​School of Social Work to host annual summit on August 7

2015 Social Work Summit

Participants of the 2015 Social Work Summit browse the resource fair. Photo by Alex Kennedy '15.

On Tuesday, August 7, the St. Kate’s – St. Thomas School of Social Work will host the Field Practice Institute Seventh Annual Summit on Emerging Issues in Social Work. This year’s summit — “Healthy Communities: Broadening the Lens of Healthcare, Equity, and Policy” — will include nonprofit and state agency representatives who will share details on efforts to continue developing equitable healthcare activities, programs and policies that reflect a broad understanding of what creates health.

Morning sessions will include a keynote address from Jeannette Raymond, community engagement supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Health’s Center for Public Health Practice, Resource Fair, small and large group discussion, and a panel presentation featuring:

  • Bruce Thao, director of the Minnesota Department of Health’s Center for Health Equity
  • Jennifer DeCubellis, deputy county administrator – health and human services for Hennepin County
  • Lisa Skjefte, healthy equity specialist and American Indian community liaison
  • Adair Mosely, president and CEO of Pillsbury United Communities

The afternoon will provide opportunities to share strategies and resources across key dimensions of health, including: clinical care, community-based initiatives and education-based initiatives. Advocacy Boot Camp will also help attendees develop a tool kit for future action and policy work.

Learning objectives include:

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

Participants in the free, day-long summit — which will be held in the Rauenhorst Ballroom on the third floor of Coeur de Catherine — will receive a Certificate of Attendance for up to six hours of continuing education. All are welcome, however pre-registration is required. For more information, visit the event page for the Seventh Annual Summit on Emerging Issues in Social Work Practice.

The 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.