Planning Committee

The Minority Health Conference is a major undertaking led and organized by students and guided by a group of advisers.

Conference Co-Chairs

The co-presidents develop a vision for the Minority Health Conference, which includes selection of a conference theme, setting the objectives and timeline for each of the sub-committees, and managing their progress throughout the planning process. They are responsible for general conference management, monitoring logistics including registration, budget management, and communication with all key stakeholders.

Rakiah Anderson, Pasadena, California

MPH Candidate in Health Behavior, 2020

“I joined the Minority Health Conference to organize with students passionate about advancing equity and raising awareness on topics that directly impact minority communities.”

 

Ishani Patel, Arcadia, California

MPH Candidate in Health Behavior, 2020

“I joined the Minority Health Conference last year, looking for a community that was passionate and dedicated to addressing health inequities. I am committed to exploring health at the intersections, centering the voices of folks that are underrepresented, of communities who faces systematic barriers to accessing equitable resources. I am deeply honored to not only be a part of the leadership team this year, but also to be chairing the conference with Rakiah!”

Planning Committee Coordinators

They are responsible for all organizational elements of the Minority Health Conference and work closely with the Conference Co-Chairs and Committee Co-Chairs to ensure smooth operations and logistics. The Co-Coordinators oversee collaboration between all seven committees to ensure effective and efficient communication including taking meeting minutes, making sure each committee is on track, and sending out reminders/action items. The Planning Co-Coordinators also manage the website and assists with other logistical tasks such as coordinating meeting times, booking meeting spaces, and organizing MHC social events. They play an important role providing additional assistance to both Co-Chairs and the Committee Chairs throughout the planning process.

Donald Fejfar, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

BSPH Candidate in Biostatistics

Public Health, to me, is fundamentally rooted in social justice – the Minority Health Conference was an opportunity to pursue the goal of helping provide social justice via health, which really made it a no-brainer interest of mine. I began by serving on the Evaluations Committee last year, and it really gave me some insights into how to help make the conference even better and that and the great people I met working last year put me here today.”

 

Veronica Pham, Morrisville, North Carolina

MPH Candidate in Leadership in Practice, 2020

“I’m in the MPH@UNC pilot program and learned about MHC within days of the event but I couldn’t attend. Although I’m not a residential student, I want to help connect the university with those who are in executive or online programs especially as this conference is one of the leading ones that raise awareness of health disparities and connecting others who want to address them.”

Speakers Committee

The co-chairs oversee the work of the Speakers Committee which includes developing break-out session topics and identifying speakers for the conference breakout sessions. They arrange and organize all logistics pertaining to the creation of breakout sessions. The co-chairs work with the NC Institute for Public Health and committee members to coordinate interesting, engaging, and interactive sessions.

Ekiuwa Imariagbe, Queens, New York

MPH Candidate in Health Behavior, 2021

“I’ve always had an interest in planning and programming and wanted to do so on a larger platform within the context of public health. I also wanted to be part of an event that highlighted issues that may not receive as much attention, or not be an idealistic ‘conversation starter’. I was passionate about sharing stories and encouraging dialogue around the intersectionality of health and wellness, and how it impacts communities differently.”

Lauren Frey, Raleigh, North Carolina

MPH Candidate in Health Behavior, 2020

I was excited to be involved with a conference that was student-run and entirely focused on the health of marginalized communities.”

Communication Committee

The co-chairs manage the work of the Communication Committee which includes developing and marketing promotional materials for the Conference (e.g. flyers, email blasts, etc.). They craft standard language and
coordinate all communications about the conference, such as notices to listservs, calls for posters, registration reminders, and webcast announcements.  They also brainstorm, organize, and implement advertising campaigns for social media accounts and communications with both on-campus and community organizations. This committee also manages the graphic designer and has creative control over the graphics and look/feel of conference materials.

Maura Drewry, Greensboro, North Carolina

MPH Candidate in Health Behavior, 2020

I got involved in the MHC because I believe the conference plays a meaningful role in raising awareness around health disparities and inspiring our community towards change.”

