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Past Community Health Conferences

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2017 Community Health Conference: Be Part of the Conversation: Our Stories, Our Communities, Our Health

Conference Program

General Sessions

Contact MDH for handout from the sessions below.

  • Our Stories: Telling our Public Health Stories, with David C Mann
  • Our Communities: How do You Say Equity in Your Language?, with Abigail Echo-Hawk
  • Our Health: Be Part of the Conversation, with Tane Danger and the Theater of Public Policy

Concurrent Sessions by Theme

Contact MDH for handout from the sessions below.

Engaging Youth and Schools to Get the Message Out

  • Mental Health: Collaboration of Public Schools and Public Health
  • Reaching and Serving Teens: A Collaboration of Family Home Visiting and TANF Services
  • Engaging Youth and Strategic Partnerships to Prevent Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Youth

Public Health Integrating with Communities

  • Muslim Sheroes of Minnesota: Storytelling Impact on Health Equity
  • From Culture Clash to Warm Welcome: Recreating Communities to Include New Refugees

Public Health Partnering with Health Care

  • Connecting Community Data: A Practical Guide for Using Electronic Health Record Data to Support Community Health
  • Improving Behavioral Health by Strengthening Community Collaborations
  • Narrative Health: Utilizing Story to Address Bias in Health Care and Explore Definitions of Health in Your Community

Telling the Story of Public Health

  • We are Water MN: Touring Exhibit and Community Engagement Initiative
  • Gun Violence: Public Health Solutions
  • Measles in the Unvaccinated: A Real-Life Disaster

Public Health as Catalyst and Convener

  • Beyond Borders: How White Earth Public Health Utilized Diverse Resources During the Callaway Train Derailment and Rice Lake Power Outage
  • The Birth to Age 8 Collaborative: Bringing Key Partners Together to Help Families Succeed
  • Dementia Education in Rural Minnesota

Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change in Action

  • Get Moving: Infrastructure to Increase Physical Activity
  • Tobacco 21: Prevention Policy
  • Community Engagement in Local Public Health: Where We Are and Where We’re Going

Promoting Sexual Health with Those Impacted

  • Promoting Sexual Health Across Generations in Twin Cities Latino Immigrant Communities
  • Strategies for Ending Cervical Cancer in Indian Country
  • The “Don’t Buy It” Project: Engaging Men in Anti-Trafficking Work

Using Technology and Data

  • Substance Use and Mental Health Issues of LGBTQ People
  • Building Healthy Communities Through Community-Based and Culturally Specific Approaches
  • Tradition Meets Technology: Using Tech Aids to Engage Communities in Advancing Health Equity


  • Story Power: Building and Delivering Your Story with Persuasive Power

Learning Stations by Theme

Approaching Our Work Differently to Advance Health Equity

  • The Value of Vital Records Data to Inform and Support Community Health
  • Learning to Leverage Reimbursement for Community Health Worker (CHW) Services
  • Primary Care & Public Heatlh Learning Community: Integrated Tobacco Cessation Referral System
  • Environmental Health Inspection Protocol: Advancing Health and Safety for Entertainers in Strip Clubs
  • Study of Workplace Conditions: Advancing Health and Safety for Entertainers in Strip Clubs
  • Redefining Health Statistics Reporting with Local Public Health and Community Input
  • Overcoming Abuse Reporting Barriers Experienced by Older Adults
  • Progress at The Powwow: Advancing Commercial Tobacco Policy with Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Powwow Committees

What Health and Wellness Mean to Distinct Communities

  • Changing the Conversation and Value Around Domestic Violence in Southeast Asian Communities
  • Protecting Private Well Users' Health
  • Substance Abuse Prevention. Not Sure Where to Start? We Can Help
  • Building Health Equity Through a Women's Cohort in Cook County: Yes, We Can Do It!
  • Unveiling the Truth: Mental Health Issues in Asian Communities
  • MN FEET: Studying Chemical Exposures in Pregnant Women from Diverse Communities
  • Building a Culture of Mental Well-Being in the Lao Community
  • Promoting Safe Fish Consumption

