2016 General Assembly in Minneapolis - Agenda

Doctors for Global Health 21st Annual General Assembly, July 16-17,  2016

Narratives on Immigration, Refugees, and Race Through the Lens of Liberation Medicine


All presentations held in the Rapson Hall Auditorium (room 100) unless otherwise specified

89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455


Friday, July 15 – Dorm Check-In, Local Tour, Evening Social Event

12:00 - 5:00pm: Lunch, tour of area urban farms and economic development programs:

"Immigrant Farmer Success Stories in the Twin Cities" (pre-registration required)

6:00 - 9:00pm: Dinner, social event. See email for location


Saturday, July 16 – Day 1 of General Assembly, Evening Silent Auction and Social Event

7:30 - 8:30am: Registration, continental breakfast, coffee and tea

Rapson Hall Atrium


8:30 - 9:00am: Welcome & Introduction: Conference organizers & Dr. Linda Sharp, DGH President


9:00 - 9:30am: Keynote: Commissioner Dr. Edward Ehlinger – “The State of Disparities in Health in Minnesota”


9:30 - 10:30am: Keynote: Nekima Levy-Pounds – “Race and Societal Health”


10:30 - 11:00am: Break


11:00 - 12:15pm: Panel: “Working to Heal Community Experiences of

Migration and Trauma”

  • Sarah Brenes, attorney, Advocates for Human Rights

  • Francisco Ramirez, Comite de Emigrantes Santa Marta, Herndon, VA

  • Hermenegilda Argueta Ayala, lead, Community Mental Health Project, Santa Marta, El Salvador (joining remotely by video)

  • Dr. Chhabillal Sharma, psychiatrist, HealthPartners, St. Paul, MN


12:15 - 1:45pm: Lunch, DGH Partner Community Information Tables

Rapson Hall Atrium


1:45 - 2:45pm: Keynote: Syl Jones – “The Absence of We”


2:45pm - 3:00pm: Break



3:00 - 4:00pm: Workshops/Break-out Sessions

  • “Volunteering Internationally: Process, Ethics, & Community Perspectives”  (Rapson Hall 56)

  • “Community Health Worker Programs: Case Studies and Strategies”

(Rapson Hall 58)


4:00 - 4:15pm: Break


4:15 - 5:30pm: Panel: “Preserving and Mobilizing Cultural Assets”

  • Henry Jimenez, Exec Director, MN Council on Latino Affairs

  • Anjuli Mishra, Research Analyst, Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans

  • Louis Porter, Exec Director, Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage

  • Ramiro Argueta, Exec Director, Campesinos Para El Desarrollo Humano (CDH), Estancia, El Salvador

  • Shaymara Salinas, Youth Representative, Centro Campesino Farmworker Center

  • Huda Ahmed, Assistant Director, Community & Policy Initiatives for the UMN Program in Health Disparities Research/Health Equity in Policy Initiative


5:30 - 5:45pm: Closing: Conference organizers


Saturday Evening Social  

Rapson Hall Atrium

7:00 - 10:00pm: Dinner, Silent Auction, Social, and Live Music with Carlos Lumbi! Get to know DGH and meet our community partners. Enjoy dinner, drinks, and bid on silent auction items. Included for GA registrants, $20 suggested donation for general public ($7 for students, no one turned away for lack of funds).


Sunday, July 17 – Day 2 of General Assembly

7:30 - 8:30am: Registration, continental breakfast, coffee and tea.

Rapson Hall Atrium


8:30 - 8:45am Welcome: Conference organizers


8:45 - 9:45am Keynote: Olivia Cáceres – “Environmental Activism and Indigenous Rights”


9:45 - 10:45am Panel: “Land Use and Indigenous Rights”

  • Olivia Cáceres, Honduran environmental activist, daughter of the slain renowned activist, Berta Cáceres

  • Dr. Irma Cruz and Gerardo Pacheco Rodriguez, Comunidades Campesinas en Camino, Oaxaca, Mexico

  • Paula Maccabee, Counsel and Advocacy Director, WaterLegacy


10:45 - 11:00am DGH Board Elections (open to all, voting by voting members)


11:00 - 11:15am Break


11:15 - 12:15pm Workshops/Break-out Sessions

  • “Promoting Diversity In Health Professions: Pipeline Program Case Studies & Strategies”  (Rapson Hall 58)

  • “Ebola Survivor Programs in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone: Is  a rights-centered approach viable?”  (Rapson Hall 56)


12:15 - 12:20pm Break


12:20 - 1:00pm Closing Session: “What We Do and Why We Do It.” Jack Geiger’s words and how we will carry them forward


1:00 - 2:30pm Lunch, Reception

Rapson Hall Atrium


3:00 - 6:00pm DGH Board Meeting, open to the public

Rapson Hall 58

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