Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity

Health and Biomedical Sciences Summit Schedule
March 29, 2023

8:30-9:00 a.m.

Check in 

9:00 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mary Owen

10:00 a.m. 

(Equitable) Food is Medicine

Dr. Erin Westfall, D.O., Mayo Clinic Health System

Learning outcomes:

  1. Describe the impact of food insecurity on rural communities.
  2. Recognize the importance of collaboration between healthcare entities and communities to address social inequities.
10:25 a.m. 

Call to Action: Creating a Model for American Indian/Alaska Native/Indigenous Nursing Student Success

Dr. Misty Wilkie, University of Minnesota

Learning outcomes:

  1. Identify at least one attribute underserved/underrepresented students may be experiencing that can be a barrier to their success
  2. Identify at least one strategy to support underserved/underrepresented students in a healthcare program to help them succeed

10:50 a.m. 

The Model Minority (and Other Racial) Behavioral Health Myths

Dr. Nita Kumar, Blue Cross Blue Shield

Learning outcomes:    

  1. Identify ways the model minority myth is problematic in behavioral healthcare as shared through the presenter’s personal journey.
  2.  Identify the psychological toll of systemic racism in communities of color.
  3.  Learn about the mission of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota to address behavioral health inequities.
11:15 a.m. 

Adventures in Service: How Humility Can Repair Relationships

Matt Conetta, Open Door Health Center

Learning outcomes:

  1. Understand a process to recognize mistakes and overcome them to repair clinical relationships
  2. Appreciate the utility of how a mistake, well managed, can strengthen the relationship
  3. Understand that the “humble expert” can improve the patient experience and decrease compassion fatigue
11:40 a.m. 

Social Impacts of College Food Insecurity

Shelley Mann, Swipe Out Hunger

Learning outcomes: 

  1. Learn about the issue of college hunger and its root causes.
  2. Be able to visualize a future where legislative and higher education action reduces food insecurity on college campuses through a combined effort of legislation and internal policy.
12:00 noon 

Poster Sessions and Lunch

  • Accessibility of Hearing Aids in Hearing Healthcare
    • Kristi Oeding - Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Adolescent Health: Vaping
    • Cassie Sorensen - Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Creating a Memory Book with an African American Resident with Dementia
    • Katie Simon, Felicia Hammerschmidt, Lyndsey Howard - Minnesota State University, Mankato
    • H Sheen Chiou, mentor - Minnesota State University, Mankato 
  • Cultural Humility in Speech Communication Professions
    • Dani Scott - Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Embracing Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity by Removing Barriers in Next-Generation Students
    • Kara De La Fosse - Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Engaging at a Community Garden Supporting Individuals with Dementia
    • Ashley Pionk, Faith Mader, Ashlin Young, Kaitlyn Sizer - Minnesota State University, Mankato
    • H Sheen Chiou, mentor - Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Genomics Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice (GNSaSP) (3rd Edition): Public Comment Information
    • Leslie Darmofal - Minnesota State University, Mankato
    • Lisa Blair - Wayne State University
  • Multicultural Perspectives in Aphasia
    • Julia Swanson, Gabby Stensland, Claire Liu - Minnesota State University, Mankato
    • H Sheen Chiou, mentor - Minnesota State University, Mankato 
  • Outcome Measures of Meaningful Engagement with Individuals with Dementia
    • Laura Morrison, Larissa Bush, Cassie Wenzel, Logan Kuskie, Barkot Menkir - Minnesota State University, Mankato
    • H Sheen Chiou, mentor - Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Providers’ Perspectives: Exploring Adverse Childhood Experiences in the End-Stage Kidney Disease Population
    • Tiffany Brekenridge - Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • The Effect of Choir Experience in Individuals with Dementia and their Care Partners
    • Sarah Ritz, Alison Brunmeier, Madeline Comstock, Kate Holtmeier, Olivia Smith - Minnesota State University, Mankato
    • H Sheen Chiou, mentor - Minnesota State University, Mankato 
1:45-2:35 p.m. 

Breakout Sessions

Addressing Unconscious Bias in Rural Healthcare with a Trauma-Informed Care Approach

Elizabeth Coleman, Minnesota State University, Mankato

•    Define unconscious bias and identify how it contributes to rural health inequalities 
•    Understand how a trauma-informed care approach in rural healthcare decreases bias and improve health outcomes

Youth Mental Health Navigator: A Collaborative Approach to Increasing Equitable Youth Access to Mental Health Services

Elizabeth Harstad, Greater Mankato United Way and Patrick Clark, Mankato Area Public Schools
•    Identify a model to increase equitable access for youth and their families who need assistance connecting to mental health related community services
•    Understand how a community in action can address mental health inequity to increase local, individual and collective health and well-being

Medical-Dental Integration: Increasing Access to Care

Erin Westfall, Mayo Clinic Health System; Brigette Cooper, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Trisha Krenik-Matejcek, Minnesota State University, Mankato
•    Describe the importance of oral health in primary care
•    Share outcomes of our medical-dental integration program
•    Discuss our short-term and long-term goals to further enhance the program
2:50-3:40 p.m. 

Breakout Sessions

Mental Health Disparities in Rural Minnesota and How One Community is Addressing

Elizabeth Coleman, Minnesota State University, Mankato
•    Understand rural mental health care disparities 
•    Identify the purpose MN Path to Value project 
•    Analyze how the Windom Area is addressing mental health issues in their communities

High Impact Programming at the YWCA Mankato

Jessica Albers, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Kristina Spidahl, YWCA Mankato; Skylar Marben, YWCA Mankato
•    Session participants will discover how Girls on the Run and New American Families impact health of girls and families in the Mankato community 
•    Session participants will learn from descriptions of overcoming barriers to increase health equity through these high impact programs

Disparities in Mental Health Support for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth in Rural High Schools

Maya Bastian, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Lindsay Rohlik, Southwest Minnesota State University
•    Describe strategies school nurses and staff can use to help support mental health for transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) students 
•    Identify disparities that exist for rural TGNC youth

** Schedule and presenters subject to change