Health Equity: Many Voices, Shared Vision

Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 7:30 a. m. – 5:00 p.m.
University of Minnesota Continuing Education Center, 1890 Buford Ave, St Paul, MN 55108

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Our one-day conference will feature an opening plenary featuring Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger and DHS Assistant Commissioner Anne Barry. We will have two sets of concurrent breakouts, a plenary health equity panel, discussion breakouts on key topics and a closing forum. CHWs (including promotars/es, CHRs, and MnSURE navigators), employers, educators, providers (health, social services, housing), local public health, health plans, community-based organizations, voluntary health associations, and all those committed to working for health equity are encouraged to participate.

Conference Objectives 

  1. Describe current initiatives in Minnesota that help achieve the Triple Aim of Health Equity
  2. Identify new developments, emerging lessons, best practices, and helpful resources to improve access, outcomes, and sustainability
  3. Define opportunities, research, and success factors for next-stage work to impact the health of underserved communities
  4. Strengthen cross-sector connections, celebrate progress, and recognize leadership

Conference Location and Parking

The conference will be held at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center, 1890 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108.  For directions, call the center at 612-624-3275 or visit:

Parking can be found in nearby University of Minnesota ramps. Rates and locations can be found at the link:

How to Register

Be sure to register early for our one-day conference to ensure that your name is included on the participant list!

  • Register and pay online here. Online registration features immediate confirmation of your registration via email and follow-up reminders from the Minnesota Public Health Association which is serving as our conference registrar. Credit card payment is required for online registration. Please note that online payments are non-refundable and non-negotiable.
  • Register by mail and pay by check. Please complete the registration form at the link below and enclose with your check payable to Minnesota CHW Alliance. Mail check and application to:

**Please note that in order for accurate conference registration counts, all mail must be postmarked by May 13**

MN CHWA Conference Rates

  • – May 26th Full Day Regular Rate: $105.00
  • – May 26th Full Day Rate for spring ’16 CHW Certificate Program Students: $45.00
  • – May 26th Afternoon-Only Rate for MPHA Members: $55.00
  • – CHW Rate for Two-Day Combined MPHA and MN CHWA Conferences: $155.00 (Note: MPHA members need to register for the MPHA conference separately at

CHW Scholarships

A limited number of CHW scholarships are available by application. To learn more, please contact Joan Cleary at


A block of rooms has been reserved at Country Inn & Suites at the special rate of $99.00/night plus tax (10.125%) for those who register for our conference. When you call, be sure to reference the “MPHA-MN CHW Alliance Conferences” and make your reservations by noon on April 26, 2016 to receive this conference rate.

Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance 2016 Statewide Conference Program Agenda

Please note that the titles and time slots of specific breakout sessions may change as we finalize our programSeveral breakouts are under development and will be added.

7:30-8:00 a.m.: Check-in and Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:15 a.m.: Opening Remarks by MPHA & Alliance – Aggie Cook and Cathy Weik

8:15-9:30 a.m.: Progress in Achieving Triple Aim of Health Equity featuring MDH Commissioner Ed Ehlinger and DHS Asst Commissioner Anne Barry

9:30-9:45 a.m.: Break

9:45-10:45 a.m: Concurrent Sessions

  • – Addressing Racial Injustice/Institutional Racism in Public Health & Health Care
  • – Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Cuba
  • – “Raising of America”: Catalyst for Community Cation
  • – SIM-MN and CHWs: What’s New
  • – Oral Health Disparities in Minnesota
  • – Silos to Circle: Fostering Resiliency at a Community Level

10:45-11:00 a.m.: Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Concurrent Sessions

  • – Evidence-Based Care Coordination: Pathways Community HUB
  • – Health Literacy and CHW Role in Rural MN
  • – Minnesota Health Care Programs Update
  • – Building Personal and Community Resilience
  • – Community Paramedics and CHWs: A New Partnership to Address Health Disparities

12:30-1:30 p.m.: Lunch and Networking in the Courtyard Dining Room

1:45-2:45 p.m.: Leadership Recognition and Health Equity Panel Presentation

3:00-4:00 p.m.: Facilitated Discussions

  • – Health Equity: Closing Gaps, Expanding Access through CHW Integration
  • – Measuring Impact, Sharing results
  • – Building Tomorrow’s Teams Today: Fostering Interprofessional Education and Community-Centered Teams
  • – What’s Next: Improving Program Sustainability
  • – National C3 Project: Aligning Skills and Needs
  • – Policy Watch: Evaluating Options

4:15-5:00p.m.: Plenary Forum and Closing

Click here to download a pdf version of the Program Agenda