November 17, 2008

Saturday, December 6 - African World AIDS Day

Join us on Saturday, December 6 for
African World AIDS Day
"Stop AIDS, Keep the promise."
The 5th annual event is sponsored by several local African and community agencies.
Date: Saturday, December 6, 2008
Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Place: South High School
3131 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN 55407
The afternoon will feature community speakers, African performers, exhibits of community resources, and free HIV testing. Lunch is also included at this event which is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

For more information, contact:
Frederick Ndip, AWAD Planning Committee Chairman
612-821-6127 or or contact
Monica Yugu at 952-212-0584 or
Additional local World AIDS Day information can be found at:

November 16, 2008

Medical Spanish Spring Courses 2009

Medical Spanish 0144
06:30 P.M. - 08:40 P.M. , Tu (01/20/2009 - 03/14/2009)
This course is designed to help health care professionals communicate with patients who speak Spanish. Following the course, the student will be able to:
* Use basic medical vocabulary in Spanish.
* Ask questions and provide answers in common medical situations in Spanish.
* Conduct patient interviews, medical histories, and physical exams in Spanish.
* Understand cultural factors impacting health and health care for Chicano/Latino patients.
This course is partially internet delivered.
Prerequisites: One year of college Spanish, or equivalent

Advanced Medical Spanish 0344
06:30 P.M. - 08:40 P.M. , Tu (03/23/2009 - 05/10/2009)
This is an advanced course designed to help health care professionals communicate with patients who speak Spanish, this course will further develop and strengthen the language skills and cultural awareness.
Individual work is done on WebCT and CD-ROM. Activities focus on vocabulary, listening, reading, writing, and exploring cultural issues. This course is partially internet delivered.
Prerequisites: Completion of Span 0144, two years of college Spanish, or equivalent

These courses are zero-credit with a grade basis of S/N. Academic credit will not be granted. A credit version of this course is available through the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies.

María Emilce López has an M.A. in both ESL and Hispanic Linguistics and teaches in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies. A native of Jujuy, Argentina, she studied and worked as a teacher there. María Emilce develops materials for teaching Spanish for specific purposes as well as creating technology-enhanced learning experiences.

October 21, 2008

"Nursing Leadership for a Needy World," November

Printy Memorial Lecture: "Nursing Leadership for a Needy World," November
10, 2008, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 2-690, Moos Tower. A woman dies during
childbirth every 25 minutes in Afghanistan. Today’s nurses require a
unique set of skills and knowledge to guide care for the neediest people
in our global society. The delivery of quality care in both developed and
emerging nations requires nurses to play a key role in the care team. Join
us as David Printy discusses the importance of preparing nurse leaders to
mentor and educate nurses practicing in a variety of cultural
settings—improving the health status of people around the world. This
event is free but an RSVP is requested at A light lunch
will be provided.

October 20, 2008

“Health Equality: Honoring Culture While Closing the Gap? Nov. 12-14

“Health Equality: Honoring Culture While Closing the Gap? Nov. 12-14

National experts on health disparities will speak at the “Health Equality: Honoring Culture While Closing the Gap? conference, November 12 – 14, 2008, at Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel in Prior Lake Minnesota. The conference is sponsored by the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health of the Minnesota Department of Health.

The conference will explore innovative ways to create health equality for all Minnesotans and celebrate effective health initiatives designed to reduce disparities. The conference will also recognize the work of local organizations that are dedicated to reducing health disparities in Minnesota and acknowledge groups from across the country engaged in promoting health equality.

Featured speakers include:

· Michael E. Bird, MSW, MPH, health consultant and past president of the American Public Health Association
· Gail C. Christopher, MD, Vice President for programs at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
· Roberto Dansie, PhD, trainer and author of Eternal Wellsprings and Semillas De Esperanza
· Dr. Garth Graham, MD, MPH deputy assistant secretary for Minority Health in the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
· Doua Thor, executive director of Southeast Asia Resource Action Center

In addition to the featured speakers, 35 local and national organizations will share their expertise on research and best practices for reducing health disparities. General Continuing Education Units (CEU), social work and nursing contact hours will be provided.

A wide range of people are encouraged to attend the conference, including representatives of community and non-profit organizations, public health and social service agencies, health plans, and racial and ethnic communities.

