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23rd Annual Minority Health Conference

Race, Class and Environment: The State of Minority Health

February 16, 2001
The William and Ida Friday Continuing Education Center, Chapel Hill, NC

The program is now full.  Any new registrations will be placed on a waiting list.

With William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecturer Richard Moore
Co-Founder of the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice and the Southwest Organizing Project, and founder and Director of the Bobby Garcia Clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Among the most important accomplishments of the public health profession in the U.S. during the last century is the successful reduction of many environmental conditions and risk factors that negatively impact the health of the public. Improved sanitation, cleaner water supplies, and greater regulation of waste disposal are but a few of the improvements. However, even as we enter a new century, environmental risks remain a major public health concern for many poor and minority communities. The disparities suggest that community members, public health practitioners, public health researchers and industry representatives must all come together in order to better understand and address both enduring and emerging environmental threats to public health.

Recognizing that poor and minority communities are disproportionately burdened by environmental threats to health, the 23rd Annual Minority Health Conference, entitled Race, Class and Environment: The State of Minority Health, has one overarching goal: To explore the impact of social and environmental factors on the health of minority populations by:

  • Presenting the underlying conditions;
  • Examining innovative strategies; and
  • Identifying priority areas for future research and practice.

9:00 Introductions and Welcome
William L. Roper, MD, MPH
Dean of School of Public Health
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Archie Ervin, PhD
Assistant to the Chancellor
Director, Office of Minority Affairs
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Melissa Green, Master's Student
Conference Chair
Department of Health Behavior and Health Education
School of Public Health
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
9:30 William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Address:
Richard Moore
Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice
Sponsored by the UNC-CH Center for Minority Aging.
10:30 Poster Session and Break
11:00 Morning Concurrent Sessions
A1: Latino Health: New Faces in North Carolina
Zobeida Bonilla, PhD
Project Coordinator
Eduquemos a Nuestras Mujeres
Breast Cancer Awareness Project, Raleigh, NC
Adlih Moreno Coll
Rubella Outreach Coordinator
NC Department of Health and Human Services
Christina Harlan, RN, MA
UNC School of Public Health
A2: Promoting Health in the Workplace
Sharon D. Beard
Industrial Hygienist
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Division of Extramural Research and Training
Worker Education and Training Program
Salli Benedict, MPH, CHES
Assistant Director for Community Development 
Implementation and Dissemination
UNC-CH Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Laura Linnan, ScD, CHES
Assistant Professor
UNC-CH School of Public Health
A3: HIV-AIDS: Partnerships for Justice
Sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline.
Michael Joyner
Manager, Health Care Coalitions
Research Triangle Park, NC
Yvonne Torres, MSHEd
HIV/STD Health Educator
Wake County Human Services
Raleigh, NC
Steven Walker
Executive Director
Donald R. Watkins Foundation
Houston, TX
A4: Migrant Workers: Moving Towards Health
Sharon Brown, LPN, MPH
Community Services Director
Tri-County Community Health Center
Martha Olaya-Crowley
Director of Change Management
Wake County Human Services
Stephanie Triantafillou, MPH
A5: Environmental Justice for All
Reverend Carrie Bolton
Field Organizer of Democracy South
Pittsboro, NC
Glenn Johnson, PhD
Clark-Atlanta University Environmental Justice Resource Center
Savonala Horne, JD
Land Loss Prevention Project
NC Central University
12:15 pm Lunch
1:30 Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
B1: Community Activism: Starting Where the People Are
Dollie Burwell
Office of Congresswoman Eva Clayton
Warren County, NC
Gary Grant
Executive Director
Concerned Citizens of Tillery, NC
Valerie Kaalund, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of African and Afro-American Studies
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B2: Children's Health: Protecting our Future
Linda Carter
Today's Woman Health Center
Winston-Salem, NC
Ed Chu
Children's Health Project
Allan Steckler, DrPH
UNC-CH School of Public Health
B3: Healthy Aging: Everyone's Goal
Mary Bethel
Division of Aging
NC Department of Health and Human Services
Keum Pang, PhD
Associate Professor
Division of Nursing
Howard University, 
Marion Primas, PhD, MS
Healthy Aging
B4: Healthcare Access: Opening Doors
Tim Carey, MPH, MD
Sheps Center for Health Services Research
Bronwyn Glenn, MPH
Minority Outreach Consultant for CHIP and NC Medicaid
Women's and Children's Health
NC Division of Public Health
Mercedes Hernandez-Pelletier, MPH
Farmworker Health Program Consultant
Office of Rural Health
B5: Rural Health: The Forgotten Minority
John Hatch, PhD
Professor Emeritus
UNC-CH School of Public Health
Christopher J. Mansfield, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Family Medicine, and 
Center for Health Services Research and Development
East Carolina University
Yvette McMiller, MPH
Program Specialist
Office of Research, Demonstrations and Rural Health Development
Raleigh, NC
2:45 Poster Session and Break
3:15 Panel Discussion
Public Health in the New Administration: Impact on the Future
Bill Jenkins, PhD
National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA
Marian Johnson-Thompson, PhD
National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences
Research Triangle Park, NC
Dennis McBride, MD, MPH
State Health Director
Division of Public Health
Raleigh, NC
Jacqueline Resnick
Director, Pan-University Program for Multi-Disciplinary Proposal Development
Proposal Development Initiative
Office of Graduate Studies and Research
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Joel Schwartz, PhD
Adjunct Professor, University Professor of Distinguished Teaching
Department of Public Policy Analysis
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Janet Southerland, DSS, MPH, PhD
Chair, Hospital Dentistry
Director, General Rotation Practice
School of Dentistry
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
4:15 Conference Wrap-Up
Aundra Shields, JD
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
School of Public Health
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Conference Sponsors


