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 or Sara Chute at You may also contact Sara to order a DVD of past Go Global presentations.

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Mark Your Calendars!
2014 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. Visitors must sign in at the front desk upon arrival.


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.

2015 Dates
January 13, 2015
February 10, 2015
March 10, 2015
April 14, 2015
May 12, 2015
June 9, 2015

2014 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.

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 informaiton 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: Video: 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.

Archived Events

Updated Monday, December 22, 2014 at 09:45AM