Global Brown Bag Events Archive
Presentations and information from the 2012 and 2013 Global Brown Bags. The content of presentations and handouts (including the photos) are solely the responsibility of the speaker/presenter not the Minnesota Department of Health.
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December 17, 2013: After the Fall: HIV Grows Up
November 26, 2013: Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC)
October 22, 2013: Welcome to Shelbyville
September 17, 2013: Hispanic Heritage Month
August 27, 2013: Ethiopia
July 23, 2013: Refugee Arrivals in Minnesota
June 25, 2013: LGBT Community
May 28, 2013: Tanzania: Beyond the Safari!
April 23, 2013: Women's History Month
March 26, 2013: Ireland
February 19, 2013: African American History
January 22, 2013: Karen People and New Life
December 20, 2012: Tribes, Treaties and Sovereignty
November 27, 2012: MDH's Indian Health Director
October 31, 2012: "The Germans"
September 25, 2012: Latino communities in Minnesota
August 28, 2012: Iraq
July 24, 2012: The Unreturned
June 26, 2012: The Beauty Academy of Kabul
May 22, 2012: The New Americans
April 24, 2012: The New Americans
March 27, 2012: Empowering Women
February 21, 2012: Rain in a Dry Land
January 24, 2012: Place Matters
After the Fall: HIV Grows Up chronicles the early days of HIV and AIDS in Romania. With a lack of medicine and very limited knowledge of the disease, many health care workers risked their lives to help over 12,000 children infected with HIV and AIDS, some of whom were adopted into Minnesota families. Attention: Non-MDH link
HIV in Foreign-born Persons in Minnesota (PDF: 199KB/9 pages)
Allison LaPointe from the MDH HIV/STD section shared data on HIV/AIDS in foreign-born persons in Minnesota.
Indian Affairs Council (PDF:551 KB/19 pages)
Annamarie Hill, executive director, Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC) discussed MIAC, the fallacies of Columbus "discovering America," the "First Thanksgiving," and the book Everything you wanted to know about Indians, but were afraid to ask by Anton Treuer. Attention: Non-MDH link
This documentary follows the diverse residents of a southern town as they grapple with their beliefs, their histories, and their evolving ways of life.
Viewing of the PBS documentary A Class Apart in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. This documentary tells the story of a group of Mexican-American lawyers in the 1950s and their fight to bring a landmark case to the Supreme Court to stop discrimination against Mexican Americans. Attention: Non-MDH link
Dr. Tedla Kefene talked about the Ethiopian community in Minnesota and the health beliefs and concerns of the community.
Refugee Health Update - Minnesota (PDF:841KB/12 pages)
Blain Mamo, interim refugee health coordinator at MDH, and Sara Chute, international health coordinator at MDH, gave an update on refugee arrivals to Minnesota over the last year.
Homeland: Immigration in America-Refugees (PBS) Attention: Non-MDH link
Rebecca Waggoner from OutFront Minnesota will talk about the organization and the programs and services they provide for Minnesota's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied communities. Attention: Non-MDH link
Tanzania: Country, Culture, Assumptions and Ways to Help (PDF:1.92MB/36 pages)
Kerrie Holschbach, founder of Food for His Children and Department of Corrections medical release planner, talked about her travels to the country of Tanzania and the work being done by Food for His Children.
- Tanzania: Country, Culture, Assumptions and Ways to Help - Part II (PDF:6.54MB/27 pages)
Carrie Klumb, MPH, epidemiologist at MDH; and Andrew Murry, epidemiologist at St. Paul-Ramsey County Public Health, talked about their travels to Tanzania and shared some information on the country's health care system.
Makers: Women Who Make America Attention: Non-MDH link
The April Go Global Brown Bag featured the first video of a three-part documentary film about the struggle for women's equality in the United States. Narrated by Meryl Streep, Makers: Women Who Make America features interviews with women from all social strata, including politicians, celebrities, flight attendants, coal miners, and more to gain a view of women's roles in the fight for equal opportunities.
Ireland (PDF:3.1MB/32 pages)
MDH staff Pat O'Reilly and Chris Conway shared information about the history, culture, and traditions in Ireland.
Shvonne Johnson from the Minnesota African American Museum (MAAM) talked about the history of African Americans in Minnesota and the work the MAAM does to educate Minnesotans through museum exhibits and educational/artistic programs. Attention: Non-MDH link
Karen Organization of Minnesota (PDF:2.59MB/42 pages)
Eh Tha Khu and Sara Johnson from the Karen Organization of Minnesota shared information about the culture and history of refugees from Burma. Attention: Non-MDH link
Why Treaties Matter: Sovereignty and Existence (PDF:1.40MB/14 pages)
Terry L. Janis from the Indian Land Tenure Foundation will share information on tribes, treaties and sovereignty. Attention: Non-MDH link
- This presentation can also be viewed from your computer through online streaming at mms://stream2.video.state.mn.us/mnhealth-live. You will need a player that will play Windows Media. Live link will be available approximately 30 minutes prior to the start time of this event.
Treaties involving indigenous people/land within Minnesota territory (PDF:88KB/4 pages)
Tribe, Treaties and ILTF (PDF:185KB/3 pages)
The Minnesota Department of Health's first Indian Health Director, Jacqueline Dionne, spoke about her new role at MDH. She acts as a liaison between MDH and the tribes. Commissioner Ehlinger established this new position to work with MDH to accomplish its mission of protecting, maintaining and improving the health of all Minnesotans.
Cornerstones: The Germans Attention: Non-MDH link
This video from WGTE (Greater Toledo Educational Television) highlights the history of German immigrants coming to the midwest.
Killa Martinez Aleman, JD, is a Hamline University Law School graduate on staff as the Legislative and Community Relations Manager at the Chicano Latino Affairs Council of Minnesota (CLAC). She shared some information about her work with the Latino community.
Mohammed Miran Ahmed shared his experience as a recent refugee forced to flee from his home in Iraq. Read Mohammed's story: A Journey from Iraq: The Story of Mohammed Miran Ahmed (PDF:90KB/2 pages)
The Unreturned Attention: Non-MDH link
This video follows five Iraqi refugees from different ethnicities and religions and highlights the struggles of living in an urban setting.
The Beauty Academy of Kabul Attention: Non-MDH link
The documentary The Beauty Academy of Kabul shares the story of American volunteers who travel to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban to open an American-style beauty school.
The New Americans Attention: Non-MDH link
This month we watched another segment from the PBS video series The New Americans. The segment featured the story of an Indian Technical worker in Silicon Valley. The series follows immigrants and refugees from Nigeria, Palestine, Dominican Republic, India, and Mexico.
The New Americans Attention: Non-MDH link
We viewed a segment from the PBS video series The New Americans. The segment featured a newly arrived Mexican immigrant working in rural Kansas and struggling to reunite his family. The series follows immigrants and refugees from Nigeria, Palestine, Dominican Republic, India, and Mexico.
Natalie Johnson Lee from the African/African American Health Alliance (AAAHA) talked about her work as a life coach. She is the founder of Sisters in Power (SIP), an organization developed to re-power women to lead and pursue their destinies. She coaches women to discover their talents and realize their full potential.
Rain in a Dry Land
The group viewed the video Rain in a Dry Land. The video tells the story of two Somali refugee families who find new homes in urban America. The video is available through the Refugee Health Lending Library.
Unnatural Causes Attention: Non-MDH link
We viewed the segment "Place Matters" from the series Unnatural Causes...is inequality making us sick? This segment explores how where you live predicts your health.