Office of Minority and Multicultural Health Staff Profiles

Melanie Peterson-Hickey
Interim Director


Peterson-Hickey holds a doctorate from the University of Minnesota in Education Policy and Administration. She has worked at MDH for 14 years in the Center for Health Statistics and Family and Community Health. Her work in Family and Community Health included data support and analysis for the Populations of Color Health Status Reports, Office of Minority Health State Partnership Grant, and the Robert Wood Johnson Grant on Health Equity and Local Public Health. She has also provided evaluation planning and support for the Minnesota Home Visiting Program and the Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative. Melanie also has many years of teaching, evaluation and research experience in local community groups and organizations in Minnesota and Wisconsin. More recently, along with Assistant Commissioner Jeanne Ayers, Melanie co-led the Advancing Health Equity initiative and 2014 Report to the Legislature.

Xiaoying Chen
Asian American Health Coordinator

Xiaoying Chen came to Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Office of Minority and Multicultural Health (OMMH) as the Asian American Health Coordinator in 2006. Her previous work experience includes working for a nonprofit and governmental agencies managing federal, state and county grants and serving as a multicultural liaison. Being a first generation immigrant, she fully understands the challenges that immigrant and refugee communities face on daily basis, living in a new world. Her strong interest in public health led her to become an advocate for populations of color and American Indians, promoting health equity for all Minnesotans. She holds an M.S. degree from Wheelock College in Boston.

Loring Eyo
Administrative Principal

Loring Eyo has over 10 years of experience working for corporate organizations providing various degrees of high level administrative support in diverse industries. She has worked for companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield MN, UnitedHealth Group, Lockheed Martin, American Express, to name a few. 

Some of her key duties in these organizations were creating and streamlining process and procedures for onboarding of new hires and contractors, creating and managing databases that utilize client data and contract agreements, and negotiating and amending agreements and contracts with contractors and vendors.

Loring has a B.S. degree in business management and a human resources certification from Cardinal Stritch University in Minnesota.


Updated Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 09:32AM