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The 44th Annual Minority Health Conference was a success!

Thank you to our attendees, keynotes, breakout session speakers, poster presenters, sponsors, and everyone who helped make the conference possible.


44th Minority Health Conference Program


44th MHC Events Page


MHC Theme Announcement:

Practicing Health as a Human Right: Policy, Ethics, and the Law is the theme for the

2023 Minority Health Conference.




Dr. Cynthia R. Greenlee is a historian and journalist based in North Carolina. A former editor at Rewire.News, she is a noted expert on reproductive health, particularly abortion among Black and Southern Americans. Her journalistic work has appeared in publications as diverse as The Atlantic, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Vox, and others. She was the lead editor of “The Echoing Ida Collection,” (Feminist Press), an anthology of Black women and nonbinary writers exploring reproductive and social justice. Dr. Greenlee is a two-time UNC-Chapel Hill graduate, with bachelor’s degrees in international studies and history as well as a master’s in journalism and mass communication. She earned her PhD at Duke. She is also an alumna of the Morehead Scholars (now Morehead-Cain) program at UNC and a winner of a coveted James Beard Award, the highest honor in American food writing. 



Matiangai Sirleaf is the Nathan Patz Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law. She writes and teaches in the areas of global public health law, public international law, international human rights law, and researches the disproportionate distribution of highly infectious diseases and the role of international law in facilitating this result. Professor Sirleaf’s scholarly agenda is to make visible the extant hierarchies in international law and to remedy the inequities reflected in it. Professor Sirleaf has received a number of prestigious grants, awards, fellowships, and other honors. These include the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award (2019), the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics Health Law Scholar Selection (2019), the New York University Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award (2014) and a Fulbright Fellowship (2004). A graduate of Yale Law School, the University of Ghana Legon Center for International Affairs, and New York University College of Arts and Sciences, Professor Sirleaf has served in a number of attorney and fellow roles prior to entering academia.


About the Minority Health Conference

The Minority Health Conference is the largest and longest-running student-led health conference in the country. The conference aims to raise awareness around health disparities and mobilize students, academics, and community members to take action for change. Started in 1977 by the Minority Student Caucus, the conference is nationally recognized and respected, attracting more than 500 attendees each year and hundreds more who view it via webcast.

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Organized by the UNC Minority Student Caucus at the Gillings School of Global Public Health.