Corbie-Smith, deputy director of the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS), which sponsored the all-day event. “So to begin with, we have to look at some of these conditions where we have populations and groups of people who are disproportionately affected, because by improving their health, we can improve the health of our state.”

The conference highlighted the perpectives of individuals from all along that spectrum, from basic science researchers to community partners. Reverend Danny Ellis, one of the key note speakers, shared his thoughts as a leader of a rural church that is often open to research but is not always trusting of researchers’ motives.

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