Past Community Health Conferences - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Past Community Health Conferences

2022: Canceled

MDH and SCHSAC have cancelled the 2022 Community Health Conference.

2021: Pivoting to the Future: Opportunity, Complexity, and Working Together

MDH hosted this virtual half-day event in lieu of the 2021 Community Health Conference. Watch the livestream and download materials at the link above.

What did participants think? Event evaluation results: Pivoting to the Future (PPT). When asked for a password, click "read only" to view a read-only version of the evaluation results.

2020: Canceled

MDH and SCHSAC canceled the 2020 Community Health Conference, due to COVID-19.

2019: Examining Roots to Build our Healthy Future

  • From Separation to Relationship: How Change Happens in Living Systems
    Deborah Frieze
  • Parental Incarceration is a Shared Sentence. What is the Public Health Response?
    Panelists: Bill Hutton (Minnesota Sheriff’s Association), John Soghigian (early childhood resources advocate and parent consultant), and Tierre Webster (Next Chapter Ministries); Moderator: Dawn Beck (Olmsted County)

2018: Creating Healthy Communities Brings Us Together

  • Celebrating and challenging public health leadership
    Jan Malcolm
  • Sustaining positive energy and passion for our work
    Jeff Linkenbach, EdD

2017: Be Part of the Conversation: Our Stories, Our Communities, Our Health

  • Our Stories—Telling our Public Health Stories
    David C. Mann
  • Our Communities—How do you Say Equity in Your Language?
    Abigail Echo-Hawk
  • Our Health—Be Part of the Conversation
    Tane Danger and the Theater of Public Policy

2016: From Principle to Practice: Walk the Talk for Health Equity

  • Health Care or Health Equity—Which Contributes More to Good Health?
    Anthony Iton
  • Health Equity—Creating a Healthy Community
    Renee Frauendienst
  • Somali Mental Health Findings
    Asma Bulale
  • Minnesota's Aging Population
    Craig Helmstetter
  • My Story—Taking Action in Lake Wobegon
    Eric Bergenson

2015: Public Health: Everyone, Every Day, Everywhere

  • Health between Cultures
    Kao Kalia Yang
  • All the Water We Have
    Sandy Spieler
  • Partners Roundtable
    Kerri Miller, MayKao Hang, Robert Kane, Penny Wheeler

2014: Public Health on the Horizon

  • Gov. Mark Dayton and Commissioner Ed Ehlinger
  • Native Pride Dancers and Larry Yazzie
  • Clem Bezold

2013: Working Together: Attaining Health Equity in Minnesota Communities

  • Creating Community at the Conference and Afterward
    Shawna Suckow
  • Health in All Policies: How State Agencies are Creating Opportunities for Health
    Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger, Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr, Pollution Control Agency Commissioner John Linc Stine, Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle
  • Public Health and Community Organizing: The Evolution of Public Health Practice in the 21st Century
    Rex Archer
  • Telling the Truth about Trauma
    Syl Jones

2012: Strengthening Public Health: Linking Past Successes to Future Challenges

  • Strengthening Public Health: Linking Past Successes to Future Challenges
    Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger, Past Health Commissioner Sr. Mary Madonna Ashton, Past Health Commissioner Mary Jo O'Brien, Past Health Commissioner Anne Barry, Past Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, Past Health Commissioner Dianne Mandernach, Past Health Commissioner Sanne Magnan
  • Synergy across Sectors
    Glen P. Mays
  • Share your Passion for Public Health and Your Community
    Andy Berndt
  • Rethink the Impossible
    Billy McLaughlin

2011: inVesting in our Values and Vision

  • Holding Gains and Framing the Future: Spotlighting the "A" in PDSA
    Tom Mosgaller
  • Powers of Three: Recreating, Resilience, and Resolve
    Magda Peck
  • The Power of Service in Public Health
    Petra Marquart
  • Calories and Culture: A Worldwide Photographic Journey
    Peter Menzel, Faith D'Aluisio

