Minority Health Initiative Council

The mission of the Minority Health Initiative Council (MHIC) at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies is to facilitate access and support for minority students within the school.

The council was founded in winter 2010 as the Minority Health Initiative Group (MHIG). In summer 2012, the group's leadership changed the name to the Minority Health Initiative Council (MHIC).

The MHIC promotes the importance of optimal health to minorities through health education and training, research, and community outreach in an effort to reduce health disparities.

Our mission is accomplished through the following instruction, research, and community service goals:

  • Reach out to current and prospective minority students to facilitate ongoing interaction and support in an effort to increase the number of underrepresented students who are interested in studying and working within the health field, while increasing retention rates.
  • Engage with the community as trusted partners in various health initiatives at the regional, national, and international levels. To promote and support strategies programs, research & health policies that address disease prevention and health service delivery capacity in medically underserved communities.

2015-2016 Student Leadership

  • Co-Chair: Beemnet Neway (NHS’16), human science
  • Co-Chair: Jordan Smith (NHS’17), international health
  • Cristeen Anyanwu (NHS’19), international health
  • Tijesunimi Oni (NHS’19), international health
  • Thu Dao (NHS’18), international health
  • Shradha Chhabria (NHS’16), international health
  • Taylor Brown (NHS’17), health care management & policy
  • Dianna Abreu (NHS’16), health care management & policy

Council Blog

The Minority Health Initiative Council maintains a blog detailing the activities of the organization's members. To read the blog, click here.

Faculty and Staff Advisors

News and Announcements

MHIC Hosts Alumni Panel Discussion: October 22, 2015

"The panel included three Georgetown alumni, Angela Lewis (NHS'10), Michael Leavell (NHS'11), and Nancy Oduro (NHS'13). Angela now works as a health IT analyst at Booz Allen Hamilton, a strategy and technology consulting firm. Michael works as a communication and partnership Aanalyst at the U.S. Agency for International Development in the Center for Faith-based and Community Initiatives. Lastly, Nancy works as a strategy and operations consultant at Deloitte Consulting. The panelists discussed their experiences as Georgetown undergraduates and how the knowledge that they learned here as well as the connections they made have influenced their professional careers today. Additionally, the audience was predominantly senior HCMP majors so the panelists gave great tips about navigating the job search and being open to exploring different career paths post graduation."

- Summary by Taylor Brown (NHS'17)

Contact Information

E-mail the Minority Health Initiative Council at nhs.mhic@gmail.com.