Keynote Lecture By LaTosha Brown

Moderator: Laura Dugom, MPH Candidate

From the 41st Annual Minority Health Conference: Truth to Power: Exercising Political Voice to Achieve Health Equity

February 28th, 2020

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About The Presenter:

LaTosha Brown is an award-winning organizer, philanthropic consultant, political strategist and jazz singer with over twenty years of experience working in the non-profit and philanthropy sectors on a wide variety of issues related to political empowerment, social justice, economic development, leadership development, wealth creation and civil rights. She is the co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund, a power building southern-based civic engagement organization that played an instrumental role in the 2017 Alabama U.S. Senate race. Ms. Brown is principal owner of TruthSpeaks Consulting, Inc., a philanthropy advisory consulting firm in Atlanta, GA. For more than 25 years, she has served as a consultant and advisor for individual donors, government, public foundations and private donors. Throughout her career, Ms. Brown has distinguished herself as a trusted expert and resource in political strategy, rural development and special programming for a number of national and regional philanthropies. She is the founding project director of Grantmakers for Southern Progress.

About the Moderator:

Laura Dugom is an MPH Candidate at the Gillings School of Global Public Health earning a concentration in Leadership in Practice. She graduated from Meredith College in 2016 earning a degree in Biology, but Laura’s undergraduate research in maternal and child health as well as several internships motivated her to pursue a graduate degree in public health.

Laura currently works at the Duke Clinical Research Institute in stakeholder engagement, patient advocacy in clinical research, and trial management. Laura is pursuing research projects focused on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and health literacy in the aging population as it relates to clinical trials. After graduation in May, she plans to continue to translate the skills she learned at Gillings into her career. She is also a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and will contribute as a genomics abstract reviewer for 2020. Laura is excited about where her MPH from Gillings will take her after graduation, but she says she is even more excited to work alongside all of the innovative thinkers at the MHC and the organizations they represent.


UCLA Fielding Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice, and Health
Brown School of Public Health

Virginia Department of Health


Old Well Sponsor ($10,000 +)

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Bell Tower Sponsor ($5,000 – $9,999)


Carolina Sponsor ($2,000 to $4,999)

Blue Cross Blue Shield NC
Graduate and Professional Student Federation
UNC Health Care
Adams School of Dentistry

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