1992 Minority Health Conference luncheon
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Gillings School of Global Public Health

Minority Student Caucus Alumni Network



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Announcement: To help share memories of our friend and colleague Bill Jenkins, past president of the Minority Student Caucus (when it was named the Black Student Caucus), co-founder of the Annual Minority Health Conference, founder of Project Imhotep and the Public Health Sciences Institute at Morehouse College, the MPH Program at Morehouse School of Medicine, and the Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI), Vic has created a website about Bill. (3/29/2019)

Announcement: If you’re going to APHA in 2017, come to the SAAPHI meeting to help celebrate it's 25th anniversary! [Bill Jenkins, founder - the actual anniversary was in November 2016, but since Atlanta was the birthplace it's been decided to celebrate the anniversary there] (11/30/2016)

Alumni news: Zipatly Mendoza, past MSC co-president and co-founder of MSCalumni Network, was recently profiled on the School's website. [8/22/2016 update - Zipatly has just started a position with the CDC Foundation as a Senior Program Officer working on projects related to Zika virus in Puerto Rico] [article] (8/20,22/2016)

Remembering William A. Darity, Sr.: Bill Darity was the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Health Education, 1964). During his long career in public health he had many accomplishments and many other "first's". [SPH obituary]

Recorded interviews: Check out Vic Schoenbach's YouTube channel for recorded interviews with Bernice Otudeko, Bill Jenkins, Ed Ellis, Sherman James, Lana Dial, Ron Aubert, and much more! [YouTube channel] [Interviews]

MSC-MHC history in video: Video of past Annual Minority Health Conferences, including planning meetings and Minority Student Caucus meetings, with Bill Jenkins and Geni Eng recounting the history of the founding of the Caucus and the Conference [Contents]

Alumni news: Vic Schoenbach is an inaugural recipient of the MLK "Unsung hero" award from UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (DMA), January 20, 2014 [news release]

Alumni news: Gregorio (Greg) Millett was profiled in The Lancet (20 July 2012). He is also lead author on two other articles in this special issue on HIV in Men Who Have Sex with Men.

Alumni news: Eugenia (Geni) Eng will accept the award for Excellence in Academic Public Health Practice at an ASPH reception and awards ceremony at 5:00-7:30pm on October 29, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. In 2008 Dr. Eng received the Tom Bruce Award from the community-based public health caucus of the American Public Health Association. (more)

Alumni news: Sacoby Wilson, past MSC Co-President and now on the faculty at the University of Maryland (College Park), spoke at a symposium held at Howard University on Thursday August 25, 2011: "A Tribute to King's Dream: Environmental Justice and Environmentalism in the 21st Century" (more)

Valentine's Day special: Transcript of an interview with Ethel Jean Jackson about her early life and eventual enrollment in the School of Public Health. Martha Monnett and Christina Makarusha conducted the interview on the occasion of Ethel Jean's 1998 retirement from the school.

Featured alumn: On September 1, 2008, David McCoy, M.Ed.,M.P.H., J.D. became the fifth Controller in North Carolina history following unanimous approval of his nomination by the North Carolina General Assembly. (more) .

Alumni news: On August 21, 2010, Tamera Coyne-Beasley received a physicians award at the 17th Annual Legacy Charity Luncheon held by the Auxiliary to the Durham Academy of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy. (more)

Alumni news: Ada Adimora is in this year's ROOT 100, which recognizes emerging and established African-American leaders who are making extraordinary contributions. The ROOT 100 celebrates leadership, creativity, service, and, above all, excellence. (Dr. Adimora is pictured on the top row, third from the left; view enlarged photo [right click to zoom in]).

Alumni news: Sacoby Wilson, M.S.,Ph.D. (MSC Co-President 2000-2004) recently received a 4-year, $1.2 million NIH R21 grant award for his proposal "Use of a Community-University Partnership to Eliminate Environmental Stressors". The project will investigate a link between multiple sources of pollution and the health of residents living in the Lowcountry Alliance for Model Communities (LAMC) in the City of North Charlesto. Sacoby is a research assistant professor at the University of South Carolina. Sacoby is Vice Chair, Alpha Goes Green Initiative, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Senior Fellow, Environmental Leadership Program; and in November 2009 he will become Chair of the APHA Environment Section.

Alumni news 11/2009: Chandra Caldwell, Staff Adviser to the Minority Student Caucus, has been promoted to the position of Grants Manager for the Department of Epidemiology. Chandra has been working with the grant/contract submissions for the past year and will now be responsible for grant and contract proposal submissions from the department and for coordinating submissions with other departments and centers on campus.

Alumni news: Bill Jenkins, M.S., M.P.H., Ph.D. has received the 2009 Abraham Lilienfeld Award from the Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association. (Introduction by Laurie Elam Evans,   Article . . .)

Alumni specials: National Library of Medicine exhibit about the Mound Bayou clinic created by John Hatch and Jack Geiger; Fay Mitchell 1991 interview with John Hatch; YouTube video by Bill Jenkins

MSCalumnet meetings and conference calls - 2005

Annual Minority Health Conference (since 1977)

History of minority-related activities at the School [Draft in progress]

MSC-MHC history in video

Minority Health Project

Minority Student Caucus   [Glass panel in Michael Hooker Research Center]

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Diversity pages

Additional information about health disparities and diversity-related activities at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Past event: Town Hall Meeting on recruitment and retention solutions for underrepresented minorities

Links to other minority health-related activities at UNC-CH and elsewhere

Last updated: 1/20/2014, 12/1/2015, 8/20,22/2016, 11/30/2016, 3/29/2019, 12/16/2020 by Vic