March 29: Minnesota State Mankato’s Health & Biomedical Sciences Summit to Explore Paths to Health Equity

Mary Owen, director of Center of American Indian and Minority Health, is keynote speaker

March 20, 2023 | News Story

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato will hold its annual Health and Biomedical Sciences Summit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, with this year’s topic being “Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity.”

Participants can choose to attend in person or virtually. Registration is required. Register online here. Cost is $150, which includes continuing education units. There is no cost for Minnesota State Mankato students to attend.

The March 29 event begins with a keynote address at 9 a.m. by Mary Owen, the associate dean of Native American Health and an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

After Owen’s keynote address, a series of lightning round sessions will be held with presenters from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic Health System, Open Door Health Center, the University of Minnesota and Swipe Out Hunger.

Some of the topics include:

  • “(Equitable) Food is Medicine”
  • “Call to Action: Creating a Model for American Indian/Alaska Native/Indigenous Nursing Student Success”
  • “The Model Minority (and Other Racial) Behavioral Myths”
  • “Adventures in Service: How Humility Can Repair Relationships”
  • “Social Impacts of College Food Insecurity”

Following the lightning round sessions, a series of poster sessions will be presented, and participants can choose from afternoon breakout sessions.

Details, a full schedule and registration information can be found at

(NOTE TO EDITORS: Media interested in more information should contact Brooke Burk, associate professor in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services, by email at or by phone at 515-321-9369.)

Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Allied Health and Nursing is the host of the Health and Biomedical Sciences Summit.

Mayo Clinic Health System is the lead sponsor of the summit, which is intended to highlight the University’s distinctive academics, research and industry connections in health and biomedical sciences.

Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other facilities that serve the health care needs of people in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Additional sponsors include Mankato Clinic, Open Door Health Center, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Ecumen Pathstone Living.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,482 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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