 

Emily Newman, Charlotte, North Carolina

MPH Candidate in Health Behavior, 2020

I didn’t get a chance to get involved in planning last year’s event, but I did get to attend and I was blown away by all the amazing work my fellow students had done! I was immediately inspired to get involved this year and am excited about aligning my potential career interests with the communication work I am co-chairing this year.”

Exhibitors Committee Co-Chairs

The co-chairs work with their committee to identify groups, organizations, and companies that match the conference theme that will exhibit materials on the day of the conference. The co-chairs also serve as the primary contact for exhibitors in terms of communicating logistical information.

 

Sophia Lind, Ithaca, New York

MPH Candidate in Nutrition, 2020

I got involved in the MHC because I believe the conference plays a meaningful role in raising awareness around health disparities and inspiring our community towards change.

Adrienne Lloyd, Houston, Texas

MPH Candidate in Health Behavior, 2020

“I am involved with MHC to be a part of work that centers minority voices. The MHC creates a critical space to convene students, practitioners, and academic leaders in one place to learn from one another and mobilize critical intersectional work around health disparities.

 

 

 

 

Posters Committee

The co-chairs oversee the Poster Committee with responsibilities such as issuing a call for abstracts for poster presentations,
reviewing and selecting poster abstracts for presentation at conference, and serving as the primary
contact for poster authors in terms of communicating logistical information.

Paige Logan, Garden City, New York

MPH Candidate in Health Behavior, 2020

To collaborate with peers, raise awareness about important health issues, and promote health equity

 

 

Maggie Moakley, Cary, North Carolina

MPH Candidate in Health Behavior, 2020

I got involved with MHC because I was impressed by the success and size of a student-run conference and I wanted to participate in such a unique experience here at UNC. Last year, I enjoyed seeing all of the research and work being done to advocate for and improve the health of minorities, it is such an amazing day of learning.

Fundraising Committee Co-Chairs

The co-chairs organize the duties of Fundraising Committee which solicits donations and sponsorships, both within UNC (e.g. departments, schools and institutes) as well as from local and national foundations and corporations in order to cover the cost of the Conference. They devise a plan that allows for potential donors to be solicited in timely manner, assigns tasks to committee members in order to maximize number of solicitations, and researches and identifies new potential donors (i.e. individuals, organizations,
departments, schools, etc.).

Bria Berry, Jacksonville, North Carolina

MPH Candidate in Health Behavior, 2020

I got involved in the MHC because of its reputation within Gillings and UNC, and it was student-led.

 

 

Emily Dake, Asheville, North Carolina

MPH Candidate in Health Behavior, 2020

I am excited to apply my decade of fundraising and development experience to advance equity in the field of Public Health.

Evaluation Committee

The Evaluation committee designs, sends out, collects, compiles, and synthesizes evaluation information from attendees on the day of conference, planning committee members, speakers, poster presenters, etc. They conduct interviews with key stakeholders to evaluate the processes and outcomes of the Minority Health Conference and generate an evaluation product for the use of next year’s conference Planning Committee. Most of the committee’s work happens just before and after the conference.

Kathryn Carpenter, Anchorage, Alaska

MPH Candidate in Health Behavior, 2020

“The 2019 conference was my first involvement, as a Communications Committee members. Even though I didn’t know that much about the conference, I joined because I’d heard of the reach and meaningful impact that the conference had.

 

Allyson “Ally” Corbo, Outer Banks, North Carolina

MPH Candidate in Health Behavior, 2020

“I’m very passionate about health equity and am committed to doing my part in promoting the health and wellbeing of historically underserved and/or marginalized groups. I’m also dedicated to doing what I can to help dismantle systems of oppression, and the MHC has historically been a great space where people can come together to help come up with solutions to these systemic issues. I hope that the MHC will continue to do this, and I’m excited to help make the conference be the best that it can be and reach as many communities as possible.