Latesha K. Harris, BSN, RN (’25), a UNC Hillman Scholar, has been honored with a conference travel award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholars program. This award recognizes Latesha’s exceptional contributions to the field of health policy research and will enable her to attend the 2023 Interdisciplinary Association of Population Health Sciences conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
At this conference, Latesha will have the opportunity to discuss her work on the role of race-related stressors in cardiometabolic disease inequities, build an interdisciplinary network of scientists reducing health disparities in population health, and learn new approaches to address her area of research.
In anticipation of the upcoming event, Latesha shared her excitement, stating, “This is my first time being a panelist at a large interprofessional conference. I am still overcome with excitement that I will get the opportunity to meet several influential scientists, many of whom I have been following since my first year in the Ph.D. program. Being on a panel with Dr. Sirry Alang is surreal! I admire her and her work on structural racism and health inequities so much; it has been motivating to read her work, and now I get to work with her! It’s a dream come true!”
The School of Nursing proudly congratulates Latesha K. Harris on receiving this well-deserved recognition and commends her dedication to driving positive change in health policy research. Her participation in the 2023 Interdisciplinary Association of Population Health Sciences conference promises to provide valuable insights for the advancement of population health and health equity.