This presentation was video taped on April 7, 2017 at the 2017 Health Disparities Roundtable sponsored by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. This course is eligible for 3 CPH re-certification credits, 2.25 contact hours or 0.225 CEUs.

Addressing the health and safety issues of communities across the country can be seen as both a concern and an opportunity. Current efforts recognize the importance of collaborative, cross-sector decision-making and strategic policies, practices and programs that will benefit all populations; but how do we make this a reality? Our keynote speakers will 1) address challenges in reducing disparities; 2) provide insight on what the words “healthy” and “safe” mean for different communities; and 3) discuss strategies and best practices that assure conditions for optimal health and safety for all.



Mary M. Lee is Deputy Director at PolicyLink and helps guide the PolicyLink Center for Health Equity and Place. She provides technical assistance and training to public and private agencies collaborating to build healthy communities. A graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, Mary is a practicing attorney with more than 25 years of experience using civil rights, land use, and economic development strategies to revitalize neighborhoods and enhance public participation in the policy arena. At PolicyLink she has co-authored reports on access to healthy food, the built environment, and the impact of place and race on health. She also teaches courses on law, public policy, and civil rights. Mary stays true to her motto “think globally, act locally” by remaining active in local politics in Los Angeles.


Luz María Frías serves as President and CEO at YWCA Minneapolis. The mission of YWCA Minneapolis is eliminating racism, empowering women and girls, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. She previously served as Vice President of Community Impact for The Minneapolis Foundation, where she oversaw the Foundation’s competitive grantmaking and provided strategic direction and leadership for the Foundation’s community development initiatives. She is an experienced lawyer and mediator and frequent lecturer on the issues of race equity, implicit bias and diversity within the legal system. Ms. Frias can be heard regularly on Counter Stories, a Minnesota Public Radio podcast that addresses current issues in our community through a race equity lens.


Chanda Smith Baker serves as President and CEO of Pillsbury United Communities. Ms. Baker is responsible for the operations of five neighborhood centers, a training center and eight social enterprises. Ms. Baker leads with an unwavering focus on closing racial disparities and measuring outcomes—boldly pushing the agency to become more focused, more creative and to include the voice of community in its solutions. In 2014, she led a planning process that resulted in a new strategic framework, One Pillsbury, United - Our Plan for Creating Thriving Communities, to further the agency’s impact and operational capacity.


  Sponsored by
  • University of Minnesota School of Public Health: Deans Office, Health Equity Work Group, Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health and Midwest Center for Lifelong-Learning in Public Health, Region V Public Health Training Center
  • University of Minnesota Medical School Program in Health Disparities Research

The Health Disparities Roundtable is funded in part by HRSA grant UB6HP27881, Region V Public Health Training Center

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Health Disparities Round Table 2017: Building Safe and Healthy Communities for All
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Jul 24, 2019 to Jul 24, 2030
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