The Minority Health Conference is the largest and longest running student-led health conference in the country. The conference aims to raise awareness around health disparities and mobilize students, academics, and community members to take action for change. Started in 1977 by the Minority Student Caucus, the conference is nationally recognized and respected, attracting more than 500 attendees each year and hundreds more who view it via webcast. The 2016 conference was unprecedented with 615 participants, 31 speakers, 36 companies represented at the exhibit tables, and 1,350 webcast viewers.
Planning and implementation of the conference are led by the Caucus, which designates the Conference Co-chairs each year. The Planning Committee includes student volunteers and representatives of the sponsoring organizations (the Caucus, the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Dean’s Office and Office of Student Affairs, NC Institute of Public Health, Minority Health Project).