2010: Looking, Leading, Moving Ahead

  • Public Health Informatics: What is it and What does it Mean for Me?
    Arthur Davidson
  • If You Think You Can!
    Karla Heeter
  • Minnesota and the New Normal
    Tom Gillaspy
  • Looking, Leading, Moving Ahead: National Perspectives
    Paul Jarris, Bobby Pestronk

2009: Surviving and Thriving in Difficult Times

  • Public Health 2009: Celebrating Our Achievements and Embracing the Challenge
    Linda Olson Keller
  • Leading from your Soul (Instead of a Position of Authority)
    Robin Getman
  • Institutional Racism: What is it? Why is it Important?
    Diana Dunn, John Morrin

2008: Fostering Hope and Facilitating Change: Public Health in the 21st Century

  • Laugh! For the Health of it
    Robin Getman
  • Climate Change—Implications for Public Health
    Mark Seeley
  • The Itasca Project—How Business Leaders are Working to "Close the Gap"
    Donna Zimmerman

2007: Prevent. Promote. Protect. Public Health at the Crossroads

  • Patrick Libbey
  • Deputy State Chaplain Maj. John Morris
  • Janet Porter
  • Tou Ger Xiong

2006: Navigating an Era of Change: Working Together, Making Connections

  • Charting a Course through Turbulent Times
    Tony Moore
  • The Healthiest State in the Nation... but What About Tomorrow?
  • And the Circle Goes Round and Round
    Gloria Lewis
  • The Art and Science of Humor: Are You Joking?
    Kevin Lee Smith

2005: Investing in Our Future—Strong Families, Healthy Communities

  • Building Community in the Midst of Diversity: Contact, Culture, Complexity, and Conflict
    Juan C. Moreno
  • The Intersection between Culture, Health, and Well-Being
  • "Me" and "Us": Recapturing the Language of Public Health
    John R. Finnegan, Jr.
  • Keeping it All in Perspective
    Fr. Nick Mezakapa

2004: Change, Challenge, Opportunity—Leading for the Future

  • The Power of One
    Janet Porter
  • CardioVision 2020: A Community Responds to the Lifestyle Syndrome
    Thomas E. Kottke
  • Refugee and Immigrant Health Care in Minnesota
    Patricia Walker

2003: Minnesota Prepares

  • Protecting the Public from Emerging Threats: Is Minnesota's Public Health System Up to the Job?
    Michael Osterholm
  • When the Going Gets Tough, Who are the Tough that Get Going: State Assets for a Local Emergency Response
    John Hick, Aggie Leitheiser, Maj. Thomas Miller, Terri Smith
  • Local Public Health Preparedness Partners Response Panel
    Linda Bedeau, Jo Coover, Denise Dunn, Renee Frauendienst, Dave Gisch, Dave Schuldheisz, Carol Sele
  • Biological, Chemical, and Radiological Agents
    Harry Hull, Patricia Bloomgren

2002: Focusing on the Public Health Partnership and Emergency Preparedness

  • Risk Communication about Bioterrorism: Aiming at Calm Concern, Not Outrage, Denial, Apathy, or Panic
    Peter Sandman
  • Public Health Emergency Response Scenario: Who's Responsible for What?
    Robert Einweck, Myrlah Olson

2001: Better Health for All

  • America's Changing Democracy
    Christopher Gates
  • Building Communities Worth Living In—A Possible Model for Inclusion
    Fr. Anthony Stubeda
  • Cultural Competency for Public Health
    Okokon Udo

2000: Working Together—Seeking Solutions

  • Social Capital, Social Cohesion, and Health
    Ichiro Kawachi
  • Working Together to Protect Health
    Harry Hull

1999: A Century of Progress

  • A Century of Progress?
    Hy Berman
  • Knowledge Management: A Strategic Public Health Asset for the New Millennium
    Dennis McDowell

