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Hispanic youth views on health: “Por Nuestros Ojos: Understanding Social Determinants of Health Through the Eyes of Youth,” co-written by a number of UNC Charlotte researchers, was named one of 2014’s four most influential research pieces related to health-care disparities, according to the Culture of Health Reader Poll by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The foundation is considered the largest philanthropic effort devoted to public health.

The article details a “photo voice” project conducted by the Mecklenburg Partnership for Primary Care Research as part of a study funded by the National Institutes of Health on the social determinants of health of the Hispanic community in Charlotte.

In “photo voice,” Hispanic youths were paired with UNCC 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.

Claire Schuch, Brisa Hernandez, Heather Smith, Janni Sorensen and Owen Furuseth are UNCC authors of the research study.


Education conference: The fourth annual “Fresh Take: Strategies for Student Success” education conference will take place 8 a.m.-8 p.m.​ Jan. 23 at the Community School of Davidson’s high school location, 404 Armour St., Davidson. The school hosts the conference as a way to gather exceptional educators and discuss best practices for students.

Michelle Icard will give this year’s keynote address. Icard is a speaker, author and educator who helps children, parents and teachers navigate the tricky middle school social world. Her book “Middle School Makeover: Improving the Way You and Your Child Experience the Middle School Years” (Bibliomotion 2014), received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly for being outstanding in its genre. Her work has also been featured by, The Washington Post, A Mighty Girl, The Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, Your Teen Magazine, “Fox News Good Day Carolinas,” the “Charlotte Today” show, and the Huffington Post.

The conference is for educators of all levels. Among those already registered are administrators, college students majoring in education, coaches, homeschool parents, and educators from throughout the South.

Register online at or Sixty workshops, three meals and conference swag are included in the $75 registration fee.