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40th Annual Minority Health Conference

February 22


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.

This year’s theme is Advocacy for Change: Celebrating Past Successes and Planning for the Future.

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What connects civil rights gains, women’s suffrage, marriage equality and the rise of progressive candidates? The answer is timing and advocacy – persistent advocates taking on the opposition and strategically responding to the greatest challenges of our time.

Advocacy is an integral aspect of social change. This year’s conference theme celebrates how advocacy efforts are instrumental in advancing the health of minorities and people of color. The theme honors activist history and provides a forum through which communities can engage with advocacy efforts moving forward.

Public health is the connecting thread in these movements for social change. We make an impact by showing that well-being is indicative of social determinants related to gender, race and ethnicity, wealth and class

Today’s political landscape presents the opportunity – and indeed, the demand – for strategic and expert dialogue about the needs of minority communities. This anniversary gathering will center around advocacy and movement building. The conference will provide attendees with information, skills and tools that can empower them to become advocates for causes that they are passionate about.

The Gillings School is committed to an inclusive and welcoming environment for all people, which includes a free speech forum for a range of ideas and open debate. However, the School does not endorse the sentiments, beliefs, activities or statements expressed by participating speakers.

As a public institution the University must follow the First Amendment and may not prohibit speakers from coming to campus based on their content or opinion.


February 22
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