10th Annual Diversity Conference

“Diversity — From Information to Action”

7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. April 21
College of Saint Benedict Gorecki Center, St. Joseph

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7:30 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast

8 a.m. Welcome

  • Kenneth Holmen, MD, President/CEO, CentraCare
  • Patti Gartland, President, Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation

8:30 a.m. From Information to Action — One St. Cloud, One Minnesota

  • Lisa Jacobson, CFRE, City Council Member in the City of Brooklyn Park and Director of Development, Cambia Hills of East Bethel

9:30 a.m. Panelist Discussion: Mental Health — A Call to Action

  • Moderator: Paul Wenner, PhD, LP, Physician, CentraCare – Family Health Clinic


  • Kahin Adam, MPH, MSW, LGSW, Community Health Specialist, CentraCare
  • Shonda Craft, Ph.D., LMFT, Dean, School of Health and Human Services, St. Cloud State University
  • Dexter Hanson, Vice Chair St. Cloud Pride, Sales Account Manager, BadCat Digital

10:45 a.m. Morning Break

11 a.m. My Grandmother’s Hands — Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

  • Keynote Speaker: Resmaa Menakem, Justice Leadership Solutions

12 p.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. Conversations Leading to Action Resulting in Equity


  • Dawn Ellison, MD, Clinical Partner Engagement Officer, CentraCare
  • Carol Gibson-Miller, BSA, Behavior Health Coordinator, CentraCare Clinic

2 p.m. Afternoon Break

2:15 p.m. My Name is Not Those People — Socioeconomic Status/Poverty Informed

  • Julia Dinsmore, Author, Educator, Artist and Trainer

3 p.m. How to Serve a Diverse Community — Creating a Healthy Community Starts With You

  • Paul Erickson, MD, MPH, Medical Director, NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center

3:45 p.m. Awards

  • Deb McCarl Award – Health Care
    • Presenter: Kurt Otto, Vice President Operations, Specialty Division, CentraCare
  • St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce Diversity Council Award
    • Presenter: Teresa Bohnen, President, St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce

4 p.m. Closing Remarks

Learning Objectives:

  • Awareness of the “diverse” dimensions of diversity — mental health, ethnicity, gender identity and socioeconomic status.
  • Learning more about the history of diversity in America.
  • Improve diversity and inclusion with tools through “Open Spaces: concept.”
  • Identify specific ways to build greater inclusion into one’s practice — health equity.
  • Make a positive difference in your communities.

Target Audience

Designed for business, education, government, health care and other professionals who are interested in improving the experience for their customers, patients and clients; and growing a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Contact Hour Information

CentraCare is accredited by the Minnesota Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CentraCare designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This education offering has been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements for 6.25 contact hours.

CentraCare has been approved as a provider by the State of Minnesota Board of Social Work – CE Provider Approval #CEP-77. Participants will earn contact hours for entire session.

Application has been made for continuing education with the Minnesota Board of Psychology.

It is the personal responsibility of each participant to determine whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education by their licensing organization.

To earn contact hours, participant must attend all sessions and complete an evaluation form.

A certificate of attendance will be provided.

Additional Information:

  • Tuition includes lunch and contact hour certificate.
  • Disclosure Policy: It is our policy to provide balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of our sponsored educational activities. All faculty participating in sponsored programs are expected to disclose to the program audience any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest related to the content of their presentation.
  • In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act of 2008, please advise at 320-255-5642 or email when registering if you have any disability that requires special materials and/or services so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
  • For more information, or if you have special needs, communication requirements, or nutritional requests, please contact 320-255-5642 or email
  • Conference is business casual dress code.

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