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Conversations with a Kick! (Mar. 13th, 2009)

What does it mean to provide health care that’s rooted in neighborhoods, builds on cultural assets, and strengthens individuals, families, and communities?

Cross Cultural Health Services: Meeting the Diverse Needs of Our Communities is the first of Community Shares’ 2009 Conversations with a Kick! We’ll bring together pioneers in culturally-competent health care to consider emerging trends and challenges:

· Statewide, 400,000 people, including 80,000 children have no health insurance. How do we address this and similar policy concerns?
· Some health issues disproportionately affect kids from lower income families, including lower income communities of color. How do we address low birth weights, infant mortality, childhood obesity, and diabetes as symptoms of social inequities?
· Today’s seniors are living longer, healthier lives than ever, but are often burdened with great expenses. How can we ensure that health care costs, especially the costs of prescription drugs, don’t bankrupt us in retirement?
· One in four teenage girls nationwide has a sexually transmitted disease. How can we prevent them?


Gail Kelly, Clinic Director, West Side Community Health Services
Alissa Light, Clinic Director, Family Tree Clinic
Lee Johnson, Executive Director, Minnesota Senior Federation
Donna Zimmerman, Vice President, Government & Community Relations, HealthPartners
Moderator: Suzanne Bring, Jewish Community Action

Date: Thursday April 2, 2009
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Location: West Side Community Health Services, 153 Cesar Chavez St., St. Paul

To RSVP or for more information about this program or the Conversations with a Kick! series, please visit Community Shares of Minnesota.




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