Dr. Macon is an assistant professor in the University of North Carolina’s GillingsSchool of Global Public Health, and Health Equity and Policy Executive with the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC). Dr. Macon received the 2021 Spirit of MLK Award from MAHEC, as well as a UNC Gillings Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award. With a doctorate in education and psychology from the University of Michigan, Dr. Macon has qualitative and quantitative research experience, including interview and survey methodology. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Macon worked as a legislative aide and health policy fellow for a United States Senator, gaining skills in policy analysis and the political process during health care reform efforts in 2010. Her previous role as the Permanent Supportive Housing Director of a local nonprofit ending homelessness provided additional experience in understanding the housing landscape in Asheville and Buncombe County, as well as community engagement and motivational interviewing. In sum, Tamarie strives to build relationships with community to co-create equitable systems and policy.
Reparations are one policy solution that can advance racial equity and justice in the United States and can decrease racial inequities in health and well-being (Bassett & Galea, 2020; Darity & Mullen, 2020). Yet reparations cannot be truly effective and reparative if they are not deeply accountable to the people who were harmed (Correa et al., 2009; Makhalemele, 2009; Suchkova, 2011). Building on the authentic grassroots organizing and meaningful community engagement of the Racial Justice Coalition in Asheville, North Carolina, the research team will utilize qualitative methods to study the local reparations process underway in Asheville and Buncombe County, North Carolina.