Global Brown Bag Events

These monthly presentations began in 2008 as a way to highlight Minnesota's growing diversity. They are intended for MDH and other state employees, and are brought to you by the MDH Refugee and International Health Program. For more information, please contact Sara Chute at or Danushka Wanduragala at You may also contact Sara or Danushka to order a DVD of past Go Global presentations.

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Mark Your Calendars!
2015 Presentations
Archived events

Mark Your Calendars!

Upcoming presentation dates for 2015 are listed below. Topics will be announced closer to the meeting date through the listserv and MDH internal announcements.


Minnesota Department of Health, Freeman Building
Room B107
625 N. Robert Street, St. Paul, MN 55164

Directions to the Minnesota Department of Health location at Freeman Building

Due to popular demand, brown bags 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 second Tuesday of the month.

Upcoming 2015 Dates
May 12, 2015
June 9, 2015

2015 Presentations

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.

April 14, 2015: Well-Founded Fear

  • Video
    Well-Founded Fear, a PBS documentary, gives a behind-the-scenes look at the process happening daily in Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) offices, as agents decide whether to grant political asylum to immigrants based on a demonstration of "well-founded fear". Attention: Non-MDH link.

March 10, 2015: The Split Horn: Life of a Hmong Shaman in America

  • Video
    The March brown bag featured a screening of the PBS documentary The Split Horn: Life of a Hmong Shaman in America. The film chronicles the 17-year journey of a Hmong shaman and his family who struggle to maintain their ancient traditions while embracing American culture.

February 10, 2015: Refugee 101

  • Presentation
    Refugee (Health) 101 in Minnesota (PDF: 1.47 MB/ 42 pages)

    Blain Mamo, refugee health coordinator for the Refugee and International Health Program, and Kailey Nelson, epidemiologist in the Refugee and International Health Program, shared information about refugees and their resettlement in Minnesota. The presentation covered key refugee terms and concepts, the resettlement process, numbers of incoming refugees and countries of origin, and data from health screenings.

Archived Events

Updated Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 09:53AM