Minority and Multicultural Health
Messages from the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health
2013 Community Health Conference
Call for Proposals: Deadline May 16, 2013
The SCHSAC Community Health Conference Planning Workgroup is currently seeking concurrent session proposals for the 2013 Community Health Conference – Working Together: Attaining Health Equity in Minnesota Communities. This year’s conference will be held September 25-27 at Cragun’s Conference Center in Brainerd.
Minnesota’s overall health ranking from the United Health Foundation has slipped from the healthiest state to fifth. Working together, we can do better. We must look beneath the averages to reveal the complexity and health challenges faced by populations and communities in our state. While the health of many of us is generally very good, this does not, unfortunately, hold true for everyone.
Currently, all Minnesotans do not have an equal opportunity to be healthy. This can be seen in each area of public health responsibility. What trends do we need to address to make Minnesota the healthiest state again? Our health has been impacted by five key things: increasing diversity distributed unevenly throughout the state; persistent health disparities; decreasing investment in public health; decreasing investment in education, an important predictor of health; and a lack of understanding about what creates health.
EHDI Grantees and other community experts have valuable information and lessons learned to share about your work in our communities. State agencies, local public health, funders, consultants, are hungry to hear your stories. The Community Health Conference is an incredible opportunity for you to do this. Please read the Call for Proposals and consider how you might share your stories with the rest of Minnesota. Do it alone, in partnership with co-grantees working in the same priority health area, or in partnership with local public health or other entities.