Past Event Recordings

View our past event recordings below. Visit our SPH YouTube channel to access many more event recordings produced by SPH.

Careers of Impact – What our alumni are doing to make health a human right

October 7, 2021

During this virtual panel discussion, hear from five alumni about how their careers have contributed to improving public health. Our alumni panelists were selected by a group of their peers to receive the 2021 SPH alumni awards. Join us to celebrate their awards while learning how they used their education from the SPH to make a significant difference for the organizations and communities they serve.

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Antiracism Research for Health Equity: The Vision and the Promise

July 27, 2021

Hear from Dr. Rachel Hardeman and Marissa Evans as they explore the vision and promise of antiracism research and its role in improving health equity.

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The Future of Public Health: Public Health’s Role in Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

July 14, 2021

In this webinar, Dr. Antonia Apolinário-Wilcoxon, Dr. Nathan Chomilo, and Shirlynn LaChapelle will explore public health’s role in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in Minnesota.

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Lessons in Leadership | Leading in Challenging Times

May 11, 2021

Rolling power failures, climate related disasters, fast moving pandemics, communities experiencing trauma – our healthcare leaders have been put to the test. Hear from three University of Minnesota School of Public Health MHA Program alumni who have led their organizations through challenging times and learned some lessons along the way.

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Resilience in Healthcare Leadership: Practicing Self-Care to Prevent Burnout

May 4, 2021

Join Dr. Amer Kaissi (PhD ’03) for a webinar about resilience in healthcare leadership. This short talk focuses on the key behaviors that leaders can practice when leading themselves, their teams and their organizations through the current pandemic and beyond. Drawing on the latest research and compelling case studies based on his executive coaching experience, Dr. Kaissi will propose a practical model of resilience with specific behavior.

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Breaking Bread & Breaking Barriers with Celebrity Chef, Carla Hall

November 10, 2020

Join experts from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH), along with leaders from five community organizations as they explore the current state of food insecurity and food inequities. Together, we will celebrate positive examples of how community partnerships are pursuing food and racial justice in midst of COVID-19 and the significant challenges brought on by the pandemic. Moderated by celebrity chef Carla Hall, our virtual conversation will focus on leveraging partnerships to scale up solutions and maximize impact.

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2020 Alumni Awards

Fall 2020

The School of Public Health recognizes the outstanding achievements of its alumni annually at our alumni awards celebration. Alumni are honored at various stages of their public health careers. Learn more about our 2020 recipients and watch the virtual awards celebrations.

Aerosol Nation: Restricting E-Cigarettes and Other Flavored Tobacco Products Webinar

June 18, 2020

Join Joelle Lester for a webinar on restricting e-cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products. During the webinar, Joelle will describe the national policy landscape on flavored tobacco products as state and local policymakers seek to tackle what the U.S. Surgeon General has declared an epidemic in youth vaping. It will also cover how effective e-cigarette regulation is important in the context of the current pandemic.

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Community Health During COVID-19: Maintaining health through diet and activity during a pandemic

May 21, 2020

Join Dr. Nancy Sherwood for a webinar on maintaining health through diet and activity during a pandemic. During the webinar, Dr. Sherwood will share insights into how public health practitioners and individuals can encourage healthy behaviors and greater well-being for themselves and their communities through diet and activity. Drawing on her research expertise, she’ll share practical ideas for maintaining health during the pandemic, and beyond.

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Orbit the Giant Hairball: Articulating Purpose, Values and Vision Webinar

April 30, 2020

In public health, we are frequently pulled in multiple directions and oftentimes lose our way and our sense of purpose. It’s like getting stuck in a giant hairball! In order to take care of ourselves and better serve others, it is important to pause and explore why we choose to do the work we do. This webinar will guide you through a process of creating your career philosophy which will help you step out of the giant hairball, and navigate the complexity of the public health profession.

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Community Health During COVID-19: Stress, Coping, and Well-Being

May 7, 2020

Join Dr. Sonya Brady for a webinar on stress, coping and well-being during the global pandemic. During the webinar, Dr. Brady will share insights into how public health practitioners and individuals can encourage healthy coping behaviors and greater well-being for themselves and their communities. Drawing on her research expertise, she’ll share practical ideas for health promotion during the pandemic, and beyond.

