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The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Minority Student Caucus will host its 32nd annual Minority Health Conference on Feb. 25, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education.

The conference’s 13th annual William T. Small Jr. Keynote Lecture, delivered this year by Bonnie M. Duran, DrPH, associate professor of health services at the University of Washington-Seattle, will be available as a free delayed webcast at 2 p.m. EST, with Dr. Duran in the studio to respond to questions from the live broadcast audience.

Duran, director of the University of Washington’s Center for Indigenous Health Research, will speak about “The Promise of Health Equity: Advancing the Discussion to Eliminate Disparities in the 21st Century.”

Her morning lecture will be followed by a series of small-group sessions, focused on HIV policy in national, state and local context; rural health issues, including obesity and poverty; the impact of diabetes on the American Indian community; the challenges of “food deserts;” occupational and Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) health issues; and other topics.

The conference, initiated by the UNC Minority Student Caucus in 1977, is the nation’s oldest and largest student-run minority health event. The program was developed to highlight health issues of concern to people of color and to attract students interested in minority concerns to public health.