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

Field Practice Institute Seventh Annual Summit on Emerging Issues in Social Work Practice

Date & Time:

Tuesday, August 7, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM



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


St. Catherine University, Rauenhorst Ballroom
3rd Floor Coeur de Catherine


Registration/networking will begin at 8:30 am. Schedule of afternoon break-out sessions will be available on the registration page. A Certificate of Attendance for up to 6 hours of continuing education will be provided. 

Seventh 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 non-profits 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.

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 am to noon - Morning Session – Keynote, panelists, Resource Fair, small and large group discussion
  • Noon to 1 pm – lunch on your own (Lunch options include the St. Catherine University dining hall and nearby restaurants in Highland. The Resource Fair will continue through the lunch hour.)
  • 1 to 4 pm – 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.

NOTE: 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. More information is available HERE» 

All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, call (651) 962-6315.

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