Allan Noonan, Ph.D. (credit: Daily Tar Heel) - Stone Center Panelist - 11th Annual Summer Public Health Research Videoconference on Minority Health
11th Annual SPHRIMH

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Program for Ethnicity, Culture, and Health Outcomes (ECHO)

Congresswomen Madeleine Bordallo and Donna Christensen speaking from 
the U.S. House of Representatives
10th Annual
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Selected Participant Comments
about the Annual Summer Public Health Research Institute
and Videoconference on Minority Health
  • Does Racism Make Us Sick? (2007)
  • “We will be discussing issues raised by various panelists during the videocast at a follow-up viewing later in the academic year. Our Dean of the School of Health Sciences has offered to host it in her building.” (HBCU)
  • “This was a very nice symposium, especially David Williams' presentation. I may plan to include parts on this in my undergraduate Medical Sociology course. Many thanks.” (university faculty)
  • “The conference was EXCELLENT. I was glad that the presentations represented various cultures and the affects of racism on all people of color in this country. Kudos to both Dr. Gee and Dr. Williams, not to minimize the women presentations which were as equally informative. Can we get copies of Dr. Borrell and Dr. Williams' presentations? ” (local health department)
  • “Some in the audience concerned regarding the tone of the subject matter. Felt as if they were being targeted due to the transgressions of others in the past. Felt very uncomfortable. Otherwise strong turnout. ” (state health department)
  • “Your video webcasts are always very informative, including this one. They include current positions about issues related to health disparities that are very important to consider in our work in public health everyday. Please continue the great work! Our site received good reception. ” (state university)
  • “All of the speakers were great and very informative, however, Dr. Williams did an exceptional job! I believe that he made the key points that reasonated in me: 1) what are we going to do now that we have this information and 2)we all have some work to do because we all have some prejudices and preconceived notions of others and sometimes it is not deliberate or intentional! As a black, educated, female the stat's presented were somewhat scarey to think that my health is being impacted possibly as a result of racism and prejudices! ”
  • “I commend you for framing the problem of health disparities within the context of racism. It is impossible to deal with health disparities as an issue without also dealing with racism.”
  • “The information was invaluable for any person in this country, including whites. The speakers were great. I especially enjoyed Dr. Williams. I have read his articles and found them informative. It was a rare opportunity to listen to him lecture.

    I appreciated being able to listen to it through videoconference. I knew that racism was a social problem in this country but to understand the far-reaching magnitude on how it impacts our physical and mental health, while at the same time, it shortens our lives daily was powerful information.

    Thank you so very much for televising the conference, I have changed my views on racism in this country. ”
  • “All of the speakers were good and offered expert knowledge, Dr. Williams was profound and I think that his charisma, energy and passion added to the impact of his message. ”
  • “I would have liked a speaker to talk about the racism faced by Hispanics, especially since there is this huge immigration debate. I did make me think more about how being racists affects white people in ways other than priviledge. Just thinking about all the KKK people who are being jailed now, or turning themselves in, whether the guilt eats away at them and is a stressor in their life... ”
  • “Dr. Williams put things so succinctly and elegantly and reframed the issue and importance of the impact of racial segregation in housing so perfectly. I am grateful for the insight. ”
  • “Still wondering how the problem will be addressed. The program should be longer in the future. ” (studio audience participant)
  • “We will be discussing issues raised by various panelists during the videocast at a follow-up viewing later in the academic year. Our Dean of the School of Health Sciences has offered to host it in her building.” (NC HBCU)

  • Examining the Scientific Basis for Race-Specific Medicine (2006)
  • “. . . I got a whole new perspective on health disparities & race specific medicine & genetics.” (school of public health)
  • “The speakers did an excellent job on a topic by which many are extremely confused. I was very pleased at the clear way that they presented the issues. They laid a good foundation of definitions which everyone in the entire ongoing conversation needs to be sure to use. They laid out clear distinctions between personalized medicine and race-based medicine - and highlighted why using the ’race-based’ notion in medical research - even ’in the interim’ until we get to personalized medicine - is a not only not a neutral concept but bears possibly quite negative consequences. The responses to the questions were thoughtful and very useful. My great hope is that the conversation from this event will have a broad impact in how we think about health care, how we conduct clinical research and how we approach drug approvals. The webcast was definitely worthwhile and will be useful to me as I teach medical students.” (medical school faculty member)
  • “We very much enjoyed Monday’s broadcast. Both the topic and the speakers were very interesting. We at the DOH/SCHS very much appreciate the opportunity to follow the UNC Minority Health Conf. speeches via internet. Again thank you for keeping us in the loop.” (local health department)
  • “Very interesting and informative - really cutting-edge and much needed insights that should be broadly broadcast! "This conference provided very worthwhile and provocative information. Having it readily available in several formats made participation very convenient. THANKS so much and I hope we can expect more of the same!” (state health department)
  • “Once again, UNC’s Minority Health Project has delivered another in a series of highest quality, most accessible conferences in the public/population health domain. My only ’criticism’ is that I would have liked to have heard Prof. Graves present more of the rest of his talk (judging from the slides left after he cut his talk short). Thanks to all the presenters and responders.” (university health disparities research center)
  • “The Center for Health Promotion Research would like to show this videoconference again in the fall using our recording of the sessions. Do we need permission to reshow these sessions? Is there a limit on how many times we show them (e.g. classes, colloquia days, etc.).” [“no” and “no” for noncommercial use within the registrant organization]

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Last updated: 5/14/2007, 4/6/2008 by Vic