Mary E. Northridge, Ph.D., M.P.H., 6th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecturer - 26th Annual Minority Health Conference, Feb 27, 2004
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Nurse Leader interviews UNC School of Nursing Director of Multicultural Affairs Rumay Alexander
Congratulations to Dr. Rumay Alexander and to Nurse Leader on an engaging, insightful, and beautifully illustrated interview. "There were many times I was the first or the only female, first with an earned doctorate in the workplace, youngest, only nurse or only black person, and as I sat in board rooms, governor's and legislator's conference tables, where life-altering decisions were being made about the nation's health, I could not help but notice that I was the only provider of color in the room. It grieved my soul, and what became evident is that it was on me and others like me to articulate the conspiring of circumstances that perpetuated such occurrences.". (Posted 6/7/2012)
Exhibit Encourages African-American Families to Preserve Their History
An exhibit in the Wilson Special Collections Library will tell the stories of black families and communities in the South, and will encourage African American families to partner with the Library in preserving their family history. Southern Roots, Enduring Bonds: African American Families will be on view in the Southern Historical Collection (4th floor) March 20 through July 1, 2012. It will mark the launch of the African American Family Documentation Initiative in the southern Historical Collection (SHC). (Posted 3/2/2012)
American Indian Center selects UNC alumna, Fayetteville native as director
Amy Locklear Hertel, of the Lumbee and Coharie tribes of North Carolina, will become director of the American Indian Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on May 1. (Posted 2/6/2012)
Taffye Benson Clayton named UNC vice provost for diversity and multicultural affairs
Carolina alumna Taffye Benson Clayton will become UNC's vice provost for diversity and multicultural affairs beginning Feb. 1. Since 2009, Clayton has been East Carolina University's associate provost for equity, diversity and community relations and chief diversity officer. (Posted 2/6/2012)
Eugenia (Geni) Eng has been recognized with the ASPH/Pfizer award for excellence
Professor Eugenia (Geni) Eng will accept the award for Excellence in Academic Public Health Practice at an ASPH reception and awards ceremony at 5:00-7:30pm on October 29, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. In 2008 Dr. Eng received the Tom Bruce Award from the community-based public health caucus of the American Public Health Association. (Posted 10/7/2011)
Krista Perreira wins the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty
Associate Professor of Public Policy Krista Perreira was one of four UNC junior tenure-track / recently tenured faculty selected this year to recognize their outstanding work and achievements. Dr. Perreira will receive her award and present a public lecture on April 12, 2011 in the University Room at Hyde Hall, at 2:00pm. (Posted 4/11/2011)
Paul Godley MD, PhD, Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Dr. Godley, director of the UNC Program on Ethnicity and Health Outcomes (ECHO), is now the principal leader in the School of Medicine dean's office focused on developing the faculty and working with them to assure their success. He will lead the development of programs and activities directed at all ranks of the faculty, including tenured, tenure-track, research and clinical faculty, and will help the School of Medicine attain much greater success in diversifying the faculty. (Posted 7/9/2010)
UNC Summer Public Health Fellowship Program
The UNC Summer Public Health Fellowship Program seeks to increase the number of disadvantaged and minority high school graduates and college students pursue careers in public health. The 8-week program includes an introduction to public health concepts and career opportunities and a four-week externship. Participants receive a stipend and on-campus housing. Dates for this summer's program: 6/6/2010-7/31/2010. Application materials were due by noon on March 12. (Posted 2/15/2010)
UNC Chapel Hill Diversity Awards
The UNC Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Student Government have recognized the following UNC faculty, staff, students, and organizations for their work in furthering diversity: Carla White-Harris, director of recruitment and diversity in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy; Brenda Siler, office administrator for the Equal Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act Office; The Department of Housing and Residential Education in the Division of Student; Rose Brannon, doctoral student in biomedical sciences in the School of Medicine; Matthew Stevens, junior; Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity; Peter Kramer, School of Social Work alumnus and longtime clinical social worker at a community health clinic in Hillsborough. (Posted 5/14/2010)
Bill Jenkins and Cornell West giving keynotes at the APHA 135th Annual Meeting
Bill Jenkins, Minority Health Project Co-Director, and Cornell West will address the opening general session of the American Public Health Association's 135th Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado on November 7, 2010.) (Posted 4/29/2010)
Cynthia Marshall becomes first African American to lead the NC Chamber of Commerce
Cynthia Marshall, President of AT&T North Carolina, has been elected as the first African American chairperson of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce. (Marshall interviewed on the importance of education) (Posted 4/2/2010)
Roslyn M. Brock elected to chair the NAACP Board of Directors
The NAACP named Roslyn Brock as Chair of the Board of Directors at its Annual Board Meeting on February 20 at the New York Hilton. Brock, 44, became the youngest ever and fourth woman to serve as Chair of the NAACP's Board of Director. Her long list of accomplishments in many areas includes minority health, going back at least as far as her master's thesis on "Developing a NAACP Health Outreach Program for Minorities". (NAACP bio) (Posted 2/21/2010)
In Memoriam: Larry Keith, 1951-2010
The Minority Health Project mourns the passing of Larry Keith, longtime director of the Medical Education Development Program at the UNC at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. (Posted 2/19/2010)
In Memoriam: Jessie Satia, 1971-2010
The Minority Health Project mourns the passing of Jessie Satia, Associate Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology and Special Assistant to the Dean for Diversity at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. (Memorial website) (Posted 2/21/2010)
Bill Jenkins joins Minority Health Project as Co-director
William C. (Bill) Jenkins, PhD, MPH has agreed to serve as Co-director of the Minority Health Project. Dr. Jenkins was a professor of Public Health Sciences at Morehouse College, where he directed its Research Center on Health Disparities and founded the Public Health Sciences Institute. Previously he served as . . . Supervisory Epidemiologist in the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and managed its Minority HIV Prevention Program and the Participant Health Benefits Program, which assures medical services to the survivors of the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male. He served as an expert on minority issues in disease transmission. Also at the NCHSTP, he was the former Chief of the Research and Evaluation Statistics Section in the Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Prevention and served as Manager of the National Minority Organizations HIV Prevention Program. Dr. Jenkins instructs medical, graduate, and undergraduate students in biostatistics, epidemiology, and public health at Morehouse School of Medicine and Morehouse College. He also consults on the development of Public Health programs at institutions in the Atlanta University Center and other Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He services on several boards including the advisory boards of Morgan State University's School of Community Health (sp), M D Anderson's Center for Research on Minority Health, Harvard's School of Public Health's IMSD and Summer Programs, and UNC's Minority Health Conference. He is a member of the American College of Epidemiology (ACE), the American Statistical Association (ASA), and the American Public Health Association (APHA), where he also served on the Governing Council and Executive Board. He was the chair of the Epidemiology Section of ASA, and a member of the Board of Directors of ACE. Dr. Jenkins obtained his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Morehouse College. He holds a Master's degree in Biostatistics from Georgetown University, and both a Master in Public Health degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has also completed post-doctoral work in Biostatistics at Harvard University's School of Public Health. (Posted 2/1/2010)
Michelle Cotton Laws honored by
Michelle Laws, the first female president of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP, received a Citizen Award from in November 2009. (Posted 3/19/2010)
Statement: Reaffirming the role of school integration in K-12 education policy
This Statement, issued following a conference organized by the National Coalition for School Diversity, summarizes the most important steps the federal government must take in the next two years to support voluntary school integration in American public schools. (More . . .) (Posted 2/15/2010)
Richard "Stick" Williams receives William R. Davie Award
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees has honored Richard "Stick" Williams, senior vice president of environmental health and safety at Duke Energy Corp., of Charlotte and three other friends of the University with the William Richardson Davie Award, the board's highest honor. Stick Williams was the first African American to chair the UNC Board of Trustees. Mr. Williams gave a welcome at the 26th Annual Minority Health Conference in 2005. (Posted 10/27/2009)
Adaora Adimora, M.D., M.P.H. selected for the Root 100
Alumni news: Ada Adimora is in this year's ROOT 100, which recognizes emerging and established African-American leaders who are making extraordinary contributions. The ROOT 100 celebrates leadership, creativity, service, and, above all, excellence. (Dr. Adimora is pictured on the top row, third from the left; view enlarged photo [right click to zoom in]). (Posted 10/27/2009)
Bill Jenkins receives Abraham Lilienfeld Award from the APHA Epidemiology Section
Alumni news: Bill Jenkins, M.S., M.P.H., Ph.D. has received the 2009 Abraham Lilienfeld Award from the Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association. (More . . .) (Posted 10/27/2009, 1/17/2010)
Social activist Yonni Chapman dies (The Herald Sun, October 25, 2009
The Minority Health Project mourns the loss of Yonni Chapman, a long-time crusader for social justice and scholar of the history of slavery, discrimination, and the Civil Rights Movement at UNC and in Chapel Hill. Freedom Legacy Project Dissertation: Black freedom and the University of North Carolina, 1793-1960. (complete dissertation). Masters thesis: chapter 4: "Black lives in Chapel Hill and the origins of the activist core, 1937-1960" (complete thesis) (Posted 10/25/2009, 11/14/2009)
Sacoby Wilson receives 4-year, $1.2 million NIH grant
Alumni news: Sacoby Wilson, M.S.,Ph.D. (MSC Co-President 2000-2004) recently received a 4-year, $1.2 million NIH R21 grant award for his proposal "Use of a Community-University Partnership to Eliminate Environmental Stressors". The project will investigate a link between multiple sources of pollution and the health of residents living in the Lowcountry Alliance for Model Communities (LAMC) in the City of North Charlesto. Sacoby is a research assistant professor at the University of South Carolina. Sacoby is Vice Chair, Alpha Goes Green Initiative, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Senior Fellow, Environmental Leadership Program; and in November 2009 he will become Chair of the APHA Environment Section. (Posted 10/11/2009)

