News release: Governor Dayton to speak at 2014 Community Health Conference on building a healthy Minnesota

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September 16, 2014

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Governor Dayton to speak at 2014 Community Health Conference on building a healthy Minnesota

Governor to address officials from around the state at annual meeting of public health community

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton will join Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger to kick off the 2014 Community Health Conference on the morning of Thursday, September 18, with a discussion about building a healthy Minnesota. The annual conference, expected to draw more than 400 public health workers from across the state, is set for September 18-19 in Brainerd.

Organized by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) in partnership with the State Community Health Services Advisory Committee, the Community Health Conference is an annual gathering of local elected officials, tribal and community health leaders, MDH staff, and colleagues from health plans, health care and other sectors. The conference includes nearly 30 break-out sessions on public health topics such as mental health, infectious disease, health equity and emergency preparedness.

"We are thrilled to have Governor Dayton join us this year for our keynote discussion," Commissioner Ehlinger said. "Under Governor Dayton's leadership, our state has made significant progress on important public health issues from obesity to tobacco use to health disparities. This event gives the state's public health community an opportunity to hear directly from the Governor about where we are and where we need to go."

The conference provides public health professionals with an opportunity to learn from their peers and national experts about emerging, promising and proven practices for building public health, while honing their skills to the benefit of their communities.

More conference information can be found on the MDH website at


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Michael Schommer
MDH Communications