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Minnesota: Inaugural Healthy Futures Summit, Thursday, December 5

The University of Minnesota School of Public Health is hosting the 2019 Healthy Futures Summit on Thursday, Dec. 5. The summit convenes national and local experts and decision makers who will tackle persistent and emerging threats to public health, such as food policy, community resilience, structural racism, climate change, and infectious diseases. More than 400 public health and health care professionals, scholars, and leaders are attending the already sold-out event.

The summit includes two panel presentations that will be livestreamed for web viewers: 

Building Resilient Communities
10:00-11:30 a.m. Central

Ms. Atum Azzahir, CEO, The Cultural Wellness Center
Dr. Cyrus Batheja, chief growth officer for myConnections™ and Medicaid Vice President, UnitedHealthCare
Dr. Katy Kozhimannil, Associate Professor, School of Public Health

Moderator: Ms. Andriana Abariotes, Co-Director, Interdisciplinary Research Leaders, School of Public Health

This panel brings together experts who view the goal of creating healthy communities from three different — but complementary — perspectives to discuss new ways of ensuring the best health outcomes for all people.

Preparing for the Next Epidemic
3:30-5:00 p.m. Central

Dr. Jim Neaton, Professor, School of Public Health
Dr. Michael Osterholm, Regents Professor, School of Public Health
Dr. Sonja A. Rasmussen, Professor, College of Medicine and the College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida

Moderator: Dr. Susan Kline, Professor, Medical School, University of Minnesota

This panel of local and global experts will discuss the current state of infectious diseases and epidemic preparedness as well as practical and novel solutions that are emerging to combat outbreaks and prevent worldwide suffering.