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.

2018-2019 Student Leadership

  • Layla Abdi (NHS'20), global health

  • Cameron Rolland (NHS'19), health care management & policy

  • Nicole Gray (NHS'20), health care management & policy

  • Vanessa Lim (NHS'19), human science

  • Derrick Arthur-Cudjoe (NHS'19), health care management & policy

  • Priscilla Mbimadong (NHS'20), nursing

  • Siawale Vesslee (NHS'21), nursing

  • Delia West (NHS'19), human science

  • Shalaya Lopez (NHS'19), 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 Council Members Present Health Disparities Report on Capitol Hill: October 14, 2016

On Friday October 14, 2016, representatives of the Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies’ Minority Health Initiative Council and contributors to the schools report on “The Health of the African American Community in the District of Columbia: Disparities and Recommendations” report traveled to Capitol Hill to share the report with DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s (D) office.

Brian Floyd, MS, staff lead on report; three student contributors Taylor Brown (NHS’17), John Davis (NHS’17), and Stefanie Kurgatt (NHS’17); and Khalida Saalim (NHS’19) met with Jason J. Spear, legislative assistant for health and education in the congresswoman’s office.

Floyd said having the opportunity to share this report of the devastating effects of health disparities in D.C. that disproportionately affect the African American community and the report’s recommendations for improving health outcomes was one of the meeting’s goals. 

The discussion was mutually beneficial as Spear spoke to the students about some of the observed health needs in underserved communities while the students were able to discuss different social determinants of health that contribute to health disparities. “Social determinants of health are important factors when looking at health disparities. The differences between Ward 3 and Ward 7 alone are astonishing,” said Kurgatt.

Spear said, “The far-reaching effects of the report are important because while they speak directly to health disparities in the District, similar statistics and concerns are applicable in many other predominantly African American communities throughout the country and the recommendations provided are a great step in helping government to work with others to take action”.

Brown said, “I think one of the most important parts of the report is looking to the recommendations to see how we can further engage key stakeholders to participate in efforts to reduce health disparities. Health disparities aren’t just physical. Many different people from politicians to health care leaders to clinical staff all play significant roles in helping to create a more equitable health care system.”

As NHS and report representatives, Davis thinks that “it’s great that we had the opportunity to share the report with Congresswoman Norton’s office to really start the process of eliminating these health disparities.”

- Summary by Taylor Brown (NHS'17)

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.