• October 06, 2020 1:31 PM | Anonymous

    ACS CAN Minnesota 2020 Research and Innovation Forum 

    November 19, 2020 11:00am – 12:30pm


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    The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, is the nation’s leading cancer advocacy organization working every day to make cancer issues a top priority. 


    The ACS CAN Minnesota Research and Innovation Forum is a premiere event that brings together leaders from the business, education, medical, government and research communities to advance the work of ACS CAN. The event not only unites those in Minnesota who are fighting to end cancer, it serves to support ACS CAN and its work. 

    The November 19 event will discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted cancer care and research. Nearly one in four cancer patients say the pandemic has made it more difficult to get needed care. COVID- 19 has also impacted cancer prevention, research, and clinical trial participation. What’s more, this pandemic has underscored the health inequities that already exist in health care. Experts from all cancer care perspectives will discuss how COVID-19 has impacted cancer patients and researchers and what must be done to ensure all Minnesotans are accessing the cancer prevention and care they need.


    Confirmed speakers include: 

                        • Shaji Kumar, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Consultant, Division of Hematology, Department of Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic

                        • Jeffrey Miller, M.D., Deputy Director, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Transplantation

                        • Ann Nyakundi, MHA, CEO of United Family Medicine 


    Key Highlights: 


    Screening increases the chances of detecting certain cancers early, when they are most likely to be curable. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant delays in preventative cancer screenings. What is being done to address the delays due to COVID-19 and how can we remove screening barriers across all Minnesota communities?


    Advancements in medical research have unleashed new and improved therapies that are revolutionizing cancer care. How has COVID-19 impacted the research being done by Minnesota companies and institutions? What is being done to make sure the communities disproportionally impacted by cancer and COVID-19 can access research and clinical trials? What’s needed to make sure COVID-19 doesn’t permanently set back research and cancer care? 

    Community Driven Solutions. 

    Racism is a public health crisis. Many in Minnesota have been doing meaningful work to tackle structural racism in health care, reduce cancer disparities, and advance health equity. What factors have made COVID-19 impact communities of color more than other communities? How can cancer prevention and care advance anti-racist work and support communities of color during the global pandemic?

  • October 05, 2020 11:01 AM | Anonymous

    National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation

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    COVID-19 and Mental Health in the Workplace: Solutions for Employers and Employees

    Date and Time

    October 19, 2020
    1:00 - 2:00 PM ET


    Kathleen Pike
    Columbia University

    Brad Lerner

    Yolo Akili Robinson

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    Workplace mental health

    The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic recession have negatively affected the mental health of many Americans. The number of adults reporting that stress of the pandemic impacted their mental health increased from one third in March to over half of adults in July. The mental health consequences of the pandemic are widespread and impact everyone from frontline and essential workers, to those working from home. The pandemic has also highlighted unequal access to behavioral health care. While their rates of behavioral health disorders are similar to the general population, Black and Latino people experience greater barriers in accessing mental health treatment. 

    This webinar will bring together experts to discuss the opportunities and challenges that the pandemic poses for mental health and workplace well-being. Speakers will discuss:

    • The trend of declining mental health in America before and during the COVID-19 pandemic and what needs to be done to ward off a mental health crisis in the future
    • What a large employer and health plan is doing to prioritize mental health among its employees and members
    • How a community-focused organization is improving mental health and mental health awareness in the Black community

    draft agenda is available on our website.

  • September 21, 2020 2:30 PM | Anonymous

    Vaccinate the Heartland Celebration


    Join us on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at 7 pm Central Time to hear amazing speakers, including Chelsea Clinton, Senator Chuck Grassley, and Charlie Berens, music video contest winners, and some virtual vaccine hotdish.

    That evening, check the hashtag #VaxTheHeartland on Instagram and Twitter for great ways to connect with others in the event and to show your Midwestern, pro-vaccine pride.

    • Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, and New York Times bestselling author of several books.
    • Senator Chuck Grassley, the president pro tempore of the United States Senate, and the senior United States senator from Iowa. He is in his seventh term in the Senate, having first been elected in 1980.
    • Dr. Nathan Boonstra, general pediatrician at Blank Children's Hospital and co-host of the Vax Talk podcast
    • Charlie Berens, comedian, journalist, and host of the Manitowoc Minute.
    • And many more!


    Oct 15, 2020 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)


  • September 21, 2020 11:57 AM | Anonymous

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    Global Health Day 2020

    Join us during the University of Minnesota Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility’s annual Global Health Day event to celebrate and discover more about global health research, education, and outreach efforts at the University of Minnesota. 

    This year, we are celebrating Global Health Day in an online format to engage with global health champions around the university system. All of the events are free, open to the public, and available online.


