Community Dialogue Series

community_dialogue_seriesIn the Community Dialogue Series, University of Minnesota health experts are invited to the community to engage in discussion and share information on health topics chosen by community members. 

Email us at to send a question/topic to be addressed at a future event. 

Next Dialogue

There are presently no community dialogue series planned as of yet for the 2017-2018 academic year. Information will be added at a later date. 


University of Minnesota experts are invited by the community to engage in discussion and share information on health related topics chosen by community members.


We strive to present opportunities for University of Minnesota subject matter experts and community groups to dialogue on topics relevant to the community.


We invite community groups to submit health topics they are interested in learning more about. We will work with the group to identify a University of Minnesota expert in the topic area requested and plan a forum for discussion and sharing information.


  • Community identifies health or social determinants of health related topic
  • PHDR staff identify speaker
  • PHDR and community to originator work together to co-lead event planning
  • PHDR have small budget to cover event related expense


  • Facilitates collaborative, equitable involvement of all partners in all phases of the program planning
  • Builds on strengths and resources within the community
  • Promotes a co-learning and empowering process that attends to social inequalities
  • Disseminates findings from dialogue and knowledge gained to all partners

The Community Dialogue Series is presented in partnership by the University Of Minnesota Medical School’s Program in Health Disparities Research (PHDR). The CDS is supported in part by a grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (1P60MD003422) to the University of Minnesota Center for Health Equity.

Past Community Dialogues



"Dialogue with Researchers about Cancer and Equity in the Asian Community"
Speakers: Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH and Douglas Yee, MD
Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota
April 1, 2015 
View Flyer (PDF)

"National Infertility Week"
Speaker: Fartun Weli
Grandview Restaurant
April 23, 2015

"Community Education Session on Diabetes and Obesity in our Community"
Speaker: Dr. Tiffany Beckman
Oak Park Youth & Family Center
July 16, 2015

"Safe Mother, Safe Newborns Conference"
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
November 12, 2015
"Little Earth/East Phillips"
Health Equity in Policy Initiative
Little Earth Neighborhood Early Learning Center
November 17, 2015


"African American Men’s Health - Super Bowl Event"
Speakers: Charles R. Rogers, PhD, CHES and Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH
Anika Foundation
February 2, 2014

"Environmental Justice and Health Disparities"
Speaker: Sacoby Wilson, PhD, MS
Women’s Environmental Institute
May 29, 2014

"Research Findings on Autism in the Somali, Latino and Hmong Communities"
Speaker: Kathleen Call, PhD
June 28, 2014

"Breast Cancer Awareness - Scandal Premiere Pinked Out Party"
Speaker: Douglas Yee, MD and Susan Everson-Rose, PhD. MPH
Anika Foundation
September 25, 2014

"Hear from Our Community - Active Transportation Recommendations"
Speaker: Dr. Susie Nanney, PhD, MPH, RD
Transequity Health Summit
September 25, 2014

"Findings and Recommendations for Safe Routes to School"
Speaker: Huda Ahmed
Little Earth Neighborhood Early Learning Center
October 27, 2014

"Preliminary Results of Colon Cancer: iPrevent. iTreat. iBeat"
Speaker: Charles R. Rogers, PhD, CHES
Sabathani Community Center
November 8, 2014



"Infertility Awareness Week Event with the Somali Community"
In Partnership with Reproductive Medicine Center- U of M Physicians, Isuroon, University of Minnesota’s Program in Health Disparities Research & Center for Health Equity
Presented by Dr. Mark Damarrio, MD; Mary Benbenek, Ph.D., C-FNP, C-PNP; Rosie Drechnik, C-WHNP; Gail J. Kelly, MS, CHES  
View Flyer
April 26, 2013


“Story Based Community Dialogues, a Tool for Public Health Policy and Program Development”
In partnership with Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support
View Flyer
September 27, 2012

"Immigrants and the Health Care Law: Critical Information" 
Community Group: Circulos Comunitarios
Researcher: Jessie Kemmick-Pintor
October 27, 2012



"Barriers to Mental Health Care for the Somali Community in Minnesota"
Lutheran Social Services
June 22, 2011


"Stretching the Food Dollar"
Martin Luther King Center
March 18, 2010

"Uncooking/ Childhood Obesity"
Lutheran Social Services Minneapolis
August 6, 2010

Downloads: Raw Food RecipesLocal Government Actions to Prevent Childhood Obesity 

"Barriers to Mental Health Care in the Somali Community in Minnesota" 
Pentagon Apartments
December 8, 2010



"Acculturation and Obesity in Immigrant and Refugee Communities"
Skyline Tower
May 13, 2009

"Living With Diabetes: Food Preparation"
Martin Luther King Center
December 17, 2009

Downloads: Blood Sugar Exam WorksheetDiabetes Nutrition Placemat 


Sabathani Community Center
March 25, 2008

Downloads: Guest Speaker BiosCommon CaloriesAffordable Resources 

Skyline Tower
June 17, 2008

Downloads: JAMA Patient PageLive Longer Brochure (English)Live Longer Brochure (Somali)Pathways Excerpt

"Hepatitis B in Asian Communities"
Lao Cultural Center
December 19, 2008

Downloads: PresentationKnow Hepatitis B (Lao)