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. Jani Radhakrishnan and Marisa Martini

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Jani Radhakrishnan, Conference Co-Chair

Jani Radhakrishnan, Conference Co-Chair

Marisa Martini, Conference Co-Chair

Marisa Martini, 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. Kyle Nisbeth

Kyle Nisbeth, Planning Committee Coordinator

Kyle Nisbeth, Planning Committee 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.

April Aviles, Minority Student Caucus Co-Chair

April Aviles, 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. Caitlin Nelligan and Meredith Burns

Caitlin Nelligan, Speakers Committee Co-Chair

Caitlin Nelligan, Speakers Committee Co-Chair

Meredith Burns, Speakers Committee Co-Chair

Meredith Burns, Speakers Committee 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. Deanna Puglia and Melissa Luong

Deanna Puglia, Communications Committee Co-Chair

Deanna Puglia, Communications Committee Co-Chair

Melissa Luong, Communications Committee Co-Chair

Melissa Luong, Communications Committee 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. Julie Sundermann and Gar Yeung

Julie Sundermann, Exhibitors Committee Co-Chair

Julie Sundermann, Exhibitors Committee Co-Chair

Gar Yeung, Exhibitors Committee Co-Chair

Gar Yeung, Exhibitors Committee 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. Ida Griesemer and Kaitlyn Brodar

Ida Griesemer, Posters Committee Co-Chair

Ida Griesemer, Posters Committee Co-Chair

Kaitlyn Brodar, Posters Committee Co-Chair

Kaitlyn Brodar, Posters Committee 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. Alexis Hoyt and Nithi Suresh

Alexis Hoyt, At-Large Volunteer Coordinator

Alexis Hoyt, At-Large Volunteer Coordinator

Nithi Suresh, At-Large Volunteer Coordinator

Nithi Suresh, 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. Sahana Raghunathan (not pictured)


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. Jazra Standley and Shekinah Fashaw

Jazra Standley, Webcast Co-Chair

Jazra Standley, Webcast Co-Chair

Shekinah Fashaw, Webcast Committee Co-Chair

Shekinah Fashaw, Webcast Committee Co-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. Shelia Patel and Venita Embry

Sheila Patel, Evaluation Committee Co-Chair

Sheila Patel, Evaluation Committee Co-Chair

Venita Embry, Evaluation Committee Co-Chair

Venita Embry, Evaluation Committee Co-Chair