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2017 MCH Conference Program


Breakout Session I, Tuesday, September 26, 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

  1. How Far Can We Go to Create an Emergency Crisis Response System Across Minnesota?
    (Cathy ten Broeke and Eric Grumdahl)
  2. The Dos and Don’ts of Writing an Effective Gov’t Grant Proposal
    (Andrea Simonett)
  3. How Homeless Impacts us Across the Age Spectrum: Characteristics of Youth on Their Own and Older Adults
    (Michelle Gerrard, Greg Owen)
  4. #GoodFood4MN: In the trenches with the Good Food Access Campaign
    (Luke Sharman, Leah Gardner)
  5. The MFIP Journey Toward Self-Sufficiency
    (Susan Seidl)
  6. This Is Medicaid
    (Susie Emmert Schatz, Patrick Ness)
  7. Organizing with Renters: Lessons from the Minneapolis fair-housing movement, with Inquilinxs Unidxs por Justica
    (Jennifer Arnold)

Breakout Session II, Tuesday, September 26, 11:00 a.m. -12:15 p.m.

  1. Affordable Housing as a Path to Economic Self Sufficiency
    (Susan Roedl)
  2. Rural Models for Emergency Shelter
    (Heather Jeseritz, Jeanine Antony)
  3. Strategies for Responding to and Serving Homeless Youth Who Have Experienced Sexual Exploitation
    (Dina Chou, James Scott, Caroline Palmer)
  4. Education resources for homeless learners from birth to graduation
    (Eric Grumdahl, Sandy Myers)
  5. The Circle That Heals One’s Core Hurts
    (Mary Whitney)
  6. SSB and SOAR Advocacy Program Information Session
    (Barbara Williams)
  7. Building Intercultural Infrastructure Within Your Organization
    (Kirsten Rokke, Eden Fauré)

Breakout Session III, Tuesday, September 26, 1:45 p.m. -3:00 p.m.

  1. Going Far Together
    (Sandy Hennum)
  2. Everything You Need to Know about GRH
    (Shery Block, Jeremy Galley)
  3. The Pop-Up Emergency Shelter in Dakota County – Faith, Guts, and Sleeping under a Christmas Tree
    (Rebecca Bowers, Monica Nilsson)
  4. Keeping what we got and fighting for more:  Section 8 protections, inclusionary housing and other policy tools to preserve and create affordable housing
    (Lael Robertson, Eric Hauge)
  5. Race Matters: Strategies for Authentic Dialogue
    (Malissa Stanton Adams)
  6. The Road Ahead: Addressing Homelessness in Neurodiverse Populations
    (Don Ryan, Ruth Richardson)
  7. How Far Can We Go to Prevent and End Homelessness as a State by 2020?
    (Cathy ten Broeke, Amy Stetzel, Alison Niemi, Andrea Simonett, Eric Grumdahl)

Breakout Session IV, Tuesday, September 26, 3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  1. Will an Affordable Housing Trust Fund Work for Community?
    (Randal Hemmerlin)
  2. Creating the Social Justice Collaborative
    (Vanessa Monahan-Rial, Ashley Day, Courtney Gunderson)
  3. Unveiling the Minnesota HIV Housing Plan
    (Kim Lieberman, Chuck Peterson)
  4. Discharged to Homelessness: Health, Housing, and the Myth of Autonomy
    (Sarah Jane Keaveny)
  5. How Can You Live Well At Home…When You Do Not Have a Home?
    (James McKinstra, Karen Lenius)
  6. zAmya Theater presents: Creating Second Chance
    (Maren Ward)
  7. Know Your Clients’ Immigration Rights
    (Anne Quincy, Tracy Roy, Jessica Webster)

Breakout Session V, Wednesday, September 27, 9:30 a.m. -10:45 a.m.

  1. Raising Major Gifts for Homeless Service Orgs
    (Andrew Olsen)
  2. Domestic Violence Dialogue Forum:  Implementing Transformational Change through Personal Narrative and Community Organizing
    (July Vang)
  3. Adversity Builds Character, How Far Can You Go?
    (Samson Longtin)
  4. Engaging Rural Communities in Difficult Discussions
    (Heather Lindula, Jennifer Kuoppala)
  5. Preventing & Ending Homelessness for Tribal Members: On and Off the Reservation
    (Kristi Dawes, Marcia Otte, Tammy Moreland, Jordan May, Alicia Smith, Carol Hernandez, Pamela Hughes, Nova Larson)
  6. Best Practices in Providing Emergency Shelter for Victim/Survivors of IPV: A Voluntary Services Model
    (Rebecca Hoffman, Andrea Kingbird)
  7. Part I – A Voice in the Streets: Making an Impact with Social Justice Posters (Preregistered Session)
    (Leon Wang)
  8. How Prison PIMPS Homelessness
    (Fatima Moore, Jason Sole, Joe Soss, Kaying Thao)

Breakout Session VI, Wednesday, September 27, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

  1. Federal Policy Briefing – Where We Are and What’s Next 
    (Rebecca Lucero)
  2. Equity Mindsets: Transforming our Thinking to Advance Racial Justice
    (Kirsten Johnson, Sindy Morales Garcia)
  3. Creating a Supportive Team Environment in Order to Avoid Burnout and Secondary Trauma
    (Karvee Pshorr, Carrie Johnson)
  4. GA and MSA: Two Programs You Should Know More About
    (John Petroskas)
  5. Creating Effective Fundraising Offers
    (Andrew Olsen)
  6. Hey Kid, Why Don’t You Just Get A Job?
    (Maude Dornfeld, Emily Edison)
  7. Moving SNAP Policy Forward to Improve Access for ABAWDs
    (Karen Nelsen-Huss, Andrea McConnell, Di Vang)
  8. Part II – A Voice in the Streets: Making an Impact with Social Justice Posters(Preregistered Session)
    (Leon Wang)

Breakout Session VII, Wednesday, September 27, 2:00 p.m. -3:15 p.m.

  1. Survey Instrument Outreach
    (Brian Pittman)
  2. How Far WILL We Go to See the Invisible
    (Christina Woods)
  3. The Serial Inebriate Program-Collaborative Interventions For Chronic Homeless Inebriates
    (Deni McLagan, Officer John Liening)
  4. Developing and Maximizing Relationships with Landlords
    (Warren Duncan, Anthony Coleman)
  5. Transportation: Solutions for Greater Minnesota
    (Ed Murphy)
  6. Emotionally Intelligent Racial Equity Leadership
    (Cardina Esparza, Kirsten Johnson)


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