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MILLS SYMPOSIUM: Keynote speaker Thomas Ricketts III challenged a record number of participants at the 4th annual Jean Mills Health Symposium Feb. 15-16 to do more in the fight against health disparities and delivery in rural areas. Ricketts said universities have an opportunity to re-orient and re-energize service to low access communities. Ricketts is director of health policy in the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and professor of health policy and administration and social medicine at the UNC-Chapel Hill schools of public health and medicine. He was founding director of the N.C. Rural Health Research Center which he led for 12 years. More than 175 people registered for the first day of the symposium at the Greenville Hilton. A community health fair featuring 45 booths was attended by about 300 people the second day at the Greenville Convention Center. The symposium is sponsored by the College of Allied Health Sciences in collaboration with the ECU Medical & Health Sciences Foundation, Pitt Memorial Hospital Foundation and Eastern Area Health Education Center. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

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