The Minority Health History Project

The Minority Health History Project is a collaborative effort to collect, document, preserve, and make available the rich history of the Minority Student Caucus at UNC Chapel Hill. The project brings together a wide variety of materials that document this history and the various projects initiated by Caucus members, including the annual Minority Health Conference. The collection will include audio recordings, videos, correspondence, speeches, photographs, organizational records, and interviews with individuals who were instrumental in the founding of the Caucus as well as those who continue to support its role in the health community today. The UNC Health Sciences Library and the Gillings School of Global Public Health are initiating the project.
The Minority Student Caucus consists of students of color in the School of Public Health and their allies. The Caucus was founded in the early 1970's as a vehicle for bringing the concerns of minority students to the attention of the School's Administration and for working to attract more students of color to the School. The Caucus founded the Minority Health Conference in 1977 and has conducted it annually since then. The Caucus also works with the School's leadership on outreach programs, some initiated by the Caucus and others initiated by the School, to increase diversity and inclusion.
The Annual Minority Health Conference was launched by the Minority Student Caucus in 1977 and has been held nearly every year since. Major objectives are to highlight health issues of concern and address continuing health disparities in minority populations, and to attract students interested in minority health to the School. Today the conference has grown into the largest and longest-running student-led health conference in the country, regularly attracting over 500 students, faculty, researchers, public health and human services professionals, and community leaders.