1998: Reaching our Goals, Building our Future

  • Public Health in the 21st Century: The Future of Goals, Partnerships, and Health
    Clem Bezold
  • Public Health is Investment Counseling
    Paul J. Wiesner
  • Bioterrorism, Media Hype, or Future Nightmare
    Michael J. Osterholm

1997: Tradition and Change: Working Together to Improve the Health of Communities

  • Leading from Anywhere: Meeting the Needs of the 21st Century
    Kathleen Allen
  • Working Together on Disaster Management: Lessons from the 1997 Floods
    Bonnie Holz, Cathlene Hockert, James Feddema, Nancy Bauer, Cal Michaels, JoAnn Coover, Brenda Menier, Mary Sheehan

1996: 20 Years of Partnership: A Rich Heritage, a Vibrant Future

  • Public Health in the New American Health System
    Jeffrey P Koplan
  • Violence Prevention and Public Health: Why Should We be Involved?
    Rev. Devin Miller
  • Shaping a Better Future for Minnesota's Children and Families
    Barbara Colombo, Barbara Yates, Ann Damon, Mary Wellik

1995: Today's Challenges, Tomorrow's Solutions—Shaping Policy and Practice

  • Emerging Infections: A Crisis of Disease or Public Perception
    Michael Osterholm
  • Public Health's Heritage—Public Health's Future
    Kristin M. Gebbie, Columbia School of Nursing

1994: Community Health: Moving Ahead in a Competitive Environment

  • Working Together in a Competitive Environment
    Tyler Norris (National Civic League Healthy Communities Initiative)
  • Health as a Shared Responsibility
    Steve Mosow (Health Futures Institute), Gayle Hallin (Bloomington Division of Public Health), Paul Terry (Park Nicollet Foundation)
  • Universal Standard Benefits Set
    Mary Jo O'Brien, Barbara Nerness, Tom Moss, Dee Richards
  • Our Key to Well-Being, No Matter What!
    Mary O'Brien Sippel (College of St. Scholastica)

1993: Public Health in a Changing World

  • Public Health in a Changing World
    Julia Plotnick (US Public Health Service)
  • Violence: Causes and Prevention
    Tony Bouza (Minneapolis Chief of Police, ret.)

1992: Public Health—Healthy Investment

  • The Secrets of the Sacred Tree: Making the Extraordinary Ordinary
    Don Coyhis (White Bison, Inc.)
  • Wonderland
    Illusion Theater
  • Humor as a Stress Manager
    Hal Schippits

1991: Translating Vision into Action—Leadership in Changing Times

  • Translating Vision into Action: Leadership in Changing Times
    Stephen Joseph (University of Minnesota School of Public Health)
  • Ethical Leadership in Changing Times
    George Shapiro (University of Minnesota)

1990: Community Health: Mission and Vision

  • Mission and Vision: A New Look at Leadership
    Robert L. Veninga (University of Minnesota School of Public Health)
  • Minnesota's Vision for Health: Year 2000
    Roger Cooper (Minnesota House of Representatives)

1989: Assembling the Public Health Puzzle in the '90s

  • The Future of Public Health
    Martin P. Wasserman (National Association of County Health Officials)
  • The "Aging" of Minnesota: Implications for Public Health Needs
    Sharon Patten (University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute)

1988: Mobilizing the Community to Promote Health

  • Mobilizing the Community to Promote Health
    Marshall W. Kreuter (Center for Disease Control)
  • Advocacy for Pediatric Injury Control
    Andrew McGuire (Trauma Foundation)

1987: Collaboration for Quality

  • Collaboration: A Key to Effective Leadership in Public Health
    Robert Terry (University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute)
  • A Public Health Challenge: Suicide Among Farmers
    Paul Gunderson (Minnesota Dept. of Health)