Public Health as Catalyst

  • We're All in This Together: Tri Wellness at Work
  • Improving Water Quality in Minnesota 25 Percent by 2025
  • HPV Vaccination: Dispelling the Myths
  • Improving Minnesota's State-Local Food Protection System (EHCIB)
  • Governor's Task Force on Mental Health: The Vision and 2017 Policy Outcomes
  • Using a Collaborative Approach to Improve Children's Dental Health in Olmsted County
  • Giving the People What They Want: Public Data Access Through the Minnesota Injury Data Access System (MIDAS)


Past Conferences & Keynotes

2017: Be Part of the Conversation: Our Stories, Our Communities, Our Health
Breezy Point Conference Center

  • Our Stories—Telling our Public Health Stories
    David C. Mann
  • Our Communities—How do you Say Equity in Your Language?
    Abigail Echo-Hawk
  • Our Health—Be Part of the Conversation
    Tane Danger and the Theater of Public Policy

2016: From Principle to Practice: Walk the Talk for Health Equity
Breezy Point Conference Center

  • Health Care or Health Equity—Which Contributes More to Good Health?
    Anthony Iton
  • Health Equity—Creating a Healthy Community
    Renee Frauendienst
  • Somali Mental Health Findings
    Asma Bulale
  • Minnesota's Aging Population
    Craig Helmstetter
  • My Story—Taking Action in Lake Wobegon
    Eric Bergenson

2015: Public Health: Everyone, Every Day, Everywhere
Cragun's Conference Center

  • Health between Cultures
    Kao Kalia Yang
  • All the Water We Have
    Sandy Spieler
  • Partners Roundtable
    Kerri Miller, MayKao Hang, Robert Kane, Penny Wheeler

2014: Public Health on the Horizon
Cragun's Conference Center

  • Gov. Mark Dayton and Commissioner Ed Ehlinger
  • Native Pride Dancers and Larry Yazzie
  • Clem Bezold

2013: Working Together: Attaining Health Equity in Minnesota Communities
Cragun's Conference Center

  • Creating Community at the Conference and Afterward
    Shawna Suckow
  • Health in All Policies: How State Agencies are Creating Opportunities for Health
    Commissioner Ed Ehlinger, DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr, MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine, MNDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle
  • Public Health and Community Organizing: The Evolution of Public Health Practice in the 21st Century
    Rex Archer
  • Telling the Truth about Trauma
    Syl Jones

2012: Strengthening Public Health: Linking Past Successes to Future Challenges
Cragun's Conference Center

  • Strengthening Public Health: Linking Past Successes to Future Challenges
    Commissioner Ed Ehlinger, Past Commissioner Sr. Mary Madonna Ashton, Past Commissioner Mary Jo O'Brien, Past Commissioner Anne Barry, Past Commissioner Jan Malcolm, Past Commissioner Dianne Mandernach, Past Commissioner Sanne Magnan
  • Synergy across Sectors
    Glen P. Mays
  • Share your Passion for Public Health and Your Community
    Andy Berndt
  • Rethink the Impossible
    Billy McLaughlin

2011: inVesting in our Values and Vision
Breezy Point

  • Holding Gains and Framing the Future: Spotlighting the "A" in PDSA
    Tom Mosgaller
  • Powers of Three: Recreating, Resilience, and Resolve
    Magda Peck
  • The Power of Service in Public Health
    Petra Marquart
  • Calories and Culture: A Worldwide Photographic Journey
    Peter Menzel, Faith D'Aluisio

2010: Looking, Leading, Moving Ahead
Cragun's Conference Center

  • Public Health Informatics: What is it and What does it Mean for Me?
    Arthur Davidson
  • If You Think You Can!
    Karla Heeter
  • Minnesota and the New Normal
    Tom Gillaspy
  • Looking, Leading, Moving Ahead: National Perspectives
    Paul Jarris, Bobby Pestronk

