2020 Minority Health & Health Equity Conference

Community and Rural Health Planning
Public Health

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Conference Postponed until September 29, 2020

With the concerns over COVID-19, the Office has postponed the conference until September 29, 2020. At this time we expect speakers and registration to remain the same. If you registered before March 17, your fee will be refunded, unless you request otherwise. Contact us at: dhhs.minorityhealth@nebraska.gov


September 29, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Holthus Convention Center

3130 Holen Avenue, York NE 68467

Registration Rate: $85.00
CHW/Student Rate: $50.00

Exhibitor Rate:
$80.00 - For Profit
$50.00 - Nonprofit/Government

5.0 CEUs hours are approved for social work and mental health practice. 

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      Scholarship applications and Exhibitor space are still available

Dr. Donald Warne, MD
Donald Warne, MD, MPH

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Donald Warne, MD, MPH, is the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion as well as the Director of Indians into Medicine (INMED), Master of the Public Health Programs, and Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of North Dakota.  He is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe from Pine Ridge, SD. 

Dr. Warne will address the impact of unresolved trauma on the health of populations, including historical trauma, adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress.  He will also highlight the disprities that exist among American Indians, discuss the potential link between epigenetics and intergenerational trauma and identify strategies to address health equity.  See his interview in Medpage Today.

Plenary Speaker

Preshuslee Thompson
Preshuslee Thompson

Preshuslee Thompson, BA, is a Training and Development Specialist for the Kirwan Institute's Race & Cognition Program at Ohio State University. Preshuslee is a Columbus native and a graduate of Ohio State University. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice and minored in Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies as well as Sociology. Preshus has worked in the non-profit sector providing advocacy for transient youth and adults; those suffering from mental illness and addiction; prisoners; and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Preshuslee emphasizes the importance of intersectionality and being trauma informed in every aspect of her career.

Recognizing implicit bias can be challenging. We ask audiences to consider how our minds work, not about who is a "good" or "bad" person.  This approach to implicit bias is inherent in all components of trainings.

1. How Our Minds Operate: Focus on distinguishing implicit and explicit biases and neutralizing the word "bias."

2. Real-World Implications: Illustrate how implicit biases can influence decision-making and behavior and the effects of implicit bias in your own areas of interest.

3. Guarding Against Bias: Actions individuals can take to change their own implicit associations and strategies for organizations to mitigate the effects of bias within their institutional policies and practices.


General Information

The conference will educate attendees about minority, American Indian, refugee and immigrant health and health equity. Topics are aligned to reach community health workers, social workers, mental health practitoners, physicians, nurses, healthcare providers, public health personnel, administrators, and/or other professionals who are involved or interested in improving minority health and advancing health equity.  The 2020 conference will include:  

  • Data; how to find and use data; tools to improve use
  • Health disparities and Health equity
  • Programs working with refugees and minority populations
  • Implicit bias; understanding bias
  • Collaborating with Native American health programs; diabetes
  • Minority tobacco prevention; e-cigarettes and vaping trends
  • Working with diverse cultures to increase their health knowledge
  • Efforts to link providers, clinics and Community Health Workers
  • Leveraging resources to meet minority community health needs
  • Addressing social determinants of health
  • Research trends or upcoming studies related to minorities and refugees

The first awards for Community Health Workers will be presented in 6 different categories at the lunch break.

This year the Minority Health Conference will use QR Codes to access electronic evaluations. Each session will have a QR code that takes you directly to a short list of questions. They can be completed on your smart phone at the end of each session. 

QR Code Readers

Most Apple phones use the camera to read QR codes without a separate application. If you are not certain you have a QR Code reader, download a free reader at the App Store or on Google Play.

Throughout the day attendees will be able to complete a passport card by visiting exhibitors and poster presentations. Completed cards can be taken to the registration desk for prize drawings. A code will be provided at the end of speaker and session evaluation surveys for additional drawings.


       7:30 - 7:50       Registration, Continental Breakfast

       7:50 - 8:20       Opening Remarks, Region VII information

       8:25 - 9:45       Keynote Speaker

       9:45 - 10:00      Break, Exhibitors and Posters

       10:00 - 11:00     Breakout Session 1

       11:00 - 11:15     Transition Time

       11:15 - 12:15     Breakout Session 2

       12:15 - 11:45     Lunch, Community Health Worker Awards

       11:45 - 2:00      Plenary Speaker

       2:00 - 2:15       Exhibitors and Posters

       2:15 - 3:15       Breakout Session 3

       3:15 - 3:30       Break and Exhibitors

       3:30 - 4:30       Plenary Speaker

       4:30 - 4:50       Closing, Prize Drawings, and Evaluations

Speakers and Session Descriptions

A How To:  Data Cleaning

Alian Kasabian, UNL Methodology and Evaluation Research Core

Data was collected. It was entered and/or coded. You received an excel file, but totals and averages do not make sense. The data needs to be “cleaned," or prepared for analysis.  This session will start with a typically “dirty" file and show the steps needed to prepare data for analysis, with explanations and handy shortcuts.

