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University hosts state conference on diversity in healthcare

St. Catherine University hosted a statewide conference on Feb. 27, 2012, on "Inclusivity in Healthcare — from education to practice.”

The goal of the conference was to focus on inclusivity in order to increase diversity in healthcare, leading to improved health outcomes and stronger communities. Many students and faculty represented the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health at St. Catherine University in presentations and breakout sessions throughout the conference day.  

Rebecca Roepke ‘11, a recent graduate of St. Kate's, and Isabella Muhia ‘12, a student of nursing and public health and the multicultural chair of the Student Nursing Association, gave a presentation on the experiences of multicultural students in nursing. The title of their presentation was "My Wish: Multicultural Student Experiences.” They followed their presentation with a breakout session entitled “Moving from My Wish to Our Wish: Strategizing for Success.”

St. Catherine University faculty and staff presenting during the conference included Margaret Dexheimer Pharris, Ph.D., associate dean of nursing in the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health; Julie Mumm, program director for Community Health Worker Certificate Program in the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health; and Donna Hauer, Director of the Office of Multicultural and International Programs and Services.

Pharris also served on the planning committee for the conference, which is an initiative of HealthForce Minnesota, a collaborative network of education, industry and community partners.

About HealthForce Minnesota
HealthForce Minnesota is one of four Centers of Excellence in Minnesota that was launched by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities in 2005 and funded by a $10 million state appropriation. The center is housed at Winona State University, its fiscal agent.

March 8, 2012 by Melissa Kaelin

See also: Faculty, Healthcare, Students