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38th Annual Minority Health Conference
Systems of Power: Recalling Our Past, Restructuring Our Future
Friday, February 24, 2017
William and Ida Friday Center, Chapel Hill

Chandra Ford

19th Annual William T. Small Jr. Keynote

Dr. Chandra Ford is Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She earned her doctorate in Health Behavior with a minor in Epidemiology from the Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina. Prior to joining UCLA, she completed postdoctoral fellowships in Social Medicine at the University of North Carolina and Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, where she was a W. K. Kellogg Foundation Kellogg Health Scholar. The overarching aims of Dr. Ford’s research are to: (1) explain specific ways societal inequalities (e.g., discrimination) limit access to public health resources (e.g., public health clinics) or contribute to high rates of disease (i.e., disparities) among socially marginalized populations; and, (2) to enhance the conceptual and methodological tools used to produce knowledge about the links between societal inequalities and health disparities. Particular areas of expertise include the social determinants of HIV/AIDS disparities, the Public Health Critical Race Praxis/Critical Race Theory, access to care, and health disparities affecting three key populations: racial/ethnic minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons; and, older adults. Her work has been published in AIDS & Behavior, the American Journal of Public Health, the Annals of Epidemiology, Ethnicity & Disease, The Gerontologist, Social Science & Medicine, and other refereed journals. She has received a number of honors. Currently, she is a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Community-based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in the United States.

Robert Fullilove6th Annual Victor J. Schoenbach Keynote

Robert E. Fullilove, EdD is the Associate Dean for Community and Minority Affairs, Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences and the co-director of the Cities Research Group. Dr Fullilove has authored numerous articles in the area of minority health. From 1995 to 2001, he served on the Board of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) at the National Academy of Sciences. Since 1996, he has served on five IOM study committees that have produced reports on a variety of topics including substance abuse and addiction, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and damp indoor spaces and health. In 2003 he was designated a National Associate of the National Academies of Science. In 1998 he was appointed to the Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention (ACHSP) at the Centers for Disease Control, and in July, 2000, he became the committee’s co-chair. Finally, between 2004-2007, he served on the National Advisory Council for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health [NIH]. Since 2010, he has been teaching public health courses in six New York State prisons that are part of the Bard College Prison Initiative (BPI) and serves as the Senior Advisor to BPI’s public health program. Dr Fullilove serves on the editorial boards of the journals Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and the Journal of Public Health Policy. He has been awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award at the Mailman School of Public Health three times (in 1995, 2001, and 2013), and in May, 2002, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Bank Street College of Education.


Thank you so much to everyone who attended the 37th Annual Minority Health Conference! The conference was unprecedented with over 750 in-person attendees and 1,350 webcast viewers. We are overwhelmed by all the support and excitement around this year’s theme.You can view both Keynote Lectures here and see the full conference program here.



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