Past Conference Titles/Themes, Keynote Lecturers, and Co-chairs
1st Annual Minority Health Conference
Perspectives on the Health of the Black Populations
Floyd McKissick, J.D.
President, Soul City Company
Soul City, North Carolina
2nd Annual Minority Health Conference
Health Policy Impacts: On and By Minority Peoples
John L.S. Holloman, M.D.
Past President, NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation
New York, New York
3rd Annual Minority Health Conference
Reaching Minorities Where They Are: A Challenge to Health Professionals
Bailus Walker, Jr., Ph.D.
Administrator, Environmental Health Administration
Government of the District of Columbia
4th Annual Minority Health Conference
The Deprivation of Life: Death and Disease in Minority Communities
E. Frank Ellis, M.D., M.P.H.
Regional Health Administrator, DHHS, Region V
5th Annual Minority Health Conference
Dying for a Job: Health Status of Minorities in the Workplace
George L. Lythcott, M.D.
Special Assistant to the Surgeon General
U.S. Public Health Service, DHHS
6th Annual Minority Health Conference
The Minority Elderly ó We're Still Here
Theodore R. Sherrod, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pharmacology
University of Illinois at Chicago
7th Annual Minority Health Conference
Quality Health Care: A Birthright?
Clay E. Simpson, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Disadvantaged Assistance
Bureau of Health Professionals, Health Resources and Services Administration
8th Annual Minority Health Conference
Fact vs Fiction: Crisis In the Workplace
Aileen T. Compton, Ph.D.
Manager, Health Safety and Environmental Affairs,
Research and Development
Smith Kline and French Laboratories, Philadelphia, PA
9th Annual Minority Health Conference
Current Issues In International Health Care Practice
John W. Hatch, Dr.P.H.
Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education
School of Public Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
10th Annual Minority Health Conference
Policy Implications for Improving Health In Minority Communities
Charles Cook, M.D.
Former Chief, Adult Health Section
NC Department of Human Resources
Raleigh, North Carolina
11th Annual Minority Health Conference
Healthy Lifestyles: Preserving the Publicís Health
Jesse F. Williams, M.D.
Director, Cumberland County Health Department
Fayetteville, North Carolina
12th Annual Minority Health Conference
Improving Minority Health Status: A Public Health Challenge
Iris Shannon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Rush College of Nursing
St. Lukes Medical Center
13th Annual Minority Health Conference
Innovative Approaches to Minority Health Issues
Ronald Ferguson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Public Policy
The Kennedy School of Government
Conference chair: Lisa Friend
14th Annual Minority Health Conference
Beyond the Rhetoric: Developing Solutions to Minority
Deborah L. Coates, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Healthier Babies
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
White Plains, New York
Conference chair: Laurie Elam Evans
15th Annual Minority Health Conference
Operation Prevention: Mobilizing Community Action
Spencer Holland, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Educating African-American Males
Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
16th Annual Minority Health Conference
Youth and Families of Color: Whatís Going On?
Linda A. Randolph, M.D., M.P.H.
Clinical Professor, Department of Community Medicine
Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
17th Annual Minority Health Conference
Healthy People of Color 2000: Are We On Track?
David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
18th Annual Minority Health Conference
Healthy People of Color 2000: Intervention Strategies
Byllye Avery, M.Ed.
Founder and Past President, National Black Womenís Health Project
Presidentís Commission on Teen Pregnancy
Past President, American Public Health Association
Conference chair: Howard Straker
19th Annual Minority Health Conference
Communities of Color Fighting Back: Our Role in the Cancer Crisis
Gerald Durley, Ed.D., M.Div.
Director, Health Promotion Research Center
Morehouse School of Medicine
Conference chair: Lumbé Davis
20th Annual Minority Health Conference
The Many Faces of Violence: Strategies for Prevention in the New Millennium
W. Rodney Hammond, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Violence Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Conference co-chair: Sohini Sengupta and Matthew Garvin
21st Annual Minority Health Conference
Raising Resilient Children: How Communities of Color Respond
to the Challenge
1st Annual William T. Small, Jr., Keynote Lecture was given by
Stephen B. Thomas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Community Health
Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education
Director, Institute for Minority Health Research
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta GA
Conference chair: Rashmi Agarwal
22nd Annual Minority Health Conference
Public Health 2000: Reflections on the Past, Directions for
2nd Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture was given by
Keith A. Wailoo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Departments of History and Social Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Conference chair: Lisa Pullen
23rd Annual Minority Health Conference
Race, Class, and Environment:† The State of Minority Health
Chair, National Environmental Justice Advisory Council to the
EPA & Coordinator, Southwest Network.
Conference chair: Melissa Green
24th Annual Minority Health Conference
Social Determinants of Health: Assembling Pieces of the Puzzle
Sherman A. James, Ph.D.
John P. Kirscht Collegiate Professor of Public Health and Chair
Department of Health Behavior and Health Education
University of Michigan.
Conference co-chairs: Shelley Francis and Maceo Thomas
25th Annual Minority Health Conference
Evolution of Health Policy: Influences, Interpretations and
5th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture was given by
Camara P. Jones, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Director on Social Determinants of Health at the National Center
for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion of the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention
Conference co-chairs: Kacey Hanson and Angela Thrasher
6th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture, Sorting Out the Connections Between the Built Environment and Health: A Conceptual Framework for Navigating Pathways and Planning Healthy Cities was given by
Mary E. Northridge, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, and Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Public Health
[In 2004 a snowstorm closed UNC, forcing cancellation of the conference; the William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture was presented via webcast at a later date.]
