20th National Health Equity Research Webcast

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The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Office Of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, and American Indian Center come together for the 20th annual National Health Equity Research Webcast. The broadcast is an interactive, live-streamed symposium that explores the intersection of health, policy, and diversity through expert panel discussions and a question-and-answer segment. The topic for the 2014 year’s webcast “The School-to-Prison Pipeline: from Perceptions to Solutions” was designed to advance dialogue and research on the local and national impact of the issue. “School to Prison Pipeline” refers to multiple policies and practices enacted within schools such as “zero tolerance”, suspensions and expulsions, school based arrests, disciplinary alternative schools, juvenile detentions and criminal justice procedures for minor infractions.

2014 Archived Webcast

Speakers for the 2014 Webcast

 The “School to Prison Pipeline” broadcast featured three short presentations followed by an extended question-and-answer session with the studio and remote audiences.

Anthony A. Peguero

Anthony A. Peguero

Anthony A. Peguero is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and research affiliate of the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention at Virginia Tech. His research interests involve youth violence, socialization and marginalization, schools, and the adaptation of the children immigrants. He serves as a consultant on the Cartoon Network’s campaign against bullying, and the editorial board for the journal of Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Journal of Criminal Justice, and Sociology Compass, Crime and Deviance Section. He is also a National Institute Justice W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow, 2014 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Tory J. Caeti Outstanding Young Scholar Award Winner, 2013 American Society of Criminology Coramae Richey Mann Award Winner, and member of the Racial Democracy, Crime, and Justice Network which holds the dual goals of advancing research on the intersection of race, crime and justice and of promoting racial democracy within the study of these issues by supporting junior scholars from under-represented groups.



Melina Healey

Melina Angelos Healey is a lawyer who has represented youth and adults in criminal cases and civil rights matters at several indigent legal services organizations and public defender offices. She started her career helping young people caught at the beginning of the school-to-prison pipeline.  She served for several years as the education advocate for the Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Practice, where her clients were youth, primarily children of color, from low-income families who experienced school push-out, inadequate special education services, and involvement with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.  Having witnessed the devastating consequences of the pipeline first hand, she went on to research the ways in which this phenomenon plays out in rural communities, and in particular on American Indian reservations in Montana.  She is a graduate of New York University School of Law, where she was Executive Editor of Review of Law and Social Change and received the NYU Public Interest Pro-Bono Award.


Gary Flowers

Gary Flowers

Gary Flowers, CEO of Gary Flowers and Associates has been on the front line of American civil rights and public policy formation since 1989, having been trained at the historic law firm of Hill, Tucker & Marsh in Richmond, VA. Throughout his career, Mr. Flowers has influenced the public policy landscape on a state, national, and international stage through policy formation and direct action, Mr. Flowers has served as Special Assistant in the Cabinet of Virginia Governor Lawrence Douglas Wilder; the youngest state bar Executive Director in the nation; Public Policy Analyst as the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, DC; Teaching Fellow in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; deputy Chair of the 2004 Democratic National Convention Committee in Boston, MA; and Vice President for Public Policy for Reverend Jesse L. Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Most recently, Mr. Flowers served as the Executive Director and CEO of the Black Leadership Forum, Inc., based in Washington, DC.


Christopher Hill

Moderator: Christopher Hill

Christopher Hill serves as the Director, Education & Law Project at the North Carolina Justice Center (NCJC). Before joining the NCJC, was the State Strategies Coordinator with the ACLU Capital Punishment Project.  While at the ACLU, Chris engaged in public education and legislative advocacy.  Chris has also worked as a Supervising Attorney for Legal Services of New Jersey, where he sought to remove legal barriers impeding prisoners’ successful re-entry back into society.  In addition to extensive litigation experience, Chris has spent a great deal of his legal career, including his time as a National Association for Public Interest Law (now Equal Justice Works) Equal Justice Fellow, conducting outreach to educate the community about legal issues. Chris is excited about moderating this thought provoking discussion and brings a wealth of knowledge on the impact of restorative justice and disproportionate impact of suspensions of students from under-represented groups in North Carolina. Chris received his B.A. and his J.D. from Rutgers University.

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20th National Health Equity Webcast                               Credits and Acknowledgements
Abstracts and Slides Additional Resources
Sponsorships and Endorsements 2014 Planning Committee


Webcast and Archive

Did you know that the National Health Equity Research Webcast was formerly known as the Annual Summer Public Health Research Institute and Videoconference on Minority Health? Read about the rich history of NHERW and its growth in the last 20 years in the “Archives”

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An interview with Minority Health Project co-director Bill Jenkins Epidemiologist, Institute of African American Research, UNC) – (WCOM-FM, 103.5) – Click here. Also hear Jenkins opening session speech at the Opening General Session of the American Public Health Association’s 138th Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. (Part 1 and Part 2)