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Center for Minority Aging
  • Chancellor's Office
  • Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health
  • Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Minority Health Project, School of Public Health
  • Minority Student Caucus, School of Public Health
  • Minority Student Recruitment Committee, Department of Nutrition, Schools of Public Health and Medicine
  • North Carolina Institute for Public Health, School of Public Health
  • Office of Educational Development, School of Medicine
  • Office of the Provost
  • School of Public Health
  • Student Union Board, School of Public Health
  • Vice Provost for Health Affairs

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Chapel Hill-Carrboro Alumni Chapter

American Social Health Association

BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina

CIIT Centers for Health Research


National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Office on Women's Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services

The University of North Carolina General Administration


Poster Presentation

The Conference Planning Committee invites you to participate in the poster presentation. To do so, you must submit an abstract, via e-mail or by mail, that demonstrates your topic as timely and relevant to the Conference theme. The abstract must be received at the Office of Continuing Education by January 12, 2001.


Abstracts must be typed, single-spaced and should be no longer than 250 words. The title of the abstract should be centered at the top of the page. The author's name and academic degrees should follow the title. Leave one blank line between the title and the author's name and two blank lines between the author name and the first line of the abstract. Each abstract should include the following headings: introduction, methods, results, and conclusion. All abstracts should be relevant to minority health and to one of the concurrent session topics.

If you would like to present a poster, please e-mail your abstract to or submit a typed, original copy by mail. Be sure to include the following information: title of abstract, author's name and academic degrees, author's position/title, mailing address, phone number (including area code), fax number and e-mail address. Abstracts that do not adhere to the above guidelines will not be reviewed.

Send to:
Yolanda Riggsbee
School of Public Health
CB# 8165, TTK Building
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8165


A limited number of rooms have been reserved at several local hotels. Please mention the Minority Health Conference when making reservations (by 1/15/01) at the following hotels:

Red Roof Inn
$56.99 not including tax

Comfort Inn
$69.00 not including tax

Registration Registration Fees
Fees Registration Lunch*
All students and senior citizens (over age 60) $10 Included
UNC (all 16 campuses) faculty and staff $20 Included
Working professionals who register by 2/9/01 $60 Included
Working professionals who register after 2/9/01 $75 Not included

* Lunch is available to those who pre-register by 2/9/01. Participants who do not pre-register by 2/9/01, may purchase lunch at nearby restaurants.

Registration fees are due prior to the conference. Make checks payable to NCIPH.

Choose one of five ways to register:

  • Complete the www registration page for this workshop and click the REGISTER NOW button, OR
  • E-mail all registration information to, OR
  • Fax the information on the registration page to 919-966-5692, OR
  • Call 919-966-4032, OR
  • Mail your completed registration form to:
Registrar, Office of Continuing Education
CB# 8165 Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building
UNC-CH School of Public Health
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8165
(State Courier Code 17-61-04)

Participation is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register as soon as possible. You will receive written confirmation of your registration. If you have not received a letter one week before the program date, please call 919-966-4032 to check on the status of your registration.


Full refunds will be issued to individuals who cancel one week prior to the program. Substitutions from the same agency are allowed at any time with prior notification of the registrar (919-966-4032).

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