Health Equity Events 2019

The MMA continues to raise awareness of the health disparities faced by Minnesota’s minority communities.  Efforts include finding ways that the medical community can come together to achieve health equity in Minnesota.  

In partnership with the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MNAAP) and the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP), the MMA hosted two events in January and February 2019 via the MMA’s Facebook Live

The conversation continues, and a new event, examining housing insecurity and health equity, will be held on July 24 (12-1pm). This event is in partnership with MNAAP, MAFP, the Minnesota Doctors for Health Equity, and Simpson Housing.  

Housing Insecurity and Health Equity
July 24, 2019 12-1pm

The event will focus on housing as a key driver and major social determinant of health. The event will examine (1) how to address housing insecurity in the clinical encounter; (2) how to build partnerships with community groups and other service providers to address a patient’s housing (and other social) needs; and (3) what screening tools, interventions and other resources are available to address housing insecurity. 

Speakers include:

  • Janna Gewirtz O'Brien, MD, FAAP, Adolescent Medicine Fellow, Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Program, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, University of Minnesota 
  • Steve Horsfield, Executive Director, Simpson Housing
  • Susannah King, MSW, LICSW, SW Unit Supervisor, Health Care for the Homeless

This activity have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


  • AAP Policy Statement: Providing Care for Children and Adolescents Facing Homelessness and Housing Insecurity, published in 2017 
  • Youth Services Network, Minnesota: "YSNMN, is a mobile-optimized web application...that is operated by The Bridge for Youth. YSNMN was developed by a collaboration of 13 social service agencies that provide shelter and other services to youth in the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minnesota. It is designed to easily connect youth who are homeless, in crisis, or at risk of either, to the services they need." 
  • National Runaway Safeline

Further health equity resources can be found here