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APRIL 4, 2023  |  12:30-5:30 pm  |  The DuBois Center UNC Charlotte Center City

Thank you for joining us for this annual event, bringing together UNC Charlotte faculty and students, Mecklenburg County public health professionals, data scientists, health care organizations, community groups, and policymakers to explore innovative new approaches to addressing the Charlotte area's most pressing community health needs and priorities.

Photo Gallery
Keynote Zoom Link


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Photo courtesy of C.S. Muncy
STEVEN W. THRASHER holds the inaugural Daniel Renberg Chair at Northwestern's Medill School, the first journalism professorship anywhere to focus on LGBTQ research. He is also on the faculty of Northwestern's Institute of Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing.

An interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Thrasher is an internationally recognized expert on race, social epidemiology, and the criminalization of disease who has addressed universities and medical institutions around the world. In 2020, he served as a national surrogate to presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders, advising the campaign on its healthcare policies. He has written about the HIV/AIDS, Covid-19, and monkeypox epidemics for the New York Times. Guardian, Atlantic, and BuzzFeedNews, as well as in numerous scholarly journals.

His first book, The Viral Underclass: The Human Toll When Inequality and Disease Collide, was published in August 2022 by Celadon Books and Macmillan Publishing to wide acclaim. The book was on "best of" lists from Apple, Amazon, USA Today, Kirkus Reviews, New York magazine and Publishers Weekly. The Viral Underclass was also a longlist finalist for both the American Library Association's Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction and the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction, and won Best in Literature from the POZ Awards for its depiction of HIV/AIDS. He holds a Ph.D. in American Studies and tweets @thrasherxy.


Please join us in honoring the commitment and leadership of eight individuals

who are supporting APHI's mission by developing innovative solutions addressing the Charlotte area's health needs and priorities.  This year's recipients, listed below,

were recognized and presented with an award at the 2023 Nexus event:

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Kimberly Bayha

Tobacco Control

Program Manager
Mecklenburg County Public Health

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Tamikia Greene

Assistant Health Director

Case Management and Health Partnerships
Mecklenburg County Public Health

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Meagan Zarwell

Assistant Professor

Public Health Sciences
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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Raynard Washington

Health Director
Mecklenburg County

Public Health


Maren Coffman

Associate Professor, School of
Nursing and Robert Woods
Johnson Faculty Scholar (2009)
The University of North

Carolina at Charlotte


Milad Rogha

PhD Degree Program in Computer Science
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte


Renu Karule

Masters Degree Program in Computer Science
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte


Sebastian Marin-Cespedes

Undergraduate Degree Program in Public Health
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Innovation Awards


The 2023 Nexus has been certified for up to 2.5 professional continuing education

units (CEUs) for ACHE, CHES, CPH, and Social Work contact hours.

Important Note:  APHI will use Zoom attendance logs to verify session participation. So please be sure to connect to the session using the Zoom account associated with the email address used to register for the Nexus (e.g. or and not a personal or unidentifiable email address (, or we will be unable to confirm your attendance for certification purposes.

Requesting CEU credit requires completion of the online Qualtrics survey linked above, and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.  We recommend the use of a computer, rather than a mobile device, for ease of completion.  For questions, please email

Social Work
Professional Development
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