Seminar Series

The EpiCH Seminar Series brings together leading public health practitioners and researchers who address our mission to improve the public’s health through state-of-the-art research, translation of research into practice, and innovative training.

Seminars are presented throughout the semester on Fridays from 10:00 – 11:00 AM CT.

  • Fall semester seminars will be delivered in a hybrid format. Please see EpiCH Events Page for zoom links
  • EpiCH Seminar Series events will be available online the following Monday at EpiCH Youtube Playlist
  • We will be reserving WBOB 150 for all hybrid seminars.
  • If you would like to receive emails about upcoming seminars, please contact Katie Gunderson at

Fall 2022

Date Speaker/Affiliation Topic/Title
  • Rich MacLehose, PhD, EpiCH
  • Susan Mason, PhD, EpiCH
Stop it!
  • Katie Koopmeiners, Office for Community Standards
In Service: Working Together to Support Student Success: Best Practices for Handling Student Conduct Concerns
  • Kristin Palmsted, ScD, Health Partners
  • Malini DeSilva, MD, Health Partners
  • Gabriela Vazquez Benitez, Health Partners
HealthPartners Institute Pregnancy and Child Health Research Center: Overview and Building Collaborations
  • Rick Jansen, PhD, North Dakota State University
Context is Key in Public Health: Using Pancreatic Cancer Genomics as an Example
  • Margaret Chesney, PhD, Martinson Lecture, University of California, San Francisco
Integrative Medicine and Whole Person Health: Fad or Frontier? Implications for Preventive Medicine
  • Caitlin Gerdts, PhD, MHS, Ibis Reproductive Health
The Public Health Imperative of Abortion Access
  • Gonzalo E. Torres, Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Medicine
In Service: Supporting Diversity at the Faculty Level: The MINDS and CURA Approaches
  • Deshira Wallace, PhD, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Estres, Ansiedad, y la Azucar: The Role of Psychosocial Distress on Diabetes Management in Rural Dominican Republic
  • Hadija Steen Mills, Maternal & Child Health
Public Health vs. Public Healing: A Conversation about Liberation-First Approaches to Public Health by the Healthcare Reparations Cooperative
  • Elizabeth Wrigley Field, PhD, Sociology
  • Katie Berry, MPH, EpiCH
Racial Inequity in COVID-19 Mortality: Which Popular Narratives Are True?
  • Britt Luby, MA, Chaplain
    Cook Children’s Health Care System
DEI- In-Service: Know your Neighbor: Creating a Religiously Inclusive Campus
  • Ellen Demerath, PhD, EpiCH
Pls and Pronto-Pups: University Research and Public Engagement at the Minnesota State Fair
  • Horacio Duarte, MD, MS, EpiCH
Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV: Using Simulation-Based Model to Inform Health Policies
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