Mount Sinai International Exchange Program for Minority Students
Current undergraduate, master and doctoral degree students or recent graduates work on summer research projects under the guidance of prominent international scientists in one of six countries in Latin America, Europe or Africa. Application deadline: received by January 15, 2010. Funded by NCMHD. (Posted 11/11/2009)
Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy�Deadline: January 4, 2010
is designed to prepare physicians, particularly minority physicians, for leadership roles in formulating and implementing public health policy and practice on a national, state or community level. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2010-2011 cycle. (Posted 9/18/2009)
Chandra Caldwell receives award for excellence
The Minority Health Project congratulates Chandra Caldwell on receiving the 2009 Staff Excellence Award from the UNC Department of Epidemiology. Ms. Caldwell is a Public Communications Specialist with the Department and also serves as Staff Advisor to the Minority Student Caucus. (Posted 9/17/2009)
UNC School of Social Work receives UNC diversity award
The School of Social Work has received UNC's 2009 distinguished “Diversity Award” for efforts to enhance diversity on the Carolina campus. Given by the UNC Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Student Government and the Multicultural Council, the award honors UNC faculty, staff, students, student organizations, schools or departments, and community members or alumni for contributions in “creating an inclusive and diverse” campus community. (Read more) (Posted 5/12/2009)
Leslie Morris receives advocacy award
Leslie A. Morris has been selected by the National Association of Community Health Centers' (NACHC) Federal & State Affairs staff as a recipient of the NACHC 2009 Betsey K. Cooke Advocacy MVP Award for her hard work and dedication to building Health Center Advocacy power and furthering the Health Center Policy Agenda in Congress last year. The awards presentation will take place during the Congressional Awards Reception in D.C. on Thursday evening March 26, 2009. Ms. Morris is with the New Jersey Primary Care Association and is also vice president of the Simmons College African American Alumnae Association. (Posted 12/18/2008)
SPLC Wins $2.5 Million Verdict Against Imperial Klans of America
Kentucky Klan members ordered to pay $2.5 million for racially motivated attack - CNN: Jury awards $2.5 million to teen beaten by Klan members (Visit Southern Poverty Law Center) (Posted 12/18/2008)
C. Everett Koop: The Nation�s Health Conscience
The Minority Health Project salutes C. Everett Koop - a hero of public health. (See article in the American Journal of Public Health March 2008;98(3):396-399.) (Posted 11/11/2008)
RWJF New Connections
New Connections is designed to expand the diversity of perspectives that inform RWJF programming and introduce early to mid-career scholars who have been underrepresented in research activities to the Foundation, while simultaneously helping to meet Foundation staff needs for data analysis that measures progress towards program objectives. (Posted 11/11/2008 so we'll know about the program for next time)
The Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice
Through this fellowship, Families USA hopes to expand the pool of talented social justice advocates from underrepresented economic, racial and ethnic minority groups, including black/African American, Latino, Native American, and Asian and Pacific Islander communities. The goals of the Wellstone Fellowship program are three-fold: 1. address disparities in access to health care; 2. inspire Wellstone Fellows to continue to work for social justice throughout their lives; and 3. increase the number and racial and ethnic diversity of up-and-coming social justice advocates and leaders. Families USA will select one talented and motivated candidate to fill this 12-month, $35,000 fellowship. Application deadline: February 6, 2009. (Posted 9/22/2008)
American Medical Association apologizes for history of racial inequality
On July 10, 2008 the American Medical Association (AMA) apologized for its past history of racial inequality toward African-American physicians. The AMA is making efforts to increase the ranks of minority physicians and their participation in the AMA. (Listen to the WUNC program, The State of Things about the apology and the legacy of this history. . (Posted 7/23/2008)
Emerging Leaders in Public Health
The Emerging Leaders in Public Health Program is designed to prepare the next generation of public health leaders by identifying and training those individuals with the talent to serve in significant leadership capabilities in the next decade. The program's topics include balancing communications needs, financial resources and human resources during times of crises, analyzing crisis scenarios and assessing their potential impact on one's organization and community, creating sustainable organizations in public health and managing an increasingly diverse workforce.