2009: Surviving and Thriving in Difficult Times
Cragun's Conference Center

  • Public Health 2009: Celebrating Our Achievements and Embracing the Challenge
    Linda Olson Keller
  • Leading from your Soul (Instead of a Position of Authority)
    Robin Getman
  • Institutional Racism: What is it? Why is it Important?
    Diana Dunn, John Morrin

2008: Fostering Hope and Facilitating Change: Public Health in the 21st Century
Breezy Point Conference Center

  • Laugh! For the Health of it
    Robin Getman
  • Climate Change—Implications for Public Health
    Mark Seeley
  • The Itasca Project—How Business Leaders are Working to "Close the Gap"
    Donna Zimmerman

2007: Prevent. Promote. Protect. Public Health at the Crossroads
Cragun's Conference Center

  • Patrick Libbey
  • Deputy State Chaplain Maj. John MOrris
  • Janet Porter
  • Tou Ger Xiong

2006: Navigating an Era of Change: Working Together, Making Connections
Cragun's Conference Center

  • Charting a Course through Turbulent Times
    Tony Moore
  • The Healthiest State in the Nation... but What About Tomorrow?
  • And the Circle Goes Round and Round
    Gloria Lewis
  • The Art and Science of Humor: Are You Joking?
    Kevin Lee Smith

2005: Investing in Our Future—Strong Families, Healthy Communities
Cragun's Conference Center

  • Building Community in the Midst of Diversity: Contact, Culture, Complexity, and Conflict
    Juan C. Moreno
  • The Intersection between Culture, Health, and Well-Being
  • "Me" and "Us": Recapturing the Language of Public Health
    John R. Finnegan, Jr.
  • Keeping it All in Perspective
    Fr. Nick Mezakapa

2004: Change, Challenge, Opportunity—Leading for the Future
Breezy Point Conference Center

  • The Power of One
    Janet Porter
  • CardioVision 2020: A Community Responds to the Lifestyle Syndrome
    Thomas E. Kottke
  • Refugee and Immigrant Health Care in Minnesota
    Patricia Walker

2003: Minnesota Prepares
Breezy Point Conference Center

  • Protecting the Public from Emerging Threats: Is Minnesota's Public Health System Up to the Job?
    Michael Osterholm
  • When the Going Gets Tough, Who are the Tough that Get Going: State Assets for a Local Emergency Response
    John Hick, Aggie Leitheiser, Maj. Thomas Miller, Terri Smith
  • Local Public Health Preparedness Partners Response Panel
    Linda Bedeau, Jo Coover, Denise Dunn, Renee Frauendienst, Dave Gisch, Dave Schuldheisz, Carol Sele
  • Biological, Chemical, and Radiological Agents
    Harry Hull, Patricia Bloomgren

2002: Focusing on the Public Health Partnership and Emergency Preparedness
Breezy Point Conference Center

  • Risk Communication about Bioterrorism: Aiming at Calm Concern, Not Outrage, Denial, Apathy, or Panic
    Peter Sandman
  • Public Health Emergency Response Scenario: Who's Responsible for What?
    Robert Einweck, Myrlah Olson

2001: Better Health for All
Cragun's Conference Center

  • America's Changing Democracy
    Christopher Gates
  • Building Communities Worth Living In—A Possible Model for Inclusion
    Fr. Anthony Stubeda
  • Cultural Competency for Public Health
    Okokon Udo

2000: Working Together—Seeking Solutions
Cragun's Conference Center

  • Social Capital, Social Cohesion, and Health
    Ichiro Kawachi
  • Working Together to Protect Health
    Harry Hull

1999: A Century of Progress
Cragun's Conference Center

  • A Century of Progress?
    Hy Berman
  • Knowledge Management: A Strategic Public Health Asset for the New Millennium
    Dennis McDowell

1998: Reaching our Goals, Building our Future
Cragun's Conference Center

  • Public Health in the 21st Century: The Future of Goals, Partnerships, and Health
    Clem Bezold
  • Public Health is Investment Counseling
    Paul J. Wiesner
  • Bioterrorism, Media Hype, or Future Nightmare
    Michael J. Osterholm

