This year the conference will celebrate its 38th year on February 24, 2017 at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The 2017 theme is “Systems of Power: Recalling Our Past, Restructuring Our Future”. As our nation faces crucial conversations about race and justice, we want to explore power’s role in public health. Our conference will approach “power” as not solely good or bad, but rather, define power by who has it, what people choose to do with it, and the systems and structures that influence those decisions. In addition, our theme acknowledges the impact that history has had on the health of historically marginalized and oppressed groups and encourages a call to action!

Get ready for the most interdisciplinary Minority Health Conference yet! Here are our breakout session themes:

  • The transformative power of the people (i.e. activism, Black Lives Matter, community organizing)
  • The power of place and space (i.e. housing, transportation, community, urban planning)
  • The power of history (i.e. local historic race dynamics, oral storytelling)
  • The power of the creativity (i.e. arts, music, literature, media)
  • The power of mindfulness
  • The power of borders (i.e. immigration, displaced peoples, refugee crisis)
  • The power in practice (i.e. healthcare, public health practice, medicine, social work, or other direct practice)
  • The power of resources (i.e. income, wealth, capital, real property, institutions)
  • The power of numbers (i.e. data, research, representation)
  • The power of policy (i.e. public policy, law, criminal justice, education, politicians)