If you or a colleague are concerned with health disparities, work with minority populations, have been in public health for three years and aspire to a leadership role in public health service, take a look at the Emerging Leaders in Public Health program. (more info). (Posted 4/6/2008)
Lumbees upset over radio comments
by Amy Thorpe, News Channel 14, 04/09/2008 09:15 PM (shades of Don Imus?). (Posted 4/9/2008)
PBS Celebrates Black History Month with an Extensive Lineup of Special Programming
Programs include (all times ET): Prince among Slaves (Monday, February 4, 2008, 10:00-11:00 pm), African American Lives (Wednesdays, February 6 and 13, 2008, 9:00-11:00pm), Independent Lens “Banished” (Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 10:00-11:30pm), Legacy: Being Black in America, Red Tail Reborn, American Experience: Eyes on the Prize, Fannie Lou Hamer: Courage and Faith, Independent Lens, “Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes”, Shared History, Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change (Posted 2/2/2008)
New UNC American Indian Center gets first director
Clara Sue Kidwell, director of Native American studies and professor of history at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK, has been hired as the first director of the new American Indian Center at UNC (more) (Interview with Frank Stasio on WUNC The State of Things) (Dedication of the new Center). (Posted 5/15/2007, rev. 4/3/2008)
Special announcement:
*  Two Videoconference speakers honored at UNC’s 2007 Commencement

