Friday, September 27 - 11:00 a.m.

Syl Jones

Telling the Truth about Trauma

Image Presentation Slides (PDF: 965KB / 39 slides)
Image Adverse Childhood Experiences in Minnesota: Findings and Recommendations Based on the 2011 Minnesota Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (PDF: 695KB / 4 pages)

Playwright Syl Jones will share his own compelling, personal story related to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). By asking us to think deeply about the connections between all forms of trauma and the many different health problems we are seeing today, Syl will close the Community Health Conference by challenging us to work together to develop strategies for healthier communities.

About Syl

ImageSyl Jones is an award-winning transformational thinker, journalist, playwright, and video producer. He writes for corporations and nonprofits and, from 1994-2004, authored a widely read opinion column for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Syl lives by his personal mission statement, aiming to "bring clarity to people about complex issues." He consults with various organizations about change management, employee engagement, and diversity and inclusion. His adaptation of George Schuyler's Black No More won the Kennedy Center Prize for New Plays, and he recently scripted a film for HealthPartners on health care disparities in the African-American community. Syl currently serves as Director of Mixed Blood Theatre's On the Job program, which provides customized theatrical presentations to address issues of inclusion in the public and private sectors.

2013 General Sessions

Shawna Suckow
Creating Community at the Conference and Afterward
8:40 a.m.
Minnesota State Agency Panel
Health in All Policies: How State Agencies are
Creating Opportunities for Health
3:45 p.m.
Rex Archer
Public Health and Community Organizing:
The Evolution of Public Health Practice in the 21st Century
11:00 a.m.
Syl Jones
Telling the Truth about Trauma