    The Future of Global Health Research Training Panel

    9:00–10:30am CT, October 3, 2020
    Interest in experiences and training in global health has increased substantially in the last few decades among health sciences students around the world. In response, institutions have launched multiple efforts across regions and partners to re-envision and revitalize the nature and scope of Global Health Research Training programs. Getting strong institutional commitment, and support from institutional leadership along with an engaged local partner are both integral to the success and sustainability of these programs. However, concerns keep arising regarding how best to structure and implement these programs with particular attention being drawn to unintended consequences and ethical concerns that these efforts bring.

    During our Global Health Day panel, David Meya, MD and Claudia Munoz Zanzi, DVM, PhD will discuss questions on what lessons have been learned by University of Minnesota teams involved in moving forward this kind of endeavor and how these programs should be adapted to prepare the new generation of Global Health practitioners for the post-COVID era.

    Learn more about the Global Health Day panel.

    Global Health Pathways Interview Series

    September 21, 22, 23, 28, 30 & October 2, 2020
    We are presenting a series of interviews with Global Health Practitioners around the world to inspire students across disciplines to engage in global health efforts in their future professional pathways.

    Featured Inverviews:

    Diego García-Huidobro, Medical School, Santiago de Chile
    September 21, 2020 - 9:00am ct

    Walter James, Aid Worker
    September 22, 2020 - 3:00pm ct

    Darlisha Williams, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Minnesota
    September 23, 2020 - 10:00am ct

    Karthik Natarajan, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
    September 28, 2020 - 3:00pm ct

    Peter Larsen, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota
    September 30, 2020 - 3:00pm ct

    Kaylee M Errecaborde, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota; Tripartite Initiative, World Health Organization 
    October 2, 2020 - 3:00pm ct

    Learn more about the Global Health Day interview series.

    Global Health Poster Showcase

    September 28–October 2, 2020
    Learn more about global health efforts at the University of Minnesota by exploring the Global Health Poster Showcase from September 28 to October 2, 2020 during the week leading up to Global Health Day. During the showcase, we encourage you to ask questions and share feedback on the posters. You can also vote for your top 3 favorite posters in the showcase. Your votes will go toward the Audience Favorite Award presented along with the Outstanding Poster Awards on Saturday, October 3, 2020.

    Learn more about the Global Health Day poster showcase.
  • September 08, 2020 1:45 PM | Anonymous

    National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation

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    Systemic Racism, Disparities and Health: The Impact of COVID-19 on Latino Health

    Date and Time

    September 23, 2020
    1:00 - 2:00 PM ET


    Lisa Cacari Stone
    University of New Mexico

    Jane Delgado
    National Alliance for Hispanic Health

    Juan Chaluja
    Florida Blue

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    Systemic Racism Webinar Latino health

    The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the synergistic effects of systemic racism, combined with other factors, on the health of Latinos in the United States. Long-standing and ongoing social and economic inequities–including health literacy barriers, disproportionate employment as essential workers and limited access to employment and insurance benefits–leave Latinos at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 and having more severe cases of the disease. Latinos account for a disproportionate number of cases, are over 4 times as likely to be hospitalized than White Americans, and their share of COVID-19 related deaths is increasing.

    This webinar will highlight effective strategies to address the negative impact that systemic racism, the challenges of immigration, language barriers and other factors have on the health and well-being of Latinos. Experts will share actionable, solutions-based approaches that can make a difference at the state and community level, including:

    • An overview of the health equity challenges and disparities impacting immigrant, border and Latino communities in the U.S. and increasing their risk of COVID-19
    • Grassroots and community efforts and effective methods of supporting uninsured Latino populations, including challenges around mental health and access to care
    • A health plan partnership to improve care delivery and their commitment to addressing health access and literacy among Florida’s Latino communities through community workers and outreach

    draft agenda is available on our website.

    Check out the first webinar in this series, Systemic Racism and Health: Solutions, Making Change Happen, and the accompanying infographic.

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  • September 02, 2020 11:36 AM | Anonymous
    Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccines


    The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will soon announce a public comment period for a forthcoming study on Equitable Allocation of Vaccines Against COVID-19. The study is sponsored by NIH and CDC and will recommend criteria to help policymakers set priorities for the allocation of a limited initial supply of COVID-19 vaccine, when available. Public input, especially from groups highly impacted by COVID-19, is essential to inform this study. For more information, visit the study webpage and sign up for the COVID-19 & Infectious Diseases listserve to be notified when the public comment period opens.

  • August 27, 2020 2:30 PM | Anonymous

    Structural Racism is a Public Health Crisis

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    New podcast episode

    The topic of the 15th episode of The State We're In podcast is "Structural Racism is a Public Health Crisis.” Whether at the hands of police or because of pervasive inequities built into the fabric of our society, Black and Brown people are dying at disproportionately high rates compared to white people.

    Systemic and structural racism in housing, health care, employment, and healthy food access is resulting in Latinos and Blacks being three times as likely to be infected with COVID-19 as their white counterparts are and twice as likely to die of the virus as white people.

    This episode features three community leaders on why naming structural racism as a public health crisis is crucial and what comes after the acknowledgement. 
    Listen to the podcast on the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Center for Prevention website.

