Global Brown Bag Events - Minnesota Dept. of Health

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 or to be added to the meeting invitation list, please call 651-201-5414 and ask for someone from the Refugee and International Health Program. You may also order a DVD of past Go Global presentations.

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2016 Presentations
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Topics for upcoming presentations 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 usually be held from 12-1 p.m. in Room B107 on the second Tuesday of the month.

2016 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 12, 2016: Cameroon and West Africa

  • Presentation
    Attitudes, Practices, and Beliefs about Illness in Cameroon (PDF)

    Mr. Baninla Ladze, RN and MDH/UMN Malaria Advisory Board Member, spoke about his unique experiences growing up in Cameroon, living and working in other parts of West Africa, and now as a nurse in the US. He highlighted some cultural attitudes, knowledge, and beliefs about health among West Africans.

February 23, 2016: "Iraqi Voices Videos" and Dialogue

  • Presentation
    Nathan Fisher, creative director of Northern Monday Films, presented the Iraqi Voices project, an ongoing collaborative that helps Iraqi-Americans transform their stories into documentary video shorts. Participants work with Mr. Fisher to write and direct short non-fiction videos about topics important to them. Since 2012, Iraqi refugees in the Twin Cities produced thirteen short documentaries, ranging from personal migration narratives, to discussions of subtle Islamophobia in the media. To request to borrow a copy of the videos, please call 651-201-5414 and ask for someone from the Refugee and International Health Program.

January 12, 2016: The European Refugee Crisis

  • Presentation
    My Neighbor is Muslim (PDF)
    My Neighbor is Muslim Cover Letter (PDF)

    The January Go Global featured Yusuf Abdi, director of Refugee Services at Lutheran Social Services (LSS) of Minnesota. Mr. Abdi presented the recently released “My Neighbor is Muslim” study, a collaboration between LSS, Luther College, and the Dawah Islamic Center. The study produced resources and tools for conversation for those interested in better understanding our Muslim neighbors. Mr. Abdi discussed the reasons this project and resources were created, their work in the St. Cloud area, and what we can do to further awareness and understanding of those that identify as Muslim.

Archived Events

Updated Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 05:19PM