Global Brown Bag Events
These monthly presentations began in 2008 as a way to highlight Minnesota's growing diversity. They are brought to you by the MDH Refugee Health Program and the Office of Workforce Diversity. For more information, or to join our listserv, please contact Silvia Vaccaro at email@example.com or Sara Chute at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact Laura to order a DVD of past Go Global presentations.
Upcoming presentation dates for 2013 are listed below. Topics will be announced closer to the meeting date through the listserv and MDH internal announcements. Visitors must sign in at the front desk upon arrival.
Minnesota Department of Health, Freeman Building
625 N. Robert Street, St. Paul, MN 55164
Due to popular demand, brownbags are also videoconferenced to MDH District Offices statewide based on request and availability.
Brown Bags will be held from 12-1 p.m. in Room B107 on the fourth Tuesday of the month.
December 17 (Third Tuesday due to holiday)
The content of presentations and handouts that follow (including the photos) are solely the responsibility of the speaker/presenter not the Minnesota Department of Health.
November 26, 2013: Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC)
Indian Affairs Council (PDF:551 KB/19 pages)
Annamarie Hill, executive director, Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC) discusses 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
October 22, 2013: Welcome to Shelbyville
This documentary follows the diverse residents of a southern town as they grapple with their beliefs, their histories, and their evolving wasys of life.
September 17, 2013: Hispanic Heritage Month
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
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
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
June 25, 2013: LGBT Community
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!
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.
April 23, 2013: Women's History Month
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
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
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
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
- Global Brown Bag Events Archive
Presentations and information from the 2011 and 2012 Global Brown Bags.