Community Health Conference Planning Workgroup

ImageThe Community Health Conference Planning Workgroup selects the theme, format, and speakers for the annual Community Health Conference, and assists MDH staff in hosting the conference.

This workgroup meets twice each year in person, and as needed via phone/webinar meetings and email.

To learn more about conferences, themes, speakers, and courses, visit the Community Health Conference.


Karen Ahmann, Chair (Polk-Norman-Mahnomen)
Louise Anderson (Carlton-Cook-Lake-St. Louis)
Ken Bence, Minnesota Council of Health Plans (Medica)
Xiaoying Chen (MDH Office of Minority & Multicultural Health)
Mary Jo Chippendale (MDH Community & Family Health)
Jackie Dionne (MDH Director of Tribal Health)
Theresa Evans Ross, EHDI Grantee (Annex Teen Clinic)
Craig Gilbertson (MDH Environmental Health)
Bill Groskreutz (Faribault-Martin)
Terri Janssen (Nobles)
Rose Jost (Richfield)
Helene Kahlstorf (North Country)
Amy Kenzie (MDH Health Promotion & Chronic Disease)
Ann Kinney (MDH Health Policy)
Larry Kittelson (Horizon)
Michelle Larson (MDH Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives)
Bonnie Paulsen (Bloomington)
Deb Purfeerst (Rice)
Deb Radi (MDH Office of Emergency Preparedness)
Karen Swenson (Brown-Nicollet)
Allison Thrash (MDH Office of Performance Improvement)
Isaac Triebold (MDH Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention & Control)

MDH Conference Staff

Liz Arita (Office of Performance Improvement)
Becky Buhler (Office of Performance Improvement)
Peggy Malinowski (Office of Performance Improvement)