Minnesota is consistently ranked as one of the healthiest states in the nation; however, racial and ethnic minorities and other under-served populations often experience significant disparities. They are less likely to have or use health insurance, more likely to experience teenage pregnancies, more likely to experience violent death before age 21, and more likely to experience death from diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Registration for the conference is available online at:

About The Office of Minority and Multicultural Health
The Office of Minority and Multicultural Health exists to close the gap in health disparities affecting Minnesotans. OMMH works in collaboration with other divisions in the Minnesota Department of Health, other state agencies, community-based agencies, health plans, and many other groups and organizations to improve the overall health of populations of color, American Indians, and diverse under-served communities in Minnesota.

For more information:
Valerie Larsen

Program in Health Disparities Research
Center for Clinical Research, Medical School
University of Minnesota
717 Delaware St. SE, Suite 166
Minneapolis, MN 55414
TEL: (612) 625-1654
FAX: (612) 626-6782

"Many Faces of Community Health" Conference Oct 30 - 31 Register NOW

The 2008 Many Faces of Community Health is a two-day conference focused on improving health and reducing health disparities in underserved populations and those living in poverty. The 2008 event focuses on Prevention & Treatment of Diabetes at the Community Level.

Who Should Attend: This conference is designed for clinicians, nurses and other health professionals; community, public health and social services staff; clinic administrators & finance managers; and others working to improve the health status of at-risk and underserved populations.

Keynote Speaker: Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH, a 1992 graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, is an expert in the scale up of treatment for complex disease in poor countries. As Medical Director of Partners In Health, she has overseen the expansion of successful HIV/AIDS treatment programs in Haiti and Rwanda, as well as the scale up of treatment programs for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in Peru and 14 states in the Russian Federation.

Incorporating what she has learned from her experiences with under-resourced agencies in impoverished communities, Dr. Mukherjee will speak on "Engaging a Community in Disease Management."

Dr. Mukherjee is a respected voice in global health policy, a sought after teacher and speaker at a wide range of venues around the world, having lectured at universities and major medical conferences in 14 countries. She is also an extensively published and well-respected researcher, who is currently principal investigator on three studies examining various aspects of her work in Haiti.

October 12, 2008

An evening with Paul Rusesabagina, Rwanda conflict, November 3

An evening with Paul Rusesabagina

November 3, 2008
7:30 p.m.
Northrop Auditorium
Free and open to the public

A reception will follow the event.

Join College of Education and Human Development students, parents, faculty,
and fellow alumni for a rare evening with author Paul Rusesabagina.

Can one person make a difference? Paul Rusesabagina's inspiring
transformation from hotelier to protector of neighbors and strangers caught
in the middle of the Rwandan conflict provides a powerful answer. Students will
have the rare opportunity to bring their inquiries to Rusesabagina, in
person on Nov. 3. He will present a public event at Northrop Auditorium.

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October 7, 2008

Building Bridges: Learning about the Hmong

Building Bridges: Learning about the Hmong

October 24, 2008 Noon-3:30 PM at Hmong Cultural Center in Saint Paul.

This is a Comprehensive Workshop for Service Providers, Employers and
Community Members interesting in learning more about the history, culture
and background of the Hmong people

Additional program information and a registration form is available at the
following link:

Nurses Cultural Diversity Education Oct 27 - sign up now

Minnesota Nurses Association Cultural Diversity Education Module

Monday, October 27, 2008
1.5ANCC/1.8 MN BON
12:00-1:30 PM, Light lunch served

Purpose of this presentation is to update participants on the work of MNA's
Cultural Diversity Task Force, which involved focus groups with area nurses
about working in a diverse environment of patients and staff. A preview of
the planned Tool Kit for working in a culturally diverse organization will
be presented, with time for input and feedback.

Objectives: At the completion of this conference the participant will be
able to: · Describe the process of cultural competence as it applies to
healthcare personnel · Discuss three of the key issues raised during focus
groups with area RNs, related to cultural diversity in the workplace. ·
Identify two interventions that nurses could use in the workplace to
celebrate a culturally diverse staff.

Presenter: Mary Tanner, PhD, RN, teaches Maternity Nursing, Leadership and
Management and Global Health at School of Nursing, College of St.
Scholastica. Professional travel in various countries; Participated on
MNA's Cultural Diversity Task Force.

Location: Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave So. Minneapolis, MN 55407

Cost: Members/3DPrivilege Members free if pre-registered, ($10.00 at the
door), Non-member rate: $20.00.