Dr. William C. (“Bill”) Jenkins addressed new PhD graduates at the Graduate School’s May 12, 2007 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, as part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Commencement. Dr. H. Jack Geiger received an honorary degree at the University Commencement ceremony the following day. Both Drs. Jenkins (in 1998 and 2004) and Geiger (in 2005) have given presentations in the Annual Summer Public Health Research Videoconference on Minority Health. We salute them and send our congratulations on these recognitions. (Posted 5/15/2007)

27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration
A week of events to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. January 20-25, 2008 at Carolina: schedule, program brochure

(Posted 1/20/2008)
12,000 Years of American Indians in N.C.
A symposium highlighting scholary research on the lives of American Indians by current UNC Faculty. 1:00pm - 3:00pm, January 23, 2008 at the Morehead Banquet Hall, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Open to the Public. No RSVP Necessary for the symposium.

(Posted 1/20/2008)
Emerging Leaders in Public Health Fellowship
The Emerging Leaders in Public Health program is designed to prepare the next generation of public health leaders. The curriculum offers its fellows the essential skills necessary for leading and managing in a turbulent public health environment: Dealing with crises in finances, human resources, and communications; 360 degree assessments; One-on-one executive coaching; Individual development planning; Action learning teams; Complex case study project (Posted 4/3/2008)

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