41st Annual Minority Health Conference
Truth to Power
Friday, February 28, 2020
William and Ida Friday Center, Chapel Hill

This year’s theme is Truth to Power: Exercising Political Voice to Achieve Health Equity.  Truth to Power recognizes a critical need for a more just and truthful world to improve our society. Historically, the courageous voices of people with less access to power have fueled movement-making and actions to disrupt resistive power structures. This year’s conference will focus on the tools and approaches we need to uplift marginalized voices, embolden effective leadership, and create policy that is community-driven and grounded in equity.


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Press Release from the 41st Annual Conference Co-Chairs

Celebrating the 41st Anniversary of the Minority Health Conference:
Truth to Power

The UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Minority Health Conference, the largest and longest-running student-led health conference in the country, aims to raise awareness around minority health and mobilize students, academics, and community members to take action for change. Established in 1977 by the Minority Student Caucus, the conference is nationally recognized and respected, attracting more than 600 attendees each year and hundreds more who view it via webcast.

We are excited to announce that this year’s theme is  Truth to Power: Exercising Political Voice to Achieve Health Equity.

Truth to Power recognizes a critical need for a more just and truthful world to improve our society. Historically, the courageous voices of people with less access to power have fueled movement-making and actions to disrupt resistive power structures. This year’s conference will focus on the tools and approaches we need to uplift marginalized voices, embolden effective leadership, and create policy that is community-driven and grounded in equity.

Health is undoubtedly shaped by the conditions that we live in, and these conditions are constructed by the policies and institutions that write, enact, uphold, and govern them. We live in a time when our society is exhaustively polarized, political ideologies are divisive, and elections can have generation-defining outcomes. These outcomes disproportionately affect people of color and other communities, widening existing health inequities.

This conference seeks to critically examine the structural barriers that reinforce inequities and exclude the multi-faceted experiences of marginalized voices in the policy process. Truth to Power emboldens everyday citizens to hold decision-makers accountable to addressing the impact of discrimination, bias, and stressors that deepen societal fragmentations leading to differences in health outcomes.

The health and well-being of our communities has always depended on constructive and continued engagement with our political system. Fundamental to this process are decision-makers who authentically incorporate the voices of community members and who recognize community engagement, social integration, and political access as crucial determinants of health. Truth-telling – and, for many, truth hearing – need to be central to our decision-making process. As we move into a critical election year, this conference should ignite dialogue and encourage strategic action towards a more equity and community-centered approach in shaping our policy process.

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At the Gillings School of Global Public Health, community is at the heart of what we do, lifting voices to accelerate change. The Minority Student Caucus was founded to raise the voices of black students and to impact policies at the School of Public Health.

Nearly every year since 1977, we have convened hundreds of community members, professionals and students to explore a diverse range of topics that have an impact on minority health. Together, we connect multidisciplinary champions working at the local, regional, national and global levels – and inform communities everywhere.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference on Friday, February 28, 2020, at the William and Ida Friday Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina!

Sincerely,

Rakiah Anderson
Department of Health Behavior
Chair
Minority Health Conference

 

Ishani Patel
Department of Maternal and Child Health
Chair
Minority Health Conference

 

41st Annual Minority Health Conference Agenda
February 28, 2020

*schedule subject to change

7:30 – 9:00 am Check-in
9:00 – 9:30 am Welcoming Remarks
9:30 – 10:45 am Introduction and William Small Jr. Keynote
10:45 – 11:15 am Exhibitors/Posters {Break}
11:15 am – 12:15 pm Morning Breakout Sessions
12:15 – 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 – 1:45 pm Exhibitors/Posters {Networking}
1:45 – 3:00 pm Introduction and Victor Schoenbauch Keynote
3:00 – 3:30 pm Exhibitors/Posters {Break}
3:30 – 4:30 pm Afternoon Breakout Sessions
4:30 – 5:00 pm Closing Remarks and Cake

 

 

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