Online Program

A State’s Perspective: Minnesota’s Development of Strategic Partnerships and Lessons Learned to Build a Movement for Healthy Children

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 1:10 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Ed Ehlinger, MD, MSPH, Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, MN
Minnesota is a great place to live, and Minnesotans are, on average, among the healthiest people in the nation. However, good health is not equitably available to all Minnesotans: populations of color and American Indians experience higher rates of disease, injury, and premature death. With growing knowledge about the importance of early childhood for health across the life course, our State is working to build a common narrative, public agenda, and a plan for action around the importance of investing in the early years. Efforts to date include a primary emphasis on children in the Healthy Minnesota 2020 Statewide Assessment; the development of a report on the prevalence of ACEs in Minnesota which is being used to guide the work of The Governor's Children's Cabinet; the convening of the Building Power for Babies for regional planning teams; and, the convening of the American Indian Health Summit to develop strategies to assure health for current and future generations. This session will provide an overview of select activities, the development of strategic partnerships, and lessons learned as we build a movement for children.

Learning Areas:

Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe Minnesota’s efforts to address health inequities by assuring the conditions in which all children and their families can be healthy

Keyword(s): Child Abuse, Violence Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health. Prior to being appointed Commissioner, I served as Director and Chief Health Officer for Boynton Health Service at the University of Minnesota; was an adjunct professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the U of M School of Public Health; and, served as Director of Personal Health Services for the Minneapolis Health Department.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.