Annual Voluntary Faculty Conference

  Beginning in 1994 the Voluntary Faculty Program has hosted a statewide annual conference for community faculty, their campus faculty colleagues, administration, professional staff and regional AHEC staff. This conference allows the program’s constituents to develop new, and refine existing, precepting skills, as well as attend numerous sessions designed to support, enrich and enhance the professional skill and knowledge of community faculty members . The conference also provides a venue for the exchange of information and ideas among community and campus colleagues.  The Voluntary Faculty Program also partners with the University and regional AHEC centers to offer short workshops in various communities throughout the Commonwealth. These workshops generally are targeted towards an interdisciplinary audience of community faculty and focus on educational issues.

Invitations to the annual conference are limited to Voluntary Faculty with an active/current appointment as well as various AHEC partners and supporters.

The 28th Anniversary Voluntary Faculty Conference will be March 5, 2022 at Kroger Field in Lexington. 

Keynote Speaker


 Shanita D. Williams, Ph.D., MPH, APRN is Deputy Division Director in the Office of Strategic Business Operations, Data Division, Bureau of Primary Health Care at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Dr. Williams is a family nurse practitioner, social epidemiologist, and a national expert on health equity, disparities, and social determinants of health. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Nursing from the University of South Carolina at Columbia; her PhD in Nursing from Georgia State University in Atlanta; and a MPH degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in Baltimore, MD. She completed postdoctoral training as a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, MD in the Division of Cancer Control and Populations Sciences, Surveillance Research Program. She is the recipient of a NCI Fellow’s Merit Award and three Minority Scholar Awards for Cancer Research from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). Dr. Williams is also a NIH National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Research DREAM Scholar.