1997: Tradition and Change: Working Together to Improve the Health of Communities
Cragun's Conference Center

  • Leading from Anywhere: Meeting the Needs of the 21st Century
    Kathleen Allen
  • Working Together on Disaster Management: Lessons from the 1997 Floods
    Bonnie Holz, Cathlene Hockert, James Feddema, Nancy Bauer, Cal Michaels, JoAnn Coover, Brenda Menier, Mary Sheehan

1996: 20 Years of Partnership: A Rich Heritage, a Vibrant Future
Cragun's Conference Center

  • Public Health in the New American Health System
    Jeffrey P Koplan
  • Violence Prevention and Public Health: Why Should We be Involved?
    Rev. Devin Miller
  • Shaping a Better Future for Minnesota's Children and Families
    Barbara Colombo, Barbara Yates, Ann Damon, Mary Wellik

1995: Today's Challenges, Tomorrow's Solutions—Shaping Policy and Practice
Cragun's Conference Center

  • Emerging Infections: A Crisis of Disease or Public Perception
    Michael Osterholm
  • Public Health's Heritage—Public Health's Future
    Kristin M. Gebbie, Columbia School of Nursing

1994: Community Health: Moving Ahead in a Competitive Environment
Cragun's Conference Center

  • Working Together in a Competitive Environment
    Tyler Norris (National Civic League Healthy Communities Initiative)
  • Health as a Shared Responsibility
    Steve Mosow (Health Futures Institute), Gayle Hallin (Bloomington Division of Public Health), Paul Terry (Park Nicollet Foundation)
  • Universal Standard Benefits Set
    Mary Jo O'Brien, Barbara Nerness, Tom Moss, Dee Richards
  • Our Key to Well-Being, No Matter What!
    Mary O'Brien Sippel (College of St. Scholastica)

1993: Public Health in a Changing World
Cragun's Conference Center

  • Public Health in a Changing World
    Julia Plotnick (US Public Health Service)
  • Violence: Causes and Prevention
    Tony Bouza (Minneapolis Chief of Police, ret.)

1992: Public Health—Healthy Investment
Madden's on Gull Lake

  • The Secrets of the Sacred Tree: Making the Extraordinary Ordinary
    Don Coyhis (White Bison, Inc.)
  • Wonderland
    Illusion Theater
  • Humor as a Stress Manager
    Hal Schippits

1991: Translating Vision into Action—Leadership in Changing Times
Breezy Point Conference Center

  • Translating Vision into Action: Leadership in Changing Times
    Stephen Joseph (University of Minnesota School of Public Health)
  • Ethical Leadership in Changing Times
    George Shapiro (University of Minnesota)

1990: Community Health: Mission and Vision
Madden's on Gull Lake

  • Mission and Vision: A New Look at Leadership
    Robert L. Veninga (University of Minnesota School of Public Health)
  • Minnesota's Vision for Health: Year 2000
    Roger Cooper (Minnesota House of Representatives)

1989: Assembling the Public Health Puzzle in the '90s
Madden's on Gull Lake

  • The Future of Public Health
    Martin P. Wasserman (National Association of County Health Officials)
  • The "Aging" of Minnesota: Implications for Public Health Needs
    Sharon Patten (University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute)

1988: Mobilizing the Community to Promote Health
Madden's on Gull Lake

  • Mobilizing the Community to Promote Health
    Marshall W. Kreuter (Center for Disease Control)
  • Advocacy for Pediatric Injury Control
    Andrew McGuire (Trauma Foundation)

1987: Collaboration for Quality
Arrowwood Conference Center

  • Collaboration: A Key to Effective Leadership in Public Health
    Robert Terry (University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute)
  • A Public Health Challenge: Suicide Among Farmers
    Paul Gunderson (Minnesota Dept. of Health)

1986: Ethics and Leadership in Community Health
Arrowwood Conference Center

  • Community Health Ethics and Leadership: The Confounding Connection
    Robert Terry (University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute)
  • AIDS: The Client Concerns and Public Policy (Panel)
    Eric Engstrom (Minnesota AIDS Project), Michael Moen (Minnesota Dept. of Health)
    Michael T. Osterholm, moderator
  • Modern Public Health's Ethical Dilemma: Is All Change Progress?
    Michael T. Osterholm (Minnesota Dept. of Health)

