MHC Planning Committee

MHC Co-Chairs
Develop a vision for the Minority Health Conference, which includes selection of a conference theme, selection of keynote speakers, and setting the objectives and timeline for each of the sub-committees and managing their progress throughout the planning process. Responsible for venue selection and management, monitoring conference logistics with NCIPH including registration, budget management, and keynote speaker travel and accommodations and communicating with all key stakeholders. Shikira Thomas and Melissa Luong

Shikira Thomas, Conference Co-Chair

Melissa Luong, Conference Co-Chair

Planning Committee Coordinator
Works with the conference Co-Chairs and other Committee Chairs to ensure that program materials are documented for year-to-year continuity, primarily through the organization and maintenance of the Sakai site. Additionally, the Coordinator works with the MHC Co-Chairs to keep meeting minutes and other organizational tasks related to the conference. Shynah James

Shynah James, Planning Coordinator

Minority Student Caucus Co-Presidents
The MSC mission is to collectively support, represent, encourage, and empower minority students, both domestic and international, in the SPH at the institutional, departmental, and community levels.

Caitlin Williams, Minority Student Caucus Co-President

Samuel Baxter, Minority Student Caucus Co-Chair

Samuel Baxter, Minority Student Caucus Co-President

Speakers Committee
Develops break-out session topics and identifies speakers for the sessions; serves as primary contact  for speakers in terms of communicating logistical information. Will work with NC Institute for Public Health to coordinate travel and lodging for out-of-town speakers. Christine Walsh and Michelle Huang 

Christine Walsh, Speakers Co-Chair

Michelle Huang, Speakers Co-Chair

Communication Committee
Develops promotional materials and conducts all marketing for the conference; coordinates communications about the conference, such as notices to listservs, calls for posters, registration reminders, and broadcast announcements. Daijah Davis and Casey Evans.

Casey Evans, Communications Co-Chair

Daijah Davis, Communications Co-Chair

Exhibitors Committee
Identifies groups, organizations, and companies that will exhibit materials at the Friday Center on the day of the conference; serves as primary contact for exhibitors in terms of communicating logistical information; responsible for exhibitors area set-up and break-down on day of conference. Varsha Subramanyam and Amanda Kotey

Varsha Subramanyam, Exhibitor Co-Chair

Amanda Kotey, Exhibitor Co-Chair

Posters Committee
Issues a call for abstracts for poster presentations; reviews and selects poster abstracts for presentation at conference; serves as primary contact for poster authors in terms of communicating logistical information; responsible for poster area set-up and break-down on day of conference. Blythe Rhodes and Meagan Meekins 

Blythe Rhodes, Posters Co-Chair

Meagan Meekins, Posters Co-Chair

At-Large Volunteer Coordinators
Manages day-of volunteers and tasks. Volunteers typically assist with registration and check-in, moderate break out sessions, provide information to attendees and invited speakers, and other duties as assigned. Cherese Beatty and Caroline Efird

Cherese Beatty, At-Large Volunteer Coordinator

Caroline Efird, At-Large Volunteer Coordinator

Fundraising Committee
Solicits donations and sponsorships for the conference, both within UNC (e.g. departments, schools and institutes) as well as from local and national foundations and corporations. Will coordinate efforts with MSC Treasurer and SPH Office of External Affairs. Michael Harley and Caitlin Williams

Michael Harley, Fundraising Co-Chair

Caitlin Williams, Fundraising Co-Chair


Broadcast Committee
Coordinates the web broadcast of the keynote speech and live Q&A session with speaker; will work with Vic Schoenbach and OJ McGhee. Committee members will spend the morning of the conference at the Friday Center and the afternoon at the Journalism School for the broadcast portion. Jordanne Briggs 

Jordanne Briggs, Webcast Chair

Evaluation Committee
Designs surveys and collects evaluation information from the planning committee throughout the planning process and from attendees and broadcast viewers on day of conference. Prepares summary evaluation report. Reana Thomas and Mikaela Freundlich

Reana Thomas, Evaluation Co-Chair

Mikaela Freundlich, Evaluation Co-Chair