2011 Community Health Conference - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Community Health Conference: 2011

inVesting in our Values and Vision

The State Community Health Services Advisory Committee (SCHSAC) Community Health Conference Planning Workgroup was charged to select the format, theme, objectives, and speakers for the 2011 Community Health Conference and to assist Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) staff in hosting the conference.

2011 CHC Attendees
Attendees at the 2011 Community Health Conference

Summary of Activities

The 2011 Community Health Conference Planning Workgroup worked with MDH staff to organize the format, program, and speakers for the 2011 Community Health Conference inVesting in our Values and Vision. The conference was held on September 14-16, 2011 at the Breezy Point Conference Center in Breezy Point, MN.

Two hundred eighty-two people statewide attended the conference including: local elected officials; local public health administrators, directors and staff; SCHSAC members and alternates; community-based organization leadership and staff; Community Health Board and advisory committee members; MDH leadership and staff; and other public health professionals.

Conference participants had the opportunity to:

  • Network with new and old public health colleagues;
  • Celebrate public health accomplishments and be inspired to meet the public health challenges of the future;
  • Discuss and provide input on important public health issues with the MDH Executive Team; and to
  • Gain fresh perspectives by attending concurrent sessions.

The conference featured five general sessions:

  • Tom Mosgaller, Director of Change Management, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Holding Gains and Framing the Future: Spotlighting the "A" in PDSA" (Plan-Do-Study-Act);
  • Magda Peck, Associate Dean, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center: Powers of Three: Recreation, Resilience, and Resolve;
  • Petra Marquart, Motivational Speaker: The Power of Service in
    Public Health
  • Peter Menzel, Freelance Photojournalist and Faith D'Aluisio, Editor, Material World Books: Calories and Culture: A Worldwide
    Photographic Journey
    ; and
  • Edward Ehlinger, Commissioner of Health: Conference Closing Session

In addition, 20 concurrent sessions were offered on the following six topic areas:

  • Sustainable policy, systems and environmental change;
  • Innovative partnerships;
  • Embracing accreditation and performance management;
  • Emerging issues in environmental health;
  • Addressing the social and economic determinants of health; and the
  • Role of technology in advancing local public health practice.

Highlights and free time activities during the conference included the yearly community health awards ceremony and reception, public health resources and displays, physical activity sessions (with new activities Zumba and "Ring" the Commissioner horseshoe fundraiser), after dinner conversations with the Commissioner of Health and the MDH Executive Team, and movie night.

Commissioner of Health Ed Ehlinger and friends help raise funds
for the University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Endowment Fund, in the name of Jim Rothenberger

Conference participants continue to see value in the annual Community Health Conference; "networking" continues to be the most frequent participant response to the question "what did you like most about this conference."

2011 Conference Planning Workgroup Members

Karen Nordstrom, Chair; Bloomington City Council Member
Kenneth Bence; Minnesota Council of Health Plans
David Benson; Nobles County Commissioner
Cynthia Bennett; Aitkin, Itasca, Koochiching Public Health Services
Gail Gentling; Office of Performance Improvement, MDH
José González; Office of Minority and Multicultural Health, MDH
Pam Hayes; Health Promotion Chronic Disease, MDH
Sue Hedlund; Washington Co. Dept. of Public Health and Environment
Ardis Henriksen; Southwest Health and Human Services
Helene Kahlstorf; North Country Community Health Board
Ann Kinney; Health Policy Division, MDH
Larry Kittelson; Pope County Commissioner
Brad Krier; Infectious Disease Epidemiology Prevention and Control, MDH
Dan Locher; Environmental Health, MDH
Glen Mathiason; Freeborn County Commissioner
Susan Morris; Isanti County Commissioner
Janet Olstad; Community and Family Health, MDH
Jacob Owens; Office of Emergency Preparedness, MDH
Chris Tholkes; Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiative, MDH
Bev Wangerin; McLeod County Commissioner

Conference Staff

Alex Eichman; Office of Performance Improvement, MDH
Peggy Malinowski; Office of Performance Improvement, MDH
Nicole Parsons; Office of Performance Improvement, MDH