Conference co-chairs: Marisa Guptarak and Danielle Spurlock
26th Annual Minority Health Conference
Health and the Built Environment:
The Effects of Where We Live, Work and Play
7th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture was given by
Henry Lewis Taylor, Jr., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
School of Architecture and Planning, and Director, Center for Urban Studies, University at Buffalo, New York
Conference co-chairs: Christopher Heaney and Danielle Spurlock
27th Annual Minority Health Conference
Community-Based Research and Practice:
How Do We Make it Work for Everyone?
8th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture was given by
Meredith Minkler, Dr.P.H.
Professor, Health and Social Behavior, School of Public Health,
University of California at Berkeley
Conference co-chairs: Christopher Heaney and Aisha Moore
28th Annual Minority Health Conference
AIDS at 25: Itís Time to Deliver
9th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture was given by
David Malebranche, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine
Conference co-chairs: Nancy DeSousa and LaToya White
29th Annual Minority Health Conference
The Impact of Poverty, Culture, and Environment on Minority Health
10th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture was given by
Nancy Krieger, M.S., Ph.D.
Professor of Society, Human Development, and Health
Harvard School of Public Health
Conference co-chairs: Janelle Armstrong-Brown abd Eboni Taylor
30th Annual Minority Health Conference
Our World, Our Community: Building Bridges for Health Equality
11th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture was given by
Barbara C. Wallace, Ph.D.
Professor of Health Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
Conference co-chairs: Stephanie Baker and Kevin Wu
31st Annual Minority Health Conference
Building Community in the Age of Information: Fighting Health Inequality in the Modern World
12th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture was given by
Robert E. Fullilove, Ed.D.
Associate Dean for Community and Minority Affairs
and Professor of Sociomedical Sciences
Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University
Conference co-chairs: Aprajita Anand and Emily Brostek
32nd Annual Minority Health Conference
The Promise of Health Equity: Advancing the Discussion to Eliminate Disparities in the 21st Century
13th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture was given by
Bonnie M. Duran, Dr.P.H.
Associate Professor, Health Services,
University of Washington School of Public Health
Conference co-chairs: Kristin Black and Paul Gilbert
33rd Annual Minority Health Conference
Translational Research: The Road from Efficacy to Equity
14th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture was given by
Ana V. Diez-Roux, MD, PhD, MPH
Professor, Epidemiology; Director, Center for Integrative Approaches to Health Disparities; Director, Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
1st Annual Victor J. Schoenbach Keynote Lecture was given by
Nina Wallerstein, Dr.P.H.
Professor and Director, Center for Participatory Research, University of New Mexico Public Health Program; Visiting Professor, San Francisco State University
Conference co-chairs: Turquoise Griffith and Kea Turner
34th Annual Minority Health Conference
Constructing the Foundation for Health Equity
15th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture was given by
Brian D. Smedley, Ph.D.
Vice President and Director of the Health Policy Institute, Center for Political and Economic Studies
2nd Annual Victor J. Schoenbach Keynote Lecture was given by
Leandris C. Liburd, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A.
Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Conferencce co-chairs: Adrienne Gill and Chassidy Hanley
35th Annual Minority Health Conference
Innovative Approaches to Youth Health: Engaging Youth in Creating Healthy Communities
16th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture was given by
Gail C. Christopher, D.N.
Vice President of Program Strategy, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
3rd Annual Victor J. Schoenbach Keynote Lecture was given by
Michael Yonas, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.
Director of Research, Evaluation and Engagement at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services
Conference co-chairs: Charla Hodges and Maryka Lier
36th Annual Minority Health Conference
Reaching for the American Dream: Economic Mobility and Minority Health
17th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture was given by
William A. ("Sandy") Darity, Jr., Ph.D.
Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics; director of the Duke Consortium on Social Equity; founding director of the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality at Duke University
[In 2015 a snowstorm closed UNC until 1:00pm, forcing cancellation of the conference except for the William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture, which was presented live via webcast when UNC reopened in the afternoon.]
Conferencce co-chairs: May Chen and Eleva Rivera
37th Annual Minority Health Conference
In Solidarity: The Role of Public Health in Social Justice
18th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture was given by
Dr. Crystallee Crain
Member, Alameda County Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Commission and the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE)
5th Annual Victor J. Schoenbach Keynote Lecture was given by
Miriam Zoila Pérez
Conference co-chairs: Anna Dardick and Giuliana Morales
38th Annual Minority Health Conference
Systems of Power: Recalling Our Past, Restructuring Our Future
19th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture was given by
Chandra L. Ford, M.L.I.S., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
6th Annual Victor J. Schoenbach Keynote Lecture was given by
Robert E. Fullilove, Ed.D.
Associate Dean for Community and Minority Affairs, Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences, and co-director of the Cities Research Group
1st Annual Closing Keynote Lecture was given by
Amy Locklear Hertel, M.S.W.,J.D.
Director, UNC American Indian Center and Clinical Assistant Professor, UNC School of Social Work. Dr. Hertel is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and a descendant of the Coharie Indian Tribe.
Conferencce co-chairs: Jani Radhakrishnan and Marisa Martini