Cultivating Healthy Communities: Policy, Equity and Innovation

Social Work HEALS/NASW-MN pre-conference workshop focused on policy and healthcare in advance of the NASW-MN Annual Conference

Date & Time:

Monday, June 10, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM



Earle Brown Heritage Center: 6155 Earle Brown Dr., Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Cultivating Healthy Communities: Policy, Equity and Innovation

The St. Kate’s-St. Thomas School of Social Work Social Work Healthcare Education and Leadership Scholars (HEALS)* program is partnering with NASW-MN to host a morning keynote and respondent talk followed by afternoon breakout sessions focused on the intersections of policy, equity, innovation, and healthy communities. Certificates of attendance provided (6 CEUs)

Morning Keynote & Respondent, 9 am - 12 pm:

Keynote Address by Patina Park, Executive Director, Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center

Mitakuye Oyasin: An indigenous perspective on community, systems, and health. Mitakuye oyasin. All things relatd. The modern narrative about Native Americans is often focused on negatives: health disparities, incarceration rates, overdoses, homelessness, historical trauma, and on and on. However, Native American communities are resilient and encompass many strengths, several of which are overlooked by dominant society. The Speaker will demonstrate how emphasizing strengths, rather than deficits, and using a value system grounded in the interrelatedness of all people can improve health outcomes and conditions for Native Americans. She will also explain how this approach can be used to work within and across systems to improve individual outcomes for all.

Response by Bruce Thao, Director | Center for Health Equity | Office of Minority & Multicultural Health, Minnesota Department of Health

Centering community voices in health: Minnesota perspectives. Mr. Thao will respond to the keynote remarks, offering links to healthcare policy and practice in Minnesota - including centering Minnesota voices and addressing whose voices are getting left out.

Afternoon sessions will consist of breakout presentations/discussions in three areas. Attendees will choose 2 to attend, 1:00-2:30 pm & 2:30-4:00 pm:

  1. Innovative approaches to mental health and substance abuse treatment
    • Social work & law enforcement collaboration: The Yellow Line Project  – Ricky Pribyl, LICSW, Horizon Homes & Commander Matt DuRose, Mankato Department of Public Safety-Police
    • Social work in libraries: Ruby Rivera, LGSW, Wilder Foundation
  2. Maternal and infant health
    • Erica Gerrity, LICSW, MN Prison Doula Project
  3. Transforming organizations through an equity lens
    • Anna Vangsness, LICSW, Community University Health Care Center (CUHCC), Therapist
    • Lisa Skjefte, Children's Minnesota Health Equity Specialist and American Indian Community Liaison, KWESTRONG Founder
    VIEW breakout session bios HERE»

    DOWNLOAD pre-conference flyer HERE»

*Social Work HEALS

In 2015, our joint School of Social Work was selected as one of just 10 schools in the nation to participate in the Social Work Healthcare Education and Leadership Scholars (HEALS) program awarded by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). The 5-year grant “aims to develop the next generation of social work leaders who will stand ready to lead efforts to address system-level changes, heighten awareness of prevention and wellness, and address the issues of structural racism that are embedded in social institutions.”

Each year the grant supports two BSW students and two MSW students who receive robust healthcare education and training, opportunities to engage in a variety of leadership and interprofessional programs, a tuition stipend, and funding to attend the Social Work HEALS policy summit in Washington, D.C. A unique aspect of our program has been the involvement of student scholar/field instructor pairs on our Social Work HEALS Leadership Council. For the past two years, the grant has provided additional funding for participating schools to use towards a healthcare policy event. This year's event is in the form of the NASW-MN annual conference pre-conference workshop.

2019 Social Work HEALS scholars at NASW office in Washington, D.C.2018-2019 Social Work HEALS scholars at the NASW office in Washington, D.C.

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