Activities & off-campus events

Healthy Communities: Broadening the Lens of Healthcare, Equity, and Policy

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine

The 7th Annual Summit on Emerging Issues in Social Work Practice

Healthy Communities: Broadening the Lens of Healthcare, Equity, and Policy

Join us for a conversation about the health of Minnesota communities. Representatives from nonprofits and state agencies will share information on efforts to further develop equitable healthcare activities, programs, and policies that reflect a broad understanding of what creates health for individuals and communities. Learn about effective responses to diverse communities and successful initiatives for creating real change.

The day-long summit will include a panel presentation and resource fair in the morning and breakout sessions in the afternoon.

A Certificate of Attendance for up to 6 hours of continuing education will be provided.

There is no fee and all are welcome. Pre-registration is required.

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify disparities in health outcomes in Minnesota and the intersections of social determinants such as education, clinical care, and community based factors.
  • Expand knowledge of successful models and resources for personal and community health.
  • Identify and consider opportunities for engagement, advocacy, and collaboration with community initiatives and within the social work profession.


Jeannette Raymond, Community Engagement Supervisor, Center for Public Health Practice, Minnesota Department of Health


  • Bruce Thao, Director, Center for Health Equity, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Jennifer DeCubellis, Deputy County Administrator, Health & Human Services, Hennepin County
  • Lisa Skjefte, Health Equity Specialist & American Indian Community Liaison, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
  • Adair Mosley, President and CEO, Pillsbury United Communities


9 a.m.–12 p.m. morning session
Keynote, panelists, resource fair, small and large group discussion

12–1 p.m. lunch on your own
Enjoy lunch in the dining hall or at nearby restaurants. The resource fair will continue through the lunch hour.

1–4 p.m. afternoon sessions
Afternoon sessions will offer participants the opportunity to share strategies and resources across key dimensions of health: clinical care, community-based initiatives, and education-based initiatives. In addition, an advocacy boot camp will offer participants an opportunity to develop a tool kit for future action and policy advocacy.

Participants are encouraged to stay for the whole day, but are welcome to sign up for either the morning or afternoon sessions.

As the event approaches, if you have questions or need to cancel please contact Christa Bobick at or 651-690-6704.

This year's Summit is supported by the Social Work Healthcare Education and Leadership (Social Work HEALS) initiative, a collaboration of the Council on Social Work Education and the National Association of Social Workers, with generous funding from the New York Community Trust. The School of Social Work is one of 10 schools in the nation participating in Social Work HEALS.