Paths to Health Equity – the Minnesota Connection

Posted by on Mar 17, 2013 in community engagement, health disparities, multicultural, public health, social connections, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Any Minnesotan who watches or reads the news knows there is a Minnesota angle to every national and international story.  So here’s theMinnesota angle to the National Conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations I attended last week.  First off, Minnesota was well-represented in terms of attendees and speakers (probably disproportionately represented in terms of population).  The Minnesota speakers presented on a variety...

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Global Citizenship in Action

Posted by on Jun 4, 2012 in global health, health disparities, international development, public health, Uncategorized |

A few days ago I returned to my alma mater (a 10 minute drive) for a presentation by Christy Hanson, incoming dean of Macalester’s Institute for Global Citizenship, part of reunion weekend festivities.  Dr. Hanson’s presentation was on the topic of global public health (“a means to sustainable and equity enhancing global development”!).  While Dr. Hanson’s creds  are extremely impressive, just as impressive, she appears to be a down toearth and...

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Moving Forward Together: More on Community Connections

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in community engagement, foundations, health disparities, multicultural, nonproft, public health, social connections, Uncategorized | 1 comment

I’ve been thinking about the relationship between social connections, well-being and health lately. In my last post, I wrote about Anne Fadiman’s presentation about the clash between Hmong culture and the Western medical system.  In her talk, Anne spoke of certain attributes of traditional Hmong culture (many of which endure in the U.S.today): focus on families and clans; traditional rituals; group identity and mutual assistance; and respect...

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Not Everything is Nice in Minnesota

Posted by on May 1, 2012 in evaluation, foundations, health disparities, public health |

I recently attended the Health Disparities Roundtable at the University of Minnesota, Economy and Health: What is the Role of Public Health?  I’ll focus here on some of the thought-provoking highlights from the presentation by Paul Mattessich and Melanie Ferris, both of Wilder Research, on Health Inequities in the Twin Cities: Can We Close the Gap?  They reported on data from a 2010 report commissioned by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota...

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Health Disparities & Healthy Eating – it’s complicated!

Posted by on Oct 23, 2011 in health disparities, public health |

I’ve long been interested in the issue of health disparities, meaning the widely-accepted fact that in general poor people are less healthy than non-poor people.  One important aspect of this issue is healthy eating.  The problem of obesity in this country is receiving increasing attention as a public health issue (dubbed the “next tobacco”). In a recent article titled, “Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?”, food writer Mark Bittman challenges the...

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