CHW Workforce Development in Nebraska: Assessment, Training and Financing

Terry Hultquist, UNMC College of Nursing

Kerry Kernan, Douglas County Health Department

Dejun Su, UNMC College of Public Health, Center for Reducing Health Disparities

In a panel session, the three authors will describe methodology, key findings and recommendations of their unique work. The authors will also discuss where the three projects overlap and complement each other. The session will close with speakers recommending one clear action step for continued Community Health Worker workforce development, based on the findings of their work.

Data Collection 101

Alian Kasabian, UNL Methodology and Evaluation Research Core

This session is a basic introduction to data collection methods. It will start with an overview of planning, then briefly review several methods of data collection, when each is appropriate, and considerations for selecting and writing questions for collecting data.

Health Disparities: The Quest for Equity

Ali S. Khan, UNMC College of Public Health

Presenting and discussing disparities in health and healthcare within Nebraska and the U.S. utilizing latest available data.

Improving the Lives of the Karen Community through 124,000+ Views

Anthony Zhang, DHHS Division of Public Health

This session will review a social determinants of health project focused on Karen refugee language needs and describe the strategies to address them.

Introduction to Data Visualization

Alian Kasabian, UNL Methodology and Evaluation Research Core

Data visualizations, if done well, can increase comprehension and retention of information. This session will share some dos and don'ts for making good data visualizations and provide resources to learn more about good data visualizations.

The Future of the CHW Workforce: Nebraska and Nationwide

Denise Smith, National Association of Community Health Workers

The presenter will provide an overview of Community Health Worker workforce development at the national level, goals of the National Association of Community Health Workers, insights on certification strategies, and recommendations for Nebraska.

The Importance of Assessing Community Readiness to Inform Cancer Prevention, Treatment and Research Programming among American Indian Populations in Nebraska

Aislinn Rookwood, UNMC Program Manager

Regina Idoate, UNMC Co-Investigator

This session will discuss the activities of a National Cancer Institute funded research and health profession training program for American Indian students in grades 6 through undergraduate at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).

The Patients' Journey: Lowering Diabetes by Following the Health Hub Pathways Model

Camilla Barajas, Winnebago Public Health Department

Angel Decora, Winnebago Public Health Department

Incidence of diabetes is at epidemic levels in Thurston County, Nebraska, where a vulnerable community is working to rebuild their health care system. Using Community Health Representatives (CHRs) and the Health Hub Pathways model, barriers and solutions were identified.  This session will highlight the project, outcomes, solutions to social determinants of health issues, and improved patient engagement and health outcomes.

Life Expectancy Calculator and Mapping for Nebraskans

Dejun Su, UNMC College of Public Health, Center for Reducing Health Disparities

In this session the audience will learn about a recently released life expectancy calculator developed by the UNMC Center for Reducing Health Disparities. The speaker will demonstrate how to use the calculator, explain its methodology and the significance to increasing public awareness of healthy lifestyles. The speaker will also illustrate the mapping of longevity by zip code in Nebraska so the audience can have a better understanding of geographic health disparities in Nebraska.

Nebraska's Medicaid Expansion

Drew Preston, DHHS Medicaid & Long Term Care

The session will cover the background of Nebraska's Medicaid expansion, features of the new program, and the impact it will have to Nebraskans across the state.

More sessions will be added!

Additional Information

A Mother's Room will be available.  Stop at the registration desk for the location.

A Business Office in not available at the Center.  However, the Center staff can help with some requests.

Questions?  Contact the Office of Health Disparities & Health Equity at (402) 471-0152.

Nearby Hotels

Several hotels are available within a mile of the convention center.  It's a busy area and we recommend driving. Hotel map and information

Testimonials from 2019

  • "Great (conference)! Bringing together people from different systems/areas, not just public health!"
  • "This was very informative! Well-developed program - relevant and important to health equity."
  • "I really enjoyed the resources, breakout and the CLAS presentation was excellent!"
  • "Really enjoyed the varying and relevant health disparity topics."
  • "Great keynotes - wonderful breakouts!"
  • "I appreciate the main speakers and their information. This is so much more helpful than just data. Thank you!"

2019 Conference Information

2019 Conference Brochure

2019 Conference Presentations

The 2019 Minority Health Conference title was Uniting Practice and Partnerships to Achieve Health Equity and was held at the Holthus Convention Center in York, NE on April 17.

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Health Disparities and Health Equity
Division of Public Health, Community and Rural Health Planning Unit
Phone Number
(402) 471-0152
Fax Number
(402) 742-2342
Mailing Address

P.O. Box 95026

Lincoln, NE 68509-5026