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Announcing the
40th Annual Minority Health Conference
by the Minority Student Caucus of the
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

40th Annual Minority Health Conference logo

Advocacy for Change: Celebrating Past Successes and Planning for the Future

Friday, February 22, 2019
at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
Chapel Hill, NC

(Click here for recordings from the 39th MHC, February 23, 2018)
(Click here for recordings from the 38th MHC, February 24, 2017)
Watch the Annual Minority Health Conference Trailer (4 min)

This year's theme, Advocacy for Change: Celebrating Past Successes and Planning for the Future, celebrates how advocacy efforts are instrumental in advancing the health of minorities and people of color. The theme honors activist history and provides a forum through which communities can engage with advocacy efforts moving forward. Public health is the connecting thread in these movements for social change. We make an impact by showing that well-being is indicative of social determinants related to gender, race and ethnicity, wealth and class.

Keynote speakers TBA

The 21st Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture will be presented live in the Grumman Auditorium of the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in an interactive webcast with questions submitted via email and social media platforms.

Co-chairs for the 40th Annual Minority Health Conference:
Afsaneh Mortazavi, Masters Student, Health Behavior
Khadija Jahfiya, Masters Student, Health Policy and Management

Submission form for poster abstracts
(deadline December 3rd, 2018 at 5pm)





39th Annual Minority Health Conference, 2018

(Click here for recordings from the 39th MHC, February 23, 2018)
(Click here for recordings from the 38th MHC, February 24, 2017)

Save-the-date postcard

by the Minority Student Caucus of the
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

This year's theme, Reclaiming the Narrative, is based on the recognition that the world is organized by the stories we tell. Stories have the power to influence the way we view ourselves and others and have the power to shape our actions. Given this sometimes unacknowledged influence, we must ask who are the storytellers, and who benefits from these narratives. The answers to these questions can offer an understanding of how we as public health professionals can progress and push public health agendas forward in a meaningful way. This year's theme challenges us to end the perpetuation of damaging rhetoric against marginalized communities. It highlights how resilient communities have fought to speak truth to power and refused to have their voices silenced and how public health practitioners can join such efforts. By reclaiming the narrative, communities and public health practitioners can reconcile the past and present and take agency in the future to promote health for all people.

Keynote speakers

Monica Raye Simpson, 20th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture
(view the recorded webcast, with discussant Caitlin Williams,
or the full opening session, with welcomes and audience Q-and-A)
Vann R. Newkirk II, MSPH, 6th Annual Victor J. Schoenbach Keynote Lecture
(view the recording)

Registration closed early because the conference was full! But you can view the recording of Monica Raye Simpson's William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture from the webcast or the full opening session (with welcomes and audience Q-and-A). Vann Newkirk's keynote lecture was recorded. (Mr. Newkirk also headlined the Conference on Race, Class, Gender and Ethnicity at the School of Law the following day.)

Co-chairs for the 39th Annual Minority Health Conference:
Melissa Luong, Masters Student, Health Behavior
Shikira Thomas, Doctoral Student, Health Behavior
Planning committee coordinator: Shynah James, Masters Student, Health Behavior

Here are several short videos from one of the breakout sessions: 50 seconds, 2 min., 30 sec.

Pre-conference kick-off event: An Evening with Byron Hurt
In line with the 2018 theme Reclaiming the Narrative, the Minority Health Conference hosted an in-depth look at food injustice and its impact on marginalized communities, with Byron Hurt, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer, professor, and recipient of CNN Best Documentary Award at the American Black Film Festival. Hurt's most recent documentary, Soul Food Junkies, took us on a fascinating historical and culinary journey exploring the soul food tradition and its ties to black cultural identity. The film delves into the positive and negative consequences of this culinary tradition. A moderated Q&A with Byron Hurt followed the screening.

Reception - 5:30 PM, Michael Hooker Research Center Atrium
Screening and Q&A Session - 6:00 PM, Joan Heckler Gillings Auditorium (133 Rosenau)





Recordings from the 38th Annual Minority Health Conference, 2017

Systems of Power: Recalling our Past, Restructuring our Future

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Presented February 24, 2017
at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
by the Minority Student Caucus of the
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Recordings available online:

Opening session of the 38th Annual Minority Health Conference including welcomes and remarks by Minority Health Conference co-chairs, Minority Student Caucus co-presidents, Chancellor Carol Folt, Dean Barbara Rimer, Interim Chief Diversity Officer Rumay Alexander, and the 19th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture by Chandra Ford

Webcast of the 19th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture by Chandra Ford

6th Annual Victor J. Schoenbach Keynote Lecture by Robert Fullilove

Closing Keynote Lecture by Amy Locklear Hertel (slides)

The workshop by Randolph Carter on Meditation as a Form of Empowerment is available as an audio file (begins with a minute of silence) plus slides.

The breakout session Why Place Matters: The Power of the Built Environment in Public Health (speakers Christina Chauvenet, MSc, MSPH, Charla J. Hodges, MPH, MCRP, and Tim Schwantes, MPH, MSW) is available as a video recording by the 38th MHC Communications Committee: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4 



More about the Annual Minority Health Conference (founded in 1977)

Watch the Annual Minority Health Conference Trailer (4 min)


Past keynote lectures from the Annual Minority Health Conference (archived webcasts) (all past webcasts)

History of the Minority Student Caucus and the Minority Health Conference

Minority Health Project home page   (in new window)

Minority Health Project home page on the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health website   (in new window)


Last updated: 1/28/2018, 2/22,23,24/2018, 10/19/2018, 11/6/2018 by Vic Schoenbach