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UNC Minority Health Conference works to better community

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CHAPEL HILL — Hundreds of people are taking steps to improve the health of people living in minority populations. At the 33rd annual UNC Minority Health Conference, participants discuss how to turn scientific research into action to makes health care accessible and affordable to everyone.

Hundreds who attended the 33rd Annual UNC Minority Health Conference are being encouraged to tackle similar missions.

"What's happening now is that there's a lot of research that's being produced in the academic setting, but it's not really getting brought into the community setting," said conference chairwoman Turquoise Griffith.

Speakers encouraged health workers and researchers to not only look at the health issue, but explore its broader context as well.

"So moving to an equity agenda means looking at those broader determinants of health. That really impact how people make those decisions," said Dr. Nina Wallerstein, with the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

The UNC Minority Health Conference is the largest and longest-running student-led health conference in the nation with over 500 people attending each year.

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