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12:30 - 5:30 PM


Join 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.

IN PERSON:  The DuBois Center UNC Charlotte Center City

Event is free and open to the public, but registration is required


Celebrating National Public Health Week April 3-9, 2023


12:15 - 12:30 pm

Registration and Check-In  

12:30 - 1:10 pm

Welcome and Opening Session

Presentation of 2023 APHI Awards

1:10 - 1:20 pm

- Break -

1:20 - 2:30 pm

Breakout Sessions: Developing a

Tool Kit for Community Engagement

2:30 - 2:40 pm

- Break -

2:40 - 4:10 pm

Keynote Presentation by Dr. Steven W. Thrasher: "Centering the Viral Underclass While Advancing Population Health Equity"

4:10 - 4:20 pm

Closing Remarks

4:20 - 4:30 pm

- Break -

4:30 - 5:30 pm

Networking Reception

Schedule of Events
Keynote Speaker


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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.
Interested in purchasing Dr. Thrasher's book?
Please follow this link or scan the QR code below!
You will be directed to a separate site for the UNC Charlotte Bookstore in order to securely complete the purchase, and your copy will be available for pickup at the registration table the day of the event.
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320 East 9th Street | Charlotte, NC 28202

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  • Adjacent to the Ninth Street light rail station

  • Free parking available at Mecklenburg County's Hal Marshall Center, at the intersection of Ninth & College Streets

  • Use the Park It Charlotte app to reserve and pay for parking on the street or in the gravel lot directly across North Brevard Street from the DuBois Center

  • ​​Disabled parking available upon participant request through online Nexus registration process

Directions and Parking


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 a Qualtrics survey that will be emailed to you following the Nexus and is estimated to take approximately 10 minutes to complete.  We recommend the use of a computer, rather than a mobile device, for ease of completion.

Social Work
Professional Development


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

who are supporting APHI's mission by developing innovative solutions addressing the Charlotte area's health needs and priorities.  This year's recipients, in the following categories, will be recognized and presented with an award at the Nexus event:

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APHI Innovation Award | Faculty
APHI Innovation Award | MeckCo Public Health
APHI Innovation Award | MeckCo Public Health
Undergraduate Student Innovator Award
Graduate Student Innovator Award
Graduate Student Innovator Award
Exceptional Contributor Award

Coffman Scholarship


Please join us in honoring Maren Coffman,
our friend, colleague, and integral part of APHI since
2016, in establishing a special scholarship fund

Dr. Maren J. Coffman has dedicated her career to teaching, research, and service - for over 17 years she has collaborated, educated, mentored, and championed students and colleagues at the UNC Charlotte School of Nursing. Personally, Dr. Coffman is a wife and mother of four children ages 12 to 21. 

An indispensable founding member of APHI and proponent of the academic-public health practice partnership, many of you will have had the privilege of working with Maren over the years and connecting wtih her at previous APHI Nexus events.

She was diagnosed with Metastatic or Stage 4 Breast Cancer (MBC) in September 2019, at age 49.  MBC is a terminal illness with a 5-year survival rate of only 25%. 
Dr. Coffman and her family have recently established the Maren J. Coffman Doctoral Nursing Education Scholarship to honor her values and achievements today and memorialize her legacy in the future.

Please consider making a gift in honor of Maren and recognizing her significant contributions to APHI and the impact she has had on students, faculty, and staff at UNC Charlotte, and also in the Charlotte community.
<< Please follow this link or scan the QR code to the left
UNC Charlotte employees also have the option of contributing by payroll deduction by following this link or scanning the QR code to the right >>
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On a desktop/laptop? Use Credit-Debit-Paypal
On a mobile device? Use Credit-Debit-Paypal-Venmo-Apple Pay
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Keep the conversations going, and join your colleagues for a

networking reception immediately following the Keynote Presentation!

- In the DuBois Center Atrium just outside the Auditorium - 

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