  • August 27, 2020 12:28 PM | Anonymous

    New report from MDH Center for Health Equity:

    Cultivating a Health Equity Ecosystem: Lessons Learned from the Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative

    Next year will be the 20th anniversary of the Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative (EHDI). For the past year, we’ve been working with a group of previous and current EHDI grantees to develop a report to capture the lessons we have learned over the past two decades on what it takes to advance health equity in communities of color and American Indians. On Monday, we released that report to the public on our website: Cultivating a Health Equity Ecosystem: Lessons Learned from the Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative.


    Since we wrote the report, a lot has changed in the past few months. We witnessed COVID-19 ravage our communities and lay bare the systemic inequities that perpetuate health disparities. The world watched as George Floyd was murdered in our backyard and our cities burned. We are trying to process our pain and grief in the midst of the pandemic. Yet we have also seen our communities mobilize to support one another, push for justice, and rebuild. Given all of this, we at the center have struggled with how and when to release this report. However, in reviewing the takeaways from the report, we realized the lessons we have learned from our community partners are relevant now more than ever.

    We are deeply grateful for the leadership of our grantees over the past two decades; they have paved the way to ensure our communities have the resources, access and services needed to create their healthiest futures. Grantees have also had profound impact on systems change at multiple levels. The state’s investment in EHDI has resulted in outcomes that cannot be quantified in metrics alone. We also recognize EHDI is one element within a complex ecosystem that requires many entities working together in order to truly achieve health and racial equity in Minnesota.

    We are pleased to share this report: “Cultivating a Health Equity Ecosystem: Lessons Learned from the Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative.” If we have learned anything from the last few months, it is that we will not see an end to structural inequities unless systems and institutions recognize their role in perpetuating inequities, share power and collaborate across sectors, and move to invest significantly more in community-driven solutions. Please join us in spreading this report widely.

    We also invite you to join a webinar on Wednesday, September 16 from 1-2 pm to walk through the report and the lessons learned. Please register for the webinar on the Cultivating a Health Equity Ecosystem report webpage.

    A huge thank you to our EHDI grantees past and present and the many staff and partners who worked tirelessly to put this report together.

  • August 10, 2020 8:03 PM | Anonymous

    Advocate for National Low Income Housing Coalition - opportunities described below

    We Are Making Progress – Don’t Let Up!

    Thanks to your advocacy, we are continuing to gain ground in building support for essential housing and homelessness resources and protections as negotiations for the next coronavirus relief package move forward. The White House has put rental assistance on the table for negotiations and has called for an executive order on eviction moratoriums, although both offers are inadequate to address the urgent need. More than a dozen Republican lawmakers have weighed in with their leadership in support of measures to prevent evictions and homelessness. Democratic leadership continues to hold firm on NLIHC’s top priorities to address the health and housing needs of the lowest-income renters and people experiencing homelessness.

    The stakes could not be higher, and now is a key moment for advocates. Together, we can make a real difference. Keep calling on your members of Congress to ensure robust resources and protections for the lowest-income renters and people experiencing homelessness remain a priority in negotiations.

    Even if you have already reached out – do so again today!

    Take Action

    1. Contact your senators and representatives again today: Demand that Congress pass the essential housing provisions of the HEROES Act. Find the phone numbers of your members of Congress here or send an email!
    2. Use NLIHC’s Advocacy Toolkit to urge Congress to take immediate action to ensure housing stability.
    3. Call out the need for #RentReliefNow on social media, using our sample social media posts and images. Tag your member of Congress and demand action!
    4. Publish op-eds and letters to the editor in your local papers using NLIHC’s media toolkit here.


    Thanks to your advocacy, lawmakers are increasingly feeling the pressure to act to ensure housing stability during the coronavirus pandemic and address the needs of people experiencing homelessness.

    It is unclear when a deal will be reached, but so far, all of NLIHC’s top priorities are on the table: a national, uniform moratorium on all evictions for nonpayment of rent; $100 billion in emergency rental assistance through the “Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act;” $11.5 billion to help address the health and housing needs of people experiencing homelessness; and at least $13 billion in additional resources to ensure housing stability.

    It is critical that advocates do not let up the pressure until a final deal is reached. “The stakes could not be higher during this public health crisis,” NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel warned in a press statement. “Ensuring that everyone is stably housed during and after the COVID-19 pandemic is not only a moral imperative – it is a public health necessity.”

    Contact your members of Congress now!

    Thank you for your crucial advocacy!

  • August 06, 2020 1:13 PM | Anonymous

    Resource for communicating about public health policies


    Free online course

    Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) announces the release of a new resource to help public health professionals create concise, well-informed arguments that communicate the importance of policy issues and options to elected officials and other decision-makers for improving health.

    The free self-paced course, Policy Briefs: From Concept to Action is a step-by-step guide for helping you organize your thinking, strategize and communicate about action items, and propose changes in policies that affect your community.

    Visit the NWCPHP website to learn more and register.

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