Global Brown Bag Events Archive

Presentations and information from the 2013 and 2014 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.

On this page:
December 9, 2014: Liberia and Sierra Leone
November 11, 2014: Nigeria and the Ivory Coast
October 14, 2014: Somali Culture
September 9, 2014: A Class Divided (Part II)
August 20, 2014: A Class Divided (Part I)
July 8, 2014: Health Care in the Global Village
June 10, 2014: South Asia
May 13, 2014: Democratic Republic of the Congo
April 9, 2014: Burma
March 11, 2014: Poor Kids
February 11, 2014: Somalia
January 14, 2014: Makers: Women Who Make America
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 9, 2014: Liberia and Sierra Leone

  • Presentation
    Liberia (PDF: 955KB/26 pages)
    Lucrecia Dennis, graduate student worker in the Refugee and International Health program, presented on her native country of Liberia. She shared information on the history and culture of Liberia.
    Sierra Leone (PDF: 1MB/26 pages)
    Meikai Myers, graduate student worker in the Refugee and International Health program, presented on her native country of Sierra Leone and shared information on the history and culture of the country.

November 11, 2014: Nigeria and the Ivory Coast

  • Presentation
    Nigeria (PDF: 416KB/16 pages)
    Ivory Coast (PDF: 365/13 pages)
    Guillaume Onyeaghala, graduate student worker in the Refugee and International Health program, gave presentations on Nigeria and Ivory Coast. He highlighted historical, political, health and cultural information about these two countries in Africa.

October 14, 2014: Somali Culture

September 9, 2014: A Class Divided (Part II)

  • Video
    The second part of A Class Divided (PBS documentary) continues the story of Jane Elliot's lesson in the meaning of discrimination and shows similar trainings conducted years later. Attention: Non-MDH link

August 20, 2014: A Class Divided (Part I)

  • Video
    A Class Divided, a PBS documentary, is the story of Jane Elliot, an Iowa teacher who in 1968 taught her class about the meaning of discrimination through a first-hand experience. This documentary is the story of what she taught the children and the impact it had on their lives. Attention: Non-MDH link

July 8, 2014: Health Care in the Global Village

  • Video
    Health Care in the Global Village, a pair of 12-minute films focused on stories derived from the award-winning, feature-length documentary American Heart, was featured. The documentaries follow refugees living in Minnesota and their experiences with the health care system.

June 10, 2014: South Asia

May 13, 2014: Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Presentation
    Democratic Republic of the Congo (PDF: 1.64MB/37 pages)
    Nadine Ngango, Congolese community member and recent public health graduate, provided an overview of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including demographics, major languages, religions, cultural traditions, and history of the conflicts that have occurred and continue to occur in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

April 9, 2014: Burma

  • Presentation
    Journey to Burma and Thailand (PDF:2.72MB/66 pages)
    A group of presenters shared their experiences from a recent trip to Thailand and Burma, including three refugee camps along the border. The trip was not sponsored by an agency or group, but rather taken as private individuals.
  • Presentation
    A Focus on the Karen Refugees from Burma (PDF: 792KB/20 pages)
    Ehtaw Dwee, a Karen cultural advisor, gave a presentation on Burma including information on the Karen language, cultural trends, education, the economy, and more. The presentation also touched on some tips for health care providers working with Karen Refugees.

March 11, 2014: Poor Kids

  • Video
    Frontline: Poor Kids Attention: Non-MDH link
    This PBS documentary looks at how poverty affects children and families in America.

February 11, 2014: Somalia

January 14, 2014: Makers: Women Who Make America

  • Video
    Makers: Women Who Make America Attention: Non-MDH link
    The January Go Global Brown Bag featured part two of this 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.

December 17, 2013: After the Fall: HIV Grows Up

  • Video
    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
  • Presentation
    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.

November 26, 2013: Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC)

October 22, 2013: Welcome to Shelbyville

  • Video
    This documentary follows the diverse residents of a southern town as they grapple with their beliefs, their histories, and their evolving ways of life.

September 17, 2013: Hispanic Heritage Month

  • Video
    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

August 27, 2013: Ethiopia

  • Presentation
    Dr. Tedla Kefene talked about the Ethiopian community in Minnesota and the health beliefs and concerns of the community.

July 23, 2013: Refugee Arrivals in Minnesota

June 25, 2013: LGBT Community

  • Presentation
    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

May 28, 2013: Tanzania: Beyond the Safari!

April 23, 2013: Women's History Month

  • Video
    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.

March 26, 2013: Ireland

  • Presentation
    Ireland (PDF:3.1MB/32 pages)
    MDH staff Pat O'Reilly and Chris Conway shared information about the history, culture, and traditions in Ireland.

February 19, 2013: African American History

  • Presentation
    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

January 22, 2013: Karen People and New Life

Updated Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 04:11PM