1985: Decision Making in Community Health
Madden's on Gull Lake

  • Decision Making and Its Importance: Past and Present
    Jon Wefald (State University System)
  • The Future of Dental Health in Minnesota
    Richard J. Hastreiter (Minnesota Dept. of Health)

1984: Commitment in Action
Sheraton Park Place (Golden Valley)

  • Commitment in Action
    Robert J. Orth (St. Paul County Commissioner)
  • Factors Governing Health Policy and the Effects on the Future Role of Public Health
    John Kralewski (University of Minnesota Center for Health Services Research)
  • Timing: A Lot More than Luck
    Dorrine Turecamo (writer, public speaker, management consultant)

1983: Community Health Services: Choices and Challenges
Madden's on Gull Lake

  • Politics, Planning, and People: How to Stay Hopeful in Tough Times
    Robert L. Veninga (University of Minnesota School of Public Health)
  • Healthy People: The Minnesota Experience
    Paul D. Gunderson (Minnesota Dept. of Health)
  • Health Costs and Its Sensitivity: Its Impact on Public Health, Acute Health, Care, and Health Wellness Programs
    James Kenney (Minnesota Coalition on Health Care Costs)
  • Health Care and Costs from the Consumer's Perspective
    Jerrold M. Peterson (University of Minnesota-Duluth)
  • The Prevention Revolution: Choices and Challenges
    Harold Leppink (St. Louis County Health Department)

Arrowwood Conference Center

1981: Maximizing Resources: The Challenge of the '80s
Madden's on Gull Lake

  • Making Stress Work for You: Coping or Copping Out
    Paul H. Cashman (University of Minnesota)
  • Marketing Health Programs
    William Flexner (Flexner and Associates)

1980: Third Annual Boards of Health Meeting
Madden's on Gull Lake

  • Boardsmanship
    Phyllis Acker (Governor's Office of Volunteer Services)

1979: Developing Community Health Services: An Intergovernmental Responsibility
Arrowwood Conference Center

  • Individual Responsibility and Government Interventions
    Lowell Levin (Yale University School of Medicine)
  • Intergovernmental Relations in Health
    Kathleen Sheehan (Office of Federal and State Relations), Ronald Benjamin (CMS), John Dilley (State Health Planning and Development Agency), George R. Pettersen (Commissioner of Health), Ray Cink (Ramsey County Community Health Service Agency)
  • Tools for Evaluation
    Duane Johnson (Minnesota Dept. of Health), Ellen Z. Fifer (Minnesota Dept. of Health), Dave Hovet (Minnesota Dept. of Health), William Rush (Minnesota Dept. of Health)

1978: First Annual Minnesota Boards of Health Meeting
Arrowwood Conference Center

  • Opening Address
    Gov. Rudy Perpich
  • Assessing Community Health Services Development
    Cliff Halmrast, Vernon Haglund, Bob Orth, Norm Anderson
    Jim Shipman (Association of Minnesota Counties), moderator
  • The Role of Boards of Health and Physicians in Community Health Services
    George Pickett (APHA Past President)
  • Panel: Physicians in Community Health
    Ellen Alkon, John Thomas, George Pettersen
    Bob Hiller (Minnesota Dept. of Health), moderator
  • Building a Community Health Services System: Issues and Relationships
    Fannie Kakela, Margaret Welch, Ray Eckes
    Jerome Crest (Douglas-Grant-Stevens-Traverse CHS Agency), moderator
  • Federal Perspective of Health Education
    Horace Ogden (Department of HEW, Atlanta, GA)
  • 1979 Legislative Preview
    Warrent R. Lawson (Commissioner of Health), Cynthia Whiteford (Minnesota Dept. of Public Welfare), Lovell Richie (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency), Peter Vanderpoel (Minnesota State Planning Agency)