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The Ethics of Social Distancing, Rationing, and Crisis Standards

May 4, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has stressed community resources, created significant economic hardships, and is resulting in the deaths of thousands of Americans. To minimize those harms, Minnesota has implemented unprecedented social distancing measures and has closed certain types of businesses statewide. At the same time, hospitals and health care system are planning to ration care if scarcity arises. This presentation will examine how we share burdens and benefits in a pandemic, ranging from population-based interventions like social distancing to implementing crisis standards of care in hospitals. Presenters will discuss approaches to deciding what kinds of public health interventions are justifiable in the context of a pandemic, and some of the challenging decisions that lie ahead for policymakers and health care providers.

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The Science Behind COVID-19 Mathematical Models

May 1, 2020

During “The Science Behind COVID-19 Mathematical Models” our experts share different perspectives on COVID-19 models that have been used to provide data to inform policy makers, health care organizations, and public health leaders as they make decisions about organizational and community responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll explore the differences between mathematical and statistical models, how different modelers arrive at their models, and why they might generate different projections, as well as how they can be used for policy and planning purposes.

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Community Health During COVID-19: Yoga during a global pandemic: What, why, and how?

April 23, 2020

Join Dr. Dianne Neumark-Sztainer for a webinar on yoga during the global pandemic. During the webinar, Dr. Neumark-Sztainer will discuss and demonstrate the what, why and how of yoga during COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Conversation with Public Health Experts Webinar

April 6, 2020

School of Public Health faculty members, Ryan Demmer, Carrie Henning-Smith, and Craig Hedberg shared some of their research and perspectives on the current COVID-19 crisis at a webinar hosted by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.

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“All Models are Wrong, Some are Useful”: Building Useful Models for Clinically-Effective, Resource-Efficient Healthcare Delivery

February 28, 2020

Over the last two decades there has been tremendous technological progress in the computing infrastructures and methodologies, and the enabling technologies to collect large amounts of variety of data. This has resulted the field of data science emerging and exploding in its capabilities to be applicable to a variety of problems. As the field expands, it is become increasingly significant to navigate through its vastness to build the right analytic solutions that are useful. As George Box, one of the most accomplished statisticians of the 20th century, famously wrote: “All models are wrong, some are useful,” it is very important to choose the right model that can be used and operationalized. Our presenter, Prasanna Desikan, PhD, MS, MHA, Director of Health Risk Analytics for BaseHealth Inc. starts the seminar with a description of the landscape of Data Science as a field, and its applicability to healthcare delivery. He helps us understand the area of healthcare analytics, what questions can be answered with available data sources and digs deeper into case studies that are examples of how to build useful models to improve quality healthcare delivery while managing resources efficiently. He addresses the challenges and approach in general to build such models. Finally, Dr. Desikan points out the future of healthcare analytics as it relates to the advancements in the enabling technologies, how they impact and shape the analytics.

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The Art of Negotiation: Achieving Your Worth and More Webinar

January 23, 2020

Negotiation can be one of the scariest and most challenging aspects of a job search or transition. We’ll help make your next salary negotiation less intimidating, and provide you with strategies, tools, and the attitude to obtain your market worth, if not more. This webinar is presented by Darren Kaltved, Associate Director of the Career & Professional Development Center.

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Health System Specialty Pharmacy – Opportunities and Challenges Webinar

September 25, 2019

With the growth of specialty pharmacy, many health systems are evaluating entry into the market or expansion of current offerings to keep up with demand. Learn about the opportunities and challenges for hospital and health system specialty pharmacies, resource needs and strategy, and criteria to meet the demands of the market, including payer requirements. This webinar also outlines the unique position hospital and health systems hold in the market by reviewing the components of specialty pharmacy strategy including 340B, limited distribution drugs, and patient services. This webinar is presented by Kyle Skiermont, COO with Fairview Pharmacy Services.

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Opioid Epidemic Response Lecture

April 16, 2019

Learn about the Opioid Dashboard, a one-stop shop for opioid-related data and information. Launched by the Minnesota Department of Health in 2017, the Opioid Dashboard serves as a one-stop shop for sharing statewide efforts, what’s working, and data counties and others can use to spot trends, benchmark efforts, and take action. This lecture is presented by Kate Erickson, MSW with the Minnesota Department of Health.

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Harm Reduction and Syringe Services Programs Webinar

April 9, 2019

Curious about harm reduction, but not sure what it is? Want to understand the difference between needle exchange and syringe services programs? Would you like to learn about the full spectrum of services for people who inject drugs in Minnesota? Get the answers to these questions in this webinar and understand why syringe services programs are vitally important to curbing the opioid epidemic and preventing infectious diseases. This webinar is presented by Kate Erickson, MSW with the Minnesota Department of Health.