1986: Ethics and Leadership in Community Health

  • Community Health Ethics and Leadership: The Confounding Connection
    Robert Terry (University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute)
  • AIDS: The Client Concerns and Public Policy (Panel)
    Eric Engstrom (Minnesota AIDS Project), Michael Moen (Minnesota Dept. of Health)
    Michael T. Osterholm, moderator
  • Modern Public Health's Ethical Dilemma: Is All Change Progress?
    Michael T. Osterholm (Minnesota Dept. of Health)

1985: Decision-Making in Community Health

  • Decision-Making and Its Importance: Past and Present
    Jon Wefald (State University System)
  • The Future of Dental Health in Minnesota
    Richard J. Hastreiter (Minnesota Dept. of Health)

1984: Commitment in Action

  • Commitment in Action
    Robert J. Orth (St. Paul County Commissioner)
  • Factors Governing Health Policy and the Effects on the Future Role of Public Health
    John Kralewski (University of Minnesota Center for Health Services Research)
  • Timing: A Lot More than Luck
    Dorrine Turecamo (writer, public speaker, management consultant)

1983: Community Health Services: Choices and Challenges

  • Politics, Planning, and People: How to Stay Hopeful in Tough Times
    Robert L. Veninga (University of Minnesota School of Public Health)
  • Healthy People: The Minnesota Experience
    Paul D. Gunderson (Minnesota Dept. of Health)
  • Health Costs and Its Sensitivity: Its Impact on Public Health, Acute Health, Care, and Health Wellness Programs
    James Kenney (Minnesota Coalition on Health Care Costs)
  • Health Care and Costs from the Consumer's Perspective
    Jerrold M. Peterson (University of Minnesota-Duluth)
  • The Prevention Revolution: Choices and Challenges
    Harold Leppink (St. Louis County Health Department)


1981: Maximizing Resources: The Challenge of the '80s

  • Making Stress Work for You: Coping or Copping Out
    Paul H. Cashman (University of Minnesota)
  • Marketing Health Programs
    William Flexner (Flexner and Associates)

1980: Third Annual Boards of Health Meeting

  • Boardsmanship
    Phyllis Acker (Governor's Office of Volunteer Services)

1979: Developing Community Health Services: An Intergovernmental Responsibility

  • Individual Responsibility and Government Interventions
    Lowell Levin (Yale University School of Medicine)
  • Intergovernmental Relations in Health
    Kathleen Sheehan (Office of Federal and State Relations), Ronald Benjamin (CMS), John Dilley (State Health Planning and Development Agency), George R. Pettersen (Commissioner of Health), Ray Cink (Ramsey County Community Health Service Agency)
  • Tools for Evaluation
    Duane Johnson (Minnesota Dept. of Health), Ellen Z. Fifer (Minnesota Dept. of Health), Dave Hovet (Minnesota Dept. of Health), William Rush (Minnesota Dept. of Health)

1978: First Annual Minnesota Boards of Health Meeting

  • Opening Address
    Gov. Rudy Perpich
  • Assessing Community Health Services Development
    Cliff Halmrast, Vernon Haglund, Bob Orth, Norm Anderson
    Jim Shipman (Association of Minnesota Counties), moderator
  • The Role of Boards of Health and Physicians in Community Health Services
    George Pickett (APHA Past President)
  • Panel: Physicians in Community Health
    Ellen Alkon, John Thomas, George Pettersen
    Bob Hiller (Minnesota Dept. of Health), moderator
  • Building a Community Health Services System: Issues and Relationships
    Fannie Kakela, Margaret Welch, Ray Eckes
    Jerome Crest (Douglas-Grant-Stevens-Traverse Community Health Services Agency), moderator
  • Federal Perspective of Health Education
    Horace Ogden (Department of HEW, Atlanta, GA)
  • 1979 Legislative Preview
    Warrent R. Lawson (Commissioner of Health), Cynthia Whiteford (Minnesota Dept. of Public Welfare), Lovell Richie (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency), Peter Vanderpoel (Minnesota State Planning Agency)