Thursday, September 18 - 8:15 a.m.

Governor Mark Dayton with Commissioner of Health Ed Ehlinger

Governor Mark Dayton, Minnesota's 40th Governor, will participate in a discussion with Minnesota Commissioner of Health Ed Ehlinger about building a healthy Minnesota.

Mark Dayton was born in Minneapolis and graduated, cum laude, from Yale University. After college, he taught for two years in a New York City public school, where he realized the terrible injustice that his students had so little, while he had been given so much. He decided to devote his life to improving social equality and economic opportunity for all Americans. Mark served as Commissioner of the Minnesota Departments of Economic Development and of Energy and Economic Development, as State Auditor, and as United States Senator. He has worked to help businesses create jobs, to improve government services, to better fund schools, to support our servicemen and women, to help Minnesotans get the health care they need, and in many other ways to make a better Minnesota.

Governor Mark Dayton appointed Ed Ehlinger to serve as Minnesota Commissioner of Health in January 2011. Prior to being appointed commissioner, Ed served as director and chief health officer for Boynton Health Service at the University of Minnesota, from 1995 to 2011. He has also served as an adjunct professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health. From 1980 to 1995, he served as director of Personal Health Services for the Minneapolis Health Department.

2014 General Session Presenters

Ed Ehlinger, Commissioner of Health
Native Pride Dancers
Clem Bezold, Institute for Alternative Futures