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Dr. Corbie-Smith is a Kenan Distinguished Professor of the Departments of Social Medicine and Medicine, Director of the UNC Center for Health Equity Research and Associate Provost for UNC Rural Initiatives. She is nationally recognized for her scholarly work on the inclusion of disparity populations in research, and is accomplished in drawing communities, faculty, and health care providers into working partnerships in clinical and translational research. Her empirical work, using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, has focused on the methodological, ethical, and practical issues of research to address racial disparities in health. Dr. Corbie-Smith has served as the principal investigator of community-based participatory research projects focused on disease risk reduction among rural racial and ethnic minorities. These projects have included funding through the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities, the National Institute of Nursing Research, Greenwall Foundation, and the National Human Genome Research Institute.

In 2013, Dr. Corbie-Smith established and became Director of the UNC Center for Health Equity Research. She is currently the Co-PI for RWJF’s Advancing Change Leadership Clinical Scholars Program. She recently has previously served as the President of the Society of General Internal Medicine, and in 2018, Dr. Corbie-Smith was elected to the National Academy of Medicine for her ground-breaking contributions toward achieving community and population health equity. She currently serves on the NC Governor’s Andrea Harris Social, Economic, and Health Equity Task Force. Dr. Corbie-Smith currently serves as an MPI on the NIH/NIMHD-funded RADx-Underserved Populations Coordination and Data Collection Center (CDCC).