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What Happens After Substance Abuse Recovery Programs End? Webinar

April 3, 2019

Learn about what happens after substance abuse recovery programs end. Both short- and long-term outcomes in key areas such as substance use, housing, health, and systems involvement are shared. The presentation also highlights what works for women in recovery as well as the challenges women experience after leaving treatment and recovery programs, and incorporate the voice and direct experiences of women who have participated in the programs.

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Developments in MN Telemedicine – Lessons From the Field Webinar

February 21, 2019

Learn about the trends in telemedicine use in Minnesota, types of health care providers delivering telemedicine, differences in telemedicine by source of insurance and for patients in urban versus rural areas of the state. Information shared will be based on research completed at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Examples of innovative uses of telemedicine that aim to improve access to health care will also be presented by staff from HealthPartners. This webinar is presented by Dr. Peter Huckfeldt with the School of Public Health and Jack Dressen, MHA ’14 and Dr. Jerome Siy, MHA ’20 with HealthPartners.

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Gaylord Anderson Lecture

February 4, 2019

The 2019 Gaylord Anderson lecture was presented by Linda P. Fried, Dean and DeLamar Professor of Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Dean Fried share her thoughts on “Preparing for (y)our longer life.”

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Refugee Health 101 Webinar

December 3, 2018

This webinar provides an introduction to refugee health in Minnesota. Learn about push and pull factors leading to migration, the various public health interventions implemented overseas and domestically, and the steps the Minnesota Department of Health’s Refugee and International Health program have taken to serve refugees and immigrants in the state.

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Healthcare Leadership Symposium

November 9, 2018

This one day symposium explored how bold ideas, innovative systems and inspired leadership will shape the future of health care. Listen to keynote speaker, Barbara, Baroness Young of Old Scone; presentation from faculty, Tim Beebe, PhD; Academic Program Update from Jean Abraham, PhD and Mary Ellen Wells, MHA ’84.

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Planning for the Unexpected: Disaster Response Webinar

May 21, 2018

This webinar features two hospital administrators who were on call the night of the Las Vegas mass shooting. Dave Lawson, MHA ‘12 of Summerlin Hospital and Joe White, MHA ‘17 of MountainView Hospital share their experiences of that tragic event, discuss how their organizations’ advance preparations equipped them to respond, and how their planning has evolved since that night.

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My Fellowship Is Over, Now What? Webinar

January 30, 2018

This webinar provides guidance and insight into the post fellowship process and how to seek employment in a variety of situations. The presenters, led by Jack Dressen, MHA ’14, have all successfully navigated the MHA Fellowship-to-employment path.

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Eat Learn Gather

January 20, 2018

Over 70 alumni, students, and community members joined the SPH Alumni Society for Eat Learn Gather.

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Barry Halm Lecture

January 11, 2018

The Barry Halm lecture was delivered by James Hereford, president and CEO of Fairview Health Services, on Achieving Strategic Advantage Through Operational Excellence: Why and How.

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Medicare Status and Predictions with Jon Christianson, PhD Webinar

November 8, 2017

Current professor and James A. Hamilton Chair, Dr. Christianson, presented on the current challenges facing Medicare and its future under the Trump administration.

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The Impact of the New Federal Administration on the Future of Healthcare Webinar

April 17, 2017

Jean Abraham, PhD, Wegmiller Professor and MHA Program Director, presented on the impact of the new federal administration on the future of healthcare.

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Gaylord Anderson Lecture and Alumni Leadership Panel

April 5, 2017

The 2017 Gaylord Anderson Lecture and Alumni Leadership panel was presented by Dr. Alexander Kraemer on Refugee Health- Public Health Conceptions and Recent Disease Dynamics in Germany.

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Eat Learn Gather

June 3, 2016

Nearly 170 alumni, students and community members attended Eat Learn Gather 2016. The day kicked off with the Gaylord Anderson Memorial Lecture, which featured Dr. David Hemenway who spoke on “What does Public Health have to do with Guns?” Four learning sessions followed, and the day ended with a networking reception at the Campus Club.

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What Does Public Health Have to do with Guns? (PDF)
Mental Health in Children & Teens (PDF)

Eat Learn Gather

June 5, 2015

A day of learning at the School of